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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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So, here I am, ready to pull my front and rear tires for new ones and to also install the Legend Axeo front suspension. I'm a retired jet engine mechanic and currently an electronics tech. With the right preparation this job WAS going to be a walk in the park. I've read it on this forum about bike lifts and the pro's and con's, so I was entering this task with one concern, the lift. I picked up a used craftsman lift on trade for some used tires and thought I got a good deal. I don't normally cheap out on tools, but this time I did. Now I have learned my lesson. I know what you're thinking...he dropped his bike in the garage! No I didn't, but it was MFing close! I jiggled the bike to make sure it was stable and then the OH SHIT moment happened. I saved it, lowered it to the ground and pushed the P.O.S. into a dark corner in the garage.

I know others have the HF lift and the Sears Craftsman, but after this money for the purchase will be the second priority, quality and reputation will be first.

Moral of the story, Don't Cheap Out! Or maybe Don't Jiggle your Bike. I need a beer. Way to much drama.
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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 11:41 AM
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So using the straps, the bike still almost fell off? Man that does suk. Glad it did not fall


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great save! Glad to hear there was nothing to hear! experience is what you glean from those "OH SHIT!" moments. You just gained experience!

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Nicely done on the save! I've been using a J&S jack since '07 or '08 and the only issue I get after all that time is some seepage here or there from the jack. No biggie, just top it off and it's back to work again. I use this jack almost weekly and would recommend it to anyone who wants to play it safe with their investments. No, I don't work for this company, I have just learned my lesson from investing in cheaper shit. Good luck, I'd like to hear your feedback on the Axeo suspension.
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I had a HF lift for my metric bikes, Once I got myself my RGU, I spent the $2000 on a REAL table lift for my bike. It is well worth the money to have the ease of mind when working on these heavy bikes. Plus being a table lift, I can use it for a ton of other things like mowers, a welding table, and work bench.

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Sears Pro been using it sense 2007 never an issue. Of course as we read they are unstable and won't work. The J&S is the best you can buy no agreement. But do you always need the Best. This one was a gift. Still use it.
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I had my 96 Fatboy almost fall from a lift once, but I caught it. Luckily it fell towards me. The fins on the jugs cut & scraped me up pretty good, but it could've been alot worse. Not to mention I was wiped out after saving the bike. It took every ounce of muscle & energy I had to keep it from falling.

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Also waiting to hear your impressions of the Axeo upgrades!


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So, here I am, ready to pull my front and rear tires for new ones and to also install the Legend Axeo front suspension. I'm a retired jet engine mechanic and currently an electronics tech. With the right preparation this job WAS going to be a walk in the park. I've read it on this forum about bike lifts and the pro's and con's, so I was entering this task with one concern, the lift. I picked up a used craftsman lift on trade for some used tires and thought I got a good deal. I don't normally cheap out on tools, but this time I did. Now I have learned my lesson. I know what you're thinking...he dropped his bike in the garage! No I didn't, but it was MFing close! I jiggled the bike to make sure it was stable and then the OH SHIT moment happened. I saved it, lowered it to the ground and pushed the P.O.S. into a dark corner in the garage.

I know others have the HF lift and the Sears Craftsman, but after this money for the purchase will be the second priority, quality and reputation will be first.

Moral of the story, Don't Cheap Out! Or maybe Don't Jiggle your Bike. I need a beer. Way to much drama.
Had a middle of the road lift when I had my Dyna and was never happy with the stability of it even with the straps in place. Besides, the straps are a pain in the arse. Right now I am trying to justify the cost of a J&S unit. I know it is the right choice, but it gets awful spendy getting it to Canada. First the 20% exchange rate and then the shipping pretty much doubles the price you see on the website. Guess your experience is another
nudge in the right direction.

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The Craftsman regular and the Pro are two different animals..I have the pro, and while its not super sturdy/steady, I havent come close to it falling off...especially with the straps...I do take care befroe I lift to make sure the bike is well centered on the lift...and no, I havent shook it hard to see if its OK!!!..lol

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