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Old 11-14-2018, 09:01 AM
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Need advice on best floor jack for 7.3 with Off Road Package

Hey guys,

Im officially sick and tired of messing with my bottle jack every time I need to lift the truck up onto jack stands. I have some small cheapy floor jacks but they dont reach high enough to touch the axles so I use the bottle jack with pieces of wood underneath but its time consuming and then I have to lower it in stages with the jack stands and bottle jack.

Ramps arent tall enough.

I see two options but maybe you all know something I dont.

High Lift "Farm Jack" that hooks to rims. I have a gravel driveway not concrete so this is nicer than trying to roll something with tiny metal wheels.

High Lift jack

Harbor Freight's 4 ton jack which goes to 21 inches. Daytona 4 ton

Along with some jack extenders...assuming they work with the Daytona.


Or maybe this cross beam from Harbr Freight:Cross beam (its only good for 3 tons.Will that break under the front axle?)



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Old 11-14-2018, 09:25 AM
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Like you, I use an assortment of things to get my truck into the air in the appropriate pose.

I have been at the purchase screen for the extenders, but stopped short because I found it hard to pay the prices I found for a piece of solid steel that does nothing other than exist between the jack and the truck.

In addition, I am not sure if your truck is a 4x4 or not, but I don't think a 21" lift from the Daytona will get a wheel off the ground if jacking under the frame. If under the axle, you will have to fight with the differential and spring perch on the drivers side to fit the jack and stand in there.

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Like you, I use an assortment of things to get my truck into the air in the appropriate pose.

I have been at the purchase screen for the extenders, but stopped short because I found it hard to pay the prices I found for a piece of solid steel that does nothing other than exist between the jack and the truck.

In addition, I am not sure if your truck is a 4x4 or not, but I don't think a 21" lift from the Daytona will get a wheel off the ground if jacking under the frame. If under the axle, you will have to fight with the differential and spring perch on the drivers side to fit the jack and stand in there.

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Yes its 4x4 off road package which means its even higher.

Daytona with wood boards underneath?
 
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Look at the Harbor Freight 4 ton floor jack, lifts effortlessly, lift high enough too. Reasonably priced as well. Mine wills lift the entire front of the truck without problem.
 
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Old 11-14-2018, 09:34 AM
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I have the Harbor freight / Pittsburgh 3 ton rapid pump...think its 18 3/4" height. I haven't tried to lift the entire front end with it, but its more than enough to get any of the 4 corners off the ground to get the stands under and pull a wheel...

but i'm a stock height stock tire 2wd so ymmv

fwiw I had a high lift from back in my Jeep days, one of the best all around tools I've ever owned, even with +7" lift over stock and 35's on sand it would get the wheel off the ground even on sand...could even help get you unstuck in a pinch as a make shift winch...not sure I'd want to use it as a regular/everyday method of lifting though
 
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Old 11-14-2018, 09:43 AM
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I use a Daytona style jack with a 6x6 as needed to lift my truck. I'm on a gravel driveway too and I use a 2'x3'x3/4" piece of plywood to put the jack on.

Where I'm from they call those farm jacks widow makers.
 
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I use a Daytona style jack with a 6x6 as needed to lift my truck. I'm on a gravel driveway too and I use a 2'x3'x3/4" piece of plywood to put the jack on.

Where I'm from they call those farm jacks widow makers.
Does your 4x4 have the off road package? You put the 6x6 between the jack and the axle?
 
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Old 11-14-2018, 09:53 AM
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Yep, 4x4 with a 4" lift. The 6x6 goes to the frame when needed, mostly I lift at the axle with no blocking.
 
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How do you get a jack stand under the front axle near the differential when the jack perch is taking all of the available space?

I have a floor jack that will not lift via the frame enough to get the tires off the ground unless I use something under the jack or on the jack perch. It is a large floor jack as well.
 
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How do you get a jack stand under the front axle near the differential when the jack perch is taking all of the available space?

I have a floor jack that will not lift via the frame enough to get the tires off the ground unless I use something under the jack or on the jack perch. It is a large floor jack as well.
I can't, for the life of me, remember how I do that but I do, it could entail the use of two jacks or I might jack it, pull the wheel and place the jack stand out near the end.
 
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I'm not sure either how I do it, its been a while. I know its tight and there may be a certain angle of approach but I do it. Hopefully it will be a while since there is snow here now but next time I jack it up I will take some pictures.
 
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My Harbor Freight 3 and 4 ton floor jacks both have no problem lifting my truck when I put them under the axle. I have never needed to jack it up by the frame.
 
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The Harbor Freight Dayton jack has held up well to daily use for about 8 years in my shop. I bought it as a temporary replacement when my snap-on jack was being rebuilt. I’d buy another.

fwiw, My my truck has 40” tires and a 10” lift, I jack it up by the axle and then put jack stands under the axle or the frame depending on what I am working on.
 
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How do you get a jack stand under the front axle near the differential when the jack perch is taking all of the available space?

I have a floor jack that will not lift via the frame enough to get the tires off the ground unless I use something under the jack or on the jack perch. It is a large floor jack as well.
i jack mine up at the diff. Check to make sure your diff cover doesn’t hang below the casting or you will break the seal and develop a leak.
 
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On the passenger side of the front axle there is plenty of room for a jack stand, on the drivers I wedge it in between the spring perch and the knuckle, or maybe it's between the diff and the spring perch I would have to look.
 

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