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post #21 of 48 Old 1st April 2019, 09:01 AM
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I'm with Kiz I wish I had a Quickjack anytime I want to do something quickish like brake bleeding. I doubt I would do a clutch with it though.
I have the Esco's and trust them. Even so if I'm underneath I pull the wheels and put them under the frame.

I use a floor jack on a front side jack point to raise the nose enough to get my low profile jack to the center point so I don't need ramps.
Speaking of wishing I had a QuickJack...

This was the first time getting the Cayman up on 4 jack stands and figuring out the best way to do it took like an hour.



The handle of my jack was interfering with the jack stand so I couldn't place it in the right spot.



So I had to bring the jack in from the front of the car, but of course I didn't have enough clearance so I put a 2x8" underneath. Tried again. Nope, still not enough clearance. Added more wood until I could slide it in far enough to raise it.



Normally I don't need to get the car this high for things like oil changes or brake bleeding, but I'm doing the water pump & thermostat and wanted plenty of room. But getting the front left side so high raised the entire front end, so now I'm scrambling to get wood under the right side tire so the chassis isn't flexing all over the place. ŪAy dios mio!

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Just going to state the obvious, you have the space and clearly the coin, buy yourself a two post lift. My convenience is worth three grand easy. The space would cost me 20 more and that is not worth my convenience.
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Just going to state the obvious, you have the space and clearly the coin, buy yourself a two post lift. My convenience is worth three grand easy. The space would cost me 20 more and that is not worth my convenience.

That's a negative with an 8-ft ceiling.

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That's a negative with an 8-ft ceiling.
Not at all. Makes the work lower is all.The posts are less than 8' , you just move the safety bar down to 7'10" to prevent the lift from going higher. The shop I work on my RS4 in is 8', we do things in rolling office chairs, or get a sore back standing hunched.
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Not at all. Makes the work lower is all.The posts are less than 8' , you just move the safety bar down to 7'10" to prevent the lift from going higher. The shop I work on my RS4 in is 8', we do things in rolling office chairs, or get a sore back standing hunched.
This or even going with a four post lift, which can be had in shorter lift heights, will make all the difference in the world. Four post lifts take up a lot of space but every time I use the two post rotary, I just cannot see being without it.

Ignore the trainwreck mess on the benches even though I am pointing it out!

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How wide are these two posts generally? I got the height for sure but always wondered about the width.

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How wide are these two posts generally? I got the height for sure but always wondered about the width.
Mine is 11' 5.4" wide. I have regularly used the lift for a 2006 GMC Sierra extended cab duramax, lifts it no sweat, I do have motorized extending mirrors and those are pulled in when on the lift.
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Has anyone used the maxjax? Iíve had this same debate about quickjack vs jackstands and have talked myself out of the quickjack for the most part. But whenever I get on my back for a longer duration I envy those with a proper lift but still value my garage space for the 95% of the time I likely donít need a lift. Maxjax seems to offer best of both worlds at a tolerable price.

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Of course I just bought a quickjack and now I read on here my m5 won't fit on it, so that's awesome. I guess I can use it on the mustang with the jacking rails and marauders which are body on frame.

I don't plan on doing big jobs on this, I'll be buying a rotary 2 post soon enough. This was more for simple jobs and possibly detailing as well.

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Has anyone used the maxjax? Iíve had this same debate about quickjack vs jackstands and have talked myself out of the quickjack for the most part. But whenever I get on my back for a longer duration I envy those with a proper lift but still value my garage space for the 95% of the time I likely donít need a lift. Maxjax seems to offer best of both worlds at a tolerable price.

https://www.maxjaxusa.com


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These are actual garbage. A friend of mine, who used to own my m5 actually, owned one of these and we had to do a bit of work to it to make it quasi-safe.

We had to shim the blocks inside the lift posts because out of the box, the car would rock up and down at least an inch if not more while you were working on it. The carriers had so much side to side play.






if you're buying a lift, get something ALI certified, the maxjax worked but wow was it sketchy.

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Of course I just bought a quickjack and now I read on here my m5 won't fit on it, so that's awesome. I guess I can use it on the mustang with the jacking rails and marauders which are body on frame.



I don't plan on doing big jobs on this, I'll be buying a rotary 2 post soon enough. This was more for simple jobs and possibly detailing as well.







These are actual garbage. A friend of mine, who used to own my m5 actually, owned one of these and we had to do a bit of work to it to make it quasi-safe.



We had to shim the blocks inside the lift posts because out of the box, the car would rock up and down at least an inch if not more while you were working on it. The carriers had so much side to side play.













if you're buying a lift, get something ALI certified, the maxjax worked but wow was it sketchy.


Well thatís unfortunate. I was getting excited that this may fit my needs/wants for a ďbudgetĒ friendly option. A two/four post lift just wonít fit in my garage or make it otherwise useless for storing actual cars and other non vehicle related work. I guess itís time to move to a bigger house (or smaller house with bigger garage)


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