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Easier way for jacking truck up??

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TacomaEd15, Mar 6, 2019.

  1. Mar 6, 2019 at 2:48 PM
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    TacomaEd15

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    i was just on the side of the highway putting a spare on. I’m new to Tacoma and I got my first flat. I found a screw in the tire. I plugged it yesterday and I came out of work and the pressure was low .
    My bitch is this Toyota supplied jack. IT SUCKS! Are you guys using anything else for emergency use?
     
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  2. Mar 6, 2019 at 2:52 PM
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    Gunshot-6A

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    Some people use a safe jack or a levered bottle jack. Some use a hilift if you have the means. I went a different route:

    20180913_221123.jpg IMG_20180916_081643_402.jpg
     
  3. Mar 6, 2019 at 2:54 PM
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    Thanks man. That would definitely be easier.
     
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  4. Mar 6, 2019 at 3:27 PM
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    Screenshot_20190306-182257.jpg I keep one of these in my truck.
     
  5. Mar 6, 2019 at 4:49 PM
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    I like that jack. If you don't mind me asking, where did you get it? Certainly looks better than the factory one.
     
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  7. Mar 6, 2019 at 4:56 PM
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    Floor jack in the dirt? Be careful.
     
  8. Mar 6, 2019 at 5:02 PM
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    I've had this Jack (6K lbs version) for over a year and I dislike it more every time I use it. Below is my original review and I dislike it more now for the same reasons why I contemplated on returning it. It's ok for garage/mod work but in no way will I use it for the road. Cons 3 & 4 are really annoying.

    Powerbuilt 620471 Unijack - 6000 lb. Capacity

    Pros: 1. The 6000 lbs model goes up to 21" 2. It solves the problem of having to find two different lift points on your vehicle. 3. Small enough to fit in a truck tool box. 4. Good sized bottom plate.

    Cons: 1. The handle is way too short. I'm buying a rod or something else from Home Depot that's longer to serve as a handle because for my truck I have to get partially under to release the valve. On a car or small SUV this may not be an issue. It depends where your lift points are located.

    2. When your are ready to drop the vehicle, you have to pump once and raise the release lever or you will have a challenge to get the jack to go down.

    3. The lever that locks the jack stand into place as you lift the jack works on gravity so as you lift the jack the lever goes up until it gets to the next jack stand groove and then it drops. This is as expected, the problem is that when it's time to lower the vehicle you have to do #2 above and then you have to keep the lever up before releasing the valve and hold it up while the vehicle comes down, otherwise the jack stand will activate. This may not be an issue with cars and small SUVs but means I have to be under my truck and use one hand to lift the lever and the other to release the valve.

    4. When you release the valve, it only goes down as far as the vehicle's weight pushes it down. It does not go all the way down on its own weight. This means you have to push it down with your hand it use a screw driver or pry bar.

    All in all, I'm on the fence. I may return it.
     
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  9. Mar 6, 2019 at 5:08 PM
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    I have the all-in-one in my trailer. I like it, I use it annually to repack bearings. Loads better than the stock jack .
     
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  10. Mar 6, 2019 at 5:14 PM
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    I bought it at Tractor supply
     
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  11. Mar 6, 2019 at 6:01 PM
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    They've been using them in Baja and "trophy truck" races for years..

    Just make sure you have a good base, and its fine.
     
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  12. Mar 6, 2019 at 6:07 PM
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    What’s with all these “oem Jack sucks” threads recently?

    I’ve used mine a handful of times and never had an issue.
     
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    I'm sure you know what I meant tho. The jack arcs. If going all the way up, either the jack moves, or the truck does. Or bad things happen.
     
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    It sucks!! LOL
     
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    Thanks for the replies everyone! It’s a pain in the ass on the side of the road. Lining up the jack at the jack point is a pain in the ass. Then that long handle to raise it is another hassle. It’s a bad system.
     
  16. Mar 6, 2019 at 8:07 PM
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    This is what I have. Where do you put yours?
     
  17. Mar 7, 2019 at 4:26 AM
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    Honestly, I have only used it on my trailer at this point. It works well for that. Haven't had the need yet on the road.
    I use a 3 ton rapid pump floor jack when at home.
     
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    I use the points closest to the wheels when raising only that wheel.
     
  19. Mar 7, 2019 at 5:25 AM
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    You need to do a better plug job man. In all my years I've never had a plug come out.
    That being said, yeah the stock jack works in emergency situations but maintence, buy yourself a harborfreight jack.
     
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    I made a mount on the trailer tongue for mine using an ammo can padlock kit. Since most of my remote out-of-town excursions have the trailer in tow, this is the storage spot that made the most sense to me.

    Storing it in the truck, I dunno, that's a challenge :confused::thumbsup:
     
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