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post #1 of 21 Old Jun 8th, 2013, 4:38 pm Thread Starter
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Motorcycle Lift for LT

Hello LT pilots. Since it's time to do a considerable amount of work on the LT (shocks, fork seals, brakes, plugs, etc) I am thinking that a lift or lift table might be a great investment. Does anyone have an opinion on which is better? Lift vs. lift table? Also, if you have one, which make and model do you have?
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You will need a lift table for the LT since it's design does not allow it to be lifted from underneath. The budget conscious have chosen the Harbour Freight model which seems to work well although I have no experience with it. Do a search and I'm sure you will find a ton of information on this topic.

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Hey Mugz, We have a Harbor Freight locally. Already called them. They have 3 table lifts in stock....only $320. I'm going to go look at one today or tomorrow. Don't know why I didn't think of them to begin with. Thanks.
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Hey Mugz, We have a Harbor Freight locally. Already called them. They have 3 table lifts in stock....only $320. I'm going to go look at one today or tomorrow. Don't know why I didn't think of them to begin with. Thanks.
Jim,

Have the Harbor lift, use it with all my bikes including the LT. One thing about loading the LT on the lift, you will need to build some side boards to allow you to walk it up.

AND I would suggest getting a friend or neighbor to tie it down while you sit on it and provide stability. Just be VERY careful, but the HF lift will handle it.

OH, and check your past Rider Mags. there was a coupon in there for the lift at $299, might save a little $$.

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Hey Mugz, We have a Harbor Freight locally. Already called them. They have 3 table lifts in stock....only $320. I'm going to go look at one today or tomorrow. Don't know why I didn't think of them to begin with. Thanks.
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post #6 of 21 Old Jun 9th, 2013, 11:31 am Thread Starter
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I picked up my new Harbor Freight motorcycle lift this morning. Hopefully it works well, I get my work done, then I intend to sell it to recover the space in the garage. I am in the Milwaukee metro area. Next step is to order my new Wilbers shocks.
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I keep mine under my bench it works great just did my 12k service on it after you use it you might change your mind and keep it good luck

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I keep my HF lift in the middle of the garage. When not in use I park my Honda Ridgeline truck over it. The also doubles as a nice large work table. It was the best $299 I've spent on a MC tool so far. When I'm working on a bike on the lift I always keep all the tools I'm using on the table as we'll. Can't tell you how much time that has saved me walking around the garage looking for tools that have rolled away on the floor.
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I assembled my Harbor Freight lift last night. There really wasn't much to assemble, so it went really quick. I have to say that I am really impressed with the lift. Not sure if they have always been built like this, as I have heard several people say that theirs was a little flimsy, but at least currently this thing is SOLID. Maybe I'll change my mind after loading the fat pig onto it for the first time, but as of now I'm very impressed. Storage turned out to be a piece of cake too......just left it in the middle of the floor and drove my truck over the top of it. Might not work for a small truck, but my K2500 had no issues. Looking forward to trying it out.
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Well... If you decide to get rid of it when you're done I'd be interested.
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I did not use that front wheel lock I used the one harbor freight has front wheel chock
# 69026 $39.00 I just bolt it on when I use it make a better strap mount for the front
also a scissors jack I can jack the back wheel up and raise or lower the center stand
great for changing the tranny oil

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I finally took some pics of my Harbor Freight lift. I built some side boards out of plywood and 2X4's and an extension for the front stop. I needed the extension on the front so I can roll my '09 LT up to it and then activate the electro hydraulic center stand and have the front wheel line up with the wheel vise. With the side board I feel very comfortable driving my LT and my KLR 650 up on the lift. This lift works great with both scoots.
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I needed the extension on the front so I can roll my '09 LT up to it and then activate the electro hydraulic center stand and have the front wheel line up with the wheel vise. With the side board I feel very comfortable driving my LT and my KLR 650 up on the lift. This lift works great with both scoots.
Not sure why you had to extend the front stop plate, unless the hydraulic stand has a different range than the manual one, like I have on my '02. After I put mine up on the center stand the wheel clamp works just fine.

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Not sure why you had to extend the front stop plate, unless the hydraulic stand has a different range than the manual one, like I have on my '02. After I put mine up on the center stand the wheel clamp works just fine.
I don't know about the earlier models without the electro hyd stand. Maybe some of the wheel clamps are mounted further back? With mine I had to add the extension.

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I don't know about the earlier models without the electro hyd stand. Maybe some of the wheel clamps are mounted further back? With mine I had to add the extension.
Duh!!! After looking at the pics I posted I realized that there are other mounting holes for the wheel clamp. Instead of extending the front wheel stop I guess I should have just moved the wheel clamp back Oh well, those of you that purchase lifts can now learn from my mistake.

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I have a HF 1000# lift and put mine on the center stand all the time. I understand the scary issue since I almost ran my LT off the front of the lift the very first time I put it on and lifted it all the way up. When I went to lower it down, my lift lurched a little bit and it was enough to "bounce" the bike off the center stand and it rolled forward, with the front tire rolling off the front. It hung up on the center stand guard and did not go all the way off. But boy did it scare the S#%& out of me! What I now do is put it on the center stand then turn around the front tire chock and slide it against the tire. That way the front tire is all the way against the front when on the center and can't roll forward. I have also put 3 additional rings on each side to strap the bike down. I've now had my lift for about 18 months and it's been up and down many times, always on the center stand. I never have thought about having it on the side stand, thinking that it would not be centered and have the weight leaning too far over.

Other than that it's a great lift at a better price. I love mine and can not imagine doing my work on the garage floor.

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If your wondering what to do with your full size lift when not using here is what I do. I have the Harbor Freight #1000 lift (non-air model). When not using it, I wheel it over to the far corner of my garage and stand it on end up against the wall by the garage door. It fits right into the space and only uses 2' by 12" of floor space. 2 heavy screw in eye screws into the wall and a strap hold it in place. I have stored the lift this way for almost 5 years now and there is no leaking or loss of lift. Works fine every time.

I only had a 6' ladder there and now hang the ladder right over the lift. Most of the time during the year I never use the lift and this was a great way to get it out of the way. Currently I just lift it up on end but it is heavy. Maybe a rope and pulley up above the lift will be coming in a few years. Just so happens HF also has a rope/pulley that is at a good price too. I normally have a better wheel chock on the lift but take it off to put on a trailer.

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I shaved down 2x10 boards, stood them on end long enough to go UNDER the harbor freight lift. I then glued and screwed my running boards long enough for my foot to reach as I start up the ramp.
So the ramps simply slide under the lift then I drilled a center hole through the lift into the center board where I drop a 3'' inch lag bolt into to keep the boards from sliding out of the ramp when I put my feet on them

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I finally took some pics of my Harbor Freight lift. I built some side boards out of plywood and 2X4's and an extension for the front stop. I needed the extension on the front so I can roll my '09 LT up to it and then activate the electro hydraulic center stand and have the front wheel line up with the wheel vise. With the side board I feel very comfortable driving my LT and my KLR 650 up on the lift. This lift works great with both scoots.

Steve, I noticed that in the pics of your lift, there was a red object lying next to the long, black safety bar near the front tire clamp. What is that? My lift did not include that?

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Jim, That red object is part of a jack handle that goes with a small bottle jack. This is not a part of the HF lift. I use this bottle jack sometimes to place under the engine to raise the front of the bike when it is on the center stand. This allows me to remove the front wheel. You can accomplish the same thing by pulling down on the back of the motorcycle with a motorcycle tie down strap.
If you look close you will see I took a piece of aluminum strap and fabricated some hooks that hold the side boards to the lift. This keeps them from sliding away from the lift when my feet are on them.

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Thanks Steve. For a second there I thought I missed out on something or threw something away that I shouldn't have. Good to know I didn't.

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