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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 18th, 14, 04:42 AM Thread Starter
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Getting an estimate to add 8' on to the back side my 24' x 26' garage. The total floor space (minus block) would measure 23' wide x 33' deep. It would be a little tight to park my Camaro and daily driver front to back. Both cars together measure approx. 30.5'.

Looking at jacking wheel dollies with casters ($179ea.) This would allow me to rotate the Camaro sideways which would then give me plenty of room. Anyone ever use them or recommend a particular brand? Note: The Camaro is only driven on Cruise nights or to shows. Your thoughts good or bad are appreciated.

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I have a similar situation and I park one car sideways in the back of my garage using wheel dollies. I would not recommend it as a method for a car you use even rarely as it is a pain to move without hitting anything, then jacking it up twice to remove the dollies. Really need two people to move the car. Not because it is hard to roll, but because it can be hard to stop it when rolling. As for the dollies, I bought a cheap set from Harbor Freight. I think I paid $65 dollars for a pair. They roll easy enough and get the job done.

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Re: Wheel dollies?

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I do recommend Go Jacks. They roll smooth and easy. I have 4 cars in my garage and I have to use dollies to roll 2 of them around. I've tried the cheaper ones and I found that they do not roll around as good and require a lot of effort but as for the go jacks, they are much easier. Not forgetting to mention that the self jacking makes it much easier since you don't need floor jack. just put it under the wheels and jack it up. I think you will be happy as I am.

I do move it around myself without any problems.

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I have a similar situation and I park one car sideways in the back of my garage using wheel dollies. I would not recommend it as a method for a car you use even rarely as it is a pain to move without hitting anything, then jacking it up twice to remove the dollies. Really need two people to move the car. Not because it is hard to roll, but because it can be hard to stop it when rolling. As for the dollies, I bought a cheap set from Harbor Freight. I think I paid $65 dollars for a pair. They roll easy enough and get the job done.
x2. i have a full set that i use over the winter when doing projects on the car and to get it off the cement. they do their job for sure but pain to jack the car etc
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Unless you want to buy these. They are expensive but if you have to go the route you are talking about, then they may be worth it.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/rnr-5150595/overview/

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Dom,

I do recommend Go Jacks. They roll smooth and easy. I have 4 cars in my garage and I have to use dollies to roll 2 of them around. I've tried the cheaper ones and I found that they do not roll around as good and require a lot of effort but as for the go jacks, they are much easier. Not forgetting to mention that the self jacking makes it much easier since you don't need floor jack. just put it under the wheels and jack it up. I think you will be happy as I am.

I do move it around myself without any problems.
This is more what I was looking for. Easy to use and works relatively the way they are advertised. Anyone else have any history with this type dollie?

Thanks for the input guy's.
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I can tell you that there is a difference in the amount of force that you need to push regular dollies and the go Jacks as I have both. I have posted 2 videos. with the other brand, you can see the guy leaning into the car more than the go jacks. I do know the castors make a difference and the cars weight but it seems that all the regular wheel dollies I have used seem to have the same castors except the go jacks which rolls a lot smoother.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEWtL5fn7MM

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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 19th, 14, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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No question about it the Go jacks are the way to go. Look much easier to maneuver the car around. Should be making a decision on the garage extension within the week. If the pricing comes back good then I will purchase 4 of them. Thanks for taking the time to post the videos and give first hand opinions.
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Been using Go Jacks for a while repoing cars. They work great, self load, and are quiet. You may not need quiet if it is your own car you are moving. But to me quiet , fast, and easy rolling is a must. I bought a pair of the Harbor Freight dollies for in the shop. I used them one time and never used them again. They are a real pain. Once you go Go Jack, you will never go back to regular dollies. They are not cheep, but what is that really does a good job?

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Getting an estimate to add 8' on to the back side my 24' x 26' garage. The total floor space (minus block) would measure 23' wide x 33' deep.
I just signed the deal to add 8' on to my garage (see above) and will be purchasing the Go Jack car Dollies to spin my Camaro sideways. What's the difference between Left hand and Right hand Go Jack dollies? I think I can go with all Right hand dollies? The car will be 2-3 feet from the wall after spinning sideways. Saw them on Amazon 4 for $640.
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Garage addition is complete and the GOJAK wheel dollies work great! Thanks for the advice on this.

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I use the HF dollies for my project cars that get moved occasionally. Usually only have the 2 front or rear wheels on them.... Well always only 2 because I only have 2. For a finished car and regular use I'd bite the bullet and buy the go jacks.

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Got the Harbor freight dollies and changed the wheels. . . .now they work great!
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Re: Wheel dollies?

I bought the cheap harbor freight wheel dollies first and then upgraded to the go jak dollies. They're not even close in terms of quality.

The jacking mechanism on the harbor freight is awful. Sometimes they scare the hell out of me when I lower the car. Just a matter of time until one slams my car when lowering it. I never use the harbor freight dollies any more.

I also agree with how much easier it is to move a car with the go jaks. They're a bit more money but so worth the extra coin.

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