Hey guys, I'm in the market for a good jack and set of jack stands for my 97 TJ. Was wondering what brands/models you guys recommend that have served you well over the years, and the ones to stay clear of?
04-21-2013 06:53 PM
This is the wrong place to post this... but just any regular 2 ton jack stand, they're all really the same when it comes down to it. A tall 2 ton floor jack works also.
04-21-2013 07:17 PM
Thanks. Figured since it's for working on the thing, this would be the right place
Mods, please move wherever you feel fit
04-21-2013 07:50 PM
This is a great place to post this, don't worry.
Likely need a 2.5 or 3 ton jack to get any amount of height. I got mine at seers for $80ish? Also have 2.5 ton jack stands that work great, $25. A lot of guys go with 6 ton stands off harbor freight to get that additional height which can be nice when you're working under the rig. Also if you're just changing tires the stock bottle jack is good for up to 37s
04-21-2013 08:35 PM
just saw it was moved from builders corner, my bad
04-21-2013 09:42 PM
Thanks...I'm probably going to go with at least a 3 ton as my Grand Cherokee is 5700 pounds, so I can use it for both vehicles
04-21-2013 10:18 PM
I don't know what kind of Jeeps you guys are working on but my 3 tons are only good enough for my axles. I need 6 tons to reach the frame.
04-22-2013 09:58 AM
I have the 6 tins from harbor freight for the height. They are great to place on the rock rails so that you can have full movement of your axles when needed for control arms, coils, ect.
Here's mine being used on another members jku for a 3.5" lift.
They cost $45 retail at HF
04-22-2013 10:04 AM
I've got a set of four 3 ton stands that I use when I work on regular cars and under the axles of Jeeps with stock size tires. Got them at the local parts store. They've been fine for almost 2 decades.
I bought a set of four 6 ton stands at the local parts store to work on mildly lifted Jeeps and to support the frame when working on even stock Jeeps. They too have worked flawlessly for almost 2 decades.
Now that my CJ is spring over and going to be running 40's I wanted to run jack stands that could support the frame so I went to harbor freight and got a pair of their 12 ton stands. If you can't hold up your frame with those, I bet you have way more lift than makes any reasonable sense.
06-22-2013 07:06 PM
I bought a couple pairs of 6 ton stands from JEGS...they had a sale, 31 bucks a pair...nice quality
Looking for a good floor jack, but all see to max out around 19"...I want to crawl under there and replace the exhaust, is 19" enough clearance to really work under there?
06-22-2013 07:41 PM
I bought the Torin 6 tons, goes up to 21 or 23" (i cant recall now). Northern tools. They have double locks... Nothing worse than being under your car when a lock gives :/
06-22-2013 07:54 PM
I take it you use the bottle jack? Largest floor jack I see is a 4 ton at Northern Tools and Torin itself
06-23-2013 01:43 PM
Northern Tool has some of the highest I've seen, at 28" for 6-ton jacks...yeah, I like the overkill, since I'm gonna be the one under the Jeep.
As far as jacks themselves, you want one that's gonna last, and will lift your Jeep to a decent height. This is an area where I, personally, don't wanna go cheap. I spent the $$ for a Hein-Warner, and haven't regretted it.