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Jack rating/ Harbor Freight jacks

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Whacker, Jul 27, 2018.

  1. Whacker

    Whacker New Member

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    Does anyone have experience using the aluminum floor jacks from Harbor Freight with the M3?

    The 1.5 ton jack is significantly cheaper than the 2 ton and up jacks. I have no idea how to calculate the load when most of the weight will be on the remaining 3 tires.

    I'm looking to lift the car just enough to remove one wheel at a time so that I can place dynamat under the existing wheel well trim.

    Thanks
     
  2. P85_DA

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    I have the 4ton one they work fine
     
  3. SageBrush

    SageBrush 2018: Drain the Sewer

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    Lifting a beam on one end requires half the force of lifting it from the middle. I'll guess that lifting a corner of a car is less than half. However, the jack point is not in the corner, and pictures of a jack use on one point show a good fraction of one side of the car being raised.

    So I estimate half the weight, way under 1.5 tons
     
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  4. SSedan

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    The car is so stiff I think you will find you do lift two tires at once, maybe not enough to remove both but enough I would use half the vehicle weight as above.
     
  5. Pied

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    The 3 ton heavy duty low profile jack is much better. The 1.5 aluminum will work fine but it felt like the jack was struggling a little lifting a car that was almost 4k lbs. I have used it on a Lexus ISF which is ~3800lbs
     
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  6. P85_DA

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    OP yah get the bigger one and use a 20% coupon .. u also get free scissors this week at harbor freight :eek::oops:
     
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  7. RDoc

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    Definitely get the biggest one practical. Small jacks really suck.
     
  8. nam33r1

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    I used the 1.5 AL jack when i installed my hitch. It lifted the corner good enough but i was feeling like I wish I had a 2 ton jack
     
  9. SageBrush

    SageBrush 2018: Drain the Sewer

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    This thread made me think of the little jack that is bundled with cars that carry a spare. Compared to that thing the 1.5T jack from Harbor Freight is a monster.
     

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