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Originally Posted by deckman View Post
what do you mean 7/10 on the stability scale? They might tip?
These are some posts about the lift on the Lotus board that have me nervous


http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/4619385-post25.html


http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/4624305-post27.html


http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/4651665-post31.html
 
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I lifted my Vantage and left it on the stand for a week while I was getting new tires and did all kind of work in and out of the car and was never once nervous about it falling off. I also lifted my 2014 BMW 328d and 2014 Ford Fiesta to change tires to summers and again never once felt as if it was not stable. If they sold it to only change tires, it would be a very expensive jack don't you think? We are not here to convince you to buy one but only to show our own experience with it lifting our cars.
 
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Originally Posted by 911MTB View Post
Do you know if they will work with the 996 series 911 Porsches? I'd like it to work for all of my cars.
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Here are the key dimensions of the 5000 lb model. I can't remember if the 911 guys said the blocks couldn't be moved close enough together or far enough apart to lift a 911. Supposedly the latest design works, but it's easy enough to measure the various distances and see if it fits.

Regarding stability, all I can say is that my set with my car on my garage floor is as solid as a rock. You have to have the it lowered onto one of the two locked positions, to use it in an intermediate position supported only by the hydraulic cylinder would be stupid and I can see in that situation there may be some slight wiggling if you pushed the car around.

Overall in my opinion these things are awesome and well worth the money.
 
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Hauled the Quickjacks over to my buddy's house today to work on his track car's brakes. The jacks fit in the back of my Jeep Grand Cherokee and are light enough that I could lift them in and out of the Jeep by myself.

The jacks including the taller rubber blocks fit under his lowered Mustang easily. Perfectly stable when raised. He sat in the car and ran the engine with the car up in the air. No problem at all.
 
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Originally Posted by Jeff_335i View Post
Hauled the Quickjacks over to my buddy's house today to work on his track car's brakes. The jacks fit in the back of my Jeep Grand Cherokee and are light enough that I could lift them in and out of the Jeep by myself.

The jacks including the taller rubber blocks fit under his lowered Mustang easily. Perfectly stable when raised. He sat in the car and ran the engine with the car up in the air. No problem at all.
I changed the 2 air filter on my vantage and it is so easy with this jack +1 for me
 
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Would the 3500 lb version be enough? There's a place that has that for $835. The 5,000 lb version is $4-500 more. I don't want to die under it, but 3500 is about what the V8 Vantage weighs.
 
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With fluids and whatnot, a V8V weights 3550+ lbs. I'd err on the side of caution and get the 5000-lb version
 
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Like Telum01 said I decided to go with the 5000lb version to be on the safe side... I think everything is the same between the 3500 and 5000 except for the hydraulic cylinder. With the 5000lb version I am safe to lift just about any cars except for a friend Tesla S which is about 5000lb :-(
 
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Yes, definitely go with the 5000 lb version. Besides that, the units you see for $800-$900 are old versions that don't have all the latest improvements like the better hydraulic couplings (earlier ones leaked a bit when disconnecting), the longer rubber block trays, cams on the support locks for easier lowering, and even the little wheels on one end of each lifting frame.
 
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I'll be buying a quick jack in a few months and was curious how you guys are lifting the Vantage. The rubber blocks are too big to lift from the jacking points without fouling the underside of the side sills. I suspect I will be using the small squared-off hockey pucks I have been using with my floor jack. What are you guys using?
 
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Originally Posted by telum01 View Post
Awesome info! Thanks for posting about this - definitely on my list of things to get. I'm going to look into cutting out a recess in my garage floor so I can put this into it, then have a hard cover over it to keep my floor flush when it isn't in use.

What kind of safety features does it have built in?


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I have been looking at these for some time. Age and health prevents me from moving these things around.
I believe an alternative configuration would be a system that's designed to bolt to the floor. It would have small ramps to drive up and over them. The motor would either be permanent or detachable. You could then park any car in that garage bay by just driving over them.
Unless you are only planning on lifting one type of car, i would not suggest making any kind of permanent attachment of the quick jacks to the ground. Unlike other types of stationary lifts with adjustable arms, you will have a hard time aligning the rubber blocks to the proper jacking points depending on the width of the car. In fact, even lifting the same car multiple times would require you to be much more precise regarding left-to-right placement to ensure proper lift alignment.
 
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Originally Posted by karlfranz View Post
I'll be buying a quick jack in a few months and was curious how you guys are lifting the Vantage. The rubber blocks are too big to lift from the jacking points without fouling the underside of the side sills. I suspect I will be using the small squared-off hockey pucks I have been using with my floor jack. What are you guys using?
You are correct the rubber blocks are going over the side sills but after lifting a few times (3 - 4) the Vantage, I didn't see any damage to the sills but I do agree with you that a smaller block that only hit the frame would be better. Last time I had her up and down I notice that the pattern of the rail/sills was imprinted in the rubber for a few minute so I think that next time I will copy the pattern and cut a hockey puck with the same pattern minus 1/8 for a little play and put a pin in it to center it in the bottom and so it doesn't move.
 
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Originally Posted by karlfranz View Post
Unless you are only planning on lifting one type of car, i would not suggest making any kind of permanent attachment of the quick jacks to the ground. Unlike other types of stationary lifts with adjustable arms, you will have a hard time aligning the rubber blocks to the proper jacking points depending on the width of the car. In fact, even lifting the same car multiple times would require you to be much more precise regarding left-to-right placement to ensure proper lift alignment.
Good point...
 
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You are correct the rubber blocks are going over the side sills but after lifting a few times (3 - 4) the Vantage, I didn't see any damage to the sills but I do agree with you that a smaller block that only hit the frame would be better. Last time I had her up and down I notice that the pattern of the rail/sills was imprinted in the rubber for a few minute so I think that next time I will copy the pattern and cut a hockey puck with the same pattern minus 1/8 for a little play and put a pin in it to center it in the bottom and so it doesn't move.
Just make sure whatever you use to replace the rubber block is taller than the tray where it sits in the lift. Don't want the lift frame to touch the sill.

I really don't mind that it overlaps the sill a little bit. I'll probably eventually make something to replace the rubber blocks for lifting the Vantage, but I really will likely only lift this car a couple times each year. My BMW will probably be lifted 3 times a week...
 
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So, this is supposedly as safe/ safer than 4 proper jack stands? I pretty much lived under my 911 on jack stands for 3 weeks when I installed a supercharger, and was so at ease under there I'd be able to sleep there without fear. Is this is stable?
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