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      02-05-2013, 10:33 AM   #1
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Need floor jack recommendations

I have a cheap floor jack that has a clearance of 4.5". It cannot get under the front jack mounts. I think my front has a clearance of about 3.9inches. What floor jacks do you guys use for lowered cars?
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This is what I use.

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-4000-...6&blockType=G6
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I got that jack as a Christmas present a couple years ago and promptly returned it. You must've rec'd a good one. Check out the reviews.
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I have seen the reviews however I have not had any issues with it. Did you simply return it because of the reviews or did you try it and it failed? I have used it on my Tundra a few time as well as my car with no problems.

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I got that jack as a Christmas present a couple years ago and promptly returned it. You must've rec'd a good one. Check out the reviews.
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      02-05-2013, 11:42 AM   #5
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This is what I use.

http://www.harborfreight.com/racing-...num-69252.html

I know a lot of track guys use this jack. It's cheap, light and easy to transport.
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I have seen the reviews however I have not had any issues with it. Did you simply return it because of the reviews or did you try it and it failed? I have used it on my Tundra a few time as well as my car with no problems.
One of my good friends had his fail while he was under the car. He had jack stands in place, but still.

Not willing to take the chance, I returned it straight away, it was BNIB. The last thing I want when working on a car is to worry about the jack, and that would always be in the back of my mind.

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This is what I use.

http://www.harborfreight.com/racing-...num-69252.html


I know a lot of track guys use this jack. It's cheap, light and easy to transport.
The reviews on it are so-so, but one of the reviewers recommended this one, as well:

http://www.harborfreight.com/rapid-p...html-7814.html


Also found this, which has 3" of add'l lift on the aforementioned unit:

http://www.harborfreight.com/aluminu...ons-68054.html

Since I'm in the market for another jack myself, I'll have to take a look at one of these

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The Sears ones will all die on you. They have not been made in the US in a long time. You cannot repair them. I have been through 6 of them. I decided to finally get something good. I now use an AC Hydraulics jack. Best money spent.
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      02-05-2013, 12:28 PM   #8
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I have a cheap floor jack that has a clearance of 4.5". It cannot get under the front jack mounts. I think my front has a clearance of about 3.9inches. What floor jacks do you guys use for lowered cars?
I have those Harbor Freight ones. Works well for DIY projects.
Cheap, light and durable. If you're close by (I'm in Woodbury area in Irvine), more than welcome to test or borrow for a couple of days for your project.
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      02-05-2013, 12:29 PM   #9
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One of my good friends had his fail while he was under the car. He had jack stands in place, but still.

Not willing to take the chance, I returned it straight away, it was BNIB. The last thing I want when working on a car is to worry about the jack, and that would always be in the back of my mind.



The reviews on it are so-so, but one of the reviewers recommended this one, as well:

http://www.harborfreight.com/rapid-p...html-7814.html

Also found this, which has 3" of add'l lift on the aforementioned unit:

http://www.harborfreight.com/aluminu...ons-68054.html

Since I'm in the market for another jack myself, I'll have to take a look at one of these
Cool. I have been looking at that one. I wasnt sure about the quality since the price seems low.

Just ordered it! Thanks
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I have been using this jack for 7+ years without any problems.
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http://www.amazon.com/Omega-29023-He...w+profile+jack

I use this one.
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I have those Harbor Freight ones. Works well for DIY projects.
Cheap, light and durable. If you're close by (I'm in Woodbury area in Irvine), more than welcome to test or borrow for a couple of days for your project.
Thats really cool of you to offer your help! I really appreciate it.

I just ordered the same jack from Harbor Freight. I need one I can haul to work on my car and possibly haul to the track.
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The reviews on it are so-so, but one of the reviewers recommended this one, as well:

http://www.harborfreight.com/rapid-p...html-7814.html


Also found this, which has 3" of add'l lift on the aforementioned unit:

http://www.harborfreight.com/aluminu...ons-68054.html

Since I'm in the market for another jack myself, I'll have to take a look at one of these
I am on an 2nd Harbor Freight jack. My old one started leaking fluid. It still worked but pumped slower and made a lot of creaking noise. That one lasted me a good 7 years so I figured it was time. The best thing about this jack is the low weight which makes it easy to transport and carry by hand.

I abused that jack to no end. I took it to the track, used it at home, outside on the street working on cars on the sidewalk, thrown in car trunks, I used it to compress suspension arms when changing out coilovers, even had a car drive over it by accident... It looked terrible but still worked the day I replaced it.

For $80, it's a good deal. Every now and then you can get a great deal on it for $50 after some coupon stacking. That's a steal at that price.
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      02-05-2013, 01:36 PM   #14
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The reviews on it are so-so, but one of the reviewers recommended this one, as well:

http://www.harborfreight.com/rapid-p...html-7814.html

we've been good with this one =)
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I have two of the Craftsman aluminum jacks and I don't have any significant complaints. But like so many things these days, its affordable because it's made cheaply. When I do replace mine, I have been looking at one from Griot's. I have heard really great things about it, has excellent lift range, and gets under low cars. Curious if anyone on here has any experience with it? Many people on the C6 Corvette forums have raved about it.

Griot's garage Floor jack
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Just to start off with, no matter how cheap or expensive your jack is, never trust it to support the car. If you're going to be under the car, have it resting on jack stands.

With the disclaimer out of the way, I'm a believer in buying quality tools the first time and being done with it. As such I bought (and recommend) the AC Hydraulics jack. It has the best reach of any jack I've never used and it of the utmost quality.
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      02-05-2013, 04:38 PM   #17
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I'm really happy with this one, but it's NOT portable:

http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...uty-68050.html
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Looks nice, kind of like the Griot's one.
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1. Go to Costco

2. Buy whatever low profile jack they are selling (they carry two types)


I've had my Costco jack for years and it's awesome. Fits under all of our cars save for an extremely slammed E30 cabrio. I use it a lot and has never given me any issues.

(disclaimer, it is heavy as phok)

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I have two of the Craftsman aluminum jacks and I don't have any significant complaints. But like so many things these days, its affordable because it's made cheaply. When I do replace mine, I have been looking at one from Griot's. I have heard really great things about it, has excellent lift range, and gets under low cars. Curious if anyone on here has any experience with it? Many people on the C6 Corvette forums have raved about it.

Griot's garage Floor jack
Probably a solid jack. And the low clearance is a plus. I've used Griot's smaller/cheaper aluminum racing-style jack for 10 years with absolutely no problems. It's seen a lot of use, including changing over to winter tires during snowfall outside, and it's done a great job. Their stuff is a bit overpriced, but I think it's a quality piece.

That being said, I decided to finally retire it to back-up duty and picked up one of these babies for primary track/garage use:

http://www.brunnhoelzl.com/warrior_jacks.html

Sweeet!
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Tire Rack has one. It has treated me well for seasonal tire changes and oil changes etc.

http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/...&affiliate=AW8

Gets down pretty low, 3.5" min height listed.
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we've been good with this one =)
Seems there are a lot of people that favor this jack. I got my HF paper in the mail the other day. That jack is the same as jack # 68053 and 60569.

1) So, gents, using coupon code 6350088560494767840, you can pick up that jack for $69.99
2) You can pick up http://www.harborfreight.com/aluminu...ons-68051.html using coupon code 7442581660494767840 for $139.00. The offers are good through 2/28/13

For either of these, you have to create an account on their website and get a customer number.

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