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Lifting S4 on Two Post Ramp

PostPost by: 4545colin » Mon Jan 10, 2022 12:42 pm

Is it possible to use a two post ramp with a S4 Elan?
If so where do you position the lifting points?
Any advice appreciated.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Mon Jan 10, 2022 1:16 pm

I never do it on my car, seen too many corner floor cracks - if you really have to do it, you may try your luck at the 4 inner corners of the wheelarches, spreading the load on an extended surface (not just the small pivoting pad one finds on most 2 post lifts) and with rubber material to avoid point stress at the contact.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Jan 10, 2022 1:31 pm

My Car on Bill's MaxJax when I picked it up on Vancouver Island:
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Leakage is not from my car


Quite a few people use the MaxJax. Jacking pads go on the outer corners of the floor...
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PostPost by: HCA » Mon Jan 10, 2022 1:44 pm

Here you are. Drool...! (Not my car, but an unforgettable photo on one of the past threads on two posters here :D ) This is a one poster, but shows the mounting point on the corner.

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PostPost by: andyj007 » Mon Jan 10, 2022 1:45 pm

love a super shiney clean floor. but that is taking it too far .... :shock:
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PostPost by: HCA » Mon Jan 10, 2022 1:50 pm

From someone in the US I remember! Unforgettable.

Forget te shiny floor, I would just love to have only half of his (her?) storage cabs... 8)
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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Mon Jan 10, 2022 5:15 pm

“ to have only half of his (her?) storage cabs”
Then you would need to spend that much time in each cab to remember what’s in there :shock:

I installed my maxjax with the hydraulic lines going up to the ceiling, so the pump/motor are mounted on the wall. Not a tripping or failure point. I had to extend on of the hoses about the same length or $60.
I also, after hearing too much glass fibre cracking, reinforced the floor on one car. Then realized, the best point for a 2 post hoist/lift pick up is near the bobbins and closer to the frame. So I’ve extended the arms on the maxjax with the sockets for the feet & rubber pads.
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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Mon Jan 10, 2022 9:41 pm

This thread is useful.......

https://lotuselan.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=15739

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PostPost by: Bill » Wed Jan 12, 2022 9:35 pm

Colin

I installed my MaxJax when I was in my early 70's, about 10 years ago when crawling under the car got to be near impossible. There is absolutely no problem when lifted at the strong points at the wheel arches as per the photos Phil took of his car at my place.

Maximum lift is 4 ft. from floor - perfect for brake and suspension work - I use a rolling adjustable height shop stool for under car work on my S1.

I am building up a '72 sprint coupe on a new Spyder chassis and it allows body on and off the frame to be a breeze exercise - and it all fits under a 8 ft. ceiling. and leaves a parking spot below.

Plus it is priced right - U cant loose.

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Thu Jan 13, 2022 3:04 am

I agree except for "and leaves a parking spot below." while technically true, the number of cars that fit under the MaxJax arms at full lift is pretty limited. My Plus 2 does not fit, My S1 Esprit with sagged suspension just fits by about 2 mm. I normally park my trailer underneath - that fits :)

I would not be without my MaxJax now and spent time recently looking at installing a second, so I had one for short term work and servicing ( mainly my Elan) and one for longer term body off restorations. However my garage is not wide enough to do it and have decent access around them so decided to set up a body hoist system for the long term restorations using 4 cheap 1 tonne chain hoists off the roof rafters to lift the bodies as needed.

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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:12 am

I have spent hours deciding what my 2nd lift will be.
4 post is nice, for things. But…

https://www.eagleequip.com/product/New-MOBILEMAN.html

$3.5k seems reasonable, considering MaxJax are close these days.

Alibaba.com is no cheaper.
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PostPost by: 4545colin » Thu Jan 13, 2022 10:00 am

Thank you all for the advice and photos, will go ahead with a 2 post setup.
Makes my existing garage look a bit scruffy!

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