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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:11 am

I prefer to use a scissor Jack and a plank of wood to spread load under the Sill.
If you jack up under the cross member put something under the cross member first.
If you have a spyder chassis the cross member is round so could slip.
The original jacks are justvto change a wheel if you have a puncture NOT to support the car while you work on it.
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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:38 pm

I am surprised most dont carry a multi use 12v air compressor for tyres etc and an air bag jack
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PostPost by: Lottyone » Wed May 01, 2019 1:05 pm

Just a thought , but to achieve the required ground clearance to install a jack , would carrying a foot pump to temprarily inflate the tyre be good enough to quickly achieve the requied clearance ??
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Wed May 01, 2019 4:13 pm

Lottyone wrote:Just a thought , but to achieve the required ground clearance to install a jack , would carrying a foot pump to temprarily inflate the tyre be good enough to quickly achieve the requied clearance ??

But you have a puncture . A Scissor Jack will easily go under.
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PostPost by: simon1 » Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:07 am

Hi
I have a plus 2 Jack but it is missing the spike at the top. I have read this thread and Ian's note about an M10 Threaded Rod. Does anyone else have an idea fr a quick fix to insert a rod into the top of a jack ?.
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:54 pm

simon1 wrote:Hi
I have a plus 2 Jack but it is missing the spike at the top. I have read this thread and Ian's note about an M10 Threaded Rod. Does anyone else have an idea fr a quick fix to insert a rod into the top of a jack ?.
Thanks
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PostPost by: simon1 » Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:09 pm

Thank you so much for these great photos Vince
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PostPost by: mbell » Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:43 pm

I used a cap head alan bolt, then drilled a hole through a larger bolt as the shaft.

Vince's is better if you can weld or know someone who will weld for you.
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PostPost by: TBG » Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:25 pm

I use an scissor jack from an old Vauxhall Astra. Perfect cheap simple.
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PostPost by: BRGS » Tue May 18, 2021 6:31 pm

I have the Metallifacture Jack for my +2 but it’s a big lump for keeping in the boot and the saddle has the pin section missing.

Having had a good read in here I found this scissor jack on Amazon. It has a threaded pin on it with a hole that bears a pad that is supposed to carry any car. I lost the pad and have used a bit of aluminium to make an insert that fits in the jacking point.

It’s just for dealing with a flat but I feel a lot happier with it on board
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PostPost by: mbell » Tue May 18, 2021 7:13 pm

Interesting, have you a link/name/model for the jack?
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PostPost by: BRGS » Tue May 18, 2021 7:35 pm

Yes it’s this one

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B0882P ... asin_title

Smallish but not very light

The only thing I’m concerned about is fitting it under with a flat tyre

I could solve that by cutting it down and redrilling the hole
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PostPost by: mbell » Tue May 18, 2021 8:04 pm

Thanks.
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PostPost by: gherlt » Wed May 19, 2021 2:21 pm

h20hamelan wrote:I am surprised most dont carry a multi use 12v air compressor for tyres etc and an air bag jack

I do have something similar, but it is inflated by the exhaust, so engine must run. Very lightweight, quite fast.
Does only with single pipe exhaust I am afraid.
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