All good stuff from Preacher. A couple of things I would add are: Take your time the first time and find the balance point. The position where both wheels come off the ground at the same time. Once you've done that, use a paint pen or nail polish or whatever to make a small mark on the frame rail so that in the future you can just slide the jack right into the proper position. I also have the red craftsman jack and have had no problems with it. When my bike was stock it slid under it without any hassle. Now with the "cut" shocks I have to push the bike up onto some planking in order to get the jack under it. Having a buddy around when you're gonna lift it is nice, not absolutely necessary but nice. I usually get my kid to help me. I never use the straps. I'm the only person who goes into the garage and it has a good concrete floor so I don't worry about it to much. Some guys say they use them all the time. So do what you're comfortable with. Always set the weight of the bike on one of the locks (there are three) that makes the lift a stand.
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