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Recommendations for a low profile car jack?

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  1. Tmac01baller

    Tmac01baller New Member Established Member

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    As you all know our cars can be pretty low and some car jacks just won't fit in some of those tight places. What are you guys using?
     
  2. terminated99

    terminated99 New Member Established Member

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    i just drive up on a couple 1inch boards and then put the jack under it.
     
  3. 03Cobrra

    03Cobrra Stroked,Screwed & Sprayed Established Member

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    Same here, but I also have a low profile jack that I bought from Pepboys for like $100 so it makes it pretty easy.
     
  4. sassafras

    sassafras New Member Established Member

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    I've got two of the harbor freight low profile aluminum jacks. They were like $80. Work really well and were cheap. They are only rated to 3000 pounds so you have to be semi careful with what you pick up. Had them for a little over a year and not a single problem out of either.
     
  5. Jomo1994z71

    Jomo1994z71 Can I get a KB WooWee! Established Member

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    I asked this same question a few months back and realized that if you can afford the low profile aluminum racing jacks that is where it is at...if not, it's a few 2X4s for each wheel and all is well with a normal jack...
     
  6. twhitey

    twhitey Active Member Established Member

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    I use a couple of 2x8s per tire. I am to cheap to buy a new jack unless mine breaks.
    I would rather save up for more mods!
     
  7. antiv6

    antiv6 Active Member Established Member

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    ya i use boards, most of the cheaper low profile jacks dont have a long enough low point to reach very far under the car
     
  8. 20psirabbit

    20psirabbit New Member Established Member

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    i've got one craftsman low-pro aluminum jack, but the problem is the length. when it's under the car to jack it up the handle is basically right up against the rocker. i also have a standard larger size jack, so i just drive the car up on 2x8s and then jacking with either jack is easy. you'd really need a long bodied low-pro jack and then you'd be good.
     
  9. 68gtscode

    68gtscode Well-Known Member Established Member

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    +1 I also have the Craftsman aluminum jack. It is a nice (but relatively expensive) unit. One thing to note is that I'm on my 2nd one! I used my first one only a few times- once to do my rear breaks and another time to install new wheels... it developed a large puddle of hydraulic fluid the third time I raised my car, which was about a month after the one year warranty expired. Long story short, a have spent over $400 to raise my car 4 or 5 times! I would think hard about a cheaper one... at least if it breaks you don't have a ton invested.

    Matt
     
  10. .n0b.

    .n0b. moar powa Established Member

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    i just roll up on some 2 x 4's
     
  11. Jomo1994z71

    Jomo1994z71 Can I get a KB WooWee! Established Member

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    I agree...the rocker panel gets in the way and I would hate to scratch that...
     
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    68gtscode Well-Known Member Established Member

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    This is why I'm having Hans subframes w/ jacking rails installed on my car as I type! No more worrying, hopefully!
     
  13. Black Sex

    Black Sex Active Member Established Member

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    I have the low pro craftsman as well. Mine leaks alittle bit. The U-joing on the handle broke so i replaced it with a 3/8" wobbly extension from harbor freight...works fine now. I think i paid $139 about 4 yrs ago.
     
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    SLPRCTM Active Member Established Member

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    2-Ton OTC aluminum race jack. Also have Global West sub-frames with jacking rails. Very easy to lift the car. You can lift up one entire side at once and the doors still open close perfectly. And this is on a vert.
     
  15. SVT03Chris

    SVT03Chris NASM Personal Trainer Established Member

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    I want mine lower and I can't even fit any jack under my car without running the Cobra on 2x4s LOL.

    Good thread OP.
     
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    the only thing is that it is pretty big so if you dont have alot of work space around your car it might not be that great. and another thing is that you really have to crank down on the handle so it doesnt bleed down it gets to be a little annoying but ive learned to deal with it.
     

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