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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-10-2017, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Harbor Freaight Lift and the V Star 1300

I couldn't find any recent threads on the topic, so here is a new one. I recently bought the HF lift for $72 w/ 20% coupon. But as we all know, it doesn't exactly fit the underside of the V Star. So I made a modification to the jack that cost $15 and took 30 minutes to complete. I extended the lift on the side that goes towards the front of the bike using a 4' section of angle iron purchased at the local hardware store. I cut two 20" lengths. Marked them with the location of the bolts and the cross member. Cut out the notches for the bolts and cross member. I loosened the bolts slid on the two pieces of angle iron and tightened up the bolts. Works perfect and all I need is a piece of 5/4 decking wood on each end of the extension and one accross the back of the lift that goo\es under the frame cross member and the bike lifts perfectly straight and stable.
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I have that same lift and have no issues with it under my 2007 Vstar 1300.

The only modification I have is 2 wooded boards to roll the bike up onto so the bottom of the bike is high enough off the ground for the lift to roll under it. I have it all down pat and can load and unload the bike without any help.

Are you strapping the bike down using the tie-down clips once it is on the lift? I run one strap over the seat and put a towel between the seat and the strap to protect it. Super stable and I can roll it all over the garage as needed.

I will take a picture when I get home tonight and post it.

Can you provide a picture of what this modification is doing for your situation to make it better?
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i've got a HF lift that looks just like yours (in yellow) and i can fit it under my lowered 950. not sure why it wasn't fitting under yours. i do have to jimmy it a little to get it under there.
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i've got a HF lift that looks just like yours (in yellow) and i can fit it under my lowered 950. not sure why it wasn't fitting under yours. i do have to jimmy it a little to get it under there.
I think you are referring to my comment?

I don't think my bike is lowered, but I bought it used. While standing upright the lift will not slide under it, I need the inch or so I am getting from the boards.
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i'm referring to the OP with the pictures
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I ran into the same issue with my Craigslist Sears Craftsman Lift. There are some pictures of wooden jigs that clear the bottom of the motor when added to a lift. I modified them a bit and installed on my lift. Now I have no problem getting a good stable lift, but I do have to push the bike up on sections of 2 X 12's to get the bike high enough to fit the lift (with jig) underneath.

Thanks for the pictures. Do you have any pictures of your bike on the lift with the 5/4 wood sections in place? It would be nice not to have to get the bike up to slide the lift under. I got spoiled with my Suzuki C50 as a standard lift w/o any additional parts. The lift fits underneath the Suzuki w/o having to get the bike up or adding anything to the lift.
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I found this on another bike forum. You can build the ramp as wide as you need to be comfortable putting your bike on. As you can see, the ramp is built in three sections, with the middle section, removable, to insert the lift. Works pretty well.

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Thanks oldrodder! Looks like it works well and should be fairly easy to build. I appreciate you posting the photos and letting us know about them.

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I finally took some pics of my setup.

I roll the bike up onto these wood blocks I made by nailing 2 pieces of old fencing together.

Roll the lift under the center and up we go!






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I'm installing the Cobra Slip On today, so I took a few photos of the bike up on the jack. The rear cross member sitting firmly on the two pieces of 5/4 and the extensions on the front of the jack allows the frame to sit firmly on the jack without either side being near the edge of the jack.
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