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doolyd 11-11-2011 10:00 AM

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.

Thanks!

Peepers 11-11-2011 10:05 AM

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.

doolyd 11-11-2011 10:53 AM

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.

zdragon 11-11-2011 10:59 AM

290 is too much....DIY and save for sure.

Wyominer 11-11-2011 11:23 AM

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.

TJWenatchee 11-11-2011 11:25 AM

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.

doolyd 11-11-2011 11:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wyominer (Post 1737348)
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.

geiman 11-11-2011 12:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TJWenatchee (Post 1737353)
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.

West Coast 98 TJ 11-11-2011 12:21 PM

Another option is Costco the local store here sometimes has floor jacks for a good price.:thumb:

TJWenatchee 11-11-2011 12:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by West Coast 98 TJ (Post 1737465)
Another option is Costco the local store here sometimes has floor jacks for a good price.:thumb:

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.

doolyd 11-11-2011 02:30 PM

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. :banghead:

sparky 11-11-2011 03:00 PM

Also remember the jack is only for lifting. Use jack stands to hold the vehicle when working on it.

jkaufman_95 11-11-2011 03:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doolyd
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. :banghead:

You can get a good floor jack for less than. $1000. Way less. I paid $150 ish for mine and no issues.

doolyd 11-11-2011 06:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jkaufman_95 (Post 1737750)
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.

jkaufman_95 11-11-2011 06:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doolyd

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

TJWenatchee 11-11-2011 06:48 PM

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.

pdevoid 11-11-2011 09:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doolyd (Post 1737190)
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. :punk:

sixaxlealco 11-12-2011 08:01 AM

I've used two 20 ton Kobalts to pick up an axle under a 120 ton locomotive several times with no issue.

sixaxlealco 11-12-2011 08:03 AM

Plenty of reserve capacity for your needs.

Shop Kobalt 20-Ton Bottle Jack at Lowes.com

John in Vegas 11-12-2011 09:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doolyd
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. :banghead:

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

Wirenuting 11-12-2011 09:36 AM

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.

doolyd 11-12-2011 11:45 AM

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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