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Old 08-10-2001, 11:23 PM   #1
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so what kind of a jack and jackstand should i be looking for? are there any brands i should be paying more attention to?
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Old 08-11-2001, 01:16 AM   #2
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AutoZone has a special on 2 ton capacity jackstands right now- $9.99 for a pair of them! I just picked up 2 sets .

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Old 08-11-2001, 01:36 AM   #3
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I tried getting one of those cheap 2-ton jack and stands kit from Wal-Mart, but discovered that because of the long suspension travel of my WRX, I can't even get the front wheels off the ground when the jack's already at its maximum height.

I don't know what is the minimum height you need, but I can tell you the cheapos won't work.

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Old 08-11-2001, 01:51 AM   #4
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My major problem is getting the floor jack under the car and having enough room to get it moving- damn lowered suspension . I have to jack one side of the car up a bit to get the floor jack enough room to start moving!

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Old 08-11-2001, 01:59 AM   #5
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Ouch! My local AutoZone doesn't have any sale going on right now: $16 for a pair... so I settled for the $15 ones. Drove 5 miles to get that. Oh well, I am stupid for that $1 difference. Btw, it's made by AC Delco, although I wouldn't mind one made by Prodrive :P

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Old 08-11-2001, 05:05 AM   #6
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jackstands-- just about anywhere

cheap, good quality chinese jacks-- Harbor Freight. you can get really bigguns, and some of them can even fit under very low cars.
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Old 08-11-2001, 06:58 AM   #7
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Had my Wal-Mart jackstands and matching jack for about 6, maybe 8 years now. Good enough to jack up my Nissan 4X4, Ford F150, and various other vehicles I've owned. Hope to be jackin up an RS by year's end. I think I might have paid $20 for the set. I'd say I got my money's worth. Get 4 stands instead of 2. Makes tire rotations and other stuff much easier, and safer.
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Old 08-11-2001, 11:11 AM   #8
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I bought the companion set from Sears about a year ago. It comes with a 3 ton floor jack (really nice!) and two 3 ton ratchet type jackstands. I had 2 similar jackstands already, so now I have a complete set. The Sears set was on sale for about $100.00. Very high quality.

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Old 08-12-2001, 12:01 AM   #9
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Concur on the two pairs of jackstands. Also concur on the Sears 3-ton jack...19" max height means I can actually get the wheels off the ground! 2-1/4 ton jacks can BARELY do that, and 2-ton jacks can't.

Another nice feature to look for is one-pump lift...one pump of the handle brings the cradle of the jack up to whatever it's lifting. $10 pairs of jack stands are fine, but don't skimp on the jack. Some things are worth it.

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Old 08-12-2001, 02:14 AM   #10
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im not going to skimp on jackstands either, there the only thing keeping the car off my head !!
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Old 08-12-2001, 03:28 AM   #11
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Ramps are also handy to have around for those items which don't need the wheels removed.

I just bought two sets of the $15 jack stands at autozone.
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Old 08-12-2001, 04:36 AM   #12
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Now here is my question:

Where EXACTLY do I jack up my car with the hydraulic lift? I know the OEM ones, but can't put the jackstands when I already used up that one of four jacking spots described on Owner's Manual. I heard the rear diff. for rear jacking?!

How about the front then? I like those lift better than the OEM one.

Thanks

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Old 08-12-2001, 10:36 AM   #13
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If you want a GOOD long travel floor jack and a set of decent jackstands for hella cheap, go here:

http://www.harborfreight.com

I got a 3 ton long travel hydraulic shop jack and 4 jackstands for around 35 bucks.
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Old 08-12-2001, 10:56 AM   #14
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Alan,
When lifting with a floor jack, yes, you do use the differential when lifting the rear. For the front, use the crossmember behind the oil pan. These jack points are those specified in the Subaru manual. I also use a block of wood on the jack when lifting, but is probably not necessary.
As far as locating the jackstands, I place them on the frame just inside the flange at the jack points. I would like to know where others support the car with jackstands.

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Alan, tried to send you a e-mail but it's blocked. e-mail me if you need a hand, you could stop over.

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Old 08-12-2001, 04:23 PM   #15
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Wow! From Toledo too?
Maybe we can get together for a chat or two in the future then, assuming we both have spare time to spend

Hmmm, is it okay to jack from any point of the rear diff., or the center portion of it?

I think I know where that crossmember is...how come my manual doesn't say it?

Anyway, thanks and nice to meet you dave1rr
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Old 08-12-2001, 06:03 PM   #16
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I use the jack that came with the car. I made a drill attachment for speed jacking. I have a trusty log that makes a fine jackstand.
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