Bought yellow craftsman jack

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by heritage2002, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. heritage2002

    heritage2002 Member

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    Im just a little unsure about how I should strap the bike down. I want to start doing some of my own maintenance. Just afraid to put the bike up. Anyone with photos of bike on jack. Any good tips ?
     
  2. dangerdan

    dangerdan Junior Member

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    Make sure the bike frame is in full contact with the lift rails.

    Lift slowly, making sure the bike is balanced. If not , lower the bike , relocate the jack and try again.
    Once up, use the locking device if so equipted to lock the lift.

    I dont any straps . I use a secondary scissor under the rear wheel or frame for support.


    FYI ...My front wheel lifts 4 inches b4 the rear wheel comes off the ground.
     
  3. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    What am I missing? That doesn't sound balanced to me. If perfectly balanced, it seems like the wheels should come up together.
     
  4. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Due to cross braces under the trans on touring bikes, it's sometimes difficult to get a perfect balance and one wheel will lift off before the other one. As long as it isn't grossly unbalanced you should be oK.

    I never use straps either, but you should :D
     
  5. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Has anybody used the jack on a Sportster? Man, you guys are gutsy and Smitty, I salute you...Sitting on the Bike whilst in the air? Talk about a nosebleed seat! :newsmile071:
     
  6. dangerdan

    dangerdan Junior Member

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    As Glider says, the cross braces get in the way.
    It stilll takes quite a bit of force on the back end to push is down.
    Once its up, I use a scissor jack under the tire to counter balance the bike.
    I also have a 2x10 piece of wood that bolts on the scissor jack that can be placed under the frame that holds the rear axle, when I need to remove the rear tire. This makes for a very stable lift without all the fuss of placing straps.
     
  7. SeaRider04

    SeaRider04 Active Member

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    Just watch out for the shock absorbers, I placed mine (Harbor Freight) across the shocks with 1/4" of heavy rubber pads on the rear under the frame to clear the shocks, the bike is balance well and I didn't use straps.
     
  8. dangerdan

    dangerdan Junior Member

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    AGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

    Here I am giving advise on lifts.

    EDIT EDIT EDIT EDIT.

    3AM last night I hear this loud crash. Check the house out , nothing.
    Ok lets check the gargage. I open the door and there is my pride and joy, flat on its side.

    EDIT EDIT EDIT EDIT.

    First impression was a few nicks and bruises.
    Day time was more revealing.

    EDIT EDIT EDIT EDIT.

    1) The throttle body got busted up real good by the lift.
    2) I also have a nice 3 in dent in the gas tanks.

    I feel much better today
    I just came back from the HD dealer , new S&S carb on order for $1000.00
    I will have it by Thursday.

    The Moral to this story is:

    Dont forget to use the lock on those lifts
     
  9. heritage2002

    heritage2002 Member

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    I really appreciate everyone's help. Smitty thanks for the pics a big help. Still a little uneasy but will try and let you know how it goes. Thanks again to everyone!!!!!!
     
  10. Bluesugar

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    Real helpful smitty901,...I bet any time now that you're going to be a true Guru!!!...over/out