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Old 11-29-2013, 07:40 PM   #1
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Prepping to not kill myself - safe way to lift a jeep for service?

Got four 6 ton and two 3 ton jack stands as well as two 3 ton service jacks in prep for dropping the tranny out for clutch repair. In terms of safety, what's the best way to get the jeep up on all four stands, what are the best jack placements and where would you put the extra two 3 ton jacks as added security?

After repair is all done, what's the best way to bring the jeep down from all four jacks? I'll be doing this work in a garage

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Old 11-29-2013, 08:09 PM   #2
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I would start with jacking up the rear via the center diff and placing two jack stand under the frame right in front of the rear lower control arm mounts. Then do the same with the front, but you'll have to use both jacks simultaneously since the diff is offset, and set two jack stands under the frame, right behind the front lower control arm mounts. Then place your other two jack stands under the axle and lower the axle so that you now have 6 points of contact on the vehicle. Then perhaps position the two service jacks on the rear axle to make for 8 total points of contact under the vehicle.

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If dropping the transmission, it is wise to place your 6 ton stands under the axles (as wide as possible) rather than the frame. This allows you to get the Jeep higher for better access to rolling the transmission out from under the Jeep without having to raise the jack stand as high as you would have to under the frame. Since the brakes and gearing will hold the rear stationary, I usually jack up the front first under the front diff.... Yes the front diff is offset, but just jack it up until the passenger tire is off the ground, then place a stand under that side, then set the other stand to the same height, and lower onto the first, then place the second, and finish lowering. Then go to the rear and jack up the rear at the rear diff. When pulling a transmission, it's a good idea to set the rear a few inches higher than the front because the transmission will be sitting at a downward angle, and it makes it easier to remove and re-align when you're ready to reinstall it. Before crawling under a vehicle sitting on stands, make sure your stands have all legs on the ground, then grab a bumper and try to shake it...make sure it's solid. This all assumes you have a floor jack.
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Old 01-13-2014, 02:42 PM   #4
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4" lifted jeep and you won't need to lift it for a transmission service
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:49 PM   #5
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Those stands are amazing !!! I've never seen those before, and touche on the lifted jeep a buddy & I changed mine granted the 4inch of lift made it nice to work, but lifting that heavy sob was a challenge !
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Split the trans and transfer case first, it will make the job much easier.
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Split the trans and transfer case first, it will make the job much easier.
I don't know about that, seems to me to be easier to leave it alone. I have never separated them.
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i don't know about that, seems to me to be easier to leave it alone. I have never separated them.
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