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Old 12-26-2005, 07:49 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I was wandering what kind of floor jack everyone was using to jack up their rear differentials so they can put their cars on jack stands.

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Old 12-26-2005, 07:54 PM   #2
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I got the Craftsman "lightweight" Aluminum jack. It's red/silver and weights about 40 pounds or so. They run about $90-100 at Sears. Works great, much better than a cheaper and lighter jack I bought before.
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Old 12-26-2005, 11:59 PM   #3
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I got the Craftsman "lightweight" Aluminum jack. It's red/silver and weights about 40 pounds or so. They run about $90-100 at Sears. Works great, much better than a cheaper and lighter jack I bought before.
I have the same one and it works great!!!

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...id=00950240000
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Old 12-27-2005, 06:29 AM   #4
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Which ever you use, put a 2X4 pad on the jack plate to protect the differental.
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Old 12-28-2005, 02:33 PM   #5
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Costco rules! Hard rubber, like a hockey puck, works well too on top of the jack plate.
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Old 12-29-2005, 07:12 AM   #6
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I have the low profile one from Griots Garage. They took it off their site tho.
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Old 12-30-2005, 05:11 PM   #7
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I've got a 2.5 ton $55 Advance Auto Parts something-or-other jack. I cut up an old pair of Tevas to make a saddle pad. Works pretty good.

I've heard of folks buying the rear diff protector to use as a jacking point. I'm a little skeptical about doing that. I think that piece was created to protect the diff from debris and such; not to support the weight of the rear of the car. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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If the diff protector can protect the diff from a moving car bouncing on it I would think that it would be fine to use it as a jacking point....especially with a 2x4 inbetween.
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Old 01-29-2006, 04:30 PM   #9
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If the diff protector can protect the diff from a moving car bouncing on it I would think that it would be fine to use it as a jacking point....especially with a 2x4 inbetween.
The diff protector is there to keep debris from flying up and damaging your differential. And for running over large rocks and such. It wasn't designed to hold the weight of the entire rear end. It may be possible, but I'm willing to bet overtime it will bend.
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