Tim.....The only lift I know of that has adapters especially made for the Boss to lift the frame without touching the pipes is the Pitbull lift which I have. Is expensive and very heavy but really does the job. $600 but well worth it. No, you can't put it on your garage wall because I'll bet it weighs 100+ pounds but when you want the bike up with no damage or problem it works great. Lifts the bike with a 12 ton jack to 24"+ and I've had the bike on it all winter long. The thing is built like a brick ****house. Jeff, the owner of the company worked with the factory and changed the adapters with my input to get it right. You can climb on it and sit on the bike with no problem and I highly recommend it. I'm not going to trust a $77 lift with the Boss. Lifting capacity is not stated but I'll bet it will take double the weight of the Boss. The arms WILL dent the exhausts without the adapters since the exhuasts sit lower than the frame and all of the non-boss lifts will contact the pipes before the frame.. ...Joe
I'm on my way to ordering one as well. Weight, price, design...yep. That jack can very easily be modified to lift the Boss or any other bike. I'm not going to screw with a $600 jack when I've been using an inexpensive Craftsman hydraulic and a 2x4 to do the trick for years. Great lead. Thanks,
Not sure about the pipes but like Elliot I have been using a cheap jack I got at Tractor Supply for some time now and it works great. I have the Nascar pipes so maybe it's not a problem with them. I'm picking mine up today so I'll get a picture of it later on. I need one for the VTX too and I'm sure it will do just fine for that. 8)
I've got a Pitbull & I agree it's stable as hell. I still use jack stands when I'm going to change oil and tranny fluid though.......it's quicker and less cumbersome to work around to get at the drains and have a drain pan under the scoot. Mine is just too low to the ground to get on the lift without using 2X8's to get enough ground clearance.
I really like the Pitbull for cleaning and the ability to get it way up for jobs that require a lot of time to finish, like checking all of the bolts under the bike.
May I suggest my routine for using the Pitbull lift. Put a brick under the kickstand. Slide the lift under the bike. Set the right side adapter in place. Push the bike from the left side hard against the right side adapter and slide the left side adapter in place. Adjust the adapters on both sides with a mallet until the edges of the adapters are even with the lifting rails. Pump er' up and there you are. I also just use a small hydraulic jack and stands for routine oil changes and maintenance because the Pitbull is so ****ing heavy and Takes about 10-15 minutes to get it right under the bike but once you are centered there is no question about it's security and strength. That $77 aluminum lift shown here looks good and I'm sure it's easy to maneuver but I'm not putting my 1200 lb. bike on a lift rated at 1500 lbs. If you just compare it's construction with the Pitbull visually, you'll see what I'm saying.......Joe
I just ordered one of the Sam's club jacks on line . I want it even if it won't fit the Boss but I agree with Elliot , it can be adapted very easily . I can think of a lot of uses for this jack , Motorcycle's, ATV's, Lawn mower etc . Great price also .
I just recieved my Sams club alum . jack and all I can say is WOW!!!!. I can't believe quality of this jack. Like Lamont said , this jack looks like it is worth $500.00 , not $ 77.00 . If you don't need one for yourself , what a great gift this would be for another biker .
If you can't get the left side adapters under the left frame rails, use a small hydrualic pump jack under the gusset just behind the sidestand rubber bumper on the left and jack it up high enough to get the adapter under the frame. Should not need ramps to do this. The small hydraulic bottle jacks are very cheap and easy to store...Joe
Yup, have done that also. I have 2 pieces of 2x10 that I beveled to drive up on and one for the side stand. It actually is pretty fast and I can get it up by myself ( the bike )..........I just roll the jack under the scoot and put the right side legs on, pull the bike over on them and go to the other side and slide the left legs in. This also helps align the jack.........
I still use the jack stands and jack for quick stuff and when I want to run it..........I have run it on the lift also and it seems very stable.
I guess the biggest reason for the Pit Bull is cleaning without having to be on the floor or moving it around. I just jack it up about 2 1'2' and sit my butt on my roller stool........cripes I'm lazy.........although the cart is a great way not to have to get up and walk to your brew :lol: 8) :beer8:
Hi Tim...You may have better method than I do but my bike is stock height and all I have to do is push er' over onto the right adapter once it is in place and can slip the left side in. The lift is a pain in the ass to use in some ways but the security of the configuration is so strong that I have no concerns about climbing up on it and running the bike with me on it in the air. Never any concerns about the security of it's strength or slippage and had it up all winter to do my mods. Everything is a tradeoff, I guess and I wish the sucker was lighter in weight but when it's up in the air I have no questions about it's stability and strength...Joe
I have a Black Jack lift. Very similar to the Pit Bull lift. Heavy Mutha too!! I use the exact method you do for setting it up under the bike. I use a block and fall to hang it on the wall when not in use. You're right though..........Very sturdy (HEAVY) lift!!. Hope all is well with you!..........Don
Don...I think I'd need three people to get this Pitbull on the wall and maybe the wall would come down so on the floor it stays. I don't know what a block and fall means so please explain. Warmer weather has to be coming eventually and our meet up has to happen in the Spring...Joe
PS. I don't know why but I get the feeling that everything I do is overkill. Other guys buy lifts for less than $80 which they are happy with and I buy $600 ones that weigh as much as a car! I spend Two thousand to get a new neck welded on and others TIG them for a few bucks. I guess that's what I get for being an MD and am as gullible about this **** as others are about medicine..Joe
Don't feel bad , I overkill almost everything I do also . I have one of those big ,expensive , bulky , heavy bike lifts that I bought for my Harley several years ago and the main reason I bought it was because it lifts the Harley 24" off the floor which for me is good heigth for working on a Harley and it is high enough to pull the wheels off . The biggest problem is it is big and heavy . Now the Boss is a different story . I don't want or need it 24" off the floor . I bought this alum. jack to replace all of my other jacks . I'm going to adapt it to lift the Boss and the Harley to quickly lift them for cleaning and minor repairs but will still use my jack stands for on the Boss for heavy duty work . Just makeing conversation .
Jack...when you get the adapters straight ..please post what you did. Damn..I'd love to have a light lift that could do the job. This Pitbull is great but I don'y use it nearly as often as I would like to because of it's shear mass. Once I have it in place it's magic but It is sooo ****ing heavy!! The thing is so stable and the wheels are strong I can pull the bike around the garage easily when on the lift...Joe