one of my friends has a QUICK LIFT, and while its far easier to use than standard auto store ramps its a LONG WAY from the EASE and CLEARANCE a true lift that places the car up to about 6 feet high gives you, now thats important when you do jobs that require extra clearance under the car ,like when installing an exhaust and welding is sure far faster and easier on a real lift.
but Ill also point out hes done very well using that QUICK LIFT on 90% of his hot rodding
Ive GOT TO ASK THOUGHT...WHY pay
about $1100-$1300 for a quick lift (unless youve got a 8 ft ceiling height like my friend has)
when for about $1695 you can get a BASIC REAL LIFT
this should help
ID STRONGLY SUGGEST NOT BUYING A CHINESE BUILT LIFT AND BUYING FROM AN AMERICAN MANUFACTURER
/KEEP IN MIND THAT PARTS AVAILABILITY IN THE FUTURE AN SERVICE IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN SAVING A FEW BUCKS ON THE UP FRONT COST
ok having just gone thru this , Id point out that theres a HUGE differance in the REPLACEMENT PARTS availability and TECH SUPPORT availability and getting the lift installed correctly between the americam made and chinese built lifts, you probably DON,T WANT a 12,000 lb lift unless you excluesively work on larger trucks as the lift arms may not have the necessary clearance to use on low slung cars
a 9000 lb lift will handle almost all personal cars/trucks http://www.ben-pearson.com/9000KT.shtml
heres what I finally bought and had installed, keep in mind that the higher the lifts weight rateing the larger the arms need to be and the more difficult it will be to use on low groound clearance cars like corvettes/camaros ETC. and youll rarely find personal cars/trucks over 6000lbs in weight with most being well under 4000-4500lbs
heres the lift I purchased, I felt it was the best value, HAD THE BEST SERVICE SUPPORT AND BEST ACCESS UNDER THE CAR, ACCESS TO THE WHEELS, TRANSMISSION,EXHAUST, etc.
a PROPERLY set up and built 4 post lift is great, but keep in mind that to work on the brakes,suspension etc. youll need a sliding bridge jack, to access the brakes/wheels while the cars up on that lift, now that adds to the cost.
I was originally looking at this lift
pushed the price up significantly, plus I went out and looked at about a dozen shops, most had two post lifts........the reasons given were
more useable floor space when it was not in use,
easier access to the wheels,and exhaust
no long platform in the way under the wheels when working on suspension
all four wheels are easily accessable
both doors can be accessed(some 4 post lifts don,t allow the pass door to open)
I will eventually get both types of lift in the shop, because the 4 post is better for alignments and welding roll cages,etc. but after WORKING ON BOTH TYPES, and talking extensively with the mechanics at almost a dozen corvette shops, I think your best value is the QUALITY two post
"Have you come across any drawbacks to the 2 post lift you bought?"
well that depends on your view on lifts, its certainly easier to drive onto a 4 post than swinging the arms and positioning the car on a two post lift, but once its up, a two post is GREAT! IM GLAD I WENT THIS ROUTE
BTW IT HELPS A GREAT DEAL to install a lazer garage parking guide , it allows you to exactly locate the car without getting out and checking
you simply pull in untill the lazer dot locates on the dash center and your located exactly correct for the lift arms
"Did you install it yourself? Were the floor bolts put in with the concrete or after?"
NO! the bolts were DRILLED inserted in MY 8" thick 3500psi concrete slab AFTER the garage was built, and altho I could have easilt installed it my self I HAD the distributor install it, theres no sence in having a total garauntee if they might say any problems were caused due to installation errors
"How tall is your ceiling? If I have a stock 2003 f-150 supercrew 4x4 on the lift, do you think it would all fit under your ceiling?"
my ceiling 16" tall floor to rafters,(the pictures somewhat deceptive, theres a good 4-to 5 feet of room over the lift ,even thou it looks like theres less) and IVE had two large vans on my lift now with NO PROBLEM, and keep in mind that theres TWO EXTENDED VERIONS WITH MORE OVERHEAD CLEARANCE AVAILABLE
Race Ramp is the only economical? ($199-299) ramp with a low enough incline to get my C5 up on. Incline is less than 10 degrees so the front end won't hit. Go to www.raceramps.com/ to see. Just the thing for those of us who can't afford a lift. Nice pics on your post. Wish I had one...artyon:
the garage took me 35 plus years of saving and planing too aquire so don,t think its easy to come by, but neither is it out of anyones reach if they set thier mind too having a nice garage as a goal, thier willing to work for seriously over thier working carreer