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jack stands? wtf?

Where can I find some jack stands tall enough to hold my jeep more than an inch higher?
seriously I have 31's and any of the 2 ton stands are only going to give me an extra inch of crawling room. Should I just use blocks of wood? I don't want to drop 50 bucks a pair on 12 ton stands to get the height I need.
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6 ton stands are generally tall enough. I know they are for my JK on 35s and lifted about 3.5 inches.

You can get them from Harbor Freight for cheap.

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HF stands and weld them to a 14 bolt drum. Works like a charm. Cheap
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Or you could go cheap and really big like this guy! Safety optional welding the brackets on the gas tank.


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Goes up to 21" and fits under rear seat
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Pretty nifty
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Pretty nifty
Pretty good price too, just for a on the road kinda deal. I would be sure to have another method of lifting, stock jack, just in case that hyd pump does fail..you aren't stuck on the stand (which would be good if you want it to stay up, bad if you are done with it!)

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I got mine online from Costco. A bit cheaper than the local hardware store and they work great, I've used them for a fair bit of suspension work.
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buy a couple floor jacks, on sale at auto zone for $30.00 right now.

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buy a couple floor jacks, on sale at auto zone for $30.00 right now.
Jacks and jack stands are two different tools. I trust only my jack stands when I'm under the Jeep. Jack only raises the Jeep. I don't trust a 20 cent seal to hold.
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Harbor freight 6 ton jacks are big enough

31 jeeps in... still have issues
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I bought these 3-Ton stands at Sears and they go up to 21". I have a Sport with the Mountain package (no lift) and I got very near the top setting on these stands and still couldn't get the tires off of the ground. It got to the point where I would have been uncomfortable getting under the Jeep. I took the stands back, but Sears didn't have anything in stock that would have worked better. Strangely, the Craftsman 4-Ton jack stands only extend to 17+ inches.
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I bought these 3-Ton stands at Sears and they go up to 21". I have a Sport with the Mountain package (no lift) and I got very near the top setting on these stands and still couldn't get the tires off of the ground. It got to the point where I would have been uncomfortable getting under the Jeep. I took the stands back, but Sears didn't have anything in stock that would have worked better. Strangely, the Craftsman 4-Ton jack stands only extend to 17+ inches.
You need to be jacking it up and placing the stands under the axle if the tires are on. If the tires are off you need to go to the frame. Even my 6tons (24") won't get my 35s off the ground if they go to the frame, too much suspension droop. I need to jack it up, remove the tires, put the stands under the frame and lower the axle.

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My 6ton stands work fine. I don't care if they were $200, my life is worth more than that.

But go ahead and use some blocks, we'll be sure to nominate you for this year's Darwin Awards. But at least you save $50.


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Boat stands!

I have been looking for some Boat stands. They are typically tall enough but you might have to make/weld on a custom top to rest the jeep frame on. They should be strong enough and most are adjustable with a threaded rod.


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I have two pairs (6-ton I think) truck suv size Craftsman stands my son gave me for Christmas several years ago. They are plenty tall enough even if/when I lift the Jeep.
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My 6ton stands work fine. I don't care if they were $200, my life is worth more than that.

But go ahead and use some blocks, we'll be sure to nominate you for this year's Darwin Awards. But at least you save $50.
Amen Not exactly as bluntly as I would have said it but you can't cheap out on safety.

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I have two pairs (6-ton I think) truck suv size Craftsman stands my son gave me for Christmas several years ago. They are plenty tall enough even if/when I lift the Jeep.Amen Not exactly as bluntly as I would have said it but you can't cheap out on safety.
LOL, I'm a straight to the point kind of guy.


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now quit yer bitchin' and get back to work

I think this thing is finally coming together. Still Needed: drive shafts, frame mount rails...then done son! For a while...
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My 6ton stands work fine. I don't care if they were $200, my life is worth more than that.

But go ahead and use some blocks, we'll be sure to nominate you for this year's Darwin Awards. But at least you save $50.
Agreed, I made the mistake once and only once. One time was almost enough to kill me to. I jacked up my old 99 dodge ram to check the front brakes, didn't bother throwin the stands under it cause I was just checkin it out real quick. Well long story short the jack rolled while I was under the truck, luckily the frame of the jack caught the axel but not before the rotor busted a rib and pinned me for a few minutes. Easily the scariest experience of my life

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You're assuming these people have jobs.
My bad:

Now quit yer bitchin' and get back to work, or sitting on your ass and collecting a gubment check...or get back to class. Do what ever, just quit yer bitchin' while you do it.

I think this thing is finally coming together. Still Needed: drive shafts, frame mount rails...then done son! For a while...
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Ended up getting a pair of the 6 ton harbor freight ones. $44 on sale plus a 20% coupon.
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6 ton will do you fine. That's what I use on my rig and I sit 5.5" suspension wises above stock on 39"s.
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Need more height when jack standing the frame. For that I us squares of 2x12 under the 6T stands.
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