Lift question


Aug 25, 2006
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Here is is a problem

The BenPak sliding formerly known as rolling bridge jacks are no longer available.

The new style use Teflon blocks that somewhat poorly can be forced down the track however the greater issue is that the height of the jack was increased by over 1 1/2" which means that if your gal is lower than 4" she will not be able to go on the lift. FYI no Ford GT can be placed on a lift with the new style sliding bridge jacks.

This is not speculation as I went through the process

Now having shared this I have a couple lifts one with a pair of true rolling bridge jacks and yes the combination works very well.

Takes care

Shadowman
 

MAD IN NC

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I'm 6' tall with a 9'6" ceiling height, anybody have similar numbers with a 4 post lift, is that enough height to work under comfortably?
Yes - Same stats here. Get a rolling stool like I do. The FGT when on the lift at full height and the stool is perfect!

other cars - you don't have the height and are in the "tweener" state ala get the stool!
 

HIRISC

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Mar 14, 2007
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Minneapolis, MN
Here is is a problem

The BenPak sliding formerly known as rolling bridge jacks are no longer available.

The new style use Teflon blocks that somewhat poorly can be forced down the track however the greater issue is that the height of the jack was increased by over 1 1/2" which means that if your gal is lower than 4" she will not be able to go on the lift. FYI no Ford GT can be placed on a lift with the new style sliding bridge jacks.

This is not speculation as I went through the process

Now having shared this I have a couple lifts one with a pair of true rolling bridge jacks and yes the combination works very well.

Takes care

Shadowman
Very interesting. Thanks for pointing that out.

When I started looking at the rolling jacks, I noticed slight differences in mounting methodology, but didn't realize those changes would reduce the ease of movement or that those changes increased the physical dimensions.

Is the stated 'stock' clearance on FGT's of 5" accurate?
 

fjpikul

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Sinovac, whne you bolted yours to the floor, how thick was your floor pour? How long were the bolts? Hammerdrill to make the holes and expanding bolts? Thanks for the info. Frank
 

Empty Pockets

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Is the stated 'stock' clearance on FGT's of 5" accurate?
Mine (by actual measurement 'cause I wanted to know) measured 4-1/2" beneath the rear defuser(?) as I recall. (One place or another anyway.)
 

Mullet

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FYI the Backyard Buddy does not have to be bolted down. Heck, they say you can move the rack around with a car on it with the casters.
 

soroush

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I have a bendpak 9000lb capacity HD model its the narrow one so the gt barely fits, but it does fit you just have to be very carfull driving up on it. it also does not have to be bolted down, and if fact comes with its own casters as jason pointed out, and you can move the lift with the car on it very usefull and handy, I have a double car garage and when I want to work on the car I just move the lift to the middle of the garage to have access to both sides of the car.


cost about 2800 thats including shipping to a near dock and I borrowed a friends trailer to pick it up, took us about 6 hours to put is together me and three friends.
 

donnymac

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Haven't bought a lift in ages and need to go shopping.

Any lift/brand suggestions a la GT requirements?

All coments apreciated.
 

Superfly

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Hey Donny,

I'm building a new garage, so this question was very pertinent to me. I finally decided that width above all was what I wanted. :biggrin

Stormcat has a really nice Rotary Revoultion Lift, REALLY NICE. :thumbsup

MAD in NY has a really nice BendPak HD9 Lift. Also REALLY NICE! :thumbsup

FWIW, I'm getting the BendPak. It's not too long, and yet it's still nice and wide. The Rotary was nice, but while it would fit, it's a little long in my garage. BendPak also makes a really cool ONE post lift, the PL-6SPX, but that's a LOT of $$, and I'd rather save that $ for other GT mods. :biggrin

Good luck with your research. And post up pics when you finally get one. :cheers
 

Not 4N

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:thumbsup

You Canadian guys are pretty darn smart :biggrin [....now, as for Trent.....well.....:eek:lol:biggrin:rofl:willy] - .......it may be the alcohol content.
:cheers

We Still Love You Trent.
Hey wait a second - now come to think of I did have a little anti-freeze in the system when I plowed the 5" of snow off of everything yesterday.
How do you know all this stuff Fred? :biggrin

:cheers
Trent
 

Specracer

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We have 2 of the XLT's and 1 of the 7000I (the GT fits on the smaller). These are sourced from China, but the pump is from USA and can be found at a lot of other locations, and I think Bony even posted a Costco link. BUT from Costco you would have to put it together, and be able to unload it from a semi. I have now watched 3 of these get put toghther, and I might try it, but you do need to be sure that the cable system and lock mechanics are adjusted properly, so when we get another, I will pay the 600 premium for delivery and installation. http://www.teclifts.com/storage_parking_lifts.htm
 

Empty Pockets

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There's an outfit called "Direct Lift" that has a 4 poster with 'channels' welded to the runways on each side which one can slide an optional 'jack rack' back & forth on. 'Makes it DARN HANDY to lift the car at one or both ends at the same time to do wheel swaps or whatever.

I'm going to buy one of these myself if my V-8 S-10 doesn't sell pretty soon. I'll then use my existing hoist for "stacking" and the "Direct Lift" as the work horse.

Their Fort Worth number (888-799-8083) would be the one you'd wanna call. (They don't HAVE a website as far as I know.)
 

Sinovac

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I have a Rotary SM12NB. It's a narrow bay, shorter version of their full size lift. While it is smaller and perfect for residential use, it is still a 12,000 lb. commercial lift. It lifts my 8,000 lb. F250 with ease. It will fit in a garage with 8' ceilings (although you obviously would not be able to raise the lift fully). As you can see from the photo, the lift is plenty wide enough for the GT (the garage door is 10'wx8'h for comparison). It also bolts to the floor. Most of the homeowner lifts don't and, quite frankly, I wouldn't get under one of them. I didn't get a Bend Pak as I understand their smaller lifts are not made in the USA.

 

DWR46

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I bought a Backyard Buddy. You can drive a Ford GT right on to it without any clearance problems at all. They are not inexpensive, but I don't want a $160-180,000 car to be damaged due to a cheap lift. Not at all difficult to assemble and came well packaged with clear instructions. Also American made and very excellent quality.
 

KMCBOSS

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Dec 3, 2006
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Bremerton, Washington
There's an outfit called "Direct Lift" that has a 4 poster with 'channels' welded to the runways on each side which one can slide an optional 'jack rack' back & forth on. 'Makes it DARN HANDY to lift the car at one or both ends at the same time to do wheel swaps or whatever.

I'm going to buy one of these myself if my V-8 S-10 doesn't sell pretty soon. I'll then use my existing hoist for "stacking" and the "Direct Lift" as the work horse.

Their Fort Worth number (888-799-8083) would be the one you'd wanna call. (They don't HAVE a website as far as I know.)

I have two of the Direct lifts in my garage. Had them for five years now and so for - no issues. My Ford GT and my GT500 are wide bodies and just fit on the ramps. Make sure you use a spotting system for ease of driving on and off or parking a car under (you would hate yourself if you stripped a mirror off backing out. I use mirrors mounted in front of the lift wit a bulls eye to mark the location of my parking lamps when entering or leaving the garage.
 

DBK

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Donny, that avatar is waaaay creepier than my stuff. :lol
 

Empty Pockets

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I have two of the Direct lifts in my garage. Had them for five years now and so for - no issues. My Ford GT and my GT500 are wide bodies and just fit on the ramps. Make sure you use a spotting system for ease of driving on and off or parking a car under (you would hate yourself if you stripped a mirror off backing out. I use mirrors mounted in front of the lift wit a bulls eye to mark the location of my parking lamps when entering or leaving the garage.

I don't have their brochure 'in hand' at this moment, but, I believe they offer at least 2 different widths. That should combat whatever "mirror" issues one may have.

'Side note: these are (sadly) "made in China"...as are the majority of hoists sold in the U.S. these days. So, be aware of that. But, they're the only ones I'm aware of that have those channels to slide the hyd jack platform back & forth on.
 

Superfly

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'Side note: these are (sadly) "made in China"...as are the majority of hoists sold in the U.S. these days. So, be aware of that. But, they're the only ones I'm aware of that have those channels to slide the hyd jack platform back & forth on.
EP, you're right, almost all of them are made in China now :frown

As for your other point, almost all of them DO have the channels for a jack tray/drip pans (however it may be that if the ramp width is adjustable, the jack platform (and drip trays) will not fit the wider ramp widths). Almost all of the jack trays/drip pans do fit the 37" width, but not the 44" width. YMMV


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PeakCompletions

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Donny,

I have two direct lifts in my shop.. no issues with the GTs... plus they are in Dallas and ship quickly and will even set them up for a small fee..

I have had the Rotary Revolution also and while slightly nicer a big price jump too.
 

MAD IN NC

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Have the BendPak HD-9B - the wide one. Width between post is ~109" versus most standards lift being 86". Requires air for the saftey's :thumbsup When you move the ramps to the wider position, the drip pans won't fit. So I use a $5 hunk of particle board that lays up on the ramp channels as the channel on the inside of the ramps are also used for the rolling jack which is perfect to raise either the front or rear of the FGT, also air operated.:thumbsup I never will go without a rolling jack - never again!

BandPak is "certified" by NA standard bodies and I believe Rotary is also. The others? :confused BackYard buddy is also a good one from what I found out when I did the research.

I installed it myself (with 6 friends as the ram ramp is a heavy motha). It took four hr's and the first car that went on it was a '73 eldorado that weighed 6,000 lb's!

No problems at all. Completely satisfied with the BendPak. Cost - under $2,700 one year ago. Rolling jack ~!$1,150.

When you buy a lift make sure that at least you get free shipping to the nearest freight yard. From there you'll have to pick it up. I had a towing compnay use a flatbed to pick it up and drop it off in the driveway. Cost $100.


Go to Garagejournal.com and use the search function obver there. There are quite a few thread on lifts...
 

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