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Anyone using Harbor Freight 1.5 Ton Racing Jack with no problems??

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by cverneau, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. Dec 12, 2011 at 6:28 AM
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    cverneau

    cverneau [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Yesterday I picked up a 1.5 ton aluminum racing jack from Harbor Freight for $59.

    This one: http://www.harborfreight.com/rapid-pump-15-ton-compact-aluminum-racing-jack-68053-html-7814.html

    Anyone use this for general maintenance?? I'm only looking to use it for tire rotation, brake jobs and possibly new shock installation. I realize the height of this jack will require the use of blocks or for the jack to be on patio bricks to get the extra height as it only goes to 15".

    I'm not looking to lift the whole front or rear end at once, just each corner as necessary. So is this decent enough for ocassional usage??

    Also, what jack stands would be best for the truck for the height??
     
  2. Dec 12, 2011 at 7:52 AM
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    I use that one to lift my Mustang, it's a decent jack. I would want a bit more capacity for my truck. They have an aluminum 3 ton version that would be better for your truck. I would get jackstands of at least 3 ton capacity, and remember jackstand are rated as pairs, so really each stand in a 3 ton capacity set is only good for 1.5 ton.
     
  3. Dec 13, 2011 at 5:15 AM
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    cverneau

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    I'll pick up the new jack stands for that capacity (minimum 3 ton).
    I assume the Harbor Freight ones are good enough??

    As far as the jack - I should go with a larger capacity even though I'd only be lifting each corner at a time??
     
  4. Dec 13, 2011 at 5:50 AM
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    You'll want a jack with extra lift and stay away from the blocks under a floor jack. The geometry changes on them as they raise so they need the ability to slide on their wheels or they will be holding up your truck at an angle. You can get away with blocking on other styles of jacks but not that kind.

    I picked up an SUV jack at Walmart with a lift extension. It is steel, heavy and ugly, but its gets the job done and didn't cost a lot.
     
  5. Dec 13, 2011 at 5:54 AM
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    Should work ok but remember not to put the jack under the rear diff. and raise whole rear.Will damage rear housing.On corners only.
     
  6. Dec 13, 2011 at 5:56 AM
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    why not lift by the rear diff? people do it all the time.... i have done it before too. that shit is so thick its pretty crazy. i dont think it will damage it. well at least on a first gen. second gets are all plastic parts :stirthepot:

    i would get a little bigger than 1.5 ton
     
  7. Dec 13, 2011 at 7:59 AM
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    I have one for my Evo it works great.
     
  8. Dec 13, 2011 at 8:00 AM
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    but the evo is way lighter right?
     
  9. Dec 13, 2011 at 8:01 AM
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    i have the aluminum 2 ton, about 100 bucks more but a great jack
     
  10. Dec 13, 2011 at 9:29 AM
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    True I used this jack with a aluminum craftsman jack to lift the front of my dodge diesel so it was fine for that as well just not enough to lift the entire front of the dodge. I assume it would lift the Tacoma just fine....
     
  11. Dec 13, 2011 at 9:32 AM
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    well you asked for specs..... 06 trd sport speedway blue V-6 4.0 camburg lift spindles extended travel icons total chaos lowers allpro 4" leaf pack 17" xd hoss rims 305/65/17 mickey thompson baja atz Allpro hybrid bumper with 3 kragen HID lights color matched headlights grill craft grill AFE stage 3 CAI wicked flow muffler under cover bed cap inside i have..... wet okole real tree camo seat cover blue oznium dome light stealth sub box with 2 10" kicker comp subs kicker 400 watt amp weathertech floor mats
    Just don't extend the jack all the way. I did that once and the jack went into bypass mode while under the truck and it started lowering on me lol. I got out of there quick
     
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    Don't crawl under a truck supported by a jack alone. Use stands.
     
  13. Dec 13, 2011 at 1:38 PM
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    well you asked for specs..... 06 trd sport speedway blue V-6 4.0 camburg lift spindles extended travel icons total chaos lowers allpro 4" leaf pack 17" xd hoss rims 305/65/17 mickey thompson baja atz Allpro hybrid bumper with 3 kragen HID lights color matched headlights grill craft grill AFE stage 3 CAI wicked flow muffler under cover bed cap inside i have..... wet okole real tree camo seat cover blue oznium dome light stealth sub box with 2 10" kicker comp subs kicker 400 watt amp weathertech floor mats
    There was stands also but it wasn't on them I was moving them in place
     
  14. Dec 13, 2011 at 2:35 PM
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    I use the HF 3k racing jack no problem. $60 can't go wrong. You only either lift the front, rear or each wheel so no issues. I use wooden blocks when needed offroad. I used it here when crappy tires + mud = fail.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Dec 13, 2011 at 5:14 PM
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    Whaaaaat? Come on now.
     
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    I have done that on many trucks with no problems also but on one of the threads some has said the manual says not to as it can cause leaks where the tube goes into the pumpkin housing.A search may find it.
     
  17. Dec 13, 2011 at 5:25 PM
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    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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    here a couple in action, and they work. They also get me full droop in the front
    [​IMG]
     
  18. Dec 14, 2011 at 1:17 AM
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    ^broken bj? or bolts?
     
  19. Dec 14, 2011 at 5:43 AM
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    x2
     
  20. Dec 14, 2011 at 7:12 AM
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    I have this one from Harbor Freight.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/automo...-low-profile-heavy-duty-floor-jack-68050.html

    It's friggin awesome. I have a lowered M3 in addition to a lifted tacoma, so it serves my needs perfectly. Low enough to fit under the M, and it has a really high lift capacity for the truck. It is a bit bigger (longer) that most jacks, and it is pretty heavy. But keep in mind this is garage equipment, not portable equipment.

    I've had good luck with Harbor Freight jacks, my previous orange one lasted me 9 years. I don't do that much wrenching on my truck, mostly semi-annual oil changes, tire rotations, or brake jobs. Most of the other maintenance items I can do without lifting the truck.

    My friends Torin collapsed on him, well not ON him, but while he was pumping, and that thing was only 1.5 years old. I think nowadays most jacks are made in China, like a previous poster said, not sure what that means. Best advice is to ALWAYS, ALWAYS use jack stands and keep an eye on fluid levels in the jack
     
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