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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 01, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Which type, 2 post or 4 post, do you think is best and which brand is the best value for home garage use. Would be used for doing maintainance and modification work.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 30th, 01, 08:49 PM
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if you are looking at doing a frame off type of restoration or something, then the 2 post would seem to be better-you can use it to lift the body off the frame. it also lets the suspension hang freely when the car is in the air. if you do mostly oil changes and the like, a 4 post would work. i personally want one of each, but i want it all..if i had to choose, i would take the 2 post.seems more versatile to me.

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 01, 03:52 AM
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What brands are liked best? I'm going to get a lift this Fall.

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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 01, 05:06 AM
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I have an Eagle 4 post lift. Since 95% of what I do on the car doesn't involve removing the tires/wheels the drive-on lift is so much faster than having to set the four arms to lift the vehicle. You also have to be careful where you set them as you can have a car slide off of them. The other concern I had was ground clearance on a low car; some of them would interfere with headers, etc. on a lowered car.

Ideally as stated above you'd have one of each as they both have advantages and dis-advantages. I will say it's the best piece of automotive equipment I've ever purchased and I have no idea how I did without it before!

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 01, 05:18 AM
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Here is a link to pics of a 2post that we use it works really well and installed very easily
if your interested I can get manufactureres info dont forget 12'ceiling is needed

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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 01, 06:41 AM
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Camcojb - did you research any others? I looked at Backyard Buddy - not too impressed. Many local garages here use Rotary. I like the idea of a 4 post with the accessory to use a jack if you need to do brake/suspension work.

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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 01, 09:06 AM
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I have a Backyard buddy and I like it fine. I had mine made so that it will raise to 7'. I never have to worry about bumping heads. Mine is in a building that someday I might add a second floor Mezanine so then I could build the floor at 7' and be able to lift a car with the hoist and just roll it onto the Mezanine. I also got the rolling jack platform so I can jack the car up if I need to remove something. As Jody said, 95% of what you will probably do doesn't involve removing wheels. It is nice to just drive on and lift as opposed to placing the legs. Mine is also free standing and has wheels that you can clamp on and move the hoist around. That comes in very handy when I want to move it outside and Steam clean under a car. I'm sure most of them are fine. Just think about what you will use it for most of the time and find what you like. the prices seem to vary alot so shop around.
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 5th, 01, 02:53 PM
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I have a Cytech Double-Park 4-post, set up like Charlie's Backyard Buddy (jack bridge, caster kit, etc.); handy to just drive on and drive off, doesn't have to bolt to the floor, can move it around. 2-posts are better for the small percentage of time you're doing only chassis work, but 2-posts require a 6"-8" reinforced floor for installation to support the offset cantilevered loads, and aren't safe without it. For home use, I think a 4-post is a much more flexible tool. Should have bought mine years ago - nothing like working under your car while standing up!

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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 5th, 01, 03:15 PM
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I'm probably going to get a two post Eagle lift.
I've got a friend who has the four post Eagle and loves it.
I don't want a lift that lifts by the wheels though. the two post will allow full access to the bottom of the car.

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 5th, 01, 04:22 PM
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i own a american 12.000 lb 4-post with wide it.....

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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 5th, 01, 04:55 PM
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I have an AUTOLIFTERS M-6 and love it. It is the 4 post model and I realy like the safety features more then the other 4 post lifts I looked at. The legs that hold the lift up go into the posts and not onto little pieces of metal welded on the post. go to there website and check them out.They have added some new features since I bought mine a couple of years ago.

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 6th, 01, 02:21 AM
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I don't even own a shop yet, but when we get done with the house (doh!) I am going to build one with a two post lift. I have buddies with the ramp style, they don't like it. You still can't get a tranny out easily, can't easily do brakes, rotate tires, suspention, exhaust, or anything else that requires getting the wheels up with a ramp style.

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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 6th, 01, 05:49 PM
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I will be purchasing a lift just as soon as my garage renovations are complete and have done a good deal of research on the 4-post models. Surprisingly, most are made by the same fabricator in Texas despite the various names and subtle design changes. Most people I've spoken to are happy with the lift they have bought so I really don't think you will be unhappy with any of the popular brands. The two I like best are the "Stinger" by AXE and the "Superior" lift. The "Stinger" is finished better than most I have seen and comes standard with aluminum ramps. The "Superior" lift is 9 inches wider between the posts than the others and this makes parking the Z06 a little easier.

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