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Hi, :waving:new user..what's the best lift/jack for the GL1800..not forgetting that i live in England Bournemouth to be exact & i would like to purchase one over here as they are to expensive to import.. Cheers Steve.:cool:
 

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Hello Stephen Johnsonand welcome to the best Goldwing forum around. I bought a Sealey Tools bike jack about 2 years back. It sits under the GL1800 & GL1500 very nicely without extra adapters. Go to any car accessory shop and ask them to look at the Sealey tools book, or see them on this part of the Sealey site;

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Ted, does that lift keep the bikes fairly stable while lifting? I was looking at one just like that yestreday at Harbor freight. It was $7x.xx. Only thing different was the color. They appear to be very good lifts. I just wondered about the stability of the bike while on the lift.
 

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I have one of these jacks, and although I have no idea how stable a 1500 or 1800 would be, on my GL1100 it works just fine. If you get it setting on it right, and use the little tie down straps (mine came with them) then it should be pretty stable. I bought mine at Sam's Club for $79.00. Also useful as a transmission jack, and for dropping Onan generators out of the RV.:D

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Hello Stephen, welcome to the board. I have one of thse Sealeys, paid €250 for it about three years back and used it on GL1800 & gl1500. Didn't realise they had got so dear since! Anyway, as with all these jacks, you need level solid ground. I'd hesitate about using it on a Wing unless I had a concrete ground, no tarmac and definitely not grass! You can use your foot to pump it while you pull the bike off the side stand so it's level. As someone else said, using tiedowns is a good idea as well. The bike is steady on the lift, but of course you would be a fool to go and start tugging at it while up in the air. I've had both my wheels off and done general servicing with this lift without any probs at all.
 

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I can't believe the pricethey sell those for on the other side of the water. I have one just like the one listed for 200+ Euros. Is that a real price? Saw one just like it at a car parts store yesterday on sale for $49. For the most part all these jacks come from China or Tiawan and they can't cost that much more to ship.
 

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I can't believe the pricethey sell those for on the other side of the water. I have one just like the one listed for 200+ Euros. Is that a real price? Saw one just like it at a car parts store yesterday on sale for $49. For the most part all these jacks come from China or Tiawan and they can't cost that much more to ship.
Thats why there are more Irish people living in the USA than over here Paul, much cheaper for everything over your side :goofygrin:eek:f the pond.
 

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Just went out and purchased a motorcyclelift from Harbor Freight for $74.95



I got it home and assembled it and I have the bike on it now. Appears to be very stable. I feel that this is an excellent lift for the price. I am in the process of pulling the rear wheel to have a new tire mounted.
 

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englishted wrote:
Hello Stephen Johnsonand welcome to the best Goldwing forum around. I bought a Sealey Tools bike jack about 2 years back. It sits under the GL1800 & GL1500 very nicely without extra adapters. Go to any car accessory shop and ask them to look at the Sealey tools book, or see them on this part of the Sealey site;


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This is the lift we have...Got it at Sears about 2 years ago for $70.00... One of the best investments we made for bikes:clapper:
 

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Ted, does that lift keep the bikes fairly stable while lifting? I was looking at one just like that yestreday at Harbor freight. It was $7x.xx. Only thing different was the color. They appear to be very good lifts. I just wondered about the stability of the bike while on the lift.
I have a Harbor Freight and one that looks exactly like the Sealey that EnglishTed posted. The red one is a little better because the lift arms are a little longer and wider. It is a little more stable because of that. One other thing about the HF lift is that mine comes down quite fast when you hit the lower pedal. I've used both for lifting the 1200 and 1500, since the 1800 is a bit lighter it should handle it. The Harbor freight comes on sale once in awhile, I bought mine last year for $50. The Sealy looking lift was on sale around here for $65. I made up a little wooden stand to slip under the rear or front wheel (depending on what I was doing on the bike) and wedge a piece of wood between the stand and the tire. That way if I yank or tug too hard on the bike it sits a lot more solid, also I don't have to worry about the balance when I remove a wheel or something heavy.
 

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Paul, get one with the wides wheel base you can find. With heavy bikes like our Wings, taking off a wheel can unbalance the whole thing so a wide base is better.
 

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Paul, get one with the wides wheel base you can find. With heavy bikes like our Wings, taking off a wheel can unbalance the whole thing so a wide base is better.
Both the jacks I have are fairly stable, I've tried putting my weight on the front and rear while the bike is on the jack and find it will support a lot of additional unbalance, I use the wood stand mainly to keep it from moving at all, really don't need it. It balances very well in the 1500 with the jack centered on the rider pegs. I have aconcrete floor in my shop so it's solid underneath. I know a guy who's been storing his Goldwing on a bike lift for years, he loads it on and slides it into an alcove in his garage that it could only go into sideways. He's never had a problem, never came close to disaster.
 

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I felt left out so I had to reply...

My bride, Rodent, got me the HF version of this for Christmas after we tipped my '83 1100i trying to R&R the rear tire. SHE felt bad and felt that it was her fault. I've told her no many times that it just happened.

Anyway, with the tie-downs on four points mine holds my '85 1200a very well; and I too block under the tires jsut to keep it from rocking when I need to. My ONLY concern is that I wish it lifted the bike higher but I am sure I'd need to look into a bigger lift to do that safely. Sadly, when you're queen-sized like me (6'0" and 20 stone) getting up and down off the ground while trying to crawl around underneath the bike gets old and I'm slow.

(Maybe THAT'S why it took me so long to R&R the timing belts/camshaft seals...)

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I felt left out so I had to reply...

Sadly, when you're queen-sized like me (6'0" and 20 stone) getting up and down off the ground while trying to crawl around underneath the bike gets old and I'm slow.

Ruaidh
The lift is a pain saver for me, arthritis in the knees. I can amuse people by just getting up off the floor, it's pathetic, but it's better than dead. With the lift I can use my roll around stool to work on the bike and it sure makes life better for me.
 

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Well, I returned the H.F. lift today. Had a slight problem with the jack. Also, I did not like the way it let the bike down by dropping it suddenly. I went over to Sears and bought the Craftsman lift. The H.F. one was $74.99 and the Craftsman one was $89.99. The Craftsmanlift came with two ratcheting tie downs so that you can tie your ride to thelift and make it more stable. I like this lift far better than the H.F. one. It lets your ride down very smoothly. By far this one is a much better buy and was only $15.00 more than the H.F. lift.

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I had a problem with my red jack, the hydraulic jack leaked out it's fluid from the release button under the release pedal. I appreciate the Chinese copying each other so well, I was able to put the jack from the HF jack on to red one. Of course now the red one lowers too fast, I'll take a look at the red jack and fix what ever is causing the leak.
 

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Just finished my rear tire change and the Sears Craftsman Motorcycle Lift worked flawlessly. A highly recommended item in my book. For $89.00 you can't go wrong. A very nice lift for the money.
 

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Sure beats working on the floor, No?
 

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I bought a red one from Sam's Club about three years ago and it has been a life saver. Stabilization has not been a problem. I wish it would go higher but I would only feel secure with my Wing up high on a platform type lift and even the chinese versions of those are over a thousand bucks.
 
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