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Old 11-30-2012, 05:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bike lift (jack)

Been looking at Motorcycle lifts for some time . I know I need one to do oil and stuff just not sure what i needed .

I bought one off Amazon.com this week $158.00 to my door .
It,s a OTC 1545 Model what ever that is .

It came yesterday and I put it together today . I must say it looks very good works well and was easy to put together . I have not used it yet but will the first of the year .

It came with straps and i have no idea the best place to put them ?
But I guess i will figure it out .

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Old 11-30-2012, 07:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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OTC has been known to make a pretty good product. I'm in the automotive field (not a tech) and see their stuff in our shop and others too. I didn't know they made m/c lifts but, it makes sense that they would. As far as strapping points go, I try to use the passenger peg mounts and somewhere around the upper part of the forks. Regardless of what kind of lift you get or have, it makes life so much easier using one. Good luck with it.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Probly made in China like some others but they work.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sadly I think we will be buying made in China or doing without .

It is built well and so far works I will let you know in 3/4 months ?

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Old 12-01-2012, 03:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'd like to think your lift is made here in the USA but like so darn many things today it probably is imported. But this is what a google search brought up. Is it the same OTC or some other China OTC? I have no idea.

OTC, an ISO certified plant, is a major manufacturer and supplier of vehicle electronic diagnostic instruments, automotive fuel system maintenance equipment, special service tools, general purpose tools, pullers, heavy duty tools, shop equipment and hydraulic components. Located in Owatonna, Minnesota, OTC was founded in 1925, and in 1985 was acquired by the SPX Corporation, a multi-national company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina (NYSE:SPW). Today, OTC is part of the SPX Service Solutions Group.

OTC markets its products through a global network of authorized aftermarket distributors, and serves a large number of car, truck, agricultural implement, construction and marine manufacturers on an OEM basis.

OTC has a manufacturing facility in Owatonna, Minnesota, and operating units in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan. Its Eisenhower Drive facility in Owatonna designs and manufactures special tools and shop equipment. Overseas operating units include OTC Tool GMBH, Langenfeld, Germany, V.L. Churchill, Daventry, England, and JATEK, Tokyo, Japan.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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What bike you have? Dyna's dont play well with the jacks, some sportys don't either.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have an 03 WideGlide ? My son came home today and him and I put it up on the lift .
I felt with both of us it was a good time to do it . We did a lot of moving it around until we found a place it would set . We got the wheels off the ground and put the straps on then got it up to about 20 inches off the floor . It was very solid set level and i could get to all the drain plugs with ease . I think I,m going to like it . I set it down by myself and got it off the lift with out any help .

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Old 12-01-2012, 06:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I jack it up, then drop the stops and lower it to lock it in. then strap it tight. there's strap loops on both sides of the lift. strap it over the bike between tank and seat, so that the bike is "part" of the lift. you can then move the bike anywhere without worry.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Been looking at Motorcycle lifts for some time . I know I need one to do oil and stuff just not sure what i needed .

I bought one off Amazon.com this week $158.00 to my door .
It,s a OTC 1545 Model what ever that is .

It came yesterday and I put it together today . I must say it looks very good works well and was easy to put together . I have not used it yet but will the first of the year .

It came with straps and i have no idea the best place to put them ?
But I guess i will figure it out .



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Hey bear, have you been able to spot a stamp or sticker that says where it was made? It's probably China like EVERYTHING else but I'm curious. Does sound like a decent lift. And I'm not fond of Harbor Freight like some suggest. I know that is China junk.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks I did not think to do that . This Lift came with two straps not the best but ok ?
The only thing I was really disappointed about was total lack of instructions . It,s like ok you have a motorcycle jack good luck ?? WTF

hogcowboy I really have not seen anything that would say were it was made .
My money is on China but will look when I get a chance .

It may be a week or two I,m taking my Wife to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in
the morning . I may be gone a week or more ?
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Well I went ahead a got one cause I do need one for servicing. First thing that popped out for me was a sticker that proudly proclaimed made in China. Just like I figured. But it does seem to be of heavier material than Harbor Freight. No much to putting it together. Bottle, handle, foot lever and height lock. Real easy and a piece cake lifting the bike. Good as J&S? Not hardly but for half the price and no more often that I have to use one, what the heck. Good enough.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:40 PM   #12 (permalink)
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What bike are you jacking? My softail and my touring bike have nice wide flat bottom frames. I never feel the need to strap them down.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:47 PM   #13 (permalink)
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My softail needs the frame protectors so my jack doesnt hit the shocks. Other than that I love mine...it is old...got it off CL from retired HD Mechanic...HEAVY though.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:57 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I have a home made one similar to that one. my sporty had to be strapped down but my FXR doesnt. I have lifted the FXR about 2 feet in the air no problem but if I was going to do any work to it I would do as said an lower it onto locks and then strap it down
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What bike are you jacking? My softail and my touring bike have nice wide flat bottom frames. I never feel the need to strap them down.



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It came with straps and i have no idea the best place to put them ?
But I guess i will figure it out .
Thus my answer is, "I put mine in a drawer or shelf somewhere...

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