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post #1 of 17 Old 01-27-2003, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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Does your hydraulic jack fit under your car?

My 308 is too low for my hydraulic jack. I have to use the Ferrari jack, lift the car a little ways, then use the hydraulic jack to lift it far enough to slide the jack stand under the frame. Then I use the hydraulic jack to lift the other side and put a jack stand in place. I wish I could just lift the entire front or rear with a jack.

Does everyone here do the same thing with two jacks? Is there a jack out there that's low enough to slide in under a frame rail?

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post #2 of 17 Old 01-27-2003, 04:37 AM
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If you find a jack that is low enough let me know!

I am able to pick up the corner of the Ferrari with one hand just enough to roll the jack under the mount for the rear anti-sway bar. After I have the rear up on 2 stands, I jack the side up until I have enough room under the front lower control arm to fit the jack, then block it and roll the jack around to under the control arm (I have to insert the jack from behind the front tire because the front spoiler is almost touching the ground at this point). The frame and suspension are stiff enough so that the whole front end comes up when you jack up one side. (the anti-sway bar mounts pivot on the stands so you need wide-based, beefy jack stands not the cheap, WalMart specials) Then 2 more stands for the front (the cheap, WalMart specials).

I have already told my wife that our next house will have a garage with a lift! I told her my garage requirements (6-car, 10' door, lift, workshop area, insulated, heated, etc.) I told her she can design the house part, my house requirements are some sort of a shower and a working toilet. Other than that I am pretty much open.

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post #3 of 17 Old 01-27-2003, 06:32 AM
 
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I would suggest that if you only need a few inches that you place a 2x4 (2 by 4s) in front of your wheels and drive onto them for that extra 2 inches of clearance. Also there are many racing aluminum jacks that offer use on low clearance cars. They are not cheap however. If you would like to go the super light racing jack route let me know. But like I said if 2 inches would be enough just use 2x4 and save your money for maintenance :wink:

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post #4 of 17 Old 01-28-2003, 03:56 AM
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That's a pretty good idea! I think I have some 2"x8" that would be a little easier on the tires. Cut four 12" long pieces, put one in front of each tire, drive up on them and then the jack will fit anywhere I want.
Great tip!

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post #5 of 17 Old 01-28-2003, 06:45 AM
 
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No problem, I have even been tinkering with the idea of making wedges/ramps out of wood for even more heght if need be. I don't have a Ferrari but an RX-7 with a low front lip (espicially with the coil overs adjusted to -2"). As you point out 2x8 probably is even better for wide tires.

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post #6 of 17 Old 01-28-2003, 08:41 PM
 
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they also make ramps for cars. metal or plastic. i used to sell autoparts and we sold ramps that were rated to 3 tons. i have a set of metal ones that i roll the rear of the car onto to drain the fluids. and i have a set of extentions that extend the slope of the ramps so a low car can drive onto them. i do this for the front. i have been using these for a couple years with my RX-7 and just last week for the first time on my 79' 308. im not sure if the ferrari is lower than stock though. it has a set of 17" speedline wheels and 225-45 and 255-45 rubber. it appears to be stock height just with fuller wheelwells.
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post #7 of 17 Old 01-28-2003, 08:59 PM
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When I first started to read this thread, I was kind-of embarrased to tell the way I do it... Until Pete described his method! I do the same as well!!

Never thought of the 2 X 8" boards. Sounds good to me!
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post #8 of 17 Old 01-29-2003, 05:16 AM
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It is a pain in the Butt working on cars that are 4" off the ground.
When I want to change the oil in my Jeep I just slide a 5-gal pail under the engine and pull the drain plug! Now that is an easy car to work on!

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It is a pain in the Butt working on cars that are 4" off the ground.
When I want to change the oil in my Jeep I just slide a 5-gal pail under the engine and pull the drain plug! Now that is an easy car to work on!
I don't know if this will help but here's one from a Corvette Magazine:
http://corvettemagazine.com/2002/nov...np11-8-3rd.asp
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post #10 of 17 Old 01-29-2003, 12:55 PM
 
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Well the 2x8 way is cheaper if you already have a jack but I was thinking along the lines of a Longacre racing jack (which I am a dealer for): http://www.longacreracing.com/catalo...id=158&catid=6

Both models are very light and easy to move around the garage. They offer 3.5 inches of clearance and pump to full with 7 or 12 pumps and pit stop height with 3 or 6 pumps.

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post #11 of 17 Old 02-05-2003, 08:48 AM
 
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I just picked up one of the 3.5" clearance aluminum racing jacks at Costco for $279. Fits under my car with the pad on and lifts to tire changing height in 4 pumps. Very nice...
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post #12 of 17 Old 02-17-2003, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I solved my problem. I just took the wheels of my jack and now it slides under my 308 just fine.

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short jack

I found a aluminum racing jack with 3.5 height at Harbor freight for 199. Works great RC
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post #14 of 17 Old 03-22-2003, 03:36 AM
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Jack for 308

I just got an Eagle lift. its the easy way to work on the 308. Also my sears 2 1/2 ton floor jack fits under all of the points I need to get to. What are the tire sizes you are running that don't allow you to get a jack under the car. Most jacks are 3 1/2 " min height with the saddle. So I don't see the problem.
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I have a standard Sears Craftsman 2 Ton floor jack and it fits under my car fine, got the jack and 2 stands for $179 or something like that. My car has 17" wheels with 45 series rubber on it though, maybe I sit a little higher than most??? My 2 cents...

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Mondial too low

:question: :-? :roll: Once I jack up the front side of my Mondial,a little way back from the front wheel where the square jack plat is located where do I place the jack stand,,,Thankyou Mickk :green: :green:
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post #17 of 17 Old 06-24-2003, 05:08 PM
 
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Hi ,I know where the 4 jack ing points are on the Mondial ,,But I do not understand where and how the stands get in place,Could some one help me,,Im getting my wheels powder coated and the guy will do the wheels ,2 at a time Thankyou Mick ha:
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