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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-26-2013, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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What is a good motorcycle jack to get?

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I use the cheap HFreight one. Not perfect but it does the job.

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I have a craftsman one and its a POS! has been since day one, or day two since the first one broke upon assembly.

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My Cheapie HF $ 59.00 jack works great with WitchDoctors expensive Skidplate

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Went with this because

A. compact and since we travel that's a good thing.
B. Multiduty- the saucer pops out and I'm left with the frame to pick up the bike. Nice to have a bike jack that I don't have to move the truck jack out of the way to get to.
C. 4500 pound rating is way overkill for the bike.
D. About a buck and a quarter on eBay.

downsides-

A. There is a bar that you insert when the jack is almost fully lifted to act as a stop. That's the only stop.
B. The first one I was sent arrived beat to hell. Jack may have been OK but they shipped it in it's box without an outer box or any padding and the trip was not kind to it. Second time was the charm.
C. Came with tiedown points but not tiedowns.

I have used it maybe a half dozen times. It's a good jack. Cross Country wobbles on it just like they do on any belly jack but I stuck a couple of plastic wedges between the bike and the jack frame and it stiffened right up.

Picked up the wifes Avalanche with it no sweat.

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I have a silver/yellow Craftsman, got it about 5 years ago. It has been flawless. Lifts 1500 lbs and has automatic safety latches. It's very easy to use and very convenient.


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I have the same one as broggy and it's been great! Bought mine in 08

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Do yourself a favor and buy a J&S Jack, it is stable and works. Just buy a package of those hard rubber vice inserts sold at Lowe's for a shop table vice, they are magnetic. Place those at the front of the lift bars of the jack (left side of the bike when lift is under it) and the bike will lift level and not lean to the left.

The magnets in the inserts will keep them from moving on the jacks lift bars.
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Red Craftsman. I have had it for 6 years as you can see it does a good job on the XC. I had to replace the hydraulic pump this year $12.00 + freight, it worked twice then went bad, they replaced the pump free and it has been working fine again.
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Craftsman brand scares me. That J&S Jack has an impressive video. After reading the compatibility chart...It is likely I will be getting a new Indian. I best call them for fit.

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