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Elan lift

PostPost by: seniorchristo » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:57 pm

Any thoughts on this type of lift? It sits on a pallet jack arrangement so can be moved around the garage. :)
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PostPost by: therolfie » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:21 pm

Friend has one and loves it!
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:46 pm

Not sure I would be comfortable working under this:

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I have a 2 post Max Jack which is semi portable, bolted to the floor but can be unbolted and rolled around.
Seems inherently much more stable (safe) than the 1 post design.

I also live in earthquake country. Woe is me if under this when shaking might start. Seems a bit of a delicate balance with a 1 post (unsecured to the ground) design unless I am missing something.
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PostPost by: seniorchristo » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:53 pm

Yeah, I'm not sure why they didn't make the base and cradle a bit larger! :(
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:47 am

..the opponent of these could've also shown a peterbilt/mack instead of an elan (real case) which would look VERY different!! i'd love to have one those for my punk! sandy
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:09 pm

The doughnuts or CVs won't like that dangling about :shock:
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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:36 pm

And what about the exhaust.....??
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:48 pm

Chris, For our light cars it looks to be a fairly good solution. The biggest issue will be doing a trans or exhaust removal as the lift arms will get in the way. You can buy a 2 Post lift for that money, the increase it cost is the installation and electric connect.

I looked hard at the max jack and decided that for the same money could get a 2 Post lift that would raise the car above my head. I wasn’t interested in the portable nature of the max jack and didn’t want the pressure hoses all over the place. (In reality the only reason I was considering the max jack was due to a 9 ft ceiling height in my garage).

You can get a four Post lift for less, but once you add in the device that lifts the car off the ramp it gets expensive.

Lots of choices, personal decision.
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PostPost by: seniorchristo » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:31 pm

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In my case with a 1 1/2 car garage, space is limited. I would only be able to maneuver the jack in place when the garage door was down. I'll be exploring all possibilities :)
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:03 am

Your right a Chris, every one of these lift purchase considerations comes with a particular need and set of space requirements. I spent 6 months researching every option before I pulled the trigger on my two post lift. Wouldn’t change a thing.
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PostPost by: mbell » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:05 am

I also spent quite a bit of time looking at lifts. For me the conclusion was a quickjack (https://www.quickjack.com) was best for my situation and requirements.

Not as good as a proper car lift but a lot better (and safer) than jacks and stands.
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PostPost by: SENC » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:06 am

I have a kwik-lift for my elan. Relatively-speaking inexpensive, and extremely easy to use. My elan stays on it whenever I'm not driving it, so it is ready for working on when I am, and just high enough to make working underneath comfortable on a creeper. I still have to jack it when on the lift to do work that requires the wheels be off the ground, but that is easily done a number of ways.
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PostPost by: prezoom » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:32 am

I bought a Max Jack because of limited ceiling height. Been using it for about 3 years with no problems. Somewhere in the past week or so, I saw an ad for this lift for $1695 with free delivery.
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PostPost by: seniorchristo » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:04 pm

I had never heard of the maxjax until starting this thread. It seems like a semi solution at a reasonable price. It also looks like you get to sit down while you're working :lol:
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