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What do you use for jack stands?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by rezalb, Feb 4, 2001.

  1. rezalb

    rezalb 1/2 ton status

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    Ok, maybe a dumb question, but safety first! I just got a Craftman 3 ton floor jack and it came with two floor jacks, total length is 16", the frame of my K5 is @ 19"....then I need to get the tires up (doing an axle with spring swap)?
    It made me start thinking about you guys with really flexy trucks, y ou must have a good thing already?
    Thanks for your help,

    rezalB

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  2. 90K5

    90K5 1/2 ton status

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    When I put my lift on, I just stacked up some concrete garden bricks until it was high enough. they were sort of interlocking, but probably not too safe...

    90K5

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  3. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    besides a lift, I don't think there is any "safe" way to get a 19"high truck up in the air with the axle removed. BUT I have jacked the thing up on the gas tank, with a board to spread the load, and a floor jack, on concrete, and worked that way, making SURE that thing wasn't going to tip over. Even then, the axle wasn't coming out, so if it did fall, it wasn't going to completely flatten me (although I'm sure it wouldn't feel nice) When I have done this on RWD cars, I used 2 ft long chunks of railroad tie stacked up. Pretty large footprint, strong, and relatively cheap and rot resistant, as well as they will "grab" any sharp edges if the truck does start to slide. Watch out for the cinder blocks, there are at least two types, one very light weight, one very heavy. Obviously the light ones break too easy. make sure to block very well whatever tires you are not removing..the e-brake and tranny will not help, unless you've got it locked in 4wd.

    Dorian
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  4. FWP

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    12 ton stands, harbor freight, 79 bucks a pair. Max height- 28 "[​IMG]

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  5. '73 K5

    '73 K5 1/2 ton status

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    FWP is right. Harbor Freight 12 ton ones are what I got. About the cheapest around too. They are what I used to hold my Blazer up for a few weeks while I did my lift.

    '73 K5
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  6. RUT_RO

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    Northern Hydraulics also has them. Works great. I also got their 3-Ton floor jack with the tallest lift
    capabilty. The thing weighs 200 pounds.
     
  7. Grim-Reaper

    Grim-Reaper 3/4 ton status Author

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    I got the Set of tall stands from Northern. Occasionaly they show up at Big lots pretty cheap. When I need to drop the axle on my Flexy truck I jack it up put the stands under the frame then lift the axle enough to get the wheels off. This leaves avout 6-8 inches under the axle to drop it out and move it.
    I got the mother of all jacks. It is rated 6 tons with the handle upright it's 6ft long weigh's about 250lb and has a lift from 6 inches to 25 inches. Sorry you will not find this one new. My father got this used in the 60's. It's about 40 years old.
    NEVER USE A CONCRETE BLOCK OF ANY SORT! If you get a high pressure point it will split the block and you will become a bloody puddle under your truck.

    Diging it in the dirt with my K5's
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  8. Butch

    Butch 1/2 ton status

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    I have regular 5 ton jack stands. I use a 12inch block laid with the 12 inch side horizontal. Then I have a piece of 3/4 plywood on top of the block and I set the jack stand on that. This gives me the height I need and I feel pretty safe with it.

    I thought I was wrong once,
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  9. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    Buy some serious jack stands. Anything else and you're just asking 5500 lbs of K5 to sit on your chest. It ain't a pretty sight. [​IMG] I picked up a set of 4 from a mechanic that was retiring. They're rated at something like 12K lbs per pair. At their lowest setting they're around 14 inches tall. Never measured how high they'll get, but it's way up there.

    Those cheapie stamped steel things you can buy for $10/pair will collapse if the weight on them shifts. (Luckily I was NOT under my truck when I discovered this!) [​IMG] Spend the money. The life you save may be your own...

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  10. Emmettology 101

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    Usually I use some semi jack stand, they are probably similar to the ones FWP and Grim are using. When those aren't long enough or if I have to use normal stands, I use some large 4x4 blocks or cement blocks under the stands...

    Mike [​IMG]
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  11. Confederate9

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    i used some 4x2 pieces of wood. it worked well, but it ruins the wood by putting indentions on it, but it works!!!
    it doesnt crack like concrete might,
    just my .02


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  12. BigMan

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    I have a big ol set I bought at napa. They are semi stands. Problem with them is they are about 30 pounds each. The lowest they go is right about where your 19" frame is.
     
  13. shum1

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    Anything wrong with railroad ties?
     
  14. EDdaTREE

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    Like Grimmy said- NO CONCRETE BLOCKS!! Knew a guy in high-school who did the block deal. Luckily had a friend big enough to pick the car off of him!!

    "I'm not stuck...I'm just being as ONE with nature"
     
  15. Boss

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    I use 6ton jacks on top of I think its 12x12x2" wood. I stack the wood up. http://www.boss.coloradok5.com
     
  16. Stoopalini

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    I use one set of 6 Ton and one set of 4 Ton stands.
    [​IMG]

    If thats not high enough, a little inginuity goes a long way
    [​IMG]

    Thomas

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  17. mudpuppy89k5

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    I recently got a pair of Craftsman 3 ton stands for about twenty bucks. I've got the rear end out of my Blazer right now and they are under the rear frame. I measured last nite and they are set at about twenty inches. The box says they will go to twenty-one inches, which doesn't leave much room to go any higher, but my truck is currently pretty much stock, so they do the job.

    John Perry
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  18. Sax Art

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    I'm thinking if I could borrow somebody's mother-in-law, then I'd have a matched set! I'd feel bad stuffing only one under there!
     
  19. TheBlazerKid

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    My vote is for railroad ties!

    Theres No Replacement for Cubic Inches!
     

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