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QuickJack

PostPost by: Steve Brooks » Mon Apr 11, 2022 10:23 am

Hello everyone, can I have your thoughts on what model QuickJack suits the +2 best. I am a bit confused between the 5000slx (and a length of wood) or the 5000ext. Does the 5000 ext clear the body on lift ?.Getting a bit to old to be lugging breeze blocks about.Regards Steve
Thanks for the info chaps, very useful.Steve
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PostPost by: mbell » Mon Apr 11, 2022 5:50 pm

I have the BL-5000L (I think, pre SLX model) and use full length spreader that is a few inches longer than the top of the lift.

I don't think the 6" longer one would fit under the car between the wheels. When I lift mine I wedge the lift under the front wheel, so it is far as it will go forward as it will go. This leaves about 4" at the rear to the edge of the wheel arch when lifted. So you are very marginal for fitting an extra 6" between the wheels. Maybe it would just fit past the tire maybe it would foul it.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Wed Apr 13, 2022 5:45 pm

+1 To what Mbell said. The standard length model is quite sufficient.
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PostPost by: alanr » Thu Apr 14, 2022 8:00 am

I too have been wanting a Quickjack for sometime!
However, last year QuickJack launched a 5000 TL version which has a 3inch higher lift but currently this is only available in the USA.
I am waiting for this version to be available in the UK, the agent says later this year, when I will probably go for this TL version providing it is at a sensible price!

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PostPost by: nwbaxter66 » Tue May 03, 2022 10:24 am

Most interesting as I have been looking at the new US version.
Anybody have a picture showing their Plus 2 on the QuickJack to illustrate the set up and positioning used?
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PostPost by: mbell » Tue May 03, 2022 6:22 pm

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PostPost by: nwbaxter66 » Tue May 03, 2022 6:58 pm

Thanks much
So using a long board spreading weight seems to make sense
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PostPost by: mbell » Tue May 03, 2022 7:30 pm

I think so, allows me to get support under the stronger front wheel arch area rather than just the flat floor areas. The other option would be to make adapter to pick up the jacking points.

I also use the same boards for other cars, as need just a bit more length to pick up there jacking points that the lift has.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Fri May 06, 2022 12:31 am

Yes t the boards! I forgot to get boards for mine, left the car on the QJ for a few months using the hard rubber support blocks, and found some damage where the blocks toward the front met the floor! :oops:
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PostPost by: stugilmour » Fri May 06, 2022 2:46 pm

[quote="mbell"]I think so, allows me to get support under the stronger front wheel arch area rather than just the flat floor areas. The other option would be to make adapter to pick up the jacking points.

I also use the same boards for other cars, as need just a bit more length to pick up there jacking points that the lift has.[/quote]

Steve, this thread has a few pictures of my board setup. I used threaded ready rod and connecting nuts to pick up the Plus 2 jacking points as MBell mentioned. It is very secure when up, but can be a bit awkward to get the jack platforms, boards, and threaded rods under the rockers when the car is fully settled on its suspension. Note the green tape on the floor is my attempt to figure out how far back the car moves as it is rises, which is a fair distance.

viewtopic.php?f=43&t=45776&start=30

I really like the QuickJack. Just be very careful when lowering the car that things are set correctly on both sides. If one side locks at mid height and the other side lowers the car can start to tip. I managed to damage the floor pretty severely before I had the boards made up. Not a big issue once you have done it a few times.
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