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I just canceled a Torin T64017 1500 lb. Motorcycle and ATV Jack
for my new bike because I wasn't sure it was the correct one; the 1100 CC motor casting sticks out slightly below the frame.
I would be interested to know what other members with this model use to service their bikes and where they purchased it; I prefer to shop Online.
I need to be able to get the bike safely higher to get my oil pan underneath it.
 

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Thats a good question. I have a M-ATV jack I cannot use it on this bike seems I cant find a good center of balance.
 

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I just canceled a Torin T64017 1500 lb. Motorcycle and ATV Jack
for my new bike because I wasn't sure it was the correct one; the 1100 CC motor casting sticks out slightly below the frame.
I would be interested to know what other members with this model use to service their bikes and where they purchased it; I prefer to shop Online.
I need to be able to get the bike safely higher to get my oil pan underneath it.
When I borrow my buddies jack (not sure of the brand) I use a couple of 2x4s that are placed under the frame (one on each frame tube) and across the pads of the jack. This has worked well for me on the many occations I have used it.
Hope this helps
 

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MC Jack

I do about the same as Doug. I have a GM Goodwrench mc/atv jack, it says GM 7200, guess that's the model number. I found the lifting rails a bit short for my liking, barely caught the frame tubes, so I bolted 1x to the rails adding 6 inches total lenght, I still have to put a 2x under the kickstand to slide in under, but it has worked well for me. The casting you speak of clears between the two lifting rails. It is rock solid when lifted. Good luck. Ride safe.
 

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Sears Jack 1/2" to small

After I read a post stating the Sears product worked well, I went out and purchased one. Even on sale, it is considerably more than most I seen so far and it's lifting area is too small; about 1/2" short all around of the minimum needed to lift this bike. I was able to place it in the back of the engine on the frame, not centered enough to lift both wheel off the ground, but it got the bike high enough to put the oil pan underneath.
For a smaller bike with a more narrow frame, it would work well. I plan to return it after this first service and shop for one designed to lift a bike the size of a Star V 1100.
 

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All jacked up (or not)..

Ok, I'm not trying to steal your thread, but this is so weird. I just logged on to post a question about jacking the bike up, and here's this thread. My question is on the same lines..

I know I'm not the only one that doesn't have a nifty bike jack at their disposal. I'm wondering what you guys do to hold the bike level when you need to do maintenance or whatnot on it. It's coming time for my first oil change on my 1100, and I don't think it's going to work very well having my 5-foot tall wife hold the bike up for this lengthy project (no, I don't have an ORK :(). Any ideas would be appreciated...

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I either use my girlfriend or a brick under the kickstand. That is if I am unable to borrow a jack. No I don't put her under the kickstand. LOL Seh just sits there with the bike level and looks pretty, wipes my brow when I sweat and hands me my beer when I get parched.LOL:):rolleyes:
 

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I've had enough with the cheap stuff

After I read a post stating the Sears product worked well, I went out and purchased one. Even on sale, it is considerably more than most I seen so far and it's lifting area is too small; about 1/2" short all around of the minimum needed to lift this bike. I was able to place it in the back of the engine on the frame, not centered enough to lift both wheel off the ground, but it got the bike high enough to put the oil pan underneath.
For a smaller bike with a more narrow frame, it would work well. I plan to return it after this first service and shop for one designed to lift a bike the size of a Star V 1100.
After waisting another morning driving a great distance for a motorcycle jack, only to be disappointed again; I found jsjacks.com with a Google search and ordered one of their lifts.
If you read why these two guys started the company in 1995, to manufacture quality motorcycle lifts, one of them could have been me!
Below is my email to the company:

"Your ad says it all! After purchasing a new bike I had to return TWO motorcycle lifts, because they were more well suited for bicycles!
If possible I would really appreciate it you could ship my order out on Tuesday, June 1 st.
Thank you for going into the business!
Bruce"

http://www.jsjacks.com/index.htm
 

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It's coming time for my first oil change on my 1100, and I don't think it's going to work very well having my 5-foot tall wife hold the bike up for this lengthy project (no, I don't have an ORK :(). Any ideas would be appreciated...

Don
I built this to do an oil change. You need it even to check the oil! That is, unless you have a cooperative wife.

It works very well - easy to use, and seems very stable, but don't believe the prices. Don't know if they're from another decade or two, or what. Just the pipe, flange and cap was almost $20 at OSH.

I started with a 4x6 that I scrounged but had to bolt down another 2x4 for my V Star 650, to get some lift, so I would suggest to get the 4x8, or bolt together two 2x8s to save money.

http://www.nightrider.com/biketech/bikelift.htm

Oh yeah, one more thing. I bought the sears m/c lift also, and noticed it won't fit under my V Star. I'll have to use my home-made lift first, then slide the sears lift under. I haven't actually tried the sears lift yet, because I have a huge garage cleanup problem first. I barely cleared a space in the garage for the V Star when I first brought it home.
 

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Ck oil

bluesjr,
I use a long handle inspection mirror to check the oil level, if there is no girlfriend (don't have one)or wifey(have one) around at the time, it works out well.:) Makes it a easy one man thing.
 

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I could not tell you when, that is so variable. If you ride civil, key here: keep good and clean oil(filter every time) hard tellin, maybe not in your bikes life that you have it. Sugar Bear has an 82 Virago that don't burn a drop, Yamaha v-twin engines have their + and -, but they are proven and tough, so don't worry about oil burners, that's just me. Ride Safe........:)
 

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I could not tell you when, that is so variable. If you ride civil, key here: keep good and clean oil(filter every time) hard tellin, maybe not in your bikes life that you have it. Sugar Bear has an 82 Virago that don't burn a drop, Yamaha v-twin engines have their + and -, but they are proven and tough, so don't worry about oil burners, that's just me. Ride Safe........:)
I have 66k on my 1100 and I ride it not hard but not easy either. I finially had to add some oil just before my last oil change. I think the more hiway miles the more oil the bike will use.
 

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BNT I got mine from Sears and its different long enough to go to outside edges of frame, but still had to board it up to lift stabile.
 

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Pay the Piper

BNT I got mine from Sears and its different long enough to go to outside edges of frame, but still had to board it up to lift stable.
When you have to do EVERYTHING by yourself, it's nice to have a little extra length and width for the lifting pads; it make it much easier to get it where you want it; while your ALSO preventing the 653 pound bike from falling over.
I really didn't want to spend that much, but I also didn't want a new motorcycle either; I just got tired of looking at used ones that everyone modified the way I didn't want.
Sometimes it's easier to pay the "Piper" and be done with it. I couldn't be happier with my new Star V 1100 Silverado and I'm sure I'll feel that same way about the J&S jack when it finally gets here this Friday; photos to follow.
Bruce
 

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You Get What You Pay For

Everything about the J&S motorcycle jack is so superior, it's a wonder why so few companies make quality a top priority.
Both Sear and Northern Tools jack had 12 inch lifting pads, separated by only 6 or 7 inches; not nearly enough to straddle the part of the engine below the frame.
This J&S jack comes with 16 inch lifting pads, separated by 13 inches.
It's even packed with great care. Look at the condition of the box and it weighs 93 pounds!
I HIGHLY recommend this product to all that can afford one; it is defiantly worth the money I paid for it.
 

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Aside from my frame being red thats the same one I bought at Sears. I bought mine a few yrs ago and they may not carry it anymore. The boarding up I was talking about takes care of the low hanging frame on the fwd right of the V-star 1100. I just have office carpet strips two faced taped to the lift bars so I don't scratch the frame. I use a 2x4 on the aft lift, a 2x4 on the fwd right and a 1x4 on the fwd left all have velcro on back to keep in place till the weight gets on.
 
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