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Old 11-11-2011, 10:00 AM   #1
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Floor Jack needed

I need a floor jack to install my RockSliders----shop wants $290 to install them so I am going to buy a floor jack and do it myself.

These sliders fit under the body mounts and I have a 4" suspension lift so I need to know what floor jack will work and get high enough to lift the body from the frame about 3/8" so I can slip them in.

Looking for good quality that won't break the bank.

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Old 11-11-2011, 10:05 AM   #2
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1) buy floor jack with 12+" of list capability.
2) buy 4x4 piece of lumber.
3) cut 4x4 to fit between jack all the way down and lift point on jeep.
4) lift away.

5-xx) replace 4x4 with any sutibly strong enough material to reach jeep.

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Old 11-11-2011, 10:53 AM   #3
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I suppose I can use my hi-lift jack huh?

Never mind, probably not a good idea. Thank you Peepers...I will go your route.
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290 is too much....DIY and save for sure.
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:23 AM   #5
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If you have a Sears store close, check out their 4 ton floor jack. I bought one last spring for around $150 on sale. Works great! Also had borrowed a friends 3 1/2 ton NAPA jack which also worked well, but cost a lot more. Get one that is a minium of 3 ton.
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Harbor Freight has a great selection of floor jacks for a good price if you have one close by or can weight for one to be shipped.
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:52 AM   #7
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If you have a Sears store close, check out their 4 ton floor jack. I bought one last spring for around $150 on sale. Works great! Also had borrowed a friends 3 1/2 ton NAPA jack which also worked well, but cost a lot more. Get one that is a minium of 3 ton.
I thought about craftsman but I have been reading tons of very negative reviews. Apparently craftsman's quality is not what it used to be since they build everything in China now.
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:04 PM   #8
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Harbor Freight has a great selection of floor jacks for a good price if you have one close by or can weight for one to be shipped.
While many tools from HF aren't the best, I actually did pick up their 2.5 ton (if I remember correctly) low profile jack that lifts to around 21"-22" and it has been working great. I got it on sale for $60, so if it does break it didn't cost a whole lot. After a few months of heavy use (for a shade tree mechanic) it is still working perfectly. Something to think about.
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:21 PM   #9
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Another option is Costco the local store here sometimes has floor jacks for a good price.
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:27 PM   #10
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Another option is Costco the local store here sometimes has floor jacks for a good price.
x2 on Costco. Forgot about them. That's where the one I use now came from. Had it about 10 years and 3 vehicles so far.
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I am not a member of Costco and I have been reading every thread and internet page all day about floor jacks and it seems the consensus is any floor jack under 200 is junk or at least may last 1-2 years tops.

Unless you spend $1000 for some commercial grade you are pretty much bound to have issues, this goes for craftsman, kobalt, acdelco, torin, etc....I have read about every jack there is.
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Also remember the jack is only for lifting. Use jack stands to hold the vehicle when working on it.
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I am not a member of Costco and I have been reading every thread and internet page all day about floor jacks and it seems the consensus is any floor jack under 200 is junk or at least may last 1-2 years tops.

Unless you spend $1000 for some commercial grade you are pretty much bound to have issues, this goes for craftsman, kobalt, acdelco, torin, etc....I have read about every jack there is.
You can get a good floor jack for less than. $1000. Way less. I paid $150 ish for mine and no issues.
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You can get a good floor jack for less than. $1000. Way less. I paid $150 ish for mine and no issues.
What brand? I have sort of started this project...just made sure I could get the body mounting bolts loose without any trouble...step 1 complete.

I need to pick up a jack tomorrow so I can get this done.
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What brand? I have sort of started this project...just made sure I could get the body mounting bolts loose without any trouble...step 1 complete.

I need to pick up a jack tomorrow so I can get this done.
It's duralast, but it isn't quite tall enough for the jeep
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Was just at Harbor Freight yesterday. They had quite a few for less than $200.00. I paid way less than $200.00 for mine from Costco. Yes that was 10 years ago but they still have basically what I have NOW for less than $200.00.
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:12 PM   #17
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I need a floor jack to install my RockSliders----shop wants $290 to install them so I am going to buy a floor jack and do it myself.

These sliders fit under the body mounts and I have a 4" suspension lift so I need to know what floor jack will work and get high enough to lift the body from the frame about 3/8" so I can slip them in.

Looking for good quality that won't break the bank.

Thanks!
If Your sliders mount on top of the rubber mounts like most do you will need to lift the body more than 3/8" because you will need toactually take out the upper body bushings where ever the sliders mount and trim off 3/8" ( or whatever the thickness of your sliders are ) of the top. I just test fitted my Poison Spyder Ricochet Rockers and sent them out for powder coating today and that is what I had to do. Basically, you have to install them twice if you want to get them to install correctly.
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I've used two 20 ton Kobalts to pick up an axle under a 120 ton locomotive several times with no issue.
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Plenty of reserve capacity for your needs.

Shop Kobalt 20-Ton Bottle Jack at Lowes.com
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I am not a member of Costco and I have been reading every thread and internet page all day about floor jacks and it seems the consensus is any floor jack under 200 is junk or at least may last 1-2 years tops.

Unless you spend $1000 for some commercial grade you are pretty much bound to have issues, this goes for craftsman, kobalt, acdelco, torin, etc....I have read about every jack there is.
Our harbor freight jack is at least 20 yrs old and still working fine. It's so old, I can't remember dad not having it. Im pretty sure he had it before I got married in 88
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I've had my 5000# Craftsman jack for 15 years. It can't be killed and has never had any problems. Lift range is 5" - 16.5"
Always use a good set of jack stands.

Never trust any Hi-lift/farm jack. They are old time crushers.
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:45 AM   #22
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Thanks for the reply's I have a floor jack so I have started.

Going to start a separate thread about this install.

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