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Old 01-19-2004, 11:04 PM   #1
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Anyone know a good one? My jack no longer fits underneath my car so someone suggested an aluminum one.

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Old 01-19-2004, 11:43 PM   #2
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Old 01-20-2004, 02:05 AM   #3
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The Harbor Freight aluminum jack isn't that low, so it might not work for your purposes. I'd love to get my hands on an AC Hydraulic DK13HLQ (see here). If that can't fit under your car, you have problems
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Old 01-20-2004, 06:53 AM   #4
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Not that low at all (I have one).

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The Harbor Freight aluminum jack isn't that low, so it might not work for your purposes. I'd love to get my hands on an AC Hydraulic DK13HLQ (see here). If that can't fit under your car, you have problems
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Old 01-20-2004, 09:09 AM   #5
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And it's listed at 85lbs! I also have the Harbor Freight one, and I'm very happy with it.
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Old 01-20-2004, 09:16 AM   #6
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It's more on the lines of 37 lbs. Very light for a floor jack. Quality actually looks quite nice. My main complaint is that it requires a lot distance up/down to move the jack. I don't mean # of pumps until max height...it is like 4x quicker than my other floor jack in that respect, but with handle fully depressed (like working in a tight situation), it will not jack with subtle movements.

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Old 01-20-2004, 10:30 AM   #7
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It's more on the lines of 37 lbs.
Sorry, should probably have made this clearer: The 85lbs were for the AC Hydraulic DK13HLQ that was most recently discussed in the thread. The Harbor Freight one is indeed around 37lbs, that's one reason why I like it.
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Old 01-20-2004, 12:34 PM   #8
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I am also looking for a jack for autox use and have a couple quetions:

I assume these break down so I can fit them in my car?
Also, how low does the harbor freight jack go? I notice the min saddle height is 3" but I assume the frame itself it higher?

FWIW, my STi has about 4.5" of ground clearance right now.

The harbor freight jack seems like a good deal, but I want to make sure it will work for me.

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Old 01-20-2004, 01:23 PM   #9
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Man, I wanna get my hands on one of those AC D13HLQ's, but $382's pretty spendy. Maybe I'll be able to swing a DK20Q soon...
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Old 01-20-2004, 11:57 PM   #10
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Craftsman also makes a new aluminum jack. Looks similar to Harbor Freights jack but has a 4,000 lbs. max weight rating.
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Old 01-21-2004, 06:19 AM   #11
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The Craftsman Jack is made by the same people. Mine is actually Branded "Crew Line"...you pay more for the stickers I guess. Same Jack, Same company. The Craftsman is their heavier duty model. It looks nice too.

Ground Clearance: The puck itself gets pretty low, but the body of the jack is just as tall as any other jack, and the thumbscrew that holds the handle in place is in the dead center, making it that much taller when the handle is fully depressed. So if your jack target is near the outer edge of the car, it will work at 3-3.5", but if it is in the center of the car, you better have 6" or so of clearance.

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Old 01-21-2004, 09:31 AM   #12
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Just as one data point for the Harbor Freight jack: My car is lowered about 2" in the front, less than 1" in the rear. I can jack it up from the side (which is what I mostly do) without a problem. I can also jack it up from the rear (diff protector) directly, not much room to spare, but it works. It's been a while since I jacked it up from the front (jack plate behind oil pan), but I believe I needed to drive it on a couple of boards first.
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Old 01-21-2004, 09:35 AM   #13
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FWIW, I can't use it to jack my car from the front and my car is at stock height.

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Just as one data point for the Harbor Freight jack: My car is lowered about 2" in the front, less than 1" in the rear. I can jack it up from the side (which is what I mostly do) without a problem. I can also jack it up from the rear (diff protector) directly, not much room to spare, but it works. It's been a while since I jacked it up from the front (jack plate behind oil pan), but I believe I needed to drive it on a couple of boards first.
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Old 01-21-2004, 12:32 PM   #14
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I have the Harbor Freight aluminum jack. I lowered my car w/ Eibach springs. I can no longer jack up the front end using the plate under the front subframe. That is unless I drive onto ramps to lift it up a bit. The high part of the jack wedges under the plastic skid plate thingy and there's no room to move the jack handle. I ended up making a pair of wooden ramps out of 2 x 6s.
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Old 01-21-2004, 10:43 PM   #15
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costco sells a jack that looks identical to the harbor freight one for $70, and if you don't like it 5 years down the road you can return it. Love costco!!
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FYI, the harbor frieght jack is on sale right now for $10 off. I just picked one up.
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Old 02-03-2004, 01:53 PM   #17
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Me too just now only 5.95 more for shipping
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Yes, there is a sale going on for these things...

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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=496359
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