Racing Brake has one that I used to put rotors on my MKIV GTI. It worked decent for brakes having all four corners off the ground.
I was following "Frank The Car Guy"s sig link to his smugmug account:
...when I had one of those Steve Martin moments:
"What the hell *is* that!?"
"How'd that dang thing get there!?"
So I googled scissor lift, and came up with this review:
So, anybody here using one? Is it a godsend? Or does it inevitably obscure whatever you want to work on?
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Last edited by Ripdubski; 04-28-2012 at 10:27 PM.
Funny you should ask...
This was today. My friends and I (mostly my friends) installed the HPA hockey puck and replacement subframe bolts. It was our first time using a scissor lift but it definitely made the job easier. I wish it would have gone a couple of feet higher but everything we needed to get to under the car was easily accessible. but as Ripdubski said above anything that's close to the center of the car will be blocked by the lift arms. Our only problem is we accidently bent one of the plastic underbody piece a bit. You just have to be REALLY careful not the touch those side skirts.
I like the idea of flush mounting this...
I think you'd just need to be careful that the vehicle's center of gravity stays within the base of the scissor points.
this will absolutely kill you... be careful. there are plenty of stories about these things failing or falling. still maintain proper safety precautions and buy a **** ton of jackstands to at least save it from crushing you if you are silly enough to get under the car.
other than that these are a cheap way to get the car high off the ground.
I always wanted to go this route:
Then again, it is likely much more expensive.
It looks like it's possible with lumber to just leave the scissor jack down and park on top of it daily.
The "roll away" part of a two post seems like it's actually pretty involved. Maybe if I could install one in such a way that I could still open my doors with it installed, then just ease car forward for lifting....
Scissors lifts have their place and their followers. Many are safe and convenient. Just not for me and my garage.
I feel safe and capable with my AC Hydraulics DK-20Q jack and Esco Jackstands (next door neighbor has two more and we share.)
If and when I move, I will probably have Steve from http://ultimategarage.com help me design a garage with a lift of some sort. No, I won't have a bat cave turn around platter, but it would be nice.
Not affiliated with him at all, but I did get the jack and stands from him. Esco jackstands are available at a lower price than in the recent past, if you need safe jackstands (he designed the flat top.)
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I'm currently using a so-so Costco-sourced jack (happens to match the DBP R pretty well, setting off another round of, "How much did *that* cost?" spousal bingo) and the same cheezy stamped jackstands I've had for ages. I hardly ever use the jackstands, as the jack mostly gets used for tire/wheel/brake work, and I just let the jack carry it without putting my body under the car.
Most of my under-car work is done with the R on Rhino ramps that I bought at Schucks. The ramps seem to work fine, but they're a little short for mid-body work like the exhaust clamp or the HPA puck. Or I'm too "tall", laterally speaking. Take your pick.
I could swing the price, but my concern is max height in my garage. I don't think I could realistically get it off the ground that far.
I haven't got a tape out and played around yet, but I've got about 9' ceilings in there, with the garage door rails over 7' off the floor. I figure with the hood of the car on the garage door end, I should be able to hoist the car high enough to at least use something like a low wheeled stool under the car.
That wouldn't be as great as a "stand up" lift or grease pit, but I would think it would still be pretty advantageous.
but full size lifts are out of the question for most of us. if your garage motor is in the way i believe there's a wall mounted motor http://www.liftmaster.com/LMCV2/page....aspx?famid=53
but the rails being in the way is another problem entirely. if anyone has any solutions to that i'd love to hear em.