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What type of garage lift do you use

Tequestashelby

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i am new here and new to tracking my car. I have a 2018 GT350 and just started on my garage addition. Was wondering about the differences in 2 post 4 post and scissors lifts. My GT350 will be a partial daily driver as well as a track car. Because of this I want to be able to swap out tires and brake pads easy. Any suggestions as well as pros and cons will help me decide how to set up my garage. Thanks
 

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i am new here and new to tracking my car. I have a 2018 GT350 and just started on my garage addition. Was wondering about the differences in 2 post 4 post and scissors lifts. My GT350 will be a partial daily driver as well as a track car. Because of this I want to be able to swap out tires and brake pads easy. Any suggestions as well as pros and cons will help me decide how to set up my garage. Thanks
I run quick jack which is portable and great for me since I don’t have a dedicated space in my garage for a permanent lift. It works well for just what you speak of. I installed jacking rails on my GT350 and it makes it a breeze when used with my quick jack. Out at the track the jacking rails come in handy for tire swaps.


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I have a two post Rotary brand lift.
Great clearance all around the car.
Needs 14” ceiling.
 

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If you have the room, you want a two post lift. Minimum ceiling for a full height lift for a Mustang is around 12’ with a symetrical floor plate lift.

If you have the room, go with an asymetrical lift with an overhead cable plate. But, this will require 14’ or more ceiling height.
 

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I forgot to mention, don’t go with a cheap, non-certified, Chinese lift. Spend the extra money for a bendpak, rotary, or other professional certified lift. The bendpaks and rotary lifts will have Chinese components, but the lifts went through US certification testing for the lift rating.
 
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I used a 4 post lift initially, and then added a moving jack to it. Used it to rebuild the Boss Suspension, install headers on the Boss, drop the Tranny, and then built the Race car. Dropping the K-member on both the S550 and S197 can be done, as can removing the rear cradle on the S550, but access is limited, and you can't drop the engine. I've removed the engine from above on both cars -- very tricky with long tube headers and I wouldn't do it again!

As a result I recently installed an Asymmetric 2 post lift. Access is much better and dropping the rear cradle or K-member is much easier and an engine drop is feasible.

Pro's of the Drive on 4 post are:
1) Mobility -- they are free standing, so initial positioning isn't critical, and some have a caster kit
2) Car positioning is less critical -- both side to side and fore and aft
3) The ramps are handy for temporary tool storage and placing lights
4) Requires less overhead clearance

Pro's of the 2 post are:
1) Access to the underside of the whole car
2) Ability to drop the Engine/Tranny Ass'y
3) Easier to drop K-Member and Rear Subframe

For regular maintenance either is great, but I wish I'd had the 2 post for my car build. If you go with a 4 post, get the rolling jack.

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Thanks everyone for the good info and insights. I never thought about ceiling height so that is good to know. I may have rethink my layout. Don’t think I will be doing any major builds at this time but down the road some planning will save me some $$ and headaches
 

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How do you get the car in your 14" ceiling?
I have a two post Rotary brand lift.
Great clearance all around the car.
Needs 14” ceiling.
On a serious note, how low are the crab arms on these two post lifts. I can barely get my Boss on the one at the DIY shop.
 

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I have low profile arms on my BendPak, but still need to drive the car onto four foot long sections of 2 x 4 seen in the photo above.
 

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asymmetrical twin post is the most versatile
twin post is pretty good for most jobs and more stable
the twin ramp is least versatile, but easiest to use and most stable
so name your poison..
 

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How do you get the car in your 14" ceiling?
Drive very fast, then duck.

On a serious note, how low are the crab arms on these two post lifts. I can barely get my Boss on the one at the DIY shop.
Its tight with the Rotary Asymmetrical lift. If I have the shorter 305 645 18s on the Boss I have to coax the front pads under the pinch welds. If I have the NT-01s, they slide right under the car. When all else fails, throw a small piece of plywood or 2x lumber on the floor were the tires will rest, then drive up on the wood.

Tyme. Regardlezz whet you and my eve doctor sai, I can read jusy fine wit out me glassess.
 

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