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I have a regular lift, same design as a "Pit Bull" lift. Have had it for years, works fine. The XCT is ass-end heavy with trunk attached, so I have to remove the trunk to use the conventional lift. Looking to downsize the lift device for ease of use so I can lift the wheels off the ground an inch so I can spin for inspection, cleaning and checking pressure. Anybody have any experience - good or bad - with a scissor jack? The larger one with platform and wheels, or the narrower device for one end of the bike at a time. Thoughts and opinions welcome . . . .

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the one on the right is the best
 

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Yep got the one on the right and works good ....
 

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[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Best-Choice-Motorcycle-Scissor-Lift/dp/B009SAZZBW/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&qid=1439095732&sr=8-19&keywords=motorcycle++lift[/ame]

I use one of these on my lift table so I can take wheels off etc.
Can't live without it.
Both those jacks look good. If you ever want to use the scissors lift with the pitbull to say steady the bike you will need the narrower one.
 

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I use the one on the right, all of the time, while bike is on my lift
 

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[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Center-Scissor-Hoist-Stand/dp/B00E8HGCEY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439115640&sr=8-1&keywords=1100+lb+wide+deck+motorcycle+center+scissor+lift+jack+hoist+stand+bikes+atvs[/ame]

This one fits under both my XCT and my honda VTX. Wide deck. I got the one that had the posts but won't fit under the honda.
22mm socket on a drill raises and liners it no p
Problem. Doesn't come with a crank
 

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+ 5? on the right one. Here's a LINK TO THE ONE i HAVE 54 bucks and free shipping. I've used the crap out of mine on too many bikes to count. Here's a helpful note; I put a schoosch of anti-seize on the threads and it runs right up and down.
 

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Thanks, all!!

Thanks for sharing your wisdom. sheets
 

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Lift Point?

Is this how you use the scissor jack? Lifting the rear is easy enough. The front seems a bit of a challenge to avoid contact with various things, same as using the regular lift. Difficult to center it good. The black rubber pads are pieces from an old pickup bed liner. Don't like the lateral movement of the device when lifting the front from the point shown. Can I center the lift under the engine and lift from there to keep the weight square on jack?

Still a heavy lift to get a inch off the ground. Need to grease the screw drive.

(adding pix to the new forum format is sweet!)
 

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Second last photo you are too far forward. Your going to twist it.
Move it back a couple of inches toward the rear axle.
I often lift on the flat plate. Couple of layers of carpet or thin wood.
Section of newspaper, old magazine etc.
You could use door shims from the hardware store if you need them. I keep a box of them in the shop for things that don't sit right on the floor etc. Welding tables that sort of stuff. Would work OK there too. I like the composite ones best but the wood ones work too.
 

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Whouw sheets post #9 this is a bad jack ..... Bad quality ....

On your post #1 the right side jack has no problem lifting both weels of the floor, i store my bike every month for a month ( :what::what: ) and sits perfectly .... I never greased that spindle and also use it for washing the bike so it gets wet too ....
 

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thanks for the feedback . . .

With so many moving parts on the jack I was wondering how solid it would be. I'll try it again lifting the front from under the engine to get the load square and centered on the device. The good part is that it was on sale. Cost nearly as much to ship it as to purchase it. I was disappointed to find it was made in China. I'll try again to adjust the load and give it a chance, just don't want to experience a mechanical failure resulting in injury to me or the bike while cleaning the wheels. sheets
 

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Seems EVERYTHING is mad in China now. Not enough people willing to pay the premium otherwise...
 

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I use similar on my lift ImageUploadedByMotorcycle1439743359.443688.jpg
 

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Upon closer examination, every bolt that holds it together was only finger tight ( :eek ). After tightening every bolt on the thing (4+ turns on each hex head) and a dab of grease on the screw, I tried it again. I moved it back a few inches, to the rear of the side-stand spring to raise the front wheel. Centered it, and used my rubber pads for spacers. After a few turns it came up square with the world. I will grab a handful of wood shims next time I go to the hardware store. I'll save the slide-on lift attachments for jacking under the front bumper of my lawn mower. For my intended purpose, I think we're good. Glad I didn't pay full sticker price for the device.
 

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Sheets, i see on your pictures that you put 2 rubber on top of the jack that are smaller then the surface of the top steel of the jack, this will make the bike / jack wobly too ..

I cut 1 rubber sheet, 1/4 inch thick , exactly same size as the jack, GLUED it on the metal jack .... so the motorbike frame and engine are all carried by the jack and rubber
 

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came with table lift kit

the one on the right came with my table lift, i don't use those brackets + screwed a 3/4 ply on it, not as slippy + easily "shimmed" for a solid fit. if you do your own work + intend to have a bike or bikes a long time a table lift is worth the $$$, mine bought as a kit with jack + removable extensions to make it 3 or 4 ft wide, its pictured with one 12" extension installed to put the kickstand down until i secure the front wheel in the lock .best $$$ spent besides the Hammer
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I understand the dilemma . . .

I've been cyber shopping for a table lift for the past year or so. In reality I just don't have the room for the added iron in the garage.
Now that I have the little scissor jack dialed in, I think I'm good for the time being. The "regular" lift takes up too much room when deployed. For now, if I can spin the wheels to inspect-clean-check air pressure... I'm good, as long as the jack does not fail while I'm downunder nosing around.
Thanks to all for your input. sheets thumb up
 

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the one on the right came with my table lift, i don't use those brackets + screwed a 3/4 ply on it, not as slippy + easily "shimmed" for a solid fit. if you do your own work + intend to have a bike or bikes a long time a table lift is worth the $$$, mine bought as a kit with jack + removable extensions to make it 3 or 4 ft wide, its pictured with one 12" extension installed to put the kickstand down until i secure the front wheel in the lock .best $$$ spent besides the Hammer
So cool setup, good thinking extension 12" so it can stand on sidestand also ... Not only in the wheel clamp
 

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I had mine up on the smaller one in the right picture yesterday to adjust the belt. A tad unstable but it did the job. I also took the trunk off yesterday, can't believe how heavy it is, or they don't mention the security bolts in the manual.
 
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