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Please do keep us posted, Nader. Is it the BL-3500? I saw that those were on sale on the QuickJack website for $895. Great price but I couldn't pull the trigger since the maximum spread was 43.75" which was too narrow. Have to think that someone more creative than me could come up with an easy, safe way to extend it.

BL-3500 Hydraulic Jack - Portable Car Lift - Race Car Lift - QuickJack USA

After further research and talking with a company rep, I went ahead and ordered the 5,000 lb model yesterday (BL-5000SLX). Think it will just barely fit within the Spider's wheelbase. Not cheap but hopefully something I'll get a lot of use out of. Will provide an update once I get it set up.
Please post pictures!

I would love to get a MaxJax, but my garage is quite old and the concrete is of unknown depth and quality. Pouring a new pad for it would make the installation project a much bigger deal. Plus, it's much more difficult to transport if I ever move. QuickJack seems like a nice compromise between futzing with jack stands and a full lift. Most work where the car needs to be up doesn't really require that much rise anyways. The QuickJack also has nice potential for a trackday lift.
 

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I measured about 59" from wheel well to wheel well on my spider why couldn't you place a 4 x 4" on top of the lift and raise the car. That would also give you 4" more room under there to work. I'm thinking a 2 x 6 could probably be used. There's only about 7" overhang on each end.

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I measured about 59" from wheel well to wheel well on my spider why couldn't you place a 4 x 4" on top of the lift and raise the car. That would also give you 4" more room under there to work. I'm thinking a 2 x 6 could probably be used. There's only about 7" overhang on each end.

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Because your car is lowered and it won't fit :grin2:
 

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Because your car is lowered and it won't fit :grin2:
I measure 8" floor to jacking points on my car.

I just called "Quick Jack" and they say the the unit is 3" tall before you extend the unit to jack up the car so I would say that there is enough room to use the 4x4...
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I measure 8" floor to jacking points on my car.

I just called "Quick Jack" and they say the the unit is 3" tall before you extend the unit to jack up the car so I would say that there is enough room to use the 4x4...
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When I say your car, I mean my car. I have a bit under 5 inches. Just saying the solution may not work for all.
 

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I purchased the 5000# quickjack last spring for my '84 spider. Here is what i found. The frame slides under the car between the tires when it is all the way down, but it is close. however, when you start to lift the jack, the end of the frame starts to smash into the arc of the tire. So, I had to take an extra couple of minutes to use my floor jack to take the rear tires off first. Then you can adjust the jack to lift the car. As far as the rubber blocks go, they just barely reach the jack points when all the way out to the edge of the lift frame. My rocker panels are in good shape so i can put them just to the inside of the jack points and lift the car.

Hope that helps.
 

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When I first saw products like the Quickjack I wanted one quite a bit. After doing some more thought on it, I realized that I can get a car in the air just as quick and easy with my cheap "race" jack and jackstands. Having a 2nd jack in case something needs re-positioning helps, too. I'm gonna pass on these types of mini lifts and just wait until I have a good place for a full sized one.
 

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samakijoe--Using wood on top of the jack would probably work for most Spider owners but, like nealric, mine's been lowered and I wouldn't have the 3.5" clearance needed for a 4 x 4 and am a little wary of a 2 x 6. Probably unwarranted but, for a few dollars more, would rather play it safe(ish)...

beaner922--Thanks for chiming in. I'll probably have to jack up the rear of my Spider too in order to clear the tires, which I understand defeats the purpose a little, but should be good for the Giulia TI. As for reaching the jack points, their initial 5,000 lb model (BL-5000) had a max lift spread of 50.5" but the SLX one is 60" so, tire clearance aside, it should be able to pick up the jack points pretty easily for the Spider and just barely for the Giulia.

AkioOhtori--Nice setup! I considered something like that since I have the same 11-inch drop between parking spaces. But when both cars are in there I wouldn't have room to pull the rear one forward enough. And I want to avoid pushing either of them outside during the winter. But I've found it's useful for oil changes and other wheels on front end work to pull them up to the edge of the drop and crouch under there.

Appreciate all the responses. My lift is scheduled to be delivered next Wed. Hopefully will have it set up by next weekend and will post some photos.

thanks,
Jim
 

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Jim,
Please share your thoughts when it arrives! Even down to the unwrapping fun. As the op, I'm still extremely interested.
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I dont have the room for a lift but would love to get something easier to get the car off the ground (with wheels off) than the old floor jack and stands routine. But for about $1,000, this just doesn't seem worth it for slightly more convenience. The box shape also forecloses access underneath from the sides - you'd need a good creeper and you have to roll or crawl under from the front or rear of the car every time. Also seems like it would be clunky to store away when not in use. I guess I'll just stick with my old routine. Maybe treat myself to a better quality floor jack some day (lower starting height with the nice release mechanism built into the handle).
 

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I bought one of these heavy duty, long reach, low profile jacks from Harbor Freight, It has a T-handle with a release knob which is nice. It works well on the Spider because it will fit under the front spring pans. It's only drawback is that it weighs a friggin ton so not something you could easily throw in the trunk and take over to your buddy's place. It literally takes two people to lift the thing.

It makes easy work of putting the Spider on stands though. I lift the rear under the differential and put the stands under the jack points. Then if I lift under either one of the spring pans the whole front raises level and I can place the other two stands under the forward jack points.

 

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Rich,
I bought a max jax from Costco too. Just waiting for delivery. How far apart did you place the posts? Happy with that decision? Would you space them differently if you were doing it over?
All my projects are similar size. 86 spider, 50 MGTD, 57 MGA, 03 911, 07 S2000.

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Rich,
I bought a max jax from Costco too. Just waiting for delivery. How far apart did you place the posts? Happy with that decision? Would you space them differently if you were doing it over?
All my projects are similar size. 86 spider, 50 MGTD, 57 MGA, 03 911, 07 S2000.
Larry,

I spaced the outside edges of the base at 120" as shown in the diagram. This spacing was driven by the fact that I have a post-tension slab floor, and I had to be careful to avoid drilling through the stringers (tensioned re-bar), as that could seriously damage the foundation.

Anyway, I think that the spacing is perfect. Putting the posts closer together would make it difficult to swing the lift arms past the tires to the jack points. (And there is plenty of room to open the door far enough to get out of the car).
 

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Maxjax

After reading the reviews on Amazon, most were favorable, but did point out serious problems with the hydraulic system. Anyone experience early failure? They sell rebuild kits for a few hundred $$$, but I would rather have a more fail proof system.
Cheers, Jon
 

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Quick (Jack) update on this... The 5000SLX model I ordered took about a week to arrive via FedEx ground. Shipping costs were all included in the base price, as advertised. FedEx dropped the 3 large boxes on my front steps. Delivery was also a concern of mine with other lift options since my garage is around back. A lot of the others require lift gate service (with a hefty added fee) and the trucks don't like to do down the alley, where I would need it dropped. With the Quick Jack delivery, the only complications were 10 inches of fresh snow and a few beers at happy hour... My wife and daughter looked on in mock horror as I lugged the ramp boxes (109 lbs each) and motor (35 lbs) through the house and down to the basement. Really, wasn't that bad...

Unpacking, setup and testing took about 3 hours. The directions were pretty straightforward and everything was supplied (including teflon tape) except the 2 quarts of ATF needed. The quick-connect fittings used to connect the longer hoses to the power unit and short hoses are pretty slick and there were no leaks.

I didn't test it on the Spider but was able to achieve liftoff with the Giulia TI last night. The 60" max lifting spread just barely covers the jack points so I had to reposition the jacks a few times, to get them in just the right spot. Should get easier with repetition.

The height is not much but plenty for the work I plan to do and more so than with my jack stands. And all at the touch of a button... Will begin to use actually use it for suspension and other projects when I get back from vacation and can file a follow up report then. Should also be handy for winter tire changeovers on our "real' cars.

Apologies for the crappy cell phone photos but I was pressed for time... Let me know if any questions.
 

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Looking to get a Quickjack for my s2 spider. Any updates on whether this works OK with a spider? I'm worried the jack points might be too far apart.
 

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Looking to get a Quickjack for my s2 spider. Any updates on whether this works OK with a spider? I'm worried the jack points might be too far apart.
I was able to get the 5,000lb model to work with my Spider by jacking up the rear end a couple inches (via a floor jack on the differential) for a little extra clearance as I started the lift. However, that one is bigger than the 3,500 lb model. I needed the bigger, 5,000 lb one to also work with my Giulia's jack points, which are further apart. I believe the 3,500lb model works fine for a Spider, without any clearance issues that would require help from a floor jack. You can confirm this by measuring the distance between your jack points and looking at the min/max lift block position specifications here, under "Features & Specifications." If your jack points are within the min/max range, you should be good to go:

https://www.quickjack.com/car-lift-systems/bl-3500slx-portable-car-lift.html
 
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