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    Garage Jack Recommendations?

    Hi guys,

    I am looking to get a nice hydrolic jack with some jack stands for doing work on my car. I've seen these range from $20 to $200 dollars. Does anyone have any recommendations? Would like to stay under $100 if possible.

    Thanks in advance

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    I have one kinda like this, though I don't remember the brand:

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...6&blockType=G6

    I've had it for ~10 years, and feel like it was money well-spent.
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    Check locally to see if there is a Harbor Freight store nearby. Worth a 2-3 hour drive if you have the time.

    Like a tool mecca for cheap people.

    I own this jack:
    http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...ack-34271.html

    lots of people choose this one (it's lighter):
    http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...eds-96562.html

    Either way... you can't lose.... they are both low profile... which is a good thing. Nothing sucks more than lowering your car, and finding out that your jack no longer fits under the frame.
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    Here you go... near Chicago...... take a drive... it's worth it

    Bring money... you'll want to spend it.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/store-f...ipcode=chicago
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    +1 on anything from Harbor Freight. They're really awesome.

    I was lucky enough to buy a low-profile 2.5ton Torin jack from my buddy for like $40. That thing is great.

    Sad thing is, I still need to drive my car up on planks of wood to get the low-profile under it. Damn low car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninefourteener
    I have the same jack. It doesn't reach my front jack plate like I had hoped, but I only use it to change wheels. I just use my ramps if I'm doing something simple like an oil change. If I have to be under the car for any length of time (e.g., part install), I put my car on the lift.
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    I have several floor jacks of different makes and models in the shop. My thoughts:

    1. Get a quick pump version.

    ----Cause it shouldn't take 25+ pumps to lift your car off the ground.

    2. Get one with the correct rating.

    ----If you plan on using it down the line to change the oil in a diesel 1 ton truck, no a 3000lb jack will not work. Hell a 3 ton jack will have problems.

    I have found that I need multiple versions of both jacks and jack stands because I work on a wide variety of cars. For trucks the super tall jack stands are nice, and for Subi's the super small jack stands are nice. If I am going to do tranny work, I need a medium size jack stand.

    Typically I use my 3000lb aluminum racing jack to lift the subi, and its nice and light and quick.

    If you are only looking to do oil changes and such, look into Ramps.
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    I don't which one I have but I basically walked into a Pep Boys or Autozone and just found the lowest profile one they had and bought it. Don't cheap out too much. You have several options < $100 and the difference between a lousy one and a nice quality unit is well worth it.
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    Yeah +10000 for Habor Freight, I bought a set for like $40 bucks and that was with a coupon, check online for some coupons i am sure theres a lot of them out there..

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post
    I have one kinda like this, though I don't remember the brand:

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...6&blockType=G6

    I've had it for ~10 years, and feel like it was money well-spent.
    I have a Sears one like that too. Not light, and also not recommended when using the stock jacking points on the sides without an adapter, a hockey puck, or a piece of wood, but a very sturdy and very useful jack. I like mine.
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    It's definitely not light! For some reason I like that; it seems durable.

    I've jacked my wagon up by the jack points with mine for years, though I think you're absolutely right about the recommended procedure.
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    I've had this one for 4 years now, and it works great. I liked it so much I bought one for my Dad.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/3-ton-c...ack-94629.html

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    I've got this one: http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...lue-40105.html

    It has done very well.

    Harbor Freight has some good stuff, but the majority of it is crap imo. Pick and choose carefully.
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    Thanks for the recommendations on Harbor Freight. I have found some ads for this week's Black Friday Deals and looks like a couple of the jacks you have recommended are on there. Seem like some pretty good deals too.

    They are also having a deal on torque wrenches. Do you guys no what size I would need for 2011 wrx?

    I am waiting on my new car order so just trying to get everything ready.

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    Harbor Freight does have a lot of good deals. Just have to be careful what you buy since some of it is extremely ****ty.

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