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What kind of jack is need?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by trogdor4x4, Feb 23, 2004.

  1. trogdor4x4

    trogdor4x4 Registered Member

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    the stock jack for my truck is too short, all I have on my truck is 33s with stock suspension. What jack is usually used or is good for my application?
     
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    txbluethunder 1/2 ton status

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    i like to carry around a little 2.5 ton floor jack. works great for lift by the axle tube.
     
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    mr_fujisawa 1/2 ton status

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    try a hi-lift jack . they are pretty good and not too expensive
     
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    You should only use a hi-lift off-road only...they're very unstable, but you need one though. As for on the road, a little floor jack like Russell said is best or you could get a bottle jack...
     
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    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    My stock jack works fine on 33's, lift on the axle tubes. It takes awhile, but I like having it underhood and out of the way of everything else. As often as I use it, it really doesn't matter how slow it is.

    Perhaps you have a 2WD one...although they may go higher. 2WD jacks have a "J" hook instead of the "U" (very shallow U) that the 4wd ones have.
     
  6. trogdor4x4

    trogdor4x4 Registered Member

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    Thanks for the posts, I will try again the stock jack (my truck is 4wd). If it doesn't work, I think I will go with an adjustable bottle jack.

    Any other suggestions?
     
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    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Are you sure it's extending fully? I know when I got mine it was rusty from sitting outside, and it took a bit of oil on it, and moving it up and down before the operation smoothed out.

    Before I started on it, it only extended about half as far as it should. IIRC, it "telescopes" TWICE before it's at full extension.
     
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    trogdor4x4 Registered Member

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    I had to play with it a little and then it telescoped to twice the hieght.
     
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    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    So was that the problem or even at twice the height it still doesn't work?

    Hope I nailed this one for you though! /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    bablazer73 1/2 ton status

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    was the jack under the hood still??
    I know up in the salt states where i am, the dirt gets into it and binds the jack. I keep mine in the truck now! But it works with the 33's.
     
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    if the jack is too short, or you need it up higher, can you put a cinderblock under the jack? or would some dense wood work?
     
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    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Lets not geet into cinderblocks. Not really a good idea to be placing 1250 pounds (or so) on one. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    Block of wood will be ok, I'm sure there are plenty of us on here that have used a nice square block of dense wood to get some extra jack height. Just don't trust it to climb underneath without other support like jackstands.
     
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    tecton 1/2 ton status

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    lol
    ok i was just wondering
     
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    I've used wood before, no issues. Picked up an awesome beefy set of 6 ton jackstands at menards for $18 for once it's in the air!!
     
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    when i got my truck i went and bought a 3 ton craftsman floor jack and jackstands for a hondo($100 for the non slang folk)does me well.Kind of huge and annoying to get in and out of the truck but does the job. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif /forums/images/graemlins/shame.gif /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif /forums/images/graemlins/hack.gifok excessive iconing
     

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