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    Big Blue vs Bike lift/ramp

    I read through some older posts on this subject and I was wondering what the current opinion is on the two choices. I'm short of space, but also need a lift for 4 different bikes. From what I can see, the blue is easy to move around and can be stored elsewhere when not in use. A ramp would more likely have to stay in place and means putting a bike on it for parking. The blue looks like it might wobble a bit when doing heavy wrenching and there's nowhere to put things when working.

    Could you share the current opinion on the two variants please?

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    Re: Big Blue vs Bike lift/ramp

    A ramp will take up a lot of room, whereas the Blue lift is miles smaller.

    A ramp needs a secondary lift to lift the front or rear off the ground to remove wheels, whereas the Blue lift lifts the whole bike off the ground.

    I use a ramp and rolling the bike on and off it when parking up is a bit of a pain, but when lifted it is handy to have the ramp floor to park bits and tools on.

    If space is limited I would go for the Blue lift
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    Re: Big Blue vs Bike lift/ramp

    i just bought a big blue from mr pitts.
    brilliant kit. i use it for the street glide 2014.
    ive had the bike up to about 2ft. its rock solid. doesnt wobble.
    i do all my wrenching on the footpath, as bike lives in the street.
    i roll the lift through house into the back garden when done.
    easy. if your stuck for space, the big blue is the way to go.
    most harleys shoud lift off the same cradle, but you can buy others for sports bikes etc.
    they just slot on to the legs of the lift.
    you may have a wait to get a 2nd hand one. i was looking for 2 years before one came up,
    hth.

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    Re: Big Blue vs Bike lift/ramp

    I have a Big Blue and like you thought stability would be an issue, but it genuinely isn't.

    When loaded correctly and the frame retaining "J" bolts are on, the whole unit is as one piece.

    Shipley John (no lightweight) even sat on his Road King and raised it to full height to show it's capacity and stability.

    I've had all 3 of my Glides 1 x Electra 2 x Street, Sportsters, and smaller lightweight bikes on it all with no problem.

    I use a tool cart so have never had a problem with tool storage, but I'm sure with a little ingenuity a tray could be manufactured.
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    Re: Big Blue vs Bike lift/ramp

    Thanks for the swift feedback lads - Everything said makes sense for me. I'm definitely leaning towards the Big Blue. My back needs a rest.
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    Re: Big Blue vs Bike lift/ramp

    The only reason I sold my Big Blue lift to Halal Tim, is I need a ramp to help me get over a hump in the "shed". I'm not getting any younger & a ramp lift will assist me. Tips from The Pitts........any high torque bolts/nuts can be loosened off while the bike's on the ground if you're nervous. HTH.

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    Re: Big Blue vs Bike lift/ramp

    " Tips from The Pitts........any high torque bolts/nuts can be loosened off while the bike's on the ground if you're nervous. HTH."

    Thanks - going by the comments above, I shouldn't need to worry about it wobbling about. Do you men using an air wrench or large torque wrench?


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    Re: Big Blue vs Bike lift/ramp

    Never had a big blue but love my ramp. When not in use i turn it on its side.

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    Re: Big Blue vs Bike lift/ramp

    Another thing with the Big Blue is you can take both wheels off at the same time with no loss of stability.

    I use a windy on stubborn nuts with a spray of Halfords Shock and Unlock (really works)

    I was always told torque wrenches are never used to undo nuts that's what breaker bars are for.
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    Re: Big Blue vs Bike lift/ramp

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ID:	32000this is a professional lift and will raise the bike to 4 feet off the ground
    i bought it from a friend that closed his bike shop ,
    i wish i got it years ago ,,,, i have three bikes so one stays on the lift ,,

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