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Old 05-14-2000, 03:26 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any tips on the best way to go about jacking up the rear of the car?

(ie where to put the jack, jack stands, etc.)

Would a 2ton jack be safe?

Ditto for jacking up the front...

Thanks.
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Old 05-14-2000, 03:32 PM   #2
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Rear Diff.
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Old 05-14-2000, 03:34 PM   #3
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Should I put a 2x4 or something between the jack and the diff?

And wheres the best place for the the jack stands?

Thanks.
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Old 05-14-2000, 04:03 PM   #4
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YoOu definately want to use a 2x4 under the diff. There are places for jack stands just forward of the rear wheels and just behind the front wheels, just look under the sills and you will see the cut-outs.
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Old 05-14-2000, 05:18 PM   #5
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i'm not an expert but i dont think the rear diff was designed to hold the weight of the rear of the car.
rao's advice is best- use the spots designated for stands.
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Old 05-14-2000, 09:23 PM   #6
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I bought two jackstands capable of 6 tons for $29.95 (as a pair) at Checker autoparts, to install my Stromung exhaust when it arrives this week (Thurs?).

I plan to use the jack stand slots on the frame, not the diff. I will first install the muffler and try it out for a bit. The midpipe is having the flanges welded on this week and then it's being shipped. Then I'll install the midpipe afterwards and see how much it helps in addition to the stromung.

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Old 05-14-2000, 09:30 PM   #7
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I lifted my car up by the diff protector that I had put on to get my sway bar on and it worked great. I would have used jackstands but a friend of mine had them and no way I was waiting to get my sway bar on. BTW, the protector didn't budge at all.
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Old 05-14-2000, 10:02 PM   #8
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The diff is bolted to the rear crossmember by two very big bolts. No problems lifting the car from the diff (use a slab of wood to protect the diff). I finished installing Primitive's rear diff plate a little while ago, and now I just use that to lift the car at the rear. Very strong piece that Primitive rear diff plate.
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Old 05-15-2000, 06:06 AM   #9
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If I need to get the wheels off the ground I use the diff protector. If I don't have to work on the wheels I use Rino Ramps, they work really well and aren't all that expensive.
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Old 05-15-2000, 08:00 PM   #10
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I went out and bought a jack kit (2.25 ton jack and 2.25 ton jack (axle) stands . Notice these are metric tons. Equiv to about 4 imperial tons)

The instructions that came with the axle stands said to leave the jack on the car while working on the car. Is this right? I thought the jack should only be used to low and raise the car, and not actually support it.

Thanks.
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Old 05-15-2000, 08:04 PM   #11
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Well, jack + stand + stand = 3 points to hold the car up from falling on you. You can leave it on the stands without worry (as long as they're secure), but that jack is always a nice failsafe.
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Old 05-15-2000, 08:27 PM   #12
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With 2600 lbs. give or take I would definitely rather be safe than sorry anyone ever seen that home movie of the car falling and cutting the guy in half? Don't want that to happen to me. Rather be safe than sorry.

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Old 05-15-2000, 08:55 PM   #13
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So I should use all 3 then? How do i tension up the axle stands? should i lower the jack just a few millimeter below the axle, so if it does for whatever reason fall, it falls onto the jack instead of my face?

hehe. Thanks.
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Old 05-15-2000, 09:39 PM   #14
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Raise jack, put jackstands in place, lower car so it's supported by the jackstand, leave jack raised. That way, if the car falls off the jackstands, it should land on the jack instead of your face.
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Old 05-16-2000, 08:12 AM   #15
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If the car falls after you placed it on jack stands, then you didn't place it on jack stands properly. Once you drop the car on the stands, you should be able to shake the car, bump it, get in it, get out of it, all without the car moving at all. I would trust jack stands over a hydraulic jack which could fail. Better safe than sorry, sure, but often you need SOME room underneath the end you jacked up...and three big pieces of metal get in your way.

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