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post #1 of 47 Old 08-09-2020, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Leaking radiator fluid again from either the hose or water pump, not sure which. Anyway, drove the CJ5 onto ramps so as to get a better look see as to leak location. My only concern right now is safely getting under there without getting squashed like a pancake😱 These ramps are metal and around 40 years old. They look perfectly solid, but I'm still scared to death trusting them. Adding the extra security from said possible pancaking, figured the use of jack stands was in order. Only problem is the ones I have are too short. Will need to be at least 21" to reach front axle. Found some on Amazon with the correct height. Just need advice on whether these are a good enough brand.
Thanks guys for any help you can suggest 😁

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088K9PS5X..._xSjmFb4XR0M6Z

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post #2 of 47 Old 08-09-2020, 07:11 PM
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I used those all the time when I had a limited budget, they should be fine as long as you put some other large bulky items like big piece of fire wood or concrete block under the frame. The major thing is to chalk (sp) those back wheels leave it in gear with emergency brake on. But you are correct don't go under there without some other component to hold up the CJ. Harbor Freight has about as good as Jack Stands for the money anywhere around the US. GL
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i use harbor freight 3 ton for under the axles and have some of there 6 ton if i am holding at the frame between the spring hangers.

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Ditto on the HF ones. Just get ones rated for 50% or more of your Jeep's weight. I use squares cut from 2"X 8" oak boards to gain extra height while using my bottle jack. They would work with jack stands as well.

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Here's another pair for $10 less. They are the same brand but red and are called "Big Red". I can't see any other difference between the two. Both are rated at 6 tons which is way overkill for my little Jeep but you can't be too careful.

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You can't be too careful!
You are correct about that!

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The ones from harbor freight looks the same as these.

There was a recall on some runs of HF jackstands
https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases...ht-jack-stands

But I don't know if the other ones that are similar might have the same problem and how you can be notified.
I guess you can inspect the welds on whatever you buy.



Also inspect the teeth and test the operation/

The one onthe right were recalled.



I like the ones with the lock pins


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HF recalled a bunch of their 3 and 6 ton jack stands....then they recalled the recall replacements. The problems they had was with the teeth that hold the arm up. The teeth were poorly cast and can slip.
They are currently refunding anybody who wants to return ANY of the jack stands they've ever sold.

HF sells a lot of useful, cheap stuff. But I no longer trust their stuff enough to risk my life using it.

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HF recalled a bunch of their 3 and 6 ton jack stands....then they recalled the recall replacements. The problems they had was with the teeth that hold the arm up. The teeth were poorly cast and can slip.
They are currently refunding anybody who wants to return ANY of the jack stands they've ever sold.

HF sells a lot of useful, cheap stuff. But I no longer trust their stuff enough to risk my life using it.
Yeah, I was in HF a week ago and they had pulled all of there jack stands from the shelf. HF serves a purpose for some things, safety items not being one of them IMO. I'd be happy to spend a couple more bucks for a good set of jack stands.
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i have set that needs to go back still. They are bad i tested one and YEP it can drop like a rock if it shifts. Man luck was I they never did that. BUT i always have dead man fall under the heep when its in the air and im under it.
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mine are the old HF orange ones. i have had them for about least 16 years now. they have the deep teeth on the rack that goes up. actually sometimes a pain to release. but could be worse things. have worked well for years.

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HI yes those are fine,, BUT as long as you have tires on it I don't think your going to get squished by a jeep there purity high off the ground
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Here is an article which should be useful, at least it was for me.
https://www.garagetooladvisor.com/au...t-jack-stands/
Went ahead and ordered the Big Red 6 ton jack stands made by Torrin which include saftey pins, a must, in my opinion, from Amazon. They will be here this Saturday.
I thank all of you for the help and information given♥️

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When I was in the Army (back when men were men and sheep ran scared). If I was unable to get scheduled in at the "Recreational Services" DIY auto shop to use their stuff, I'd take all of my oil change goodies way off somewhere and straddle a ditch.

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That style ramp is usually rated at 2 tons per axle. If you like drive on ramps there are a number of options that are either solid or reinforced that will carry heavier loads.



Personally, I like drive on ramps for jobs that do not require raising the tires off the ground. I use a reinforced version of the ones you have to raise my F350 for oil changes.

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