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How the heck do you jack one of these things up?

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1 hour ago, MLB said:

Someone pointed out the hitch tongue rating as a limiting factor. Not true as tongue weight limit is about how much load  the suspension will handle, not a max lifting number.  

 

If what you say was true, then for sure there would be a max lifting rating stamped on the hitch also . . . . and there isn't.  Bolt on hitches were not designed to support the weight of one end of the vehicle and should not be used as a jack point

 

Don

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59 minutes ago, Beta Don said:

Bolt on hitches were not designed to support the weight of one end of the vehicle and should not be used as a jack point

 

Yet, people still think that 4 bolts attached is strong enough. All the weight is on those 4 bolts.  Or maybe 6 bolts.  Or 8 bolts.  

 

To lift and support 1 corner, equipment should be rated higher than the vehicle weight.  Yet, people choose to believe that the weight rating is for 1/4 of the vehicle.  I see it all the time.  A 1/2 ton truck weighing 5,000  - 6,000 pounds needs at least a 3 ton jack. 

 

 

It's the 1.5 ton lightweight racing jack from Harbor Freight.  A lot of people like it because it's light weight and inexpensive.  They don't understand that it's for small cars like Mazda Miata, Toyota Yaris,  or a Smart Car.  There are people who believe that a 1.5 ton jack is fine, since you are only lifting less than 1 ton on any given corner of the truck. 

 

Even with a Transit Connect, you need at least a 2 ton jack.  And support with jackstands. Hydraulic jacks can fail.  I don't want to think about something going wrong.  Be safe.

 

 

 

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