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Old 03-08-2011, 01:51 AM
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I (embarrassing admitting now) still have the lift "sitting" strapped down in the bed- spare time went to foster kids we're getting ready to adopt, her boys(I'm step-dad entraining still, 5yrs later), fix the van's 2 O2 sensors, jetted axle DOJ & oil pan replacements, and work...... I came up with an idea to make the mounting even more DIY. Talking w/ my machine shop owning mentor on the structural integrity issues that could pose a "weak link" and so far I think we're a a few steps from starting final stage. This may have to wait till after the holidays -to be fare for both our lives and schedules (shrugs) -one ofthe trade offs for domestic life, I have learned- and continue to relearn on several fronts.

I'm also embarassed to say I haven't installed my Tommy Lift yet. I moved it 40 miles to a storage area to where I will be moving to this spring. I was going to use it to move, but didn't have enough time so I ended up moving the Tommy lift instead of installing it.

I'm eager to start on it, but have no time. I'm able to lift the Tommy lift with my engine lift and with fabric straps. I'll use that to install the tommy lift onto the back of the truck.

Perhaps a year from now it still won't be installed. I would have already moved and will no longer have a real use for the tommy lift. I bought it for this move. Oh well.

I also noticed that the lift is covered with hydraulic fluid. It must be leaking out.

I bought the bracket kit for it: $200, cables, electric breakers, etc. Cost me about a grand. Should of bought a new one instead.. oh well.

Gary
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:10 AM
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They go on EASILY. I still haven't bothered to hardwire mine but have been putting it to good use. When you have it available it opens lots of opportunities.

You only need one power cable since ground return is through the frame.

If you pull the cover you can cycle the pump using jumper cables to leak check it.

No need to overcomplicate brackets. Just copy the factory units "minus the curves" and build with overkill. Liftgates are a refined product, so concentrate on putting them to work.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:29 PM
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well, last week we finally got it installed... now all I have to do is wire it up and test it out... had a little leaking occur but, I figure that i can at least lower it and then un screw the flap and inspect the innards, eh?
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You can test it with one jumper cable, which is handy in that you can instantly yank it off if needed.
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