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Old 11-22-2012, 06:54 PM   #1
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Harbor Freight lift

Does anyone have one, if so, how much assembly was required.

I think I'm going to grab one...

Tanks in advance!
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:03 PM   #2
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Minimal set up is required. Safer to have two people to move the frame, but once its on the casters, it's easy to move. I set mine up myself and was just careful to spare my back. I also have a Handy Lift -- for the money, the HF works great.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:06 PM   #3
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Simple assembly. Make sure you buy the optional front wheel vise. The toy chock that comes with is a useless joke.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:11 PM   #4
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+1. I generally DESPISE the crap Chinese quality stuff.. but the lift works great. Use the super coup from all bike magazines for $300, and the wheel chock http://www.harborfreight.com/motorcy...ock-97841.html for $49
I dashed off the back of the stand, it was meant for stability as a "stand alone" stand.
I have had my 850 pound cruiser on it and it was rock steady.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:25 PM   #5
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Outstanding!
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:24 PM   #6
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Use the super coup from all bike magazines for $300
Sorry if this is a dumb question... but can you fill me in on this? For $300 I'd add this lift to my garage now...

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Old 11-22-2012, 08:35 PM   #7
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Sorry if this is a dumb question... but can you fill me in on this? For $300 I'd add this lift to my garage now...

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Sometimes HF has the lift on sale for 299, sometimes there are coupon in bike mags or Popular Mechanics, etc. Well worth it. Mine is several years old now, never bought any optional front wheel vise but mine came with one that seems to work ok.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:20 PM   #8
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I have one...it works awesome, no set up required.

I too, use the black harbor freight wheel chock to provide a more stable front wheel hold.

The only thing I have noticed is that over time it will hydraulically settle against the stop, which is lower by an inch or two than the complete pumped up position.

What I did to circumvent this was to cut an old piece of black iron pipe in half length wise...use it as a splint if you will.

I slip it over the hydraulic piston section that is exposed on the ram. That locks the ram in place from settling against the stop.

Hard to explain, but it works.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:29 PM   #9
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Have one and use it on my 950 Adventure and CRF 450X, stable, no complaints,would buy again.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:08 AM   #10
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It is sooooo nice to be ale to clean and maintain my bikes at eye level! Can't believe I waited this long to get one. Had it now about three years, 299 with a 20 off coupon for a steal at 279! Have had a 79 and 82 CBX, a Triumph 955, an SV650, a Ducati 999 and a Hayabusa on it, all very securely. I use a Canyon Dancer with straps in front for stability and do not use the chock that comes with it. Depending on which bike, it accommodates a rear and front track stand or the use of a built in center stand too.

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Old 11-23-2012, 03:22 AM   #11
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when you walk in grab thier flier in the corner is a 20% off coupon , normal price here is 299 plus 20% you get the taxes back atleast .. i have both this and thier atv bike lift they work great for the price ..And just like others have said thier original wheel clamp sheet metal thing is useless .. its 4 inches tall and sheetmetal with no real clamping force .
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:03 AM   #12
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Sorry if this is a dumb question... but can you fill me in on this? For $300 I'd add this lift to my garage now...

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EVERY issue of Rider and Cycle World magazine has a two page layout from Harbor freight. The "Super Coup" for $299 is THE cheapest price you'll get, you can't combine the 20% coupon, but those magazine ad prices are WAY better than any other "sale" they offer. What?, You DON'T subscribe to any scooter rags?
Find a way...
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:53 AM   #13
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EVERY issue of Rider and Cycle World magazine has a two page layout from Harbor freight. ....Find a way...
I knew I'd end up being sorry I asked! Actually, I get Cycle World, Motorcyclist and ON, but make it a point to generally ignore the ads.

NOW that I've been corrected, I do indeed see the coupon in question. Duh.

I see this lift in my future before the year is out. Just gotta re-arrange the shop a little! Thanks for showing me the way.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:39 AM   #14
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Don't let the foot pump model scare you off. Even though it takes about 50 pumps to get it all the way up, each pump is just as easy as the first one.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:54 PM   #15
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I have used the foot pump operated model for years , no issues at all . I have had 900lb bikes on it without a problem . I am actually looking to buy another one . For $300 , you will not go wrong . Look for the coupon , as some have pointed out , saves you some money.
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