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Old 03-18-2010, 09:15 AM   #1
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Smile d'oh jacks not tall enough

so, the shop that i had at my disposal has closed down. Which is to bad, because every time i needed rotate tires, change my oil, or just play with stuff for the sake of hanging with the guys, i could go over. Not to big of an issue my buddies doing ok opend a new smaller shop, but no longer local. This also gave me an excuse to pick up tools.
Well its time for me to rotate my sneakers, not an issue my nice parents purchased me a shiny new hydrolic jack and also one for themselves. So iproceded to swap my tires. Blocked the wheels, loosened nuts and srarted to jack up the jeep. but as it turns out the jeep has to much clearance, so no go. later i realized i had some stands so i could just use my oem jack and place the stand in place. But as i found out the stands where to short as well. No

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Old 03-18-2010, 09:21 AM   #2
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I bought an SUV hydraulic jack to do mine with. The SUV jack has a higher lift. Keep this in mind when looking at them. Mine also came with a set of stands for SUVS, which are taller and a little more extension.

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Old 03-18-2010, 09:25 AM   #3
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Take it offroading, roll it over then rotate the tires, then push it back over.


I'm completely kidding, Sometimes I can't stop myself from posting stupid things.
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i'm sure it's not the 100% safest thing, but i've used 4x4 pieces of wood to help get extra clearance. for jack stands, you can put 2 next to each other and the jack on top. and for a quick jack up, you can place the piece on the jack standing up, and lift it on a good flat point. i've used it on the frame when i was replacing my body mounts.

can you jack it up from the pumpkin? i've done that numerous times, and works pretty good, and i have a lift..
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:27 AM   #5
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I have a 3.5 ton jack... Can't remember what name but it's black and it's low to the ground to slide under low cars but I don't have one. It lifts my jeep just fine. (4" susp and 1.25" BL)
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or flip it as mr carcrazy with the awesome optimus pic said.
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I acually just sceduled an alighnment, and am having them rotate tires for me. Gives me a couple of months to get new jack and stand. Although, i did like the rolling it over idea, but it to muddy up here for that right now.
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:41 AM   #8
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I'm definitely a fan of yearly alignments. Its a little safer than rolling it!

I too have used 4x4 pieces of wood (quite regularly when I was wrenching for $).
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You are jacking from the axles, right? You can also jack from the control arm mount on the axle. Don't jack from the frame, tub, or bumpers. A good jackstand size is 6 ton, 3 ton jack stands are too short for a Jeep.
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jack extensions like these could be a cheaper option...

2" Thick Saddle Extension - Jacks & Stands - In Your Garage - Griot's Garage
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jack extensions like these could be a cheaper option...

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It doesn't take a tall jack to jack the wheels up from the axle.
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not a jack that i went out and got for a jeep. Just something my parent got as a xmass present. before i'd just go to buddies shop and use his lift. But now i'm going to hav to buy a new jack right size. Oh yes i was jacking from axle, but thanks for tip anyway
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not a jack that i went out and got for a jeep. Just something my parent got as a xmass present. before i'd just go to buddies shop and use his lift. But now i'm going to hav to buy a new jack right size. Oh yes i was jacking from axle, but thanks for tip anyway
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Isnt anyone reading what Jerry is posting???? You can lift your Jeep using the axle... Even the OEM jack will lift your Jeep up high enough to rotate the tires and work on it if you lift it from the axles... I have done this for years and have not had any problems!
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Isnt anyone reading what Jerry is posting???? You can lift your Jeep using the axle... Even the OEM jack will lift your Jeep up high enough to rotate the tires and work on it if you lift it from the axles... I have done this for years and have not had any problems!
Exactly. The OE (factory) jack is more than tall enough for 35" tires and 37" tires in a pinch. I used my OE jack more than a few times for my 35" tires.
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yeah i don't understand the trouble. if it's any sort of actual vehicle jack, it should jack the jeep up plenty, esp a stock jeep
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I would agree. Jack safely from the axles and never, ever get under a jeep without jack stands or some form of safety device to protect your melon/body/life. Haha!

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