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I recently purchased an aluminum motorcycle lift from Harbor Freight Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices . I used it for the first time yesterday so I could replace the shocks on my '06 Mean Streak with VTX shocks.

While trying to decide where on the frame to position the lift, it appears that the only location towards the rear of the bike where the frame is below the engine case is where the two vertical tabs are located. Anywhere farther forward (in front of the drain plug), and the engine case looks to hang below the frame rails. I'm very leery of lifting the bike via the engine, so I managed by positioning just one lift pad under the vertical tabs, which was rather "iffy", since it placed the entire load on one side of the lift. How does everyone else handle this problem?

By the way, the lift appears to be very well made and was a bargain at $129.00.
 

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Lifting on the engine case is not a problem. Lots of us do it all the time. I position the rear on the tabs, and let the front lift on the case.
 

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I recently purchased an aluminum motorcycle lift from Harbor Freight Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices . I used it for the first time yesterday so I could replace the shocks on my '06 Mean Streak with VTX shocks.

While trying to decide where on the frame to position the lift, it appears that the only location towards the rear of the bike where the frame is below the engine case is where the two vertical tabs are located. Anywhere farther forward (in front of the drain plug), and the engine case looks to hang below the frame rails. I'm very leery of lifting the bike via the engine, so I managed by positioning just one lift pad under the vertical tabs, which was rather "iffy", since it placed the entire load on one side of the lift. How does everyone else handle this problem?

By the way, the lift appears to be very well made and was a bargain at $129.00.
A piece of wood strategically located on the jack to raise by the frame rather than the engine. But I've also used the engine near the oil drain to raise the bike. Makes no difference, works fine.
 

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I just purchased an adapter from garage-toys.com
Works well but I have to push the bike up on a couple of 2 inch
blocks 1st to get enough clearence.
I think it was around 50.00
take care, kurt

05 1500 classic
 

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Lifting on the engine case is not a problem. Lots of us do it all the time. I position the rear on the tabs, and let the front lift on the case.
+1... done it dozens of times.

If I didn't crack the case hitting a speedbump hard enough to take out a CHUNK of asphalt, it's not going to crack the case lifting by the jack.

I put one rail of the jack under the frame tabs, and the other rail under the front of the pan. Very stable.
I wouldn't leave it like that overnight without tying it down (earthquake country here), but it's plenty stable.
Tied down, I removed both front and rear tires.
 
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