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  1. yaro
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    I'm looking to buy motorcycle lift in $100-$200 price range. I have seen one at Sears but it looked like it was made in China [after checking it was made in China]. Anyway it did not looked solid...
    Do you lift the bake from upright position or from parked position
    Can you leave bike on lift for winter storage [guys from south don't know what's the problem] or I should set it on something?

  2. ROB2
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    The yellow one from sears has a lock so the jack will stay where you want it during storage ,i think 3 or 4 different heights.its worth checking out, and its sturdy also.

  3. A1zbordztat
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    I have the better lift from Sears. The aluminum one which is painted yellow. This is actually a very good lift, but if you get it, you will need to make some mods to make it work with your bike (I assume you have an VStar 1100 similar to mine). I had to replace the normal pads that go under the bike to account for:

    1. The engine drops below the frame, so it interfers.
    2. The front left side frame is lower than the right side.
    3. The supplied pads need to be a little longer to ease lifting the bike safely.

    I do not store my bike on the lift. You probably could, but I do not. I use it for maintainence and washing. I just park my bike in the garage, pull the battery and move it a little every couple of weeks to help prevent the tires from flat spotting.

  4. Sduplyumbr
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    I had to do the same thing with mine, I got it from Canadian Tire, but sounds like it is the same thing.

  5. yaro
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    I have the better lift from Sears. The aluminum one which is painted yellow. This is actually a very good lift, but if you get it, you will need to make some mods to make it work with your bike (I assume you have an VStar 1100 similar to mine). I had to replace the normal pads that go under the bike to account for:1. The engine drops below the frame, so it interfers.2. The front left side frame is lower than the right side.3. The supplied pads need to be a little longer to ease lifting the bike safely. I do not store my bike on the lift. You probably could, but I do not. I use it for maintainence and washing. I just park my bike in the garage, pull the battery and move it a little every couple of weeks to help prevent the tires from flat spotting.
    I think I really have to update my profile. When I signed up I did not have a bike yet. I have 08 V1100 Silverado. Do you have any pics of mods done to the lift. Do locking points are really secure to trust them for all winter?

  6. Danindhevint
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    Love this topic. I had the type of lift your talking about but I spend a lot of time out in my shop and I am usually alone. I did not like how the bike sat on the side lift and even hated it more cause of the uneven bottom. I am fortunate cause I have a big garage and even with the wife driving in and out I still have lots of room to play. So I got rid of my side lift, built a dock and ramp, run my bike up on it, store the ramp. I put a front tire vise on the dock and got a motorycycle scissor jack. I put caster on the dock and can move it around no problem. It is solid as a rock and I can play around and bike doesnt budge. Can spin the tires to prevent flat spotting, strip bike for seasonal wax job,,,,at least a six beer wax job. Dock is about 8" off the floor so it is easy to get down to the bike level and really see my way around. Servicing is a breeze with what I built. Now I know this would not be what everyone wants or likes but it works for me.

  7. A1zbordztat
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    Do you have any pics of mods done to the lift. Do locking points are really secure to trust them for all winter?
    I do have some pics. I will try to post them when I get a chance. Won't be until tomorrow night at the earliest. The bike is secure if tied down and tie downs come with the lift and it does have a latch as long as you raise it above the latching point so it is not relying on the hydraulics for support. Should be fine, but like I said, I don't raise mine for storage.

  8. yaro
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    I do have some pics. I will try to post them when I get a chance. Won't be until tomorrow night at the earliest. The bike is secure if tied down and tie downs come with the lift and it does have a latch as long as you raise it above the latching point so it is not relying on the hydraulics for support. Should be fine, but like I said, I don't raise mine for storage.
    Thanks! No rush. I hope no winter yet [although some stores have x-mas decorations already. I hate when they do that]

  9. 1CuzdominFL
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    I have one of the Harbor Freight models ( I work there) for mine and have not had a problem with it. They start around $60 if you catch them on sale. They lock in 3 or 4 different positions to take the weight off the lift ram. Not to mention you can get an extended warranty of 1 or 2 years and probably still be cheaper than anything from anywhere else. Just my $.02.

  10. A1zbordztat
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    My lift is an Aluminum lift by Sears. I had to replace the "saddle" so that it would work with my bike. I had to account for the engine dropping below the frame rails and I needed to extend the length of the "saddle". I made the new saddle out of 2 inch wide U-Channel. I used two 18 inch long pieces. I mounted profiled pieces of 2 x 4 into the channel to create the new saddle. The front piece of the saddle is the one with the profile cut. The right side is cut to 1 15/16 inch, the left side is cut to 3/4 inch and a section in the center is cut to 5/8 inch.
    The rear piece of the saddle is cut to 1 1/2 inch.
    Holes are drilled through the saddle pieces to match where the post are currently mounted. I drilled holes large enough to accept 3/8 inch carriage bolts. I used 4 inch carriage bolts and 3 1/2 inch carriage bolts for the lower section. I used washers and stacked nuts to tighten it and better fill the diameter of the hole for the saddles. See the attached images to make sense of this all. Let me know if you have any questions after reviewing this.

  11. yaro
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    Thanks for the pics. I had no idea that the front end is not even. I will have to check this tomorrow.

  12. yaro
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    I thought the lift will go where there is a flat bar connecting the frame. This part is level on both sides. But if it has to go in front of it you're right. Left side is lower. I guess hiding filter behind pipes is not the only great idea on this bike.

  13. A1zbordztat
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    I set the rear or the saddle across the flat bar and the front of the saddle goes across where it is not even from one side to the other.

  14. fupar
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    ...I have one of the Harbor Freight models ...
    Which model do you have? Did you have to do any mods to make it adapt to your bike?

    Quote:
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    ...They start around $60 if you catch them on sale...
    How much are they when they are NOT on sale?

  15. 1CuzdominFL
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    There's a 2792 and the 93033. The 93033 has a smaller lift area, but both have the same capacity. I have the 93033, and if you tell them you want it at the last sale price, 9 times out of 10 you can get it for $59.99. Reg. price is around $80. There's also an aluminum one for around $140, but if it's going to live on the ground all its life, why bother.

  16. quicgmicg
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    I set the rear or the saddle across the flat bar and the front of the saddle goes across where it is not even from one side to the other.
    Thanks for all the efforts with the pictures! Looks like a GREAT set up. I think I'll have to pick oneof those jacks up....

    Thanks again

  17. A1zbordztat
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    Mick,

    I can't take complete credit for it. I got the original idea from some thread I read somewhere and then just adapted it to work for me. Worked out good in the end.

  18. fupar
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    ...There's a 2792 and the 93033...
    Are any mods needed for either one of these to lift a V* 1100 evenly?

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