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I'd like to buy a motorcycle jack to do some of my own maintenence. Are the cheaper ones from Sears, Harbor Freight, etc. worth fooling with, or should I shell out more for a better one?

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I've got one of those, I've changed tires, did my timing belts, all kinds of things, never had a problem.

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I use the Harbor Freight one. It works well for me.

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How do you use it since the engine is lower than the frame
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How do you use it since the engine is lower than the frame
The jack is actually placed just a little behind the foot pegs, and lifts both ends off the floor.

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The jack is actually placed just a little behind the foot pegs, and lifts both ends off the floor.
Yep, and it lifts mostly on the pipes but they are plenty strong enough. Many of us are using them. I've got two cheap models and have had no problems with either and have used them on all of my 1200's and on my 1500.

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I have a Laren that works, but I prefer the one in my signature.

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Wow Sonny. That's really something. You must be an engineer.

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Jacks are ok but you need to still fool around on your hands and knees to get to stuff. I bought a lift table from harbor freight (I think they are currently on sale, and with a 20% discount ticket) and it works well.

I did have to make some foot boards to ride it up and off with but it has held all my bikes and makes it easier to work on them. I dont know for sure but in the past I have read about the need to upgrade all the hardware (nuts and bolts) to grade 8 on the HF, Sears and some of the other cheaper jacks.

Hope this helps a little.
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