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post #1 of 10 Old 05-06-2009, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Sears Motorcycle Jack?

Anyone use the motorcycle jack that's on sale at Sears right now? It's $20 off (here near DC) and it looks like you can get another $10 off if bought on line. Guess I'd have to put a good skid plate to use it (which I might do anyway.)

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-08-2009, 06:17 PM
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Mercenary: Dan Vessel made the only skid plate that I know for sure will allow a jack to carry the bike. Bad news. He is not making the plates at this time. Good news. He makes a jig that bolts onto the bike and lets you jack it up without doing any damage. I have discussed this with him. I don't know why you couldn't just leave the jig on the bike & even add a skid plate of your own design to it.

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Mercenary: Dan Vessel made the only skid plate that I know for sure will allow a jack to carry the bike. Bad news. He is not making the plates at this time. Good news. He makes a jig that bolts onto the bike and lets you jack it up without doing any damage. I have discussed this with him. I don't know why you couldn't just leave the jig on the bike & even add a skid plate of your own design to it.
thanks, I guess that helps explain why everyone things center stands are a required farkle on the Stroms.

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Slightly related question ...

I'm going to display my ignorance and jack this thread (sorry) by asking: if you have a center stand (I do), no skid plate (I don't) and want to get the front wheel off the ground, where is it safe to place the jack? Can you just place it on the bottom of the engine near the oil drain plug?

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Not sure about the Sears one but it looks like the one I bought from Harbor Freight for $60 on sale. It is made in China like the Sears one probably and works fine.

I don't care for center stands. I got a jack and it lifts both wheels. Center stands leave the front wheel on the ground.

Get the jack and you will use it.
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Center stands leave the front wheel on the ground.
Maybe so but it's quite simple to throw a floor jack under the engine to get the front wheel up while on the centerstand.

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I'm going to display my ignorance and jack this thread (sorry) by asking: if you have a center stand (I do), no skid plate (I don't) and want to get the front wheel off the ground, where is it safe to place the jack? Can you just place it on the bottom of the engine near the oil drain plug?

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Anyplace under there is fine.

The front weighs nothing with the bike on a center stand.

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I have a center stand and use a cheap hydraulic jack and a piece of wood to lift the front.

I have one of the Sears type jacks and use it for my other bikes. The center stand makes it unnecessary for normal V-Strom maintenance or wheel changing. It wouldn't be too hard to fashion a jig with a 2x4 and a few drywall screws.

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jsr1017; If you have a garage door opener and it is well fastened to the joists, you can bring two ratchet ties down to the hand grips and they will lift the front off the ground and stabilize the whole bike so it can't fall on you. Bob...

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I'm going to display my ignorance and jack this thread (sorry) by asking: if you have a center stand (I do), no skid plate (I don't) and want to get the front wheel off the ground, where is it safe to place the jack? Can you just place it on the bottom of the engine near the oil drain plug?

Thanks, Jim
Just put a kid or spouse on the passenger seat. If you don't have one on hand, a couple bags of leveling sand in a top box will raise the front, too.

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