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Old 02-03-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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are jack stands absolutely necessary?

I was wondering are jack stands a good buy?

I have 33 tires so I already have space under it, but when do you need to put the jeep on stands? Except removing the tires?

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Old 02-03-2013, 01:48 PM   #2
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Suspension work, rotate tires, brakes unless you want to do one at a time with your bottle jack which is lame and probably dangerous, the list goes on

If you don't do anything besides change your own oil at home then you wouldn't need them.

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I was wondering are jack stands a good buy?
That's a lot like asking if parachutes are worth having. It all depends on what you plan to do.
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I was wondering are jack stands a good buy?
It's a safety thing. You don't want your 4000lb vehicle to fall on you, do you?
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take a tire off your rig and lower right to the floor! remove the jack! will you fit under it without looking like a pancake? Now! are jack stands worth it.
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I was wondering are jack stands a good buy?

I have 33 tires so I already have space under it, but when do you need to put the jeep on stands? Except removing the tires?

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To have jack stands on hand is a MUST in my book. Also, if you have ramps to drive on and your on 33's like me, you will be amazed on how much room you have under the jeep. I used jack stands when I did the steering on my Jeep, ball joints etc... Invest $40 bucks and don't risk having the Jeep fall due to a floor jack/bottle jack giving way.
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Suspension work, rotate tires, brakes unless you want to do one at a time with your bottle jack which is lame and probably dangerous, the list goes on

If you don't do anything besides change your own oil at home then you wouldn't need them.
Well eventually I will be doing everything when I learn so I guess stands are needed.

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That's a lot like asking if parachutes are worth having. It all depends on what you plan to do.
Sorry for the stupid question, I should have asked what repair work needs the jeep lifted off the ground.

Well then the question is, what stands you guys use? I have 33 tires so I guess I need a jack stand that goes at least 21" no?
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Well then the question is, what stands you guys use?
I primarily use 6-ton stands, which reach to the frame.

6 Ton Jack Stand Set

I also have a set of 3-ton for more detailed suspension work.

3 Ton Jack Stands - Heavy Duty Jack Stands for Cars and Trucks
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I primarily use 6-ton stands, which reach to the frame.

6 Ton Jack Stand Set

I also have a set of 3-ton for more detailed suspension work.

3 Ton Jack Stands - Heavy Duty Jack Stands for Cars and Trucks
Ah great thanks for the links.
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jack stands are also very helpful if you need an "extra set of hands" for installing heavy items like bumpers by yourself. I also have used the stands to rest the hard top on while I cleaned and painted it.

I will always keep jack stands on hand and use at least one of them (i have 4) anytime a wheel is off the ground. To do anything less is insane and asking for an injury.
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Jack stand may be one of the most necessary tools to have in a garage. I have used mine more times than I can count.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:10 PM   #13
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That's a lot like asking if parachutes are worth having. It all depends on what you plan to do.
x2 exactly.....I have 35's but need the jack stands to hold up the xsmn and xfer case when dropping the belly pan among other things already mentioned. you can get some really good ones cheap at harbor frieght.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:56 PM   #14
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but when do you need to put the jeep on stands?

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anytime you dont think your ribs can support the jeep's weight
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now you should get some 3 ton minimum. that being said I changed the clutch on mine without jacking it up at all. I only had 32s at the time on a 2.5" lift. its not mandatory for all work, but is for some.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:32 PM   #17
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I had a car that I jacked up on the axel slip off the jack and land on my hand pinning it to the jack stand I was trying to place. So be careful. I was lucky I didn't lose my hand.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:46 PM   #18
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Use jack stands. & If not in your way throw your tire under the Jeep too. If it slips off it gives it something else to land on.
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Don't become a statistic. There are many car crushing deaths because of poor safety precautions. Jack stands are a must!
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Harborfrieght has some good 6 ton stands, will order a pair.

Thanks all for the inputs!
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even though i have a 12 ton floor jack i still went out and bought 2 sets of 6 ton jack stands. they actually come in handy when i do brake jobs and tire rotations. i just put the whole rig up and don't have to keep going up and down. besides they aren't super expensive and make working much safer.
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Harbor Freight has got a coupon out there right now for the 3 ton jack stands I just picked up a pair it was 13.99 with the coupon
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Yes is the coupon still valid? Where should do you get the coupon from?
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Where did you get the coupon?
The coupon code is available on the main page but the thing is the jack stand is 16.5inch max size. Will this reach the axle with 33" tires?
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The coupon code is available on the main page but the thing is the jack stand is 16.5inch max size. Will this reach the axle with 33" tires?
Thats plenty tall enough to get under the axle.

Anybody know where to get extra tall jackstands from? Tall enough to use under the frame when you're working on the suspension on a jeep with 35's.
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Saw some oversize stands at six states distributors here, which if you don't live NW(ish) is a truck supply company.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:36 AM   #29
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Thats plenty tall enough to get under the axle.

Anybody know where to get extra tall jackstands from? Tall enough to use under the frame when you're working on the suspension on a jeep with 35's.
Are they good to go under the frame as well?
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Are they good to go under the frame as well?
Well I measured the height from ground to frame and its 19" so I guess 16.5" stands will not work. I have to get the 24".

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