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MaxJax 2 post 6000lb lift...comments

Thinking about buying one of these units for home use, but I was hoping someone out there has one and can share their experience. I like the idea of the semi-portability and the 48" lift. Most buyer reports have been favorable and some have noted the lift is not always even and some problems with the hydraulic seals. I appreciate any good, bad, or ugly reviews.
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I have had one for a few years and it beats not having one. One of the cylinders was defective and they replaced it after I sent them a picture of my GTV6 tilted an an angle of about 15 degrees. I leave mine in place. I would epoxy the lag nuts into the concrete if I were to be be disturbing the bolts regularly. I have not been able to stop mine from leaking and I have some kitty litter around the bases and a bottle of power steering fluid to frequently top up the tank. I bought a transmission jack from Northern Tool to help with tranny and driveshaft jobs. I also have a collection of 4x4's for jacking up stuff under the car. I put the 4x4 under the part and lower the lift. Just make sure that the car does not lift off any of the jacking points.

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I'd like one of these, but I wouldn't be comfortable installing one without redoing the concrete in my garage. You are totally reliant on it given that the two pillars are not connected to each other in any way.

Garagejournal.com forums have quite a few installation "build" threads and many thoughts about the lift.

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I second the advice to look through the forums at garagejournal. Just don't blame us for the time you waste spend there.

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I've had one for about a year now with no problems or issues at all.

Bought it online from Costco.

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I've had one for about a year now with no problems or issues at all.

Bought it online from Costco.
Some of the issues on the reviews was :
A) having to bleed system whenever reconnected.
B) leaking hoses at connections
C) uneven lifting
These were comments by one buyer who still gave it high review.
So is this just one persons views or have you experienced any of these.
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The lifting is a little uneven on mine but I only notice it when one side keeps going for a second after the other hits the stop. I only bled mine when I did the initial install and after I changed out a cylinder.

If you are only using it to lift an ALFA then it will never be loaded above 50% of its stated capacity.

When you position the columns and install the lag bolts, space them sufficiently to be able to open the driver's door with the car in the lifting position.

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Ordered through Amazon as one of the suppliers had $100 off and free liftgate unloading. Took less tha a week to arrive. Unloading was easy. I immediately began uncrating. Pretty well planned how they get it all on one pallet. I spent the next couple days digesting the instructions, which at times can be difficult, but a combination of illustrations and text eventually sink in to your mind. The most difficult part is marking the position of the anchors. I ended up using a fender washer the same diameter as the hole in the base plate to insert in the hole and them marked the center of the hole through the smaller opening in the washer. While this helped, the actual drilling through concrete presents another problem. If your floor is metal reinforced that presents a obstacle. Also the drilling tends to follow the line of least resistance, as the bit may start to angle if it hits a rock or metal. I did succeed in getting the holes drilled, but had to enlarge a couple of the base holes slightly with a die grinder to match up with the anchor holes. Since each base plate has 5 anchors I'm not worried and I will only be lifting 1/2 the weight capacity.
Drilling with a hammer drill will test your strength. I thought about renting one, but found I could buy one from HF for less$$. You need to buy the bits, again HF. They do not carry the 7/8" bit so you need to get one at Home Depot...about $20
Checking for square and level will need a second pair of hands. Bleeding the hydraulics takes a couple times and be sure and grease the rollers and track. I had a couple leaks at the pre-taped joints and ended up using liquid thread sealer which stopped the leaks.
After all this I still haven't put a car on it, but I am confident of its performance.
I did use the 800 assistance number just to clarify a couple questions and found them to be very helpful.
Anyone with a reasonable amount of experience should be able to construct this in a couple days or certainly less with help from a friend. Like they say, " the second time is a lot faster".
Hope this helps someone, I will post a photo later.
Cheers, Jon

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After all this I still haven't put a car on it, but I am confident of its performance.
I have put my wife's Cayenne up on mine, and it weighs over 5,000 pounds. I did put jackstands under the vehicle after lifting just to be safe.

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My problem is I have too much hanging fron the overhead. Also may need to move lighting.
I have no doubt in the ability to support my 2000# Spider
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Well I have it installed finally. I followed there recommended spacing for small cars. I ended up having to move the posts as because of the Spiders short wheelbase the lifting arms extended past the lifting jacks on the car. I had to redrill 3 holes and move one post back 6". It works for now but just barely makes it. In the future I may have to move the other post. I had to order 3 new anchors at $7 each plus shipping.
Got the Spider up today. This is going to be fun..
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I can only just squeeze through the doors of my GTV6 when it is on the lift. I had my daughter's Camry on it and had to get in and out through a window. I would set the posts farther apart if I were to install another.

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I can only just squeeze through the doors of my GTV6 when it is on the lift. I had my daughter's Camry on it and had to get in and out through a window. I would set the posts farther apart if I were to install another.
I agree, set the posts as far apart as possible without sacrificing the lifts capabilities. I was able to utilize the 3 rear holes on the post for the front and move it back about 6". If I do the other post I will have increased the spacing by 12". That will be plenty. Since the Spider is light enough to move by hand I am able to push it into position. I have marked positions on the concrete for where the tires should be located for optimum efficiency.
Cheers, Jon

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I have marked positions on the concrete for where the tires should be located for optimum efficiency.
I need to do that!

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