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Old 10-04-2008, 09:02 PM
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Hydraulic floor jack

Hi, Guys,

Thought I would buy an hydraulic floor jack and fit the wheel adapters tomorrow - so I went to the closest auto supply parts store on the way home - Walmart - and thought I hit the jackpot.

A 2 ton jack with a pair of stands for $50.00 - figured it should last for four lifts - one for each wheel.

Went out after dinner to have a closer look at it and it only extends to 13" or 14 " and the box recommends that it to be used for 16" tires max.

Well back in the box and crawl under the truck.

The highest jack point I found is the axle at 12" with 29" tires. 31" tires should add another 0.75" to the jack height giving a minimum of 13" before lifting. So I figure if I ever went to 33" tires - yeah right - then a jack that goes to 20" would be minimum.

Have I done the calculations correctly?

Anybody know of a reasonable brand floor jack so I can clean the rotors before mounting the adapters?

Another Bill
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Old 10-05-2008, 01:13 AM
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Hi, Guys,

Thought I would buy an hydraulic floor jack and fit the wheel adapters tomorrow - so I went to the closest auto supply parts store on the way home - Walmart - and thought I hit the jackpot.

A 2 ton jack with a pair of stands for $50.00 - figured it should last for four lifts - one for each wheel.

Went out after dinner to have a closer look at it and it only extends to 13" or 14 " and the box recommends that it to be used for 16" tires max.

Well back in the box and crawl under the truck.

The highest jack point I found is the axle at 12" with 29" tires. 31" tires should add another 0.75" to the jack height giving a minimum of 13" before lifting. So I figure if I ever went to 33" tires - yeah right - then a jack that goes to 20" would be minimum.

Have I done the calculations correctly?

Anybody know of a reasonable brand floor jack so I can clean the rotors before mounting the adapters?

Another Bill
My stock bottle jack works on my truck with the 32" tires. I jack off the rear axle and right below the front shock arm mounting location on the lower wishbone.
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Old 10-05-2008, 10:39 AM
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You'll probably have to go with an SUV jack. I got a Craftsman one that will lift to 21" and about 3 tons/6,000lbs. I know I paid a bit more than $50 just for the jack plus the cost of the axle stands. Probably cost me nearer $200 all up.

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Old 10-05-2008, 10:42 AM
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I've always had Sears brand floor jacks. The 4-5 ton ones have plenty of lift. But they're not cheap. The way I look at it, buying quality means you only cry once.

Or put the Cheap Crap from China on top of 2X10 slabs - the same ones you'll be carrying with you on any trip to non-paved areas so the jack doesn't sink down in the mud.

There's a reason they invented the Hi-Lift jack and gave it that name.
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I've always had Sears brand floor jacks. The 4-5 ton ones have plenty of lift. But they're not cheap. The way I look at it, buying quality means you only cry once.

Or put the Cheap Crap from China on top of 2X10 slabs - the same ones you'll be carrying with you on any trip to non-paved areas so the jack doesn't sink down in the mud.

There's a reason they invented the Hi-Lift jack and gave it that name.
Hi, Guys,

I lucked out again - returned the Red Dog 2 T plus jacks for a 2.5T that has a 21" lift.

Got to try it out today - pulled the left front wheel and trial fitted the wheel adapters I got from MotorSport-Tech - they fit perfectly - no slop anywhere and just sit flat against the rotor with no play over the hub.

As Roadie reminds us every time we talk about spacers - remove the rotor retaining clips so the spacers can sit flat - do it first - there's only two per wheel - do it first.

Lucked out again because I didn't follow the advice given here and buy them from Fred Goeske at http://www.wheeladapters.com

No pics as I was by myself and just changing a tire with rheumatoid arthritis can sometimes be as much as you can do.

Having the tire guy install the 255/70R17 Silent Armors on Friday - he's working and I'm shooting - so there'll be lots of pics.

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i would have just found the nearest 4x4 or 6x6 block of wood.
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i would have just found the nearest 4x4 or 6x6 block of wood.

^ dangerous!.. Just think about all that could go wrong with that.

I've got a 3 ton Torin Big Red jack with 3 ton stands. I think it was like $169 at northern tool. Plus it came with a little knee pad and wheel chocks(sp?). I bought one a few months ago and it leaked. I called torin and they said to take it back to Northern Tool and they would replace it. Sure enough they did without any problems.
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farmer's knack. used it for many, many years. still use jack stands (of course), and always just high enough to get the job done. Only a fool (Read: Darwin Candidate) would venture under a vehicle that's not properly jack standed.
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Hydraulic Lift and Jack Stands

I am going to change my rear brakes, but wanted to know the best spot to place my hydraulic jack and the supporting jack stand. Also, is it better to lift one side at a time or put both rear tires in the air with jack stands? I have a 2 ton jack with two 2 ton rear jack stands.
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