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Old 12-02-2012, 05:27 PM   #11
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I purchased a lift from Harbor Freight awhile back (the yellow colored one) but the oil pan hangs down lower than the frame, so I couldn't use it. I sure didn't want to try and lift it and ruin the oil pan. Any suggestions?
Howdy and welcome Dave. You can use adapters on a lift so you avoid those issues. My shop fabs them for various vehicles and bikes. Ride safe friend.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:29 PM   #12
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the one I'm talking about is a full surface, not a Jack. You ride onto it, secure the front wheel into the tire chock ( that's what most people replace on that lift) and Jack the entire bike up. Only part of the bike that hits the lift is the tires. I don't know how to fix that with the oil pan and the motorcycle Jack, If it doesn't work on the frame you'd be looking at trouble trying to support the whole bike on the oil pan. I was thinking the full bike lift because I also have 2 squids (rockets) you can't use a Jack on without removing fairings. I'd suggest on your end trying to find a supporting mate for the Jack that will clear the pan and hit the frame.

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Yes, lift tables are nice but what about engine removal? You need to get low enough to do that safely. Like you said adapters fix the problem of lifts hitting areas of the engine you do not want it to and just raise from the frame on the bottom.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:35 PM   #13
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I actually saw that item and was intrigued with it until I read a couple of reviews that said it couldn't handle heavy bikes. My Nomad weighs in at 750 lbs. dry. Can that tire cleaner deal with the heavy rear?
While I don't own one, it claims a rating for 500 pounds. Neither of your wheels should weigh that much. Even a full dresser comes in under 900 pounds, and that is of course for both axle weights combined.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:19 AM   #14
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I actually saw that item and was intrigued with it until I read a couple of reviews that said it couldn't handle heavy bikes. My Nomad weighs in at 750 lbs. dry. Can that tire cleaner deal with the heavy rear?
I used it on my 1500 Nomad and although it worked, it took effort to advance the wheel. Another annoying thing was the tendency for the wheel to "walk". What I mean is that the bike is on the side stand and as you advance the wheel on the cleaning dolly, the tire/wheel with each movement would slip/move to the edge of the cleaner.
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