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Old 08-05-2010, 02:21 PM
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What Jack to use?

So I worked on my G35 coupe 2006 MT ..After I finished changing the Tranny oil and diff oil. I was putting away my in laws Jack and I noticed that the jack would not go down..hmmm ..Not a problem my in law said. My question is this.

What jack should i be using AS in what should the jack be rated for 2 tons 2.5 tons 3 ???

If this question has been ask sorry ..I did a search..

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Old 08-05-2010, 02:25 PM
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you will be fine with any of those ratings.
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Gracias.. Wanted to replace the in laws jack as he helps me out time to time..gracias
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I just bought a 3 ton low profile steel jack from Harbor Freight for $80. Works very well so far. Lift height is pretty good, but it is heavy. Once you get on the garage floor it is easy to roll around. They do sell an aluminum jack rated for 3000 lbs (1.5 ton) for $80, but the lift height is lower.

Since our car weigh roughly 3500 lbs (1.8 ton), a jack rated for 2 tons or 3000 lbs is sufficient.
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Since our car weigh roughly 3500 lbs (1.8 ton), a jack rated for 2 tons or 3000 lbs is sufficient.
2 tons = 4,000lbs. I have a 2 ton low profile jack and it works just fine.

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I bought 3 ton Sears hydraulic floor jack from this cougar after she kicked her b/f out for cheating years ago and it's never failed....price was right too! Now if I could find one that's low profile I wouldn't need my "Roll Ups."
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When you say "Roll Ups," Gary, do you mean boards of wood that you put together in the form of ramps?
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2 tons = 4,000lbs. I have a 2 ton low profile jack and it works just fine.
The "OR" in this context is for a different load rating, not equivalent.
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in reality do you even need that much weight for a jack anyhow? considering you aren't lifting the car from its center to legitimately be lifting 3500 pounds? haha.. I mean, I'm picking up a 2 tonne jack soon, but figuratively speaking haha
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The "OR" in this context is for a different load rating, not equivalent.
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When you say "Roll Ups," Gary, do you mean boards of wood that you put together in the form of ramps?
Yes, every where I looked roll ups were from $75 up and most were too long for my KurumaZ front bumper. I took 2'X4's and cut them in 2 lengths 3' & 2' angle cut one end and glued/screwed the 2' on top of the 3' then stapled rubber on the base so they won't slip on slick surfaces. Doing this in a pair I have roll ups that fit my coupe and the work! Cost less than $1.00 each.
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I just bought a 3 ton low profile steel jack from Harbor Freight for $80. Works very well so far. Lift height is pretty good, but it is heavy.
Yeah, it weighs about 100lbs. How many pumps does it take to jack up the car enough to get the jack stands underneath it? I got the cheesy $30 jacks with the short handle...takes like 20 pumps to barely get it up.

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Yeah, it weighs about 100lbs. How many pumps does it take to jack up the car enough to get the jack stands underneath it? I got the cheesy $30 jacks with the short handle...takes like 20 pumps to barely get it up.

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Correction: I bought a 2 ton jack. It takes about 7-8 pump, but the first couple of pumps were shallow because of the bumper.

Harbor Freight is having a sale right now for 2 ton aluminum racing jack for $60. Lift height is 14' - 3/4".


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