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  • Harbor Lift

    Anyone own one? Would you recommend? It's on sale for 429 and I have a 20 percent off coupon and there just happens to be a store in town.....

    http://www.harborfreight.com/1000-lb...8892-8495.html
    Tony C.
    2014 GL1800 Level 3 Black
    Why Black?
    Cause Everyone Knows the Black Ones Are Faster!

  • #2
    I bought one a few years back that had the air lift. It will pick up a Goldwing slowly. You need to add side panels to make it wider or you won't have anywhere to put your feet or side stand. Also pretty wobbly. I gave mine away, just couldn't trust it.
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    • #3
      I looked at them. They are advertised as 1000 lb capacity. and to me the Wing is too close to that for me to be comfortable with that lift.
      I would probably be a good buy for someone that had smaller bikes.

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      • #4
        $429 with 20% off is still too much. I see them go on sale regularly for around $300 (as a matter of fact, I think they were on sale here over Labor Day for $300). I bought one for my VTX at $329, and used the 20% off. I tried it with the 'Wing, and would need an extension for the front to get the back wheel in the right position to remove it. It also very slow to lift. I would pretty strongly recommend a different lift for the wing.
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        • #5
          I bought the Harbor freight lift and it works very well for my wing. I added a wheel chock in place of the wheel vise that came on it. I also bought 2 pieces of lumber 2 x10 x 6 and 4 pieces 2x6x6 and used the 10 inch on top and 2 6 inch pieces for the legs then slide them next to the lift and it works very well for you to put your feet down while you ride it up on. It has a very strong safety bar the goes in to make sure it does not work down while it is up in the air. Works forme.
          Gary Loos from Ohio

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          • #6
            Looking at one over the weekend they were on sale for 299.00 should have gotten it. Will just wait for the sale again they range any were from 299 to 329 when i do have there small yellow lift works well
            2018 DCT non tour, Pearl Stallion Brown, Double Darksider #856, Live To Ride, Love my Wing, IBA Member# 63744 Yellowbird Alias Coppertone

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            • #7
              I thought I needed a platform lift. I found that for 99 percent of work and repair a platform lift is a handicap. For instance you wish to do fork work, once up on that lift you still have to jack the front up. So why not just use something like a pit bull jack to begin with?

              With most platform lifts you still have to invent something to support your feet and provide room to be stable while placing the bike on the lift and taking it off. Again just use a quality jack .

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              • #8
                I'VE HAD ONE FOR ABOUT 4 YEARS. USED IT TO LIFT THE WING SEVERAL TIMES. LEFT IT SITTING OVERNIGHT ON THE HYDRAULIC CYLINDER ONCE TO SEE IF THE HYDRAULIC CYLINDER COULD HOLD IT AND IT NEVER MOVED. ( HAD THE SAFETY BAR INSTALLED JUST BELOW THE JACKED LEVEL JUST IN CASE) I ALWAYS SET IT ON THE CENTER STAND AND PUT TIE DOWNS ON THE FRONT OR REAR PROTECTION BARS. BEEN HANDY FOR ME.
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                • #9
                  Go to You Tube and watch several reviews and comparisons. You will pick a different lift. I bought the J&S. If you are going to own a big bike for several years, I recommend you get a "quality jack".

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                  • #10
                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avJ2a0oOvCU link to Harbor Freight vs Pit Bull vs J&S ......... "Motorcycle Lift Comparison" on YouTube ...

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                    • #11
                      I got the J&S jack...works perfect steady as a rock... Click image for larger version

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                      John - Richmond 2013 GL1800, Level 3

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                      • #12
                        sorry the picture is so big...should have made it smaller

                        John
                        John - Richmond 2013 GL1800, Level 3

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                        • #13
                          I have the Sears yellow aluminum jack that I've used on my VT1300 but was unsure where to position the jack on my Wing. I've seen some pics of the rear leg under the center stand. Is that where the jack should sit? Any good pics?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JeffP View Post
                            I have the Sears yellow aluminum jack that I've used on my VT1300 but was unsure where to position the jack on my Wing. I've seen some pics of the rear leg under the center stand. Is that where the jack should sit? Any good pics?
                            Each bike will be a bit different, depending on if the storage bags are full, empty whatever. The best way is to roll the jack under there and lift the Wing just a bit and then see how it balances, adjust if need be.

                            Good jacks like the Pit Bull or J and S you do not even have to tie them down unless you just want to for safety(safety is always good) the others do wobble around a bit as they have a smaller footprint.

                            I just play with it a bit until it looks balanced and sometimes use automotive jack stands to support the bike also at least have them in place just in case.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JGDJR View Post
                              I got the J&S jack...works perfect steady as a rock... [ATTACH=CONFIG]n9777[/ATTACH] rolls very smooth
                              Can you change oil with it on the J & S , meaning can you gry a pan under it to catch the oil?
                              Tony C.
                              2014 GL1800 Level 3 Black
                              Why Black?
                              Cause Everyone Knows the Black Ones Are Faster!

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                              • #16
                                Yes you can change the oil and filter with no problem at all...oil drain pan...yes 100% no problem

                                John
                                John - Richmond 2013 GL1800, Level 3

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