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Old 08-06-2013, 01:21 AM   #1
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Tire Rotation Floor Jack

It is about time to rotate the tires on my '13 for the first time. I will probably be doing it myself. What size floor jack and jack stands should I go get?

I don't want to spend too much. I have a stock Sport S right now. I may decide to put a 2.5" BB on in the future and some 33s.

How high does the jack need to be able to raise?

Would one of these do fine?

1Duralast/2 1/4 Ton jack and stand kit (T82453) | Jack | AutoZone.com

ACDelco 34620 - Trolley Jack Kit | O'Reilly Auto Parts

http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...ack-69468.html

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Sounds like you're at stock ride height. Do the 5 tire rotation and you can just use the stock jack. Not as fast as a hydraulic jack but it'll do.

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Old 08-06-2013, 06:38 AM   #4
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Sounds like you're at stock ride height. Do the 5 tire rotation and you can just use the stock jack. Not as fast as a hydraulic jack but it'll do.
I had no luck. Two attempts. Where do you place the stock jack? I couldn't get enough clearance.
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I had no luck. Two attempts. Where do you place the stock jack? I couldn't get enough clearance.
instructions/location is in the manual.


4. Operate jack from the front or the rear of the vehicle.
Place the jack under the axle tube, as shown. Do not raise
the vehicle until you are sure the jack is fully engaged.


I've been using harbor freight jack stands for years. I have 3T and 6T sets. I also have the rubber covers too (usually on sale around $8)

Keep an eye out in money mailer or magazines. I picked up my a couple of 3T set for 14.99 with coupon (max of 3 with coupon). Normally around $45, often on sale for $25. $14.99 is a deal.
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Keep an eye out in money mailer or magazines. I picked up my a couple of 3T set for 14.99 with coupon (max of 3 with coupon). Normally around $45, often on sale for $25. $14.99 is a deal.
thats a damn good deal! if you see one, will you mail it to me?
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:50 AM   #7
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thats a damn good deal! if you see one, will you mail it to me?
i believe the ones I've seen are from money mailer / val pack. Or insert in magazines. I think bassmaster magazine has them. I think i've gotten a few in ads left in driveway (not news paper, just a few local adds that are left overnight in my drive way sometimes).
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instructions/location is in the manual.


4. Operate jack from the front or the rear of the vehicle.
Place the jack under the axle tube, as shown. Do not raise
the vehicle until you are sure the jack is fully engaged.

This. I've been so behind in getting a dedicated floor jack. I've done at least three rotations using the factory scissor jack.
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I have this one because it lifts higher, I have another one that wont even reach the Jeep. Doesn't have to be this one, but get a tall one.

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Maybe I can find some on Craig's list. Is 3T the minimum I should get? How high does it need to be able to lift? 16.5" or more than that?
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This. I've been so behind in getting a dedicated floor jack. I've done at least three rotations using the factory scissor jack.
How do you rotate this way? Don't you need to rotate front to rear (worst case)? That would require jacking in the middle for equal lift (front/rear tires).
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Maybe I can find some on Craig's list. Is 3T the minimum I should get? How high does it need to be able to lift? 16.5" or more than that?
16.5" is fine for tires. They probably wont do you any good if you want/need to use them at the frame in the future though.

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How do you rotate this way? Don't you need to rotate front to rear (worst case)? That would require jacking in the middle for equal lift (front/rear tires).
A jack and a couple jack stands and you're good
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:44 PM   #13
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I use 3T jack stands - no issues with height. I usually place them under the frame IVO the LCA brackets.

Because I am eccentric and cheap all at once, I have used my Hi-Lift to do maintenance on occasion. It is not a replacement for a floor jack by any means, but it will certainly get the job done (I have steel bumpers and just put the jack under the bumper).

A qualtiy floor jack that ranges up to 18 or so inches ought to be fine if you are jacking from under the Pumpkin/axle tube center the way most folks seem to do. Your diffs will sit around 10-11 inches at stock heigh, so unless you have more tha 7 inches of down travel, you'll be set. If you have a lot of travel in your suspension, the easiest thing is to take that quality jack and use either a grooved/slotted block of wood or but a model that has different inserts for where the jack contacts the vehicle. Even a built JK is likely not more than 5500 lbs - should be easy enough to find a Jack with the capacity to lift one end of your Jeep.

Edit: sorry, went into install a lift mode there...obviously, not super relevant for a tire change...you just need to get it off the ground. =)
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How do you rotate this way? Don't you need to rotate front to rear (worst case)? That would require jacking in the middle for equal lift (front/rear tires).
not if you use the spare and do a 5 tire rotation - then you only need one wheel in the air at a time.
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+1 ^^^

Sears use to sell a SUV Jack, that is were I got mine.
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:48 PM   #16
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I just picked up a couple of 3T jack stands from Harbor Freight for $20 tax included. I plan on dipping my wheels black when I do my first rotation next weekend.
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How do you rotate this way? Don't you need to rotate front to rear (worst case)? That would require jacking in the middle for equal lift (front/rear tires).
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not if you use the spare and do a 5 tire rotation - then you only need one wheel in the air at a time.
Like afletche said use your full-sized spare in your rotations! Use example "G" below and you'll only need your stock jack at the minimum or one floor jack of your choosing.

I am stuck in apartment life so I just use the stock jack out in the back parking lot for my complex during the day when no one is there. Apartment manager is cool with it and I don't really want to carry a big floor jack down from the second floor to the back lot.

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Tractor supply or northern tool can have good deals on jacks too.

I have a big 6T rolling floor jack that weighs close to 120 lbs that I picked up on clearance at tractor supply for around $80. My only complaint with it is you have to be careful lowering (lowers by turning handle to release pressure), if you go to fast your vehicle comes crashing to the ground. it goes up to around 19" I think

It will jack up anything I have, including my 8x'8'x8' shed (it's built like a house with 16" studs not 24" like prebuilt stuff at home depot/lowes)

I have 2 T, 3T and 6T jack stands.

I have an older craftsman jack that was designed for suv/trucks and goes to around 23" (not made anymore and haven't been for at least 5 years), but it's inoperable at the moment, haven't looked into getting it repaired - it doesn't hold pressure. I haven't taken time to disassemble and try to rebuild it myself.
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Just saying...

It is not a great idea to attempt a tire rotation with just a jack. It is always recommended to use jack stands while working under a lifted vehicle.

Be Safe!
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Just saying...

It is not a great idea to attempt a tire rotation with just a jack. It is always recommended to use jack stands while working under a lifted vehicle.

Be Safe!
I completely agree. Safety first. think ill pick up some jack stands today and use the stock jack (for now) until i buy a 3T floor jack.
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I picked up a 2.5T low profile jack from Harbor Freight for $69 and a set of 3T jack stands for $15. The lo pro goes up to around 18.5 or 19" so it works very well. They always have an ad in Car and Driver magazines towards the back with tons of coupons. Also you can sign up for the circular on their website and get specials sent to you. My local HF will accept the coupon right on the phone which makes life easier.
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not if you use the spare and do a 5 tire rotation - then you only need one wheel in the air at a time.
Take your spare and move it to your back right tire. Jack it up there and put the spare on. Now move the right back tire to the front right. Do the same. Move the right front tire to the left back tire and do the same. Move the left back tire to the front right tire, and install. Take the left front tire and put it on you spare tire.

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