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good jack stands

Would it be safe to jack up both front and rear with good Esco jack stands? My floor has 1/4" slope per foot. I've been doing the front and rear separately with cheesy Craftsman Chinese made jack stands. They have a narrow base and I would never try to put the car on all 4 stands with them. Been thinking of buying the Esco stands from Pelican and another floor jack. It would make maintenance easier.

Btw, I want to get a 4 post lift next spring and would like to install it without tearing up and repairing concrete. Could the lift be leveled with shims or plates. Has anyone had this problem? I'm sure someone has installed on a sloped surface.
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I think they'd be fine. I have some and the Esco stands are very stable and sturdy. As long as you put them in correct spots on the car. The round feet and three leg stability I think is key, as is good construction and welds and the secure cotter pin locked height adjustment pins. I believe they are each rated for 3 tons.

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Thanks Kevin
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I really like Esco for the front of the car, then 6 ton traditional style jack stands in the rear.
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I, too, have the Esco stands and find them to be the best, especially for the front. My ‘87 has jack points that are flat, so the flat pad of the Esco work great there. In the rear, you can use more conventional stands with the notch, which can go under the torsion bar covers.

I also have a 4 post lift. It has a leveling feature which allows for the car to be level if the surface is not. In my case my garage floor is pretty level, but still off a bit. By adjusting the lift, the platform where the car sits is dead nuts level, and I do corner balancing from it. Not sure how much tollerance there is to achieve a level platform from a sloping surface, but I imagine it is a fair amount. You can check with which ever brands you evaluate.
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These were my favorite until I got my scissor lift. Very stable and easy to use

http://www.jackpointjackstands.com/


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Been thinking about them, too. I seen them on Jay Leno's Garage restoration blog.
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the larger ones from HF work fine and don't break the bank. 6 ton I think.
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I shim my driver's front stand with scraps of .125 6061 for the floor slope and use the HF 6 tons in the rear. Very stable but I wish I had a lift.
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ESCO has this lift also.
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Iím having a guy Who installs for Bend pack look at my garage next week I talked to Bend Pack and told me heís a fabricator also so maybe heíll have a solution for the garage floor slope and be able to make some custom ramps I think Iím gonna have them install.
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Harbor Freight 6-ton jack stands, effective and inexpensive.

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+100 on the jackpoint stands. A little more $$ but very handy.
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Harbor Freight 6-ton jack stands, effective and inexpensive.

Ya, the wide base is what I'm looking for. I want the car to be stable and feel safe working on it
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Iíve been using these Rennstands for about 6 months and I really like them. Also slide regular jack stands underneath where Iím working just in case.

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I see several references to 6 ton stands. Am I naive to think that 4 x 3 ton are sufficient for our cars?

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Harbor Freight 6-ton jack stands, effective and inexpensive.


im with ken. why over compensate? I have a set of the two orangies from HF and a larger set of the same type for the diesel and jeep's due to heights. the largies work awesome on the torsion caps or even tubes when the tbars are being removed.


it all really comes down to being able to competently put any car on four stands and being willing to shake your work (hard) before you crawl under it...


take this from the guy that built my own orangy HF stand pads for the 10 months use on my 996tt before it was sold. being cheap is the mother of invention in my garage.





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I see several references to 6 ton stands. Am I naive to think that 4 x 3 ton are sufficient for our cars?

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The 6 tons give you more height.
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This^^^^^
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The 6 tons give you more height.
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