Fw: [xj] light floor jacks and sturdy stands

I purchased a high quality garage jack, worth the money!!! 3 ton.

I had some jack stand, but bought heavier ones.

I then went to a local welding shop and bought a 6 foot (or so) length of
strong square (it is hollow, as you can tell I do not know the correct
term).

I took 4 plastic wheel chocks, installed eye bolts so that I can put each
chock on the front and back of the rear wheels, then I use adjustable links
and snug these to each other on each wheel. The result is on each wheel
there is a wheelchock front and back that is snug against the wheel. May be
overkill … but better that than me killing over (kinda poetic…
right?)

I then jack up the car, an put stands under the jack points, and/or anywhere
else I deem best. I lower the car onto the jack … and, whenever possible,
I leave the floor jack there, not holding the weight, but engaged at that
level so that if there were a problem it would be a safety measure.

Now for the final thing I do, I take the 6 foot bar an run across from side
to side under the car and put it on stands. I usually can not tighten it up
because of undercarriage stuff, but I get it close as I can (I am thinking
of doing a modification to improve this. The purpose of this unit is an
extra safety measure only. If the car should fall, it should catch it,
though I am sure it would damage undercarriage, and/or body.

I think it is in the FAQ that you will find an article regarding jack points
and recommendations. DON’T TAKE CHANCES. Be safe as you can.

I am not saying this is what you should do, just telling you what I do.

Hope this was helpful,
Jim Hoffman
1985 xj6----- Original Message -----
From: “Cannara” cannara@attglobal.net
Cc: “XJ List” xj@jag-lovers.org
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2001 10:21 PM
Subject: Re: [xj] light floor jacks and sturdy stands

Please also use wood blocks, not simple jackstands, when getting under
there.
We did lose a lister this way.

You can also take a foot of 4x6" lumber and stuff it into the maw of the
floor
jack after it’s up, to limit any drop. Costco (no affil…) had nice 3.5
ton
units for about $70US a while ago.

Alex
79xj6L SII (BRG + wires)
86xj6 SIII (Black)
61 Sprite MkII (Red)
Menlo Park, Calif.

NWJag wrote:

----- Original Message -----
From: “Jannis” jannis.p@chello.se
To: xj@jag-lovers.org
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2001 1:12 PM
Subject: [xj] light floor jacks and sturdy stands

I plan to keep the floor jack in the car …

I have to store it in the boot …

Is a 2 T floor jack a complete waist of money?
Can you do the same job lifting the vehicle …

What do you recommend to me to buy and store in the boot?
2T floor jack or use the standard?

                NEITHER

2T stands or 1,5 T (x3 times)?

            AT LEAST 3 TON

Regards
/jannis


Jannis, I just purchased a 3 1/2 ton floor jack about 4 weeks ago (so I
could replace my alternator safely). I found that the 2 ton jack I had
been

using for other cars, including a Toyota 4x4, was terribly lacking when
it

came to the XJ6. Inorder to get the car to raise high enough for me to
comfortably get under the car and turn wrenches (or just lay there!
smile),

I found that the smaller jack was at it’s highest limit about 2 inches
too

short of where I wanted the car to be. And it was too wobbly for my
peace

of mind too. I ended up buying heavier jack stands at the same time
just on

principle.

I would suggest purchasing the heavier floor jack and jack stands. I
totally agree that it would be a major pain in the butt to put the floor
jack in the boot though. I really don’t have any suggestions either,
except

maybe explain to SWMBO that the “new piece of art in the corner of the
livingroom is the latest in a new technology craze”!

Good luck and ‘play’ safe.

Jamie

Jamie & Dru
'87 XJ6 VdP (#469952)
Everett, WA, USA
.

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