Preparing for a lift


soroush

Ford Gt Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Aug 8, 2007
5,227
the same as everyone else I have used the lift master for 8 years now its a good product

as for the tracks if you look there is the vertical rail and the top curved rail, all they do is just replace the straight vertical rail with a taller one and reuse the same curved rail and reposition it closer to the ceiling . the other reason for a side mount opener is that mounting the regular opener much higher on the ceiling usually affects its ability to pull the door up. I suspect that may be why GT jack had to add another panel to his door. with the side mount opener there should be none of those issues
 

Tom's Garage

GT Owner
Dec 5, 2016
19
california
I took the track and everything out and went with swing out manual carriage doors instead. My ceilings are only 8 1/2 feet tall
 

Beez

GT Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Oct 28, 2016
195
South Denver
I took the track and everything out and went with swing out manual carriage doors instead. My ceilings are only 8 1/2 feet tall
Do the doors open completely to the outside? any chance of pics? Could be an idea for me, although I suspect our HOA wouldn't allow it. I've got 9' 3" to work with
 

BIGFOOT

GT Owner
Jan 18, 2012
728
Northeast
Mines a wall mount.
 

gtinmyblood

GT Owner
Mark IV Lifetime
Le Mans 2010 Supporter
Feb 23, 2007
735
Mesa Az/Aspen Co
First suggestion - education. 2nd, all garage door openers have a safety switch that stops the door if the opening resistance is too high. No worries in the door falling from trying to open locked door.

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I had each LiftMaster Sidewinder plugged into a socket with a seperate switch on each. That way I could cut power to either whenever I wanted. Going away? slide the lock and turn off the power.
 

Kingman

GT Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Aug 11, 2006
4,072
Surf City, USA
I highly recommend the Liftmaster 8500.
Same...plus the MyQ and HomeLink.

I added the MyQ and HomeLink immediately after receiving a call from my neighbor that my garage door had been open for 3 days when I left on a business trip. Now I receive alerts every time the door opens. I can close/open it anywhere I am in the world.
 

Xcentric

GT Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Jul 9, 2012
5,213
Myakka City, Florida
Gained 18" with jackscrew opener and raised tracks.

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06fordgt

GT
Mark II Lifetime
Le Mans 2010 Supporter
Nov 8, 2006
1,886
Toronto Canada
I have 8 lift master side mount openers. They are the best.
 

Beez

GT Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Oct 28, 2016
195
South Denver
I am getting a 4-post to bunk-bed my new 06 GT, and need every inch of ceiling clearance I can get. I find that with correct spring adjustment, the single door is so light and easy to open that I am forgoing any power opener. Also getting a few more inches by getting the spring-assembly "rear-mounted" instead of the typical front mount.

 

mmlcobra

GT Owner
May 25, 2013
1,086
Lift master wall/side mount is the way to go.
Best,
Mark
 

MTV8

GT Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Jul 24, 2010
916
Houston Texas
I always worried that I (or a family member) would try to raise the garage door from the key fob or code box on the outside ... ''WITH THE PADLOCK OR BOLT inadvertently STILL INSTALLED....and tear the whole track system crashing down on top of the roof of the Ford GT. !!!
Any thoughts to this failure mode. ??

andy (ajb)
The motor will reverse, but may damage one of the panels if metal. It will look like a ripple through the surface of the panel. May not cause an issue with a wood door.
 

Cobraguy

GT Owner
I have separate switches for my lifts and as added insurance I use a wide mouth vice-grip upstream but tight against the bottom panel roller in the valley of the track....easy on;easy off.
 

Kingman

GT Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Aug 11, 2006
4,072
Surf City, USA
I am getting a 4-post to bunk-bed my new 06 GT, and need every inch of ceiling clearance I can get. I find that with correct spring adjustment, the single door is so light and easy to open that I am forgoing any power opener. Also getting a few more inches by getting the spring-assembly "rear-mounted" instead of the typical front mount.

May I suggest you reread Kendall's post about the security features of the Jackshaft, and then go to YouTube to see all the videos remarking how EASY it is to break into a garage through the main garage door.

Headroom should be the least of you worries.
 

soroush

Ford Gt Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Aug 8, 2007
5,227
May I suggest you reread Kendall's post about the security features of the Jackshaft, and then go to YouTube to see all the videos remarking how EASY it is to break into a garage through the main garage door.

Headroom should be the least of you worries.
garage door security is an excellent point. one that usually does not get enough attention.
 

Beez

GT Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Oct 28, 2016
195
South Denver
May I suggest you reread Kendall's post about the security features of the Jackshaft, and then go to YouTube to see all the videos remarking how EASY it is to break into a garage through the main garage door.

Headroom should be the least of you worries.
As with your home, I will have my security system set up to alert me if the door is opened. Thanks for the reminder about getting a better pin-locking system, no doubt a readily added item in manual form without using a liftmaster
 

texas mongrel

GT Owner
Mark II Lifetime
May 3, 2009
1,512
Houston Texas
You can do it yourself in an afternoon. Measure how much higher you want to go, saw that length out of the horizntal section and bolt it into the vertical section. Add a jackshaft Liftmaster and you're don. Little bit of tweaking/adjustment needed, but it's simple. Added benefit of Liftmaster is that it automatically engages the deadbolt once lowered.
 

TO AWSUM

Ford GT Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Jul 4, 2007
1,396
Niceville FL
May I suggest you reread Kendall's post about the security features of the Jackshaft, and then go to YouTube to see all the videos remarking how EASY it is to break into a garage through the main garage door.
Just put a padlock through one of the holes in your rail for security. Much cheaper than a $350 motor that's not needed if you won't be opening this door daily and it is just for storing your toys.
 

Beez

GT Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Oct 28, 2016
195
South Denver
Just put a padlock through one of the holes in your rail for security. Much cheaper than a $350 motor that's not needed if you won't be opening this door daily and it is just for storing your toys.
Thought of that right after my last reply. That is the solution for me, the single small manual door is behind only weekend toys, with a padlock it will be more secure even if someone came through the double-wide daily driver door
 

zach05855

GT Owner
Oct 16, 2012
211
Calgary, Alberta
I highly recommend the Liftmaster 8500. http://store.preferreddoorservice.com/liftmaster-8500-elite-series-residential-wall-mount?utm_source=google_shopping&gclid=Cj0KEQiA_eXEBRDP8fnIlJDXxsIBEiQAAGfyoe9QBhs1OU8N1z1VLozZU920_VOTsXi5MYQTCWEg9mUaAsNZ8P8HAQ

This will place the opener motor on the wall - on either side of the garage door and gets rid of "something hanging over your car". I use these exclusively and they are GREAT openers. (FYI - you can program them for Homelink, etc. via the wall controller instead of having to get on a ladder. Also, they are VERY secure when they close. There's a solenoid that clicks and sends a locking pin into the track. Can't say enough good things about this opener.

And yes, as for the tracks, you can send the sectional door up higher and out of the way by simply repositioning the tracks assuming you have the room (height).
I have 12 of these and agree, they are great. They are direct drive to the shaft that holds the springs. Just ask a door company for a high clearance door track that brings the tract within 2-3" of the ceiling.
 

TO AWSUM

Ford GT Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Jul 4, 2007
1,396
Niceville FL
The motor will reverse, but may damage one of the panels if metal. It will look like a ripple through the surface of the panel. May not cause an issue with a wood door.
If this happened to you, that means you have the reverse tension set way too high. You need to readjust it to a lighter setting.

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