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For those of you looking for a motorcycle lift. There is one for free, sitting on the road in front of my house right now. For the second time in as many weeks my bike has slipped off the jack. This time it went over on its side. If I had the patience, I would cut that [email protected]$#^@% F&*^*&&% into little tiny pieces. I really, really, want to kill something right now...
 

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michael101 said:
For those of you looking for a motorcycle lift. There is one for free, sitting on the road in front of my house right now. For the second time in as many weeks my bike has slipped off the jack. This time it went over on its side. If I had the patience, I would cut that [email protected]$#^@% F&*^*&&% into little tiny pieces. I really, really, want to kill something right now...
sorry to hear man, was there much damage??? It never happend to me but came close when the rubber pads came off......now i have a nice table lift and only use the sears one if i have more than 1 project going on at the same time.
 

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Hope it did little damage to your bike.

I got my jack at Checker for like $50.00. Works real well but with the shocks under the frame I have to keep it to the front of the bike. This does cause some balance issues so I always strap it down and its solid as a rock. I can move the bike on the jack all around the shop with no problems.
 

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I'm not sure this is what's needed at this point. sorry to hear about your problem , hopefully bikes fine.
Your right brownjams, I let my mouth run away on occasion.

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I had one of the sears jacks and it was a POS. The handle that you move the jack around with is a piss poor excuse for a welding job. It broke off a few weeks after I got it. I took it back and got my money back then went to Sam's Wholesale and got one for 60 bucks that is rock solid. I do always strap my bike to it when I have it jacked up though. That is the only way to make it secure.
 

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Sorry to hear about your misfortune. Glad no one was hurt, and hopefully the damage to the bike is small. But, I have used the Sears motorcycle jack plenty along with the adapters from H-D. I strap the bike it to the jack, and can move it around the garage, and it doesn't move on the jack. :whistle:

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TXCHOP said:
It never happend to me but came close when the rubber pads came off.
That is exactly what happened. I will be getting a table lift soon...My wife was pissed that I haven't done anything about 'that' jack......

She had a really valid point..."that's a $20k bike sitting on a $100 dollar jack...WTF?"
 

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michael101 said:
That is exactly what happened. I will be getting a table lift soon...My wife was pissed that I haven't done anything about 'that' jack......

She had a really valid point..."that's a $20k bike sitting on a $100 dollar jack...WTF?"
i hear ya on that one its a bad design....when i got that jack i tightend up all the fasteners and used automotive weatherstrip adhevide to glue the pads down....also a tip for others that use a jack like that, when taking eighter wheel off, make sure you support the other wheel with wood blocks or something of the similar. i welded up an adjustable "chock" that supports the bike perfectly. Some times no matter what you cant get the perfect balance with the bike..just my .02
 

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That was a good idea, TXCHOP. I needed to take the rear off of my Heritage to get it fixed. I drive the front onto a car ramp and strapped it to my work bench in the garage. I jacked the bike up with a regular craftsman car jack and supported the bike with a piece of firewood that hadn't been split yet. I know it sounds like Bubba did it, but it didn't fall off of anything either. That mother was rock-solid!
 

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which one?

I have the silver and yellow Craftsman jack and it works great and appears to be well constructed. I can't see how the rubber pads can "come off" in a way that would cause the bike to fall off on mine.

Can you describe in detail what happened when the bike fell? What points on the frame were you using to lift? Was it tied down? Did it fall or slide? Did the bike fall laterally or fore/aft?

Do you have the silver/yellow one or the steel one that is black and red?

Hopefully the damage was minimal and you have everything back in order.

I'd appreciate more info so I can take better precaution with mine.

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I have one that is red/black. It's about 3 years old I guess. The pads have been falling off this bas!ard since I got the thing.

I hate it, and I want it to die%[email protected]
 

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First off, I'm real sorry about your bike. I know it's not very comforting right now since you're still pi$$'d off but at least no one got hurt.

I have the red/black one too. It's been pretty good to me. I've left the bike up on it for 5 days w/o the straps and no problems. The only gripe I have with it is that I cant just slide it under the bike. I have to prop the bike off the kickstand some to slide it underneath 'cause it's not low enough to get under the frame. :thumbsdn:

Did Sears give you new pads or a whole new jack the first time the pads came loose? Did they give you a hassle about it?
 

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..."that's a $20k bike sitting on a $100 dollar jack...WTF?"

She is right.........buy a lift table or take the bike back to the dealer for everything!!! Any jack is never going to match a lift table, once I got my table I often wonder how I got alone without it!
 

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LE PEW said:
First off, I'm real sorry about your bike. I know it's not very comforting right now since you're still pi$$'d off but at least no one got hurt.

I have the red/black one too. It's been pretty good to me. I've left the bike up on it for 5 days w/o the straps and no problems. The only gripe I have with it is that I cant just slide it under the bike. I have to prop the bike off the kickstand some to slide it underneath 'cause it's not low enough to get under the frame. :thumbsdn:

Did Sears give you new pads or a whole new jack the first time the pads came loose? Did they give you a hassle about it?
LP, I've found with mine if I push it under the bike with my foot pushing down on the rubber pad it'll give me that extra bit of clearance I need.

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Hey Michael, I have the same red and black sears jack and have had no problem with it and the bike is rock solid on it... never use the straps.

I can't see how the pads coming off would cause the bike to fall. Once the weight of the bike is on them, they are not going anywhere.

Can you take a pic of the bastard jack and put it up so we can see what happened... and possibly head off a similar disaster. I'm also wondering if there has been some design changes since you bought yours. I bought mine summer of '05.

I know you have been doing some fine work on that bike and you must be sick. What happened to your scoot.... if you can bring yourself to discuss it.
 

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Sounds a bit like operator error. Need to know the limitations. Happy with mine. I am sure there are better out there. Lift goes up and down. Thats all does. I do think the lifting aread could be about two ir three more inches across. Such that could just put under bike and not worry about how much is on left or right. But that is something I have to watch.

Also I don't tow arounf my 15k bike on caster around the garage. Removed them. Not alot of trully 20k bikes out there either. Check out NADA.
 

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Sorry to hear about the mishap. Hopefully you didn't get injured. I have the black and red Sears lift too, and the rubber pads are a bit lame. I hate to say it, but every tip over I've heard was due to not having the bike strapped down. But I will admit, half the time I don't strap it down either since it seems rock solid. I shake the s..t out of it to see if it's securely centered on the stand. For what its worth, you can look forward to the day when you get your bike squared away.
BTW, I'll lend you my 12ga, if you wanna try and put some life in her...the bike stand that is!
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I can't see how the pads coming off would cause the bike to fall. Once the weight of the bike is on them, they are not going anywhere.

Can you take a pic of the bastard jack and put it up so we can see what happened... and possibly head off a similar disaster. I'm also wondering if there has been some design changes since you bought yours. I bought mine summer of '05.
I´ve got my bike sitting on the exact same lift right now. Unfortunately it´s 4000miles away. What exactly happened? I´m a little uneasy now...

Sorry what happened to your bike,man! I´d be going ballistic, too.

Sponk
 
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