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Don't attempt to lift your bike with a car jack and stands... drop the dime and get a motorcycle lift!!

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Please don't try getting your bike completely off the ground with a car jack. It's ok to use one to unload the suspension, but for any real work, spring for a bike jack.
 

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Bought one @ Harbor Freight for $50 - 1500# cpacity which seems to be the standard among these things
 

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To get the rear tire of my bike off the ground, I use a concrete block, a two X four, and a "scissors" car jack (the kind that comes with every car).

I put the concrete block on the right side of the bike, lay the 2x4 across the block so it extends under the bike, then I place the scissors jack under the 2x4 on the left side of the bike and jack it up (so the bike is slowly lifted off the kickstand and raised and leveled). Make sure the 2x4 isn't hitting anything but the frame, and i put the jack and the concrete block as close to the frame as possible.

If you can pick up a motorcycle jack for $50, the method I use doesn't sound all that great, but it works for me.
 

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Bush said:
To get the rear tire of my bike off the ground, I use a concrete block, a two X four, and a "scissors" car jack (the kind that comes with every car).

I put the concrete block on the right side of the bike, lay the 2x4 across the block so it extends under the bike, then I place the scissors jack under the 2x4 on the left side of the bike and jack it up (so the bike is slowly lifted off the kickstand and raised and leveled). Make sure the 2x4 isn't hitting anything but the frame, and i put the jack and the concrete block as close to the frame as possible.

If you can pick up a motorcycle jack for $50, the method I use doesn't sound all that great, but it works for me.
Man you got bigger stones than me, I got mine at lowes on sale $40.00. For what we have in our bikes I just cant see how anybody can afford to take chances with it. peace o mind is a terrible thing to waste .02 have a safe one.
 

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i bought a cheap one and u get what u pay for get a good one from sears
 

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TennX said:
Man you got bigger stones than me, I got mine at lowes on sale $40.00. For what we have in our bikes I just cant see how anybody can afford to take chances with it. peace o mind is a terrible thing to waste .02 have a safe one.
I didn't really think it was that big of a deal ,it's not like it was an original idea, I got it from somebody else. The first time I did it I had somebody else helping (that was on my shadow sabre), but now I do it by myself. Works pretty good if all you want is to get the rear wheel up. I just put on my progressive rear shocks that way last week, no problem.

If I was going to be lifting the bike a lot, I'd get a motorcycle lift, but since I'm not, I probably won't.
 
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