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After looking at all the supporting vendors' sites, I see all these pucks and stuff used to place on the floor jack when lifting the car.. Not cheap, either!!

Today I'm gunna go lift 'er up and get rid of the skip shift crap.. I was planning on just using a small block of wood on the floor jack.. Hitting the lift points as specified in the owner's manual..

Any gotchas here? There must be a reason people buy those custom pucks..

Needed some expert advice, knew this was the place to come to.. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif
 

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Dimer,

A block of wood works fine. You can make your own lift pads with hockey pucks and then go to your nearest hardware store and buy some small pull knobs that fit into the slot at the lift points. My buddy Black Magic has a set of these and they work great.

Be careful under your car, be sure your car is on stands. We don't want to lose a member.
 

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A couple of weeks ago I lifted the car to take off all 4 wheels to wash them on the inside of the rims. I bought a small jack that has wheels. The cheapest one, about $30.
I lifted using a small block of wood on the points in the manual. You will have to back up onto a piece of 2X6 to be able to get the jack under the car. It is a little tricky to get the jack going due to lack of range of motion to jack but I got it up. The front is even trickier due to less range of motion but just had to play with it. I did not have any problems with the car when I took it for a drive.

The thing to remember is that you do not want the jack, piece of wood or puck to touch and fiberglass. If there is the slightest pressure on the fiberglass it will crack.

I think the puck is used to attach to the jacks on wheels. Then you can jack up the car from the side. If you feel just in front of the back sheels there is a circle cut out of the fiberglass with a slit. This is where you can do it from the back. I think the front slits are just behind the front wheels. These are the areas where you work around the fiberglass and need to be careful.
 

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I also have a set of those rhyno ramps or whatever.. Now that I'm scared enough, maybe I should just back it up onto the ramps.. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif
 

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Oh THAT is cool!!!

Everything ended up okay, though.. The 2x4 wouldn't fit on top of the floor jack cradle thing, so I ended up putting a piece of particle board on it.. Brought up the car a bit from the back (hearing the wood crack all the while.. hehe) till the point the wheels were just about to come off the ground, and then lowered it.. It's nice how the springs and stuff work - the car then lowered to a much higher position!

2x4 on the floor jack now, easily fit, brought up the car, jack standed it.. The only DUH part was that for added support, I decided to leave the floor jack under there as well.. Since there were kids running around, and I had to run inside for a bit, I didn't want one of them deciding to play with the jack and slam the pole into the back of my car.. So I removed the jack rod/pole from the jack, and once I did that, the opening the pole goes into springs to a full upright position, pointing directly at the underside of the car.. OH HOW NICE! I didn't even think of what I was gunna do, just had to get the job done first. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

The skip shift elimination went quite well.. I've seen questions on "which one do I take out", etc.. I was surprised to see it labeled "CAGS". /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

After working with hammers and wrenches to pry the frickin bar opening or whatever down to a horizontal with the ground, i was able to get the rod back in and lower the car.. No check engine light, all is good..
 
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I seem to recall reading an article (I think it was on the Idaho Vette page) on how to jack up a 'Vette. Does anyone have a link?
 

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Here's a link for lifting a C5. On the same site this fellow provides instructions for making lifting pads out of hockey pucks. I have made them and they work fine. Total cost for 4 = $7.50 if I include the cost of the tube of epoxy which has 85% of its contents remaining.
As far as the lifting instructions go, the only thing I did differently is angle the leading edges of the boards that you drive the front wheels onto, less resistance. Eventually I'd like to get a Kwiklift, got to save my pennies though.

Have fun and be carefull under the car.
http://97vette.com/howto/carlift/index.html
 

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Thanks for that link!!!

I've jack-standed the back up - and the front up - but never both at the same time.. That looks cool - and scary!!! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif
 
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