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Low Profile Jack Stands?

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by 308GTS, Nov 24, 2003.

  1. 308GTS

    308GTS Formula 3

    Dec 27, 2001
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    TN
    Does anyone know where you can get a set of low profile jack stands? I have a set that is 12 inches high but would like some even shorter.
     
  2. Dave

    Dave F1 Rookie

    Apr 15, 2001
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    David Jones
    The MVP pro-lift stands I use are just under 1 foot tall when fully collapsed...
    I use a low profile floor jack to get the car to height then adjust the jack stands to the desired height.
    Can I ask why you would want shorter stands?
     
  3. 308GTS

    308GTS Formula 3

    Dec 27, 2001
    2,220
    TN
    I found a set of 10.5 but am still looking for shorter. 9 1/2 would be ideal.
     
  4. pma1010

    pma1010 F1 Rookie
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    Jul 21, 2002
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    Philip
    I have a set of Craftsman's finest. Quite short. 3 ton rating as I recall. Also a set of Snap-On 5 ton. Much taller which is helpful for getting under the car. One point I've not heard before on jack stands, I'd strongly advise getting a larger saddle as you can on the stand and get the stand with as wide a base as you can find.
    I've nearly had the car topple from the shorter ones.
     
  5. donaldh2o

    donaldh2o Karting

    Nov 10, 2003
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    Irvine CA
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    Don
    I use 12"x10" douglas fir cut into 15" lengths. I've found it's nearly impossible for these to fall over. They can be adjusted up using 15" long 2"x6"s or 2"x4"s.

    OK, so they're ugly but they give me warm comfy feeling when I'm under the car.

    Don't know the national annual count for jack stand deaths but I'm sure its higher than the death count for timber users.
     
  6. 308GTS

    308GTS Formula 3

    Dec 27, 2001
    2,220
    TN
    That is a good idea. I might get a piece cut. Do you get them at Home Depot? I just want to get a 9 1/2 in high piece. Thanks.
     

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