Frequently Asked Questions:
Is your motorcycle lift the original design and how long have you been in business?
YES ABSOLUTELY AND WITHOUT HESITATION WE ARE THE ORIGINAL DESIGNED PITBULL MOTORCYCLE LIFT and have been for over 26 years. We have been in the motorcycle industry for over 30 years and our PITBULL MOTORCYCLE LIFTS have been in production since 1989. We are one of, if not, the oldest USA manufactured motorcycle lifts in the country. Our company has grown so much that in July 2007, A new 7,000 square foot manufacturing facility was built located in the beautiful state of TN. We are fully aware of recent attempts to imitate or somewhat duplicate our design but we are confident in the integrity and proven stability of our original and now, for 2016, NEW AND IMPROVED PITBULL MOTORCYCLE LIFTS. We are more than proud to say that our product has been, and still is, manufactured in THE USA. We urge all of our potential customers to be sure that they do the research and check the manufacturing history behind any other products that may be on the market today along with the customer service availability.
Is the Pitbull Motorcycle Lifts and Pitbull Stands the same company?
No, we are only affiliated by name. Pitbull Stands makes front and rear stands for sport bikes.
Will the Pitbull Lift work with all Bikes?
The Pitbull Lift works on all Harley Davidson makes and models and 95% of Metric/Cruiser style bikes like Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Custom built bikes. It will NOT work on sport bikes/crotch rockets because they do not have a frame to pick up from.
Will the Pitbull Lift work on my GL1800?
Yes, and it has even been rated #1 by Wing World Magazine (largest Goldwing publication). The Goldwing 1800 requires a 1/4 inch shim unless you have added an aftermarket or Tulsa Belly pan. The shim is free with the purchase of a lift. If you have added a belly pan, you do not need the shim. The shim that we have for our lift is simply a 1\4" shim placed on the front lifting rail .The bottom of the 1800 engine has a slight ridge running across it and if you lift the bike without the shim, the bike will rock slightly to the right until it makes contact with the exhaust manifold pipe. You can, without any problems, lift your bike without the shim but will have that slight side to side rock in the bike on top of the lift.
Will the Pitbull Lift work with my trike?
Yes, our lifts will pick up a trike conversion kit as long as your center stand is still on your bike and you do not have fiberglass floorboards. The lifts are rated to hold 1450 pounds, so the weight of the bike is no problem. We do make adapters for the Trikes along with one for the Harley Davidson Tri Glide.
What is the difference between the Dyna Lift, the Standard Lift and the New Style Lift?
Before we came out with Dyna lift, there was no other way to pick up Dyna's (Wideglides, Superglides, Lowriders and Dyna Sports) made 1999 to present without the use of adapters because the tranny oil pan on these bikes hangs down below the frame. Our New Style Lift is pretty much exactly like our original standard lift other than we made the lifting rails wider apart to compensate for the tranny oil pan. To lift the Dyna bikes you simply remove the inside lifting rails which allows room to span the oil pan so nothing hangs down in the way of the New Style Series Lift and you can simply roll the lift under and jack the bike up. You do not need to use any adapters on this lift. This lift will also work on ALL Harley Davidson makes and models including all customs / choppers and some metric bikes. We now have a one size fits all lifting solution with the New Style Lift design with very little adjustments for the consumer. You also have the option of keeping the additional lifting rails for future bike needs to add greater stability for heavier bikes.
Will the Pitbull Lift work on my ATV?
The ATV's are extremely stable on the lift because our lifts are a lot wider than any other lift on the market.
Will the Pitbull Lift work on my Chopper that’s slammed?
The minimum height on the lift is 4 ½”. If your bike is slammed, you will have to put the back tire and/or kickstand on a 2x board so you will have the added clearance to get under the bike. Unfortunately that is what you have to do on most Customs and Choppers because they are so low to the ground. If we make the lift clearance any lower, it would not roll around anymore and would also jeopardize the strength and stability.
Can the Pitbull Motorcycle Lifts be converted from a manual jack to an air jack?
Yes. We have recently made some minor design changes based on customer feedback and have now introduced on March 2016, The New Style Pitbull Motorcycle Lift. All lifts purchased after March 2016 can be converted either way. You can go from manual to air or from air to manual simply by calling us up and ordering the jack you need. Unfortunately there are too many differences between the original style manual units and the original style air units that were built prior to March 2016, and no conversion option is available. The pyramid that the jack sits on is welded at a different degree angle. Also, on the air lift, the plate that the air over hydraulic cylinder sits on is a thicker piece of steel and covers the whole pyramid so there would be no place to put the eye bolt that the manual lift needs to attach the foot pedal. The neck is also different along with the lifting rails. The cross bar on the " H" is welded higher than that of the manual lift to compensate for the air cylinder. We have been building the standard manual lifts now for more than 26 years. We added the air model about 12 years ago and to this point in time have never had any problems with either unit. By keeping in touch with our loyal customers and putting value in their opinions, as of March 2016 we now have an enhanced design that makes our lift convertible from manual to air or air to manual.
How much PSI is required for the air lift?
The air unit works fine on most "home based" Compressors. The actual cfm on the cylinder in around 7 cfm and 90 psi however we use a 3-1\2 hp air compressor on our show trailer to demo these lifts all over the country and I think it only has about 3 - 3.5 cfm and it works great. We still recommend a compressor that will have 3 to 5+ hp for best performance. The 5 Ton air/hyd jacks that we now use have a 80 – 120 psi range.
Can I change my tires?
As far as changing tires, you can change the tires on most any motorcycle without the need for tie downs. But, you must always keep in mind that the bike is not tied down and you need to be very careful jerking etc... On the bike and you must also be experienced at making sure you know the bike is lifted in the right spot to give you the most stability. I always recommend to new customers to go ahead and tie the bike down when performing mechanical work like removing wheels etc.. Because it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Are all oil drains accessible when my bike is on the lift?
Yes. You can purchase a drain pan and it will lie across the H bars.
Will the lift work with a center stand or tru-trac?
Yes, the center stand and tru-trac does not interfere with the lift.
How does the turntable work and why do I need it?
Our lift and Turn Table will work on all Harley Davidson’s and most other bikes with no problems at all with the exception of the Dyna bikes. Because the Dyna bikes have the pan below the frame and our table tops are solid, there is no way for it to set level on the surface. We have a Turn Table designed to fit on all of our Pitbull lifts including the original Dyna Lift. We did this so that those customers who owned a Dyna Lift, but no longer own a Dyna bike, have the option to add the turntable for the use on a different bike. Our turntables are manufactured with a solid hardened steel plate table top covered with a neoprene rubber pad and it’s own independent welded steel frame with an 8 inch steel ball bearing fastened between the two to insure stability and strength for safe rotation. All you do is remove the four bolts that hold the two or four pieces of angle, (depending on the lift) that make up the lifting rails, and replace those lifting rails with this turn table and re-install the four bolts. Then you can manually spin the bike around on the lift. The turntable was designed for customers that have a limited amount of storage. Now you can jack the bike up on the lift and turn the bike so it is in line with the jack. It takes up less room in your garage. It is also a great accessory for cleaning your bike. With the turntable, you do not have to keep moving around the bike, you can now spin the bike when cleaning and adding accessories. The turntable ads a 1/4 inch to the platform of the lift making the total clearance of the Pitbull Lift with the turntable 4 3/4 inches.
What are the specs of the lift?
Weight of the lift is 117 pounds. Maximum lift height is 25 inches. . Clearance is 4 1/2 inches.
Can my bike be stored on the jack for the winter?
Yes, the safety stops will support the weight of the bike for extended periods, including seasonal storage.
Are there places to tie the motorcycle down once it is in the air?
Yes, there are tie down points in all four corners of the lift. We recommend using these tie down points for doing major mechanical work on your bike.
How can I place my order?
When you are ready to become a proud Pitbull Motorcycle Lift owner, you can place your order by calling us factory direct on our toll free number at (1-888-299-9325). We believe in establishing confidence in our product and customer service and feel like the best way to accomplish this is to speak directly to all of our potential buyers to make sure that every question is answered and that there is no doubt in the choice you’ve made. We especially want you to know that we are here to stand behind the fine product that we are proud to say we manufacture right here in the USA.
Is it possible to get a lift shipped outside the lower 48 states?
Yes, we can ship to Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, and all other countries. You can call or email us with your complete mailing address for a quote on shipping charges.
How does it get shipped and how long does it normally take to get my order?
We ship through UPS . Your order usually ships within 2 to 3 days after we receive your order. During the summer, certain holidays and special bike events, iit could take a little longer. After it ships, Then it takes about 3 to 5 business days to receive it depending on where you live. We will email you a tracking number as soon as your order is shipped out. Call for availability.
What is the return policy?
We accept returns at our own digression. We want you to be 100% satisfied with our product and know what you are buying before you buy it. We want to make sure that it is completely compatible with your bike. We will not sell you a product that we know will not work. In order to keep our prices low. Pitbull Motorcycle Lifts has a 10 day return policy. ALL returns must be authorized in advance. Customers will call Pitbull for a return authorization number. For refunds and/or exchanges, the items must be unused, in their original packaging, have been purchased/delivered within the previous 10 business days. Products must be shipped prepaid to our Springville facility, along with date & proof of purchase. A 15% restocking fee applies to all return merchandise and order cancellations.
What type of warranty will I get with a Pitbull Lift?
.The Pitbull Motorcycle Lift has a Lifetime Warranty extended to the original purchaser of the product. It applies to all the workmanship of the lift and we stand behind it 100%. Pitbull Motorcycle Lifts warrants each product it manufactures to be free from defective materials and workmanship. Pitbull also agrees to remedy any such defect or replace the unit (at our option), provided the unit is delivered to us, intact, with all transportation charges prepaid to our factory. The provisions of this warranty shall not apply to any unit which has been subjected to misuse, neglect, unauthorized modifications, accidents, nor to units which have been repaired or altered outside of our factory. You must summit a copy of your sales receipt as proof of purchase for all warranty claims. We manufacture the Pitbull Motorcycle Lift but we do not manufacture the hydraulic jack. If you do have any problems with your hydraulic jack after the one year manufacture warranty and need a replacement, we sell replacement jacks to our customers at cost for $30.00 plus s & h. They come pre drilled and ready to bolt on.
Is the hydraulic jack made in the USA?
We buy our Pro-Lift OMEGA jacks from SFA in Kansas City, Kansas. Even though they are made and assembled in Kansas City, Kansas, some of the parts do come from Taiwan/China. Over the past 26 years, we have searched for a jack for our lifts that are completely made in the USA and it is almost impossible. The ones that we did find were very cheaply made and expensive. We tried them for a few weeks and offered them to our customers for $50.00 more to cover our expenses. The customers that did buy them, complained about their performance and quality of them. The seals would blow out a lot and we had a lot of them returned due to them being defective. After dozens of complaints, we proceeded to go back to SFA who we found makes a good quality hydraulic jack that is worth the money. Even though some of the parts come from overseas, we very rarely have any returns or defective jacks sent back. Now we can pass the savings over to our customers by supplying them with a good quality lift for a reasonable price.