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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 04-13-2012, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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How do you jack up your V Star?

Sorry for making ANOTHER thread.. But when I rolled my V Star 1100 in my garage today anticipating putting it on the jack for an easier working height. UMMMM not so easy! Only spot that works leaves the front tire on the ground and lifts the rest of the bike. Move the jack any further forward, and Id be lifting it by the bottom of the engine.

What do you guys do?
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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 04-13-2012, 11:55 PM
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I was just searching this same info last week. I found this much
/http://www.sloneservices.com/SilverBack/Other-Stuff/DIY%20Jack%20Stands.pdf
/http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1616081/Jacking%20and%20Supporting%20a%20VStar%201100.pdf
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post #3 of 43 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 03:05 AM
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i use a jack that actually works on bikes. it's a harbor freight lift that drops down to 3.5"





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post #4 of 43 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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This is the same jack I have but there is no where to lift the bike while keeping it level. If you move it too far forward, then you are lifting it by the engine.. Im guessing that cant be a good thing?
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The bottom of the vstar 1100 isn't flat n smooth. here is a link to an adapter to make your jack lift level.

http://www.sloneservices.com/SilverB...Supporting.pdf

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Problem with the adapter is it makes the jack to tall to fit under the bike....I use a similat jack without any mods and if i get the rear arm o the jack on the cross member behind the engine, I'm pretty balanced.

If you pull anything off the bike though (Rear Wheel for instance) you need to support the front end as the center of gravity on the bike is actually a little forward of the area i jack up at.

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I also use the Harbor Freight model that BEV1981 uses. As a matter of fact my bike has been on it for over a week now waiting for me to fix a flat rear tire.

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I don't know about you guys but I just slip a 6" piece of 1"X4" under the front right side frame. Never had an issue. I don't like to over complicate things.......

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Don't know how much different the underside is on a 950 vs 1100.
My jack looks very much like the Beeve has. And, yes, it is tricky to make it work right(for me). Like Mick says, don't complicate things.
Most things are not so tough if you give it some thought.
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I don't know about you guys but I just slip a 6" piece of 1"X4" under the front right side frame. Never had an issue. I don't like to over complicate things.......
how does this approach work by just putting it under the right side? Are you not lifting by the left side of the frame at that point? Im guessing you are lifting by the crossmember, and the right front then?
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