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Old 05-03-2004, 08:48 PM   #1
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im currnetly looking for a low profile floorjack that is low enough to be slid under the front end of the car to utilize the central jack point. i figure auto-x and track guys have their favotites since wheels are always being switched. what brand would you recommend? the aluminum ones are cool but i dont want to spend $200 on a jack. some help would be great.
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Old 05-04-2004, 12:03 AM   #2
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Old 05-04-2004, 07:59 AM   #3
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http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=47246
I just bought one about two weeks ago. I only wish I'd bought one sooner.
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Old 05-04-2004, 08:03 AM   #4
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http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...id=00950138000

Why does it have to be low profile? My car is low and my Craftman fits fine. I had a problem with a different car I used to own and it was too low... that's when you drive up onto 2 boards to get the clearance.

$60 for jack and stands... AND 2 pieces of wood.

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Old 05-04-2004, 08:14 AM   #5
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Why does it have to be low profile? My car is low and my Craftman fits fine. I had a problem with a different car I used to own and it was too low... that's when you drive up onto 2 boards to get the clearance.

$60 for jack and stands... AND 2 pieces of wood.

--kC
Yep, I have the same jack - except mine cost less, because I already had the jack stands. It came in a decent plastic case & weighs about the same as the fancy "racing" jacks. With two chunks of 2 x 10 to drive onto, clearance is no problem.

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Old 05-04-2004, 12:29 PM   #6
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Um.. its lowest is 5.5".. I think there are a few of us here that don't have 5.5" of clearance anymore.. as opposed to the jack from harbor freight which has a saddle of 3.5"
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Old 05-04-2004, 12:37 PM   #7
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$60 for jack and stands... AND 2 pieces of wood.

After two years of driving the Integra up onto blocks... I got a little tired of it. Plus... even with the wood I couldn't always clear the jack points! I had just under 4 inches of ground clearance in race trim.

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Old 05-04-2004, 12:39 PM   #8
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After two years of driving the Integra up onto blocks... I got a little tired of it. Plus... even with the wood I couldn't always clear the jack points! I had just under 4 inches of ground clearance in race trim.

-Matt
Subarus.... we're talking Subarus here.. let go of your past.

If the subaru is too low for a craftsman jack, then the a-arms will be going UP from the center of the car instead of even or down. That's WAYYY too low.
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Old 05-04-2004, 12:53 PM   #9
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I'm trying so hard to forget. Counciling 5 times a week... a 7 step program... experimental drug therapy... its just so difficult!
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Old 05-04-2004, 01:06 PM   #10
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Subarus.... we're talking Subarus here.. let go of your past.

If the subaru is too low for a craftsman jack, then the a-arms will be going UP from the center of the car instead of even or down. That's WAYYY too low.
What KC said. If you're running more than a 2" drop in front, the cars likely too low for optimal handling. With my front wheel arch gaps measuring approx. 13.5", my cheapo jack has approx. 1/2" clearance, with my car on the 2 x 10's.

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Old 05-04-2004, 01:25 PM   #11
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Will this jack fit in the trunk of a WRX? Handle overall length: 47-1/4''
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Old 05-04-2004, 01:37 PM   #12
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Will this jack fit in the trunk of a WRX? Handle overall length: 47-1/4''
The handle breaks down.
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Old 05-04-2004, 01:38 PM   #13
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Will this jack fit in the trunk of a WRX? Handle overall length: 47-1/4''
If they don't, then another reason to have a wagon besides being 'faster'.
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Old 05-04-2004, 01:44 PM   #14
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i'm pleased with my harbor freight jack. it doesn't fit under the front of kc's car though. the body of the jack hits the front splash sheild/etc before getting far enough under the car. works great at the side jack points or the rear differential though.
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Old 05-04-2004, 01:51 PM   #15
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I've had that Sears jack for quite a while. Works fine on most cars, although not my friend's M3. It definitely would be nice to have a jack that I know would work on any car I'm likely to work on in the next 20 years, which the Harbor Freight jack is more likely to do.

That, and the Harbor Freight jack is nicer. You don't have to remove the handle to lower it, and it takes fewer strokes to get it up, which is important as you get older.

Not sure if all that is worth the additional $75 though. I did see that jack in a Harbor Freight catalog for $90. Anyone interested might want to check a recent paper catalog before buying....



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Old 05-04-2004, 02:01 PM   #16
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Here is the slightly smaller Harbor Freight Jack for $90.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=91039
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Old 05-04-2004, 02:38 PM   #17
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Will this jack fit in the trunk of a WRX? Handle overall length: 47-1/4''
Fits fine even if you don't break it down. Fits in the floor of the back seats too. As Nate pointed out it... it doesn't work particularly well on the front jack point because of the front lip.


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Old 05-04-2004, 02:45 PM   #18
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Fits fine even if you don't break it down. Fits in the floor of the back seats too. As Nate pointed out it... it doesn't work particularly well on the front jack point because of the front lip.


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Old 05-04-2004, 02:46 PM   #19
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Huh?

I can't fit the harbor freight, or the craftsman $150 one of the howrbrultzer whateveritis $600 one under the front of my car. Its not an issue of saddle height, but an issue of the actual height of the jack body not fitting under the front part of the subframe.

I have to drive up on wood.

My car is not too low.

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Either jack from the side of the car, drive up on wood or side of car with stock jack untill you can fit the race jack under the front.
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Old 05-04-2004, 02:54 PM   #21
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side of car with stock jack untill you can fit the race jack under the front.

that sounds like a lot of work
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Old 05-04-2004, 02:58 PM   #22
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At home, I drive up on 2 2x4s and then have the room.
At the track, we use the same pieces of staggered wood that we put the trailer ramps on.

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Old 05-04-2004, 06:46 PM   #23
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i'm pleased with my harbor freight jack. it doesn't fit under the front of kc's car though. the body of the jack hits the front splash sheild/etc before getting far enough under the car. works great at the side jack points or the rear differential though.
its not the fact my car is too low, i have prodrive springs and pde c/c plates, its that damn splash guard that i cant fit my current jack under. that and the jack i have right now is a $20 schucks p.o.s. looks like ill have to grab a couple chunks of 2x10 lumber from work. the $90 harbor freight jack is looking real tempting.
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Old 05-04-2004, 07:37 PM   #24
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Ah, here we go. The DK13HLQ. When you absolutely positively have to jack up every car in a garage... accept no substitute
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Old 05-04-2004, 07:42 PM   #25
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Do a search on the net for AC Jacks. They're the best and used by most rally teams.

They also make some awesome jackstands.

Cheers! John
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