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Harbor Freight Floor Jack

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by Hipster, May 31, 2010.

  1. May 31, 2010 at 4:48 PM
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    Hipster

    Hipster [OP] Nothing beats a Butter Shave..

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    So I'm gearing up for my first DIY oil change (Mobil 1) at 5000k (Oil Stop did a dyno oil at 3000) and I'm going to switch out the rear shocks for Billys (thanks Toytec). I need to get a floor jack and was looking at my favorite cheep tool shop for one. The questions I have is on the lift height. Looks like the frame on the Taco is about 14" and the jack I'm looking at lifts to 16.5" Is that enough or should I be looking at the floor jack there that lifts to 20"??

    Thanks for your help!

    hip
     
  2. May 31, 2010 at 4:52 PM
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    johnw

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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
    idk i have to use a 4x4 block now because i got spindles kinda sucks to be honest. but your at stock height you shouldnt need to jack it up just shimmy under there thats how i always did mine. but for the rear that jack should work lift from axle center but jack stands in the recommended area and lower the jack
     
  3. May 31, 2010 at 4:53 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
    secret squirrel he said floor jack not jack stands
     
  4. May 31, 2010 at 4:56 PM
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    Dark_Taco

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    I drive mine up on some ramps. No need for the floor jack.
     
  5. May 31, 2010 at 4:59 PM
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    BuckshotJones

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    the one you found will work fine, but IMO get one with a higher lift. It's not necessary at all with the stock height for doing oil changes, just block the wheels and shimmy under...plenty of working room. However when working on those shocks in the rear, the extra clearance can be a pretty big help. I've run out of free oil services at the dealer so I'm looking at getting a new jack too...
     
  6. May 31, 2010 at 5:02 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Sears has a good 3 ton jack that lifts to 21". Never had an issue with it, and it will lift all of my trucks.
     
  7. May 31, 2010 at 5:02 PM
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    steve o 77

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    I just did a complete front suspension install with a horrible little jack that lifts like 12". I had to jack it up, put jack stands on the frame, the put some bricks under the jack and jack it up again to get to the correct height. It was horrible but doable.
    You can see it in this pic.
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    I would get the highest lifting one you can afford.
     
  8. May 31, 2010 at 5:05 PM
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    tim920

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  9. May 31, 2010 at 7:58 PM
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    Yes, I was looking at both that one and an aluminum one on sale for $69. Looks like I'll go for the 20" one though for the extra clearance when I need to set the jack stands.

    I used to have all this stuff (stands and floor jack) but I got rid of it when I had a company car (pharma rep), they paid for everything...drop the car off for service..pick up a rental...it was cake. I prefer the Tacoma though!

    Thanks for all your help!

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  10. May 31, 2010 at 8:10 PM
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    I have this harbor freight one it goes to 21 inches, I would recommend it
    [​IMG]
     
  11. May 31, 2010 at 8:23 PM
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    th3bigk0

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  12. May 31, 2010 at 9:06 PM
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    for the money, i would look into a racing jack...

    http://www.harborfreight.com/automo...t-low-profile-aluminum-racing-jack-92782.html

    lift the truck from the pumpkin, then set it down on jack stands on the frame so you can cycle the rear suspension at the same time...

    you can then install your rear shocks without having to compress the shocks...

    then the floor jack is light enough to mount in the bed of your truck, so should you ever need to lift the truck, you have the convenience of a floor jack whenever, wherever...
     
  13. May 31, 2010 at 9:07 PM
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  14. May 31, 2010 at 9:14 PM
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    i had 2 harbor freight jacks. both died after 2 years of use. both the rams sprung a leak and theyd jack the truck up but you could watch the truck slowly sink back to the ground spreading oil all over the floor.

    I bought a jack set from lowes and its been great. no leaks and it only takes one stroke to get the plate from full down to the frame. its fast and pretty rugged. had it for 2 years now no issues. $125 good price too

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_89476-33680...&currentURL=/pl__0__s?newSearch=true$Ntt=jack
     
  15. May 31, 2010 at 9:33 PM
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    Haha, I know what I am going to spray paint now good idea :p.


    I got this one cause after getting a blowout in my dads Yukon with 35s and the stupid bottle jack was like 12 inches tall and I was stuck lol
     
  16. May 31, 2010 at 9:45 PM
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    I like the Craftsman jacks.My 3 ton lasted about 12yrs.. Just bought the 4ton Craftsman today. Lift range of 4-20". 150$
     
  17. Jun 1, 2010 at 8:50 PM
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    I just may pick up that one. We'll call it the Katoom Jack! I'll park right next to my KTM 990ADV...
     
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