Getting the SHO off the ground

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  1. sho 'nuff

    sho 'nuff New Member

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    Pretty straight forward here. Whats the easiest way to get this car in the air to work on. Besides a lift? Ramps seem like they would be a little steep. The only way a jack seems to work is halfway underneath the engine bay, where its in the freakin way. Help me out guys, I'd love to be able to start workin on my baby myself...other than not bein very mechanically inclined this is the only thing stoppin me! [​IMG]

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    Jack it up by the front of the sub frame,then put jack stands on the far outside of it and remove the jack.Never work on a car without jackstands.

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  3. MeShoHorney

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    yeah,what JT says. This assumes that you have a good hydraulic floor jack. If not go to sears and get the Jack and two stands they have on sale.
     
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    sdpatt Sr. SHO Engr.

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    I also want to emphasize the caution about the jackstands. You can get a set at Target, Wal-Mart or Sam's Club with a 2.5 ton floor jack and a pair of jackstands for about $25 -$30. That is cheap insurance to save your life.

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  5. Cobria

    Cobria SHO Member

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    You could also get a set of Rhino ramps. They are designed with a shallower runup for cars with airdams like our sho and the miata. I picked up a pair at walmart for $20. They are nice in addition to jack stands and work well for different situations.
     
  6. SLOSHO89

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    Here is the cheep trick....

    Get some boards (2x6 or 2x8) set them on the floor and drive up your home made ramp. Or jack up the car then stick them under the wheels.

    When ever I change the oil on my moms car I have to drive it up the 2x8's so I have enough clearance to get on the ramps

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  7. ThrillSHO

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    Am I the only guy with a lift in his garage? [​IMG] Got it from an old Mineke shop. Best $1500 I ever spent. I'll never go back to laying on the ground! [​IMG]

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  8. RStalveyARFF

    RStalveyARFF too many shos

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    I've been eyeing a lift, but the fact that any new ones require an inspection to make sure it's ok to install has been scaring me away. I want an electric one with the posts on either side. As for ramps, I made some about 4-5' long, with a 1x10 as the base. Then I took a 4x8 block around a foot long and stuck that at the end of each 1x8 board. took 2x8's and stuck a 7-8" panel on top of the 4x8, than beveled a slight lip into another 2x8, stuck it on the remaining empty space on the 4x8 and ran it to the end of the base board. Then I stuck spare stock in the empty triangle created, and now have a set of sturdy ramps for cars with low front bumpers.
     
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    Thought I'd go for a super-bump, as it updates recommendations in this thread.

    Rhino-Ramps, can not be recommended any more.

    The company that made them, Blitz, went out of business or was acquired around 2015. I discovered after finding too late that they used to send replacement rubber pads for free.

    Yet another company is making them, no doubt in China. The new ramps have terrible reviews, mainly of them breaking and collapsing. They could kill someone. This is a product that demands a government safety recall, instead of continuing to be sold.

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    The old ones have diamond-plate style tread and a stop at both the front and the back of the top platform, so the car won't roll off the ramp. The new ones have circles almost designed to break.
     
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    I actually have a pair, and use them quite a bit....
     
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    To lift my car, I jack on the rear subframe bolt and bushings with a hydraulic jack placed behind the front wheel. Much stronger that the so called frame rails on the floor pans, although I have used them in a pinch. If you do it that way, take a chunk of 2 X 4 and lay it along the frame rail to distribute the weight better. as the hat section frame rail is not too strong.

    I have 2 hydraulic jacks, and I leave them in place and slide the jack stands into place either on the hat-section frame rails or the front cross member, but that is where you usually want to slide in for access.

    Never hurts to slide a fully inflated tire under the car as well.
     
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  12. Bryan

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    Get the harbor freight Dayton jack. It’s the same thing snap on has. Just much, much cheaper.
    https://www.harborfreight.com/3-Ton-Professional-Steel-Floor-Jack-Super-Duty-63183.html
    Also I myself got a set of sunex jack stands. 10 ton capacity. I highly recommend them. Will hold anything you put on them. I used them for rebuilding my 69 tbird and for months the car sat on them. Piece of mind knowing you are safe while under the car is always welcome.
    https://www.summitracing.com/parts/sxt-1210/
     
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