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type of jack do you use on your road glide for routine maintenance??

Hey whats up guys,

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I own a 2018 Harley Road Glide.
What type of jack do you recommend for doing routine maintenance like oil changes?

In my service manual it mentions a Harley Davidson Fat Jack.
I'm not sure that's big enough, is it?

Also, I have the CRAFTSMAN yellow jack and Ive been using that ever since i had my Harley V-ROD Muscle.
What are the best docking points you guys recommend if I use my yellow jack.

What are the best docking points you guys recommend if I was to buy the Fat Jack?

I have a hard time fitting an oil dispenser underneath it. I don't like the huge oil catcher Harley sells cause that thing is enormous. I usually just buy a small thick one that can hold a good amount of fluid from my local auto store cause its a bit easier to fit but I still end up dripping a small amount of oil. The smaller one can hold about 4-5 quarts of oil from there. But now, I'm gonna change my transmission fluid so that would mean more fluid which means having a thicker dispenser.

Any recommendations would be a great help.
Thanks a bunch
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Hey whats up guys,

Have a question for you?
I own a 2018 Harley Road Glide.
What type of jack do you recommend for doing routine maintenance like oil changes?

In my service manual it mentions a Harley Davidson Fat Jack.
I'm not sure that's big enough, is it?

Also, I have the CRAFTSMAN yellow jack and Ive been using that ever since i had my Harley V-ROD Muscle.
What are the best docking points you guys recommend if I use my yellow jack.

What are the best docking points you guys recommend if I was to buy the Fat Jack?

I have a hard time fitting an oil dispenser underneath it. I don't like the huge oil catcher Harley sells cause that thing is enormous. I usually just buy a small thick one that can hold a good amount of fluid from my local auto store cause its a bit easier to fit but I still end up dripping a small amount of oil. The smaller one can hold about 4-5 quarts of oil from there. But now, I'm gonna change my transmission fluid so that would mean more fluid which means having a thicker dispenser.

Any recommendations would be a great help.
Thanks a bunch
John S


For as much as I've had to use a jack on all the bikes I've owned the one I got from Harbor Fright has been just fine...about the same as the Sears jack.

The Harley oil catcher is one of the best products they sell. At least IMHO. I've tried other things and just ended up making a mess.
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For as much as I've had to use a jack on all the bikes I've owned the one I got from Harbor Fright has been just fine...about the same as the Sears jack.

The Harley oil catcher is one of the best products they sell. At least IMHO. I've tried other things and just ended up making a mess.

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I used the Harbor Freight jack until last year. It worked just fine until the bottle jack quit working (with the bike in the air) so I used that as an opportunity to buy the J&S jack. Now that I use the jack after every ride to spin the bike around in the garage I'm glad that I got the J&S.
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I've been using a J&S jack since '08 with great results and recently just picked up a K&L Fat Jack for shits and giggles.
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J&S for the last 4 years. Use it weekly for her rubdown.
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I picked up a used J&S jack a few months ago - Craigslist for about $150. Seller disclosed that it needed a new bottle jack - which I replaced for around $50. It came with the oil drain pan, which works very well.

It is my first motorcycle jack and I quickly became comfortable with it. I couldn't be happier with it.
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I don't use a jack for changing the oil , put a 2x4 block under the kickstand .. In the shop I have a Torin Big Red jack , works great , was $50 at a flea market , brand new .. If I expand the bike shop this summer , like I'm planning , may get a swankier one , but this Torin works fine ...
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What do I recommend for routine maintenance?

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If you're still good with laying on the floor, then a scissor jack is the hands down best way to go. Does what you need and is seldom in your way.



On sale at the moment too.

https://www.discountramps.com/motorc...ack/p/MC-JACK/
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I have a J&S jack which I really like and I also own a K&L fatjack when I drop the rear wheel to change tires service etc. Which makes the Jon whole lot easier, but as stated by another member before me, a table is the cat's meow, looking at a Black widow lift myself , maybe soon I will pull the trigger.
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