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I was considering getting a hydraulic lift for service on my 2000 1200. I saw a very nice one used for sale near me. Only problem is the lift dimensions don't line up very well with the underside of the bike's frame. Those 2 lateral supports are the main problem. Anyone use a lift with their Evo Sportster? The one I'm looking at is the Sears aluminum unit they used to sell.
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Take caution to not lift by the exhaust that about it. I prefer to go on the right side of the bike,
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I have the older Sears aluminum lift and it works with all three Sporty’s, just have to fiddle with the placement.
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I was considering getting a hydraulic lift for service on my 2000 1200. I saw a very nice one used for sale near me. Only problem is the lift dimensions don't line up very well with the underside of the bike's frame. Those 2 lateral supports are the main problem. Anyone use a lift with their Evo Sportster? The one I'm looking at is the Sears aluminum unit they used to sell.
A while ago I bought this one. It has wheels on it to move the bike around.
https://www.ho-michielsen.nl/automat...otorlift-680kg

The dimensions didn't line up with the underside of the frame like you said. The two frame supports underneath and the jiffy stop which is welded to the frame were also in the way. And just like rejeanprimeau already said, watch your exhaust.

I knew it wouldn't fit properly even before I bought it. I adapted this by some hard wood and an electric jigsaw. There were already some holes in the iron frame of the lift so it was easy to screw my homely crafts to it. The bike is also supported by straps that came with it.

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Lots of lift ideas in the Sportsterpedia.
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A while ago I bought this one. It has wheels on it to move the bike around.
https://www.ho-michielsen.nl/automat...otorlift-680kg

The dimensions didn't line up with the underside of the frame like you said. The two frame supports underneath and the jiffy stop which is welded to the frame were also in the way. And just like rejeanprimeau already said, watch your exhaust.

I knew it wouldn't fit properly even before I bought it. I adapted this by some hard wood and an electric jigsaw. There were already some holes in the iron frame of the lift so it was easy to screw my homely crafts to it. The bike is also supported by straps that came with it.

Is that a rubber block between the engine and cross rail?
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Maybe I’m negligent and shouldn’t publicly admit to this. I have an old Craftsman lift. It’s perfect, with the exception of being too tall to slide under my shovelhead. I recently used it to help install 100 lb. wheel weights on my tractor. It’s used far less since I bought a HF lift.

Anyway, I rarely strapped a bike down when using it. Never had a bike fall off.
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Is that a rubber block between the engine and cross rail?
Yes. That is a rubber block. I didn't put it there but it puzzled me too when I got the bike. Engine has never been out of the frame, so I think it's supposed to be there(?)
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I wonder if that was left there from the assembly line? Maybe on engine install initial alignment aid.
I went though the York plant in the early 90's, dont recall if we were allowed to take pics. Im going to look through some photo albums this weekend.
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I wonder if that was left there from the assembly line? Maybe on engine install initial alignment aid.
I went though the York plant in the early 90's, dont recall if we were allowed to take pics. Im going to look through some photo albums this weekend.
I remember when cleaning the bike for the first time, there was also a very thin layer of black plastic between the rubber and the frame that I could pull out. I did because it was hanging loose. Very curious if you can find something about it. I appreciate it!

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