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Old 06-04-2013, 07:32 PM   #1
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Jackstands. 3 ton? 6 ton?

Long story short, what size stands do you guys use to support the frame? I know the 3ton will support it fine but they are not quite long enough to hold the frame.

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Old 06-04-2013, 07:34 PM   #2
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6. You'll appreciate the higher heights needed and wider base.

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Old 06-04-2013, 07:54 PM   #4
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Im sure 3 tons would handle the job but like said above the 6 tons will be taller.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:59 PM   #5
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Always go bigger on tools and equipment. If you can weld your own make them 10 ton !
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:05 PM   #7
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3 ton, and make some blocks to set them on. unless they're just for your jeep. my stands are also for my wifes Honda, 6 tons don't fit under at all.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:39 PM   #8
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I have a set of 4 (6 ton) stands because my other suv weighs close to 6,000lbs and I feel more comfortable with the HD stands.
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:10 AM   #9
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Wow, more answers than I expected to get! Looks like 6 ton is the way to go. I have a pair of 3ton for my car already.

Thanks guys.
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:27 AM   #10
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They aren't cheap, but, I use V-head pipe stands, you can get them at welding supply stores, if your going to do any work at all under your Jeep, they are the only way to go, rated for about 3k lbs each and are almost impossible to knock over, lift up to 36" off the ground, the best option going, but can be $60 - $80 each.





The specs are here, the Lo-Jack is the ones in the pics.
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They aren't cheap, but, I use V-head pipe stands, you can get them at welding supply stores, if your going to do any work at all under your Jeep, they are the only way to go, rated for about 3k lbs each and are almost impossible to knock over, lift up to 36" off the ground, the best option going, but can be $60 - $80 each.

The specs are here, the Lo-Jack is the ones in the pics.
Those are similar to what we build.
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Maybe that's safe, but that's not a jeep I'd get under and do any work.
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Get a set of 6 ton and a set of 3 ton

I've used my taller 6 ton to support the Jeep by it's frame, and the shorter 3 ton to support an axle housing during suspension lift installations.
I've used the 3 tons alone to support one end of a lighter/shorter vehicle.
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I bought 6 tons because they have about 7.5" more height than the 3 tons in the same brand.




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Get a set of 6 ton and a set of 3 ton

I've used my taller 6 ton to support the Jeep by it's frame, and the shorter 3 ton to support an axle housing during suspension lift installations.
I've used the 3 tons alone to support one end of a lighter/shorter vehicle.

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I work under it like that all the time, I did my last 2 builds on those stands, maybe if you tried real hard you could knock it over, my neighbor tried, he couldn't get it to move without rocking it. They are made to hold pipeline pipes, very large, very heavy pipes while being welded, 3000 lbs weight rating each (one would hold the full weight of your Jeep), and I use 4.
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I work under it like that all the time, I did my last 2 builds on those stands, maybe if you tried real hard you could knock it over, my neighbor tried, he couldn't get it to move without rocking it. They are made to hold pipeline pipes, very large, very heavy pipes while being welded, 3000 lbs weight rating each (one would hold the full weight of your Jeep), and I use 4.
Happy to be corrected. Sure looks like it makes for easy access.
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Happy to be corrected. Sure looks like it makes for easy access.
That same general design is what we used to lift F/A-18's in the air. Just a little bigger... Seriously not much bigger than those.
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That same general design is what we used to lift F/A-18's in the air. Just a little bigger... Seriously not much bigger than those.
Yeah but there usually is a jack point there that is strategically placed to balance at that point, McDonnell Douglas saw to that ..... something jeeps don't have..... so depending on where you place them on a jeep ..... you can be on shaky ground....... I never totally trust stands.... always leave yourself a way out just in case of failure........
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I always put them right at the control arm mounts, they can't move there and it's the furthest flat points in the frame surface.


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HF is having a sale this weekend and have the 6 ton stands at a discount.

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Over the years I've bought several sets..currently have (4) 3 tons, (6) 6 tons, and (4) 12 tons. The 12s are nice if you need to get it up in the air on each end of the frame. This lets you move freely under the center. The 6s will cover 98% of your needs.
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This is exactly what sparked the questions. Looks like HF will be taking my money this weekend.
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Yeah but there usually is a jack point there that is strategically placed to balance at that point, McDonnell Douglas saw to that ..... something jeeps don't have..... so depending on where you place them on a jeep ..... you can be on shaky ground....... I never totally trust stands.... always leave yourself a way out just in case of failure........
I think the bigger reason for jack points is structural reasons. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how to balance something (especially on a jet that is going to have an extremely precise center of gravity), but it does take an engineering to figure out where structurally the best points are to jack and of course still be balanced. Most luxury cars have specific jack points because it's impossible to tell what's just sheet metal and what is part of the frame.

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