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Old 05-12-2011, 07:06 PM   #1
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I just realized the jack that I thought was included is just some jack parts. Are there any threads that discuss the proper jack needed for these vans?
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:16 PM   #2
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Re: Van Jack

There are a few. Either hi-lift or Tractor Supply 3 ton axle stand + jack seem to be the preferred.
Unless you have decent aftermarket bumpers, the hi-lift is kind-a useless.

http://www.tractorsupply.com/jacks-stan ... nd-1160455


Or one of these
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:50 PM   #3
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Re: Van Jack

Have the 3-ton in my XL Storage and a second in the garage. Works phenomenal, however if you're planning on changing a flat, be prepared with the stock bottle jack to get the axle high enough for this to go under.

The hi-lift- I've had the van "leveled" in the driveway with them. I know my way around a hi-lift and without even lifting a tire on flat pavement I thought it was sketchy to say the least. They're a good tool, but I wouldn't count on tire changing with one... not that I wouldn't, just it's last line of defense rather than first choice.
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:10 PM   #4
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I have an accessory to the Hi-Lift jack that hooks it to the wheel. Primary game plan is to use that to lift enough to get the 3-ton under the axle. Without the hooks to the wheel, I doubt you could lift the van with the Hi-Lift without hurting something.

That being said, my first flat was a slow leak. So I chose to air it up to get the 3-ton under the axle.

Should be noted that my 3-ton has been leaking oil ever since. Bummer. :-(
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Have the 3-ton in my XL Storage and a second in the garage. Works phenomenal, however if you're planning on changing a flat, be prepared with the stock bottle jack to get the axle high enough for this to go under.
I had the same issue when I had a blowout. I think I just pulled out the pin on the axle height adjuster to get it low enough, either that or took the whole adjustable axle part out all together.
Either way I did it in a flat carpark without having to drive the flat wheel up on a curb, which was my next plan of attack.
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:07 AM   #6
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Thanks all
I ended up getting a 20inch telescopic jack (2-4 tons). As recommended by Paul at SMB austin.
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:40 AM   #7
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Re: Van Jack

Although it's kind of expensive, I wonder how an air bottle jack would work out and am looking at one of these:
http://www.hyjacks.com/airhyd.htm

BTW this site has a fairly good selection of jacks
http://www.hyjacks.com/index.html
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Re: Van Jack

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Although it's kind of expensive, I wonder how an air bottle jack would work out and am looking at one of these:
http://www.hyjacks.com/airhyd.htm

BTW this site has a fairly good selection of jacks
http://www.hyjacks.com/index.html
If I recall correctly, I believe Jeffrey ended up with an air bottle jack similar to the one in the link you provided.

For me, part of the rationale for the jack/jack stand combo is stability. I really like having the wide base and wide saddle in order to maximize stability.


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Yeah but I wish somebody made a higher quality version. I haven't used mine yet but with the leaking issue, I guess I should test it at home.
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Both of mine have been used and are fine. I don't think one leaky jack is a design problem, any hydrolic jack can have a bad seal. That said it is DEFINITELY Chinese manufacture...
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