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Old 04-20-2011, 08:50 AM   #1
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Safely Lifting the Jeep for Work

Hi Guys,

I'm running 31s on my TJ, so it's easier to get under than most other cars, however, it's still cramped under there. What is the best (and safest way) to lift the car to work underneath it?

I don't have a professional garage or tons of lifting equipment. It will have to be lifted on gravel. I was thinking using two drive-up ramps from AutoZone (or wherever), and then jacking up the back and using 2 jack stands. ]

What are your thoughts? I was originally thinking to try and use 4 ramps - placed under the tires and just driving up onto them, but I found 2 jack stands.

Bottom line - I don't want to be under the Jeep worried that it's going to fall on me. What are some best practices for lifting?

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The ramps should be fine. What kind of work do you plan on doing under your Jeep?

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I use a pair of car ramps quite a bit for working underneath. Jacking up the rear axle and supporting it with jack stands to get the entire Jeep up in the air works well too. You can "get away with" shorter 3 ton jacks but eventually you'll want the taller 6 ton stands so that's what I would buy. My 3 ton stands no longer get used, they just aren't tall enough for everything you'll be doing under a Jeep.
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I know of done something similar to what you are doing by using the ramps and two jack stands in back, but what I've done with the jack stands in back is place a 1/2" to 3/4" plywood sheet underneeth them so that they don't dig into the gravel. Other then what you are already doing there isn't much more that you can atleast not from what I've already done by using ramps in front and two jack stands in back on a sheet of plywood.

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Old 04-20-2011, 09:07 AM   #5
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Thanks guys. I think I will buy a pair of ramps and use the jack stands in the back. I didn't think it would be a huge issue becasue the TJ has to be one of the lightest vehicles out there. Just looking to get a little more breathign room under there to change the tranny fluid. And once I get over the fear of destroying my Jeep, I would like to change the clutch... one step at a time
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I didn't think it would be a huge issue becasue the TJ has to be one of the lightest vehicles out there.
Though this is surprising to many, the Wrangler is actually not a light vehicle at all. Most TJs are close to 4,000 lbs. and mine is well over 4K lbs. A stock Wrangler is far heavier than the average car out there. We can thank the Wrangler's heavy steel frame and heavy steel body for that. A lighter TJ would probably be in the mid-3K lb. range.
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Jerry,

Thanks for clearing up my misconception. I guess I always just assumed, it's a small vehicle, and has no roof! It has to be a light vehicle...plus I don't have any mods or armor or anything else adding extra weight, so I guess mine is right around 2 tons.
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Whatever you do, just don't bump the Jeep from the backend. The fronts of those ramps do not have a very tall 'wall'. If you jeep is level, it wouldn't take much for it to roll over the front of those ramps.
Unless you find some use, those ramps run about $30. You can get a pair of jack stands for that.
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Whatever you do, just don't bump the Jeep from the backend. The fronts of those ramps do not have a very tall 'wall'. If you jeep is level, it wouldn't take much for it to roll over the front of those ramps.
It'd be hard for that to happen with the transmission in gear and the parking brake set.
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It'd be hard for that to happen with the transmission in gear and the parking brake set.
That would have no effect unless you also put it in 4wd.
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You are correct, I blew that since I forgot the rear axle was up on jack stands.
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i personally wont crawl under my jeep while its lifted by myself. i always have somebody else there just in case, and a spare set of hands never hurts.
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The ramps I have actually have a pretty decent lip on them, it'd take quite a bit to move it forward on the ramp.
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I used to have a pair of those heavy metal ones you could get at Sears but I loaned them out and haven't heard from them since. Had a pair of 20 ton stands I used for my 69 caddie hearse.
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I found a Snap-On car lift on CL for $1000. I called told him I was coming to buy it and I would be there in two hours. He sold it before I got there and didn't bother to call me.

Still looking for another. I have seen several in the $2k range. Looked like this.

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ramps are good Deffenitly use plywood on gravel alot of my work is on gravel and I lift 71ton trk.
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How about one of these to lift each end, then put jack stands underneath:

Torin Air Bumper Jack — 2500-Lb. Capacity, Model# TRH9303 | Air-Operated Jacks | Northern Tool + Equipment

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