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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:16 am    Post subject: Re: Installing two-post lift Reply to specific post Reply with quote


The lifts I'm looking at are 9000 lb. Should be enough to work safely under my F250 empty. Where I live the local repair shops often upgrade and get rid of good-quality used lifts for a reasonable price. Ok for an occasional user like me.

For the cables, I'll be sure to check them out if I go with a used lift.
It's likely I'll have a professional go over the whole thing to make sure it's in good working order and safe to operate.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:55 am    Post subject: Re: Installing two-post lift Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This is a good idea, its what I would do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwVVOVQDKDs
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Installing two-post lift Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Got me thinking so I went back and looked at the installation manual. Yup; 3/4" bolts torqued to 130 lbs. I figure installing it the way the manufacturer says to is the best way
to avoid it falling over with a vehicle on it.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Installing two-post lift Reply to specific post Reply with quote

ptfarmer wrote:
(quoted from post at 10:55:51 01/11/1Cool This is a good idea, its what I would do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwVVOVQDKDs


Thanks--I've drilled through a corner of my floor and it's at least 5" of very strong concrete. The man who built this place went way beyond any minimum standards. He overbuilt just about everything, which is good for installing a lift. The video is good if there's a very thin floor and new concrete needs to be keyed under the existing one.

For the torque specs, I'll make sure I know what is called for when installing my particular lift.

Thanks for the suggestions, feeling a bit more motivated to get started on this.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Installing two-post lift Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Went back and checked my manual 75 on the 3/4 X 5"bolts... I can tell ya it taint going anywhere are has not in the last 17 years...

130 is pushing it on concrete.... By all means do not use a impact wrench....
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:02 am    Post subject: Re: Installing two-post lift Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If anyone is reading this with a new floor, be cautious of epoxy. If one of the shrinkage cracks lines up with the hole, the epoxy anchors fall out. Expansion / wedge anchors will slip but will expand and hold.

Dealt with this for hanging seismic stuff in new buildings. No epoxy, no drop-in anchors, etc due to the shrinkage/cracking when concrete cures.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Installing two-post lift Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I put in a symmetric BenPak 12k two post lift a couple of years in my new shop. I had the pad area specially built with 8 inches of high pressure concrete with integrated rebar and electrical conduit. I used the BenPak crew to install the lift to be sure it would meet code and insurance requirements. Works great on all my vehicles including the duallys. Important to use American made lifts that meet certification requirements and are actually certified. JMHO
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Installing two-post lift Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i'd be worried about the extra bracing,these lifts are actually designed to flex some under load.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:08 am    Post subject: Re: Installing two-post lift Reply to specific post Reply with quote



Thanks--I plan to install or have it installed to manufacturer's specs. If they don't call for additional bracing, then I see no reason to make extra work. Also looks like a much cleaner job having it bolted only to the floor.

Since we've kept this going a bit, thought I'd go in a different direction. BendPak seems to be a good brand, professional quality. There are brands like Titan that everyone appears to hate. I'll most likely go with the professional brand but does anyone have experience with the "off-brands" of lifts?
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:04 am    Post subject: Re: Installing two-post lift Reply to specific post Reply with quote


It would be wise to buy one that's certified.

http://www.autolift.org/car-lift-inspector-certification/faq/

That being said I did not when I brought my Worth lifts. Why they
do not not have theirs certified I dunno other than to say they will put most major lifts to shame when it comes to how well they are built. Compare lift weight to all you are looking at.

I see a lot of Ben-pak's in use as long as it a top of the line model I spec you can not go wrong.




http://www.bendpak.com/a-study-in-lift-design/Cheap-Lift-vs-BendPak/
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:22 am    Post subject: Re: Installing two-post lift Reply to specific post Reply with quote

[quote="Hobo,NC"](quoted from post at 10:04:44 01/13/1Cool
It would be wise to buy one that's certified.

Thanks, Hobo--I looked at the comparison video, really big differences between the bargain lifts and the BendPak. It'll help a lot when I choose a lift for my place. I appreciate the info. Gary in Maryland
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Installing two-post lift Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Not much to it. Once you get them up-right you can walk them into place. You said it would be a-clear floor model the top plate will determine the distance of the 2 columns. Make sure to square them drill holes
shim and bolt to floor. Install cables and hoses to OEM directions.
 
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