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Old 08-13-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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Jack is way to small for my taco

I have a 2004 Taco Limited SR5 4x4 and the supplied jack is in no way big enough.

I have this model:

http://www.villagetoyotaparts.com/pr...911304020.html

I got my truck second hand and I'm not very mechanically inclined so I'm not sure if it's been jacked up or not (it definitely has nice clearance). I should really have a jack to change my tire or get me out of bad situations. Suggestions on a new one, or should I just head to the auto parts store?
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:16 PM   #2
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I have a 2004 Taco Limited SR5 4x4 and the supplied jack is in no way big enough.

I have this model:

http://www.villagetoyotaparts.com/pr...911304020.html

I got my truck second hand and I'm not very mechanically inclined so I'm not sure if it's been jacked up or not (it definitely has nice clearance). I should really have a jack to change my tire or get me out of bad situations. Suggestions on a new one, or should I just head to the auto parts store?
After lifting mine 3'', the OEM jack didn't work. Just put a few bricks under the jack and it should work just fine.
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Mine in my 03 4x4 and it lifts just fine. There is a certain spot that the jack goes in the front, under the A arm i think. Not sure in the rear i will have to look, dont remember right off hand.
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My OEM jack sucks as well. My suspension is stock (although I do have the TRD package) the supplied jack barely lifts my tires up high enough.
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I have a 2004 Taco Limited SR5 4x4 and the supplied jack is in no way big enough.

I have this model:

http://www.villagetoyotaparts.com/pr...911304020.html

I got my truck second hand and I'm not very mechanically inclined so I'm not sure if it's been jacked up or not (it definitely has nice clearance). I should really have a jack to change my tire or get me out of bad situations. Suggestions on a new one, or should I just head to the auto parts store?
Check the owner's manual for jack points. Should be the transfer case crossmember in the front and the rear axle housing for the back.

If it has been lifted, you may not be able to jack the front up with the bottle jack unless you use a block of wood, brick or something very solid as a base underneath the jack.

You should still be able to get the rear off the ground unless you are running some very, very oversized tires.

You're other option is to get a hi-lift but unless you put on some sliders or off-road bumpers, you have no lift point to use the hi-lift on.
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Check the owner's manual for jack points. Should be the transfer case crossmember in the front and the rear axle housing for the back.

If it has been lifted, you may not be able to jack the front up with the bottle jack unless you use a block of wood, brick or something very solid as a base underneath the jack.

You should still be able to get the rear off the ground unless you are running some very, very oversized tires.

You're other option is to get a hi-lift but unless you put on some sliders or off-road bumpers, you have no lift point to use the hi-lift on.

Ok, I think this is the issue. I'm looking in the 'normal' spots for jack points (infront of back tires, behind front). I'll check the manual. Thanks.
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Whose jack???
I keep a block of 6inch wood or something in an ammo can in my bed to put under the jack.
I don't know jack!

Yeah, I'm getting a beach driving pass this week and they require a piece of wood as a jack base. I'm going to have to do the same.
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Check the owner's manual for jack points. Should be the transfer case crossmember in the front and the rear axle housing for the back.

If it has been lifted, you may not be able to jack the front up with the bottle jack unless you use a block of wood, brick or something very solid as a base underneath the jack.

You should still be able to get the rear off the ground unless you are running some very, very oversized tires.

You're other option is to get a hi-lift but unless you put on some sliders or off-road bumpers, you have no lift point to use the hi-lift on.
You could also get the lift mate to go with a hi lift jack, which allows the hi lift to lift the vehicle by the wheel. Then you just need jack stands to hold it up.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:58 PM   #10
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I have an 2002 tacoma 4x4 with the stock height that i bought brand new. First thing I did was toss out the stock bottle jack. I carry a 40 dollar 2 ton standard jack with a pump up handle in my tool box.
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In the front, you can put the jack under the lower control arm. In the rear, put the jack under the axle tube. These two jacking points are not sensitive to any installed lift. A few cranks is enough to get the tire off the ground. I still use the stock jack, but pack an 18" breaker bar and socket, since the stock lug handle isn't long enough to loosen the lugnuts.
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Either use the stock jack with a block of wood, old brake rotor, etc.. or this:


+ lift mate:


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How does the lift mate work for changing a punctured tire?
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How does the lift mate work for changing a punctured tire?

Lift truck, put jack stand under truck, remove jack, change tire, re-set jack, remove jack stand, lower vehicle, proceed with lulz
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Lift truck, put jack stand under truck, remove jack, change tire, re-set jack, remove jack stand, lower vehicle, proceed with lulz
You carry an axle stand in the truck for changing a flat?
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If your truck hasn't been lifted, the stock jack, with some well-chosen profanity, should work. I always carry a short piece of 4x4 and 2x4 in the truck, so I have either 2, 4, or 6 inches of extra reach. Enough to change a tire.
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You carry an axle stand in the truck for changing a flat?
I always have two jack stands in my truck. And an old rotor to use as a larger foot for the jack stand. And ya, I put it on jack stands whether I'm using the stock jack or hi lift, even just changing a tire. Takes an extra whole 3 seconds, and it gives me price of mind
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I always have two jack stands in my truck. And an old rotor to use as a larger foot for the jack stand. And ya, I put it on jack stands whether I'm using the stock jack or hi lift, even just changing a tire. Takes an extra whole 3 seconds, and it gives me price of mind
If you have the cargo space, no reason not to.
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