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From digest.v7.n1881 Mon Jun 15 23:26:43 1998
From: Duane Collie <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 18:10:40 -0400
Subject: garage lifts

> I was just wondering if anyone has ever put a lift in their garage. Who
made your lift, and what do you like/dislike about it.

>Jim Dresser
>'88 M3


Ya got a couple of ways to go on this...DO IT!!!! One of the very nicest garage upgrades you can ever make. Like an air compressor, once you have one, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it. Brakes and suspension work are a snap, as is waxing or detailing the lower part of your car.

Ideally, you want a twin post lift. These give you the most accessibility. Unfortunately, you must hard mount them into the floor and they will not work in a standard 9' ceiling garage. If you have a REALLY BIG garage, then this is the only way to go. Don't forget the in a twin post, you cannnot move it once its installed so you almost have to have it in the center of the garage or give it some dedicated floor space.

Portable lifts are more practical for the average 2 or 3 car garage in a home. I have one (Snap-On) and I know that Steve D'G has one as well (Rotary brand: Figure $ 2,000.00 to $ 2,600.00 on these, depending on if they are on a 'deal' or not. You can move these around in the garage, they run on 20A, 110 electric and run the car up about 3 feet. Downsides are the cost of the lift, and the fact that you cannot do tranny work with these as access in the middle is blocked. Course, on those occasions when you do haveto pull a clutch, you simply lift the car, put your jackstands under it, pull the lift out and you're good to go.

Resale value on these is excellent. There is always a market for a car lift that is easy to install or use.

You'll suddenly make a lotta new gearhead friends, too!

Duane Collie
National Capital Chapter

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