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Just wanted to know if it is safe to jack the bike up with a floor jack onto the engine block, it's a 1500 cc, and I believe it's aluminum block, thanks
 

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Yep, I just did it recently with my 99 Aspencade. Depending on what kind of lift you have, you may have to either get the tires up on a block to be able to clear the jack, or put a block under the kickstand to level the bike somewhat (this is what I had to do).
 

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Harbor Freight bike lift on sale for 69$ again in the magazine ads- ie:popular Mechanics
I bought one about a month ago, and even though I was a bit nervous about it due to the low price. I had no issues with using it to do a number of things on my bike (although I have not removed front or back tire while using it to see how it will handle a significant shift in weight). It also does a great job while working on my lawn tractor! :smile2:
 

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I left my 1100 on a HF lift for about 18 months. During that time the seals went south in the jack cylinder. It wouldn't raise to unlatch the safety bar. It was hell getting the bike off the lift.
 

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Should that stuck problem occur to anyone else: Try a small car jack or your actual car jack- under the engine or on the frame of lift...Im guessing that would lift enough to release the safety catch.

I installed a few round eye hooks in the garage ceiling and use heavy-duty yellow straps from the passenger grab rails to the hooks.
Better than trying to attach bike to the lift, which can still topple over!
Secure it to the ceiling and its not going to rock or fall off.

900 pounds is a big deal when its laying on top of your leg and your phone is just out of reach

The $4 tie-down straps from cyclemax, intended for making a tow attach point on the triple tree,
they work on rear frame as the safety strap attach point- when the seat/bars are removed

Tip: when removing the wheels you want the bike close to the ground during actual release of the part.
Rear wheel has to slide sideways a few inches OFF the spline shaft, before it can drop out-
there is a cool method using cardboard and 2x4 blocks, plus a small car jack, nice!

Front wheel: you want to release pressure on the axle, so wheel on ground for the final bit
OK to have the bike in the air for small parts removal on the way to the axles.

HFT Lift tip: Push down fully on the pedal to slowly lower, pressing partway actually makes it drop fast!
 

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I left my 1100 on a HF lift for about 18 months. During that time the seals went south in the jack cylinder. It wouldn't raise to unlatch the safety bar. It was hell getting the bike off the lift.
Wow! I would hate to think how tough it would be to get my 1500 off the lift if that happened :frown2:
 

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If you disconnect/remove the hydraulic bottle from the lift frame, and leave it sitting upright with no load...maybe?

Does resting--no load position in vertical, horizontal or angled- for 18 months matter, I have no idea.
May learn something next time I need to use the lift~
 

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^^^^ thread continuity monitor ^^^^

so we got slightly off track, lift problems, slave cyl overhaul--same difference right?
 
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