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Old 12-19-2010, 09:27 AM   #1
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Garage Lifts

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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?

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Old 12-19-2010, 09:46 AM   #2
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seems like 4 is safer but for either one you'll need a good foundation
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:49 AM   #3
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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?
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:07 AM   #4
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i see a lot of ppl using them. they seem very safe based on the wide column base
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Old 12-19-2010, 04:06 PM   #5
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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:


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Old 12-19-2010, 04:28 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 12-19-2010, 04:31 PM   #7
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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?
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:05 PM   #8
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2 post.
You can't work on suspension with a 4 post.
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:19 PM   #9
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:30 PM   #10
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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?
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:37 PM   #11
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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.

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I don't see why not. The lift locks when its up.
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^^ 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.
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^^ 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.
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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?
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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.
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I think that one is all that I will do
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:43 PM   #17
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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
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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

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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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