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yellow325ix 12-19-2010 09:27 AM

Garage Lifts
 
Guys,

I am looking for a lift for one of my stalls. I want to store my E30 and Datsun in the same spot. Need it both for storage and under carriage access to work on them both. I will be driving in and out so it needs to be practical and provide plenty of clearance. I have seen the pictures in the ultimate garage build threads but they don't discuss 2 post vs 4 post benefits.

What have you done, what works the best?

Thanks,
Tim

rsxstock 12-19-2010 09:46 AM

0:28

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQlIWTWEWKw

seems like 4 is safer but for either one you'll need a good foundation

yellow325ix 12-19-2010 09:49 AM

Yeah, that's ugly. 4 post seems better for sure. The backyard buddy offerings do not even have to be bolted to the floor.

Anyone have experience with them?

rsxstock 12-19-2010 10:07 AM

i see a lot of ppl using them. they seem very safe based on the wide column base

Starfire Auto 12-19-2010 04:06 PM

4 post doesnt let you work on the brakes/suspension/bushings. you would need to get another jack to lift the wheels. It does let you work under the car for oil changes/trans work/exhaust work.

2 post...yeah ive seen them fail but i would think its RARE. You have to get a 2 post professionally installed, you dont need an install on a 4 post

I use a mid rise lift at my shop. I dont spend a lot of time under it and it was only $500 (used, $2500 new). Pro: its easy, quick and simple 110v. Con: hard to access transmission and only goes about 4' high. Pic:

http://i52.tinypic.com/24owsx2.jpg

Coldintake 12-19-2010 04:28 PM

I would imagine you need substantial clearance on either side for a 2/4 post. I don't know if you have a 3 car garage and you want to use the middle one or something smaller?

Whatever you do, take your time, do your research and get some pros to do the job. I can't imagine anything more dangerous at home than a falling car.

yellow325ix 12-19-2010 04:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sync Wireless (Post 12593535)
2 post...yeah ive seen them fail but i would think its RARE. You have to get a 2 post professionally installed, you dont need an install on a 4 post


Are 2 posts really designed for long term storage of a vehicle? Seems like they are made for working on a car but not holding one in the air for months at a time. What do you think?

TrickTizzle 12-19-2010 05:05 PM

2 post.
You can't work on suspension with a 4 post.

Raymond42262 12-19-2010 06:19 PM

Can you imagine the phone call to the owner of the van ?
Good afternoon Mr. Smith, uhhhhhhhhh, we had a little problem with your van today....
It is not going to be ready when we promised this afternoon.
Allow me to explain why, better yet.....I'll let you speak to my supervisor.

yellow325ix 12-19-2010 06:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TrickTizzle (Post 12593679)
2 post.
You can't work on suspension with a 4 post.

Same question, can you use a 2 post for long term vehicle storage. From what I have read, nobody says no but nobody says that you can do it.

Thoughts?

TrickTizzle 12-19-2010 06:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yellow325ix (Post 12593875)
Same question, can you use a 2 post for long term vehicle storage. From what I have read, nobody says no but nobody says that you can do it.

Thoughts?

I don't see why not. The lift locks when its up.

grkm3 12-19-2010 07:16 PM

^^ this. As long as it's sitting on the locks I dont see a problem. Now, what happens if you store it for the Winter and when you go to lower it in the Spring the hydraulics are messed up? Like if one of the pistons was leaking.

TrickTizzle 12-19-2010 07:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by grkm3 (Post 12594001)
^^ this. As long as it's sitting on the locks I dont see a problem. Now, what happens if you store it for the Winter and when you go to lower it in the Spring the hydraulics are messed up? Like if one of the pistons was leaking.

When the lift is locked its not really relying on hydraullics.

And also I read one of the guys said 4 post is safer, despite what you may think, 2post are much safer and have a higher load rating.

yellow325ix 05-11-2012 08:03 PM

Finally breaking ground on Tues, turning my 3 stall into a five stall...now I will have plenty of room for a lift.

Any new thoughts on the best way to go?

00stephen 05-11-2012 08:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yellow325ix (Post 14385211)
Finally breaking ground on Tues, turning my 3 stall into a five stall...now I will have plenty of room for a lift.

Any new thoughts on the best way to go?


Sounds like a four post for storage and non-suspension work, with a midlift tucked away for anything else.

yellow325ix 05-11-2012 08:37 PM

I think that one is all that I will do :P

Lexie330ci 05-11-2012 09:43 PM

check costco.com

Dibaltic 05-12-2012 12:39 AM

my dad has a 2 post lift in his garage. every winter we store a car on it for 3-4 months straight. never have had a problem doing this

E46330iguy 05-12-2012 12:43 AM

You can work on suspension with a 4 poster, Most of them have rails with 2 air powered jacks one in the front and one in the pack so you can lift the wheels off the ground, Most tire change places use them and the work fine and also have locking systems

http://ahclifts.com/images/sm14L_nv_rgb.jpg

ANREC330 05-12-2012 12:58 AM

2 post will be fine. Only way I see a 2 post failing is by leaving a full sized truck or suv on it for long periods at a time.


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