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#1 Mobile Chicane

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 11:34 PM

As I might need to take all 4 wheels off my car, I've been looking at how to jack up the car on all 4 corners.  As you've figured out, I've discovered that I have to remove the undertray to do this.  I've found this video where this guy does it without needing to remove the undertray with help of a Jack Helper.  Looking at Jim Clayton's website, he only ships it to the Lower 48 States.  With difficulty, I might be able to get it delivered here in the UK.  Is it worth it, or is there a UK supplier?  Or is there another option?



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Posted 18 January 2019 - 12:35 AM

What about a jack beam

 

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 09:00 AM

That looks ideal, however looking at the video, it seems that the bolts the Jack Helper slots into is recessed in the undertray, so how would the big flat plates of the jack beam support the bolts without damaging the undertray?  Many thanks for advice!



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Posted 18 January 2019 - 09:04 AM

Surely it would be cheaper and easier to go to your local fabrication shop, give them the measurements and get them to knock something up.



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Posted 18 January 2019 - 09:40 AM

Surely it would be cheaper and easier to go to your local fabrication shop, give them the measurements and get them to knock something up.


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Looks fairly easy to replicate.

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 09:45 AM

If you jack at the side of the car in the middle jacking point it lifts both front and rear wheel off the ground at the same time.

Put a couple of axle stands under it (or reams of paper as others have used), then do the same on the other side.

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 11:49 AM

I use 4 x scissor jacks which seems to work really well.

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 03:00 PM

I've fitted these - distance shims.

https://www.regelin-...5094d42e388e798

 

They sit under the  forward undertray further back than the jacking balance point so you can jack the car at the jacking point (one side or both) and then place axle stands (with a small suitable block) without taking the undertray off.  Just have to be careful to get the jack or axle stand in the right place(when I fitted them I painted circles on the undertray because once fitted they're out of sight).  Then jack the front of the car (one side or both) and support on the chassis beam.

 



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Posted 18 January 2019 - 03:15 PM

There was a guy on here making and selling these for a vx in the uk... The jacking beam)


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Posted 18 January 2019 - 03:19 PM

just do one side at a time , loosen wheel bolts slightly before jacking up

 

decent trolley jack is much better than a car jack made of cheesy metal



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Posted 18 January 2019 - 05:25 PM

Hi Eddles, what you need is the adjustable portable tilting jack from Automotech Services - link is below

https://www.automote...e-tilting-lift/

 

This is what I (will) use.  It was delivered yesterday and I'll have the car up on this tomorrow...

I originally ordered the non-adjustable version but it is too wide for the VX.  The Automotech guys were very helpful and exchanged for the adjustable version - the customer service was very good.

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 06:16 PM

Hi all, lots of good suggestions, thank you all!  I'm intending to keep the tyres on all 4 and put them on the new rims, so I have to take all 4 off, take them along with the new rims to a tyre shop, move the tyres from the old rims to the new rims.  I don't really fancy having to do 4 trips!  I've already got a trolley jack, 4 axle stands and rubber bungs for all of those.

 

The distance shims oblomov suggested looks ideal - can't see how they work exactly on the website - I presume the undertray need to come off anyway, the shims installed, then undertray put back on over the shims, then jack up using the shims through the undertray?

Many thanks again!



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Posted 18 January 2019 - 07:05 PM

Hi all, lots of good suggestions, thank you all!  I'm intending to keep the tyres on all 4 and put them on the new rims, so I have to take all 4 off, take them along with the new rims to a tyre shop, move the tyres from the old rims to the new rims.  I don't really fancy having to do 4 trips!  I've already got a trolley jack, 4 axle stands and rubber bungs for all of those.

 

The distance shims oblomov suggested looks ideal - can't see how they work exactly on the website - I presume the undertray need to come off anyway, the shims installed, then undertray put back on over the shims, then jack up using the shims through the undertray?

Many thanks again!

Correct!  However they come without instructions so you have to take off the undertray and work out for yourself exactly where they fit.



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Posted 18 January 2019 - 07:26 PM

1 trolley jack and some bricks under the chassis is quite sufficient, no need to buy extra stuff.


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Posted 18 January 2019 - 09:24 PM

1 trolley jack and some bricks under the chassis is quite sufficient, no need to buy extra stuff.

 

:yeahthat:  I use 2 boxes A4 rather than bricks
 






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