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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote skynless Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/02/2016 at 1:56pm
These are on sale for $2k, glad to have come across this review.

I just had my new garage/driveway poured, 4" pad with wire mesh, and I had them put 2'x3' sections of 6" depth for various 2-post lift footprints. 

It's been a few years since this was posted, any updates on the lift? I'm hoping it will be the right size for my '68 Rebel, can you confirm? Also, is the positioning of the lift basically in the middle of the car? They mention different front/rear distances, depending on the type of car (truck/FWD/RWD).

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SirDigger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/07/2016 at 4:28pm
Some things to mention..

-On AMC/Ramblers you need a lift with long Front arms,
to reach the Front rails of the UniBody.
With My javelin the Front arms of my lift are nearly 90° and maxed out to get a good support.
I marked the Positions of the Wheels, where the cars has to stand.
Most Lifts front arms will be not long enought.
I investigated a bit until i found a matching Lift.

As skynless posted 4" of concrete is the absolute Minimum.
I did 10" with 2 layers of big rebar.. but I´m a contractor.. LOL

The dowlels that come with the chinese lifts...
take them, and throw them in the Trash where they belong.
Get some BRAND decent ones,
or even better an chemical anchor bolt system like something from Hilti or Fisher.
http://www.fischerfixingsusa.com/Home/Product-Range/Product-Selector.aspx/cpage-category
/pcategory-1001076852/

Some System like this, is highly recomended when you work with existing concrete floor of unknown Quality.
An chemical anchor bolt wont add stress to the Floor with pre tension.


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My new garage has scissor trusses that give me 12' peak interior (in the middle), so I'm leaning more towards one of the two cheaper models: http://www.gregsmithequipment.com/2-Post-Lift/Overhead-2-Post-Lifts

As far as the lift points, don't I just need to reach the four pads designated "LIFT"? 

Unfortunately for me that won't be possible until everything is stripped and the frame/floorboards are correctly restored (anyone know a guy near SE Michigan?).

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As far as the lift points, don't I just need to reach the four pads designated "LIFT"?

Depends on the Car. Some have diffrent Lift points, and no letterd LIFT Pads
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I'm referring to my '68 Rebel, which has them, albeit the rear driver side is too soft to support the car at the moment.
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I have a 9000 Lb asymetrical lift and it works great. My javelin fits it nicely, have had many different cars on it though.  68 catalina on it right now(floor pans )
 It is bolted to a floor with fibermesh reinforced concrete. I would suggest this type of concrete if you're pouring a new floor. this stuff makes it very tough, drop a rotor or axle on it and it barely marks it, no chunks coming out of this stuff
I made a section through the center of my shop 6" thick so I would know it was strong enough. no problems in five years.

Cheap lift was 1695.00 installed w/o power or fluid .

 being asymetrical the front arms are shorter than the rear. it makes getting in and out of the car easier, but they are plenty long for lifting just about anything I want to lift.
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I'm leaning towards a 4 post myself,
 would be nice to do some car stacking, and turn the two car garage into a 3 car garage.
(especially for winter parking)

Someone already mentioned Greg Smith, any comments good or bad about them?


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Originally posted by jpnjim jpnjim wrote:

I'm leaning towards a 4 post myself,
 would be nice to do some car stacking, and turn the two car garage into a 3 car garage.
(especially for winter parking)

Someone already mentioned Greg Smith, any comments good or bad about them?



If you have limited overhead clearance, it's good to remember that four-post lifts require a little more ceiling height for stacking cars.  With a four-post lift, you are lifting by the tires, whereas with a two post lift you are lifting by the frame, so the clearance underneath the four-post lift will be reduced by the difference.  With my 8' ceiling, I can fit my Opel GT and my AMX using a 2-post lift, but with a 4-post lift I would be shy by about 2".  Obviously this is only a concern if you have a low ceiling like I do.  I guess I could always put 9" tires and wheels on the Opel. LOL

There are other pros and cons to both.  I like that you can store things other than cars on a four-post (motorcycles come to mind), but things like rebuilding a suspension would be easier on a two-post. 
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Originally posted by jpnjim jpnjim wrote:

I'm leaning towards a 4 post myself,
 would be nice to do some car stacking, and turn the two car garage into a 3 car garage.
(especially for winter parking)

Someone already mentioned Greg Smith, any comments good or bad about them?


Love my four poster for the parking. I have found out that you can do just about anything on the 4 posters. Jack up a single wheel if need be. If you are doing a brake job I find it just as easy to jack up on the floor with jack stands. Again...love the storage of a 4 poster.

I have bought parts, Hyd valve, from Greg Smith, did me good.

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