It’s a subject we’ve covered before, but measuring your vehicle for proper fitment is perhaps the most important thing you can do before purchasing your portable car lift. Getting the right lift for your car is as important as getting the right size shoe for your foot: It doesn’t work with a bad fit. Plus, there’s the whole liability part (i.e., it’s up to buyers to make sure they get the right model).
Fitment is a critically important topic, which is why we’ve made finding the right fit as easy as measuring your foot for the right shoe. Read on to see how two minutes of measuring can guarantee that you don’t accidentally make the wrong choice.
This article will cover the following measuring steps:
- Materials needed
- Vehicle weight
- Tire spread
- Jack point spread
- Vehicle ground clearance
Gather Your Materials
All you need is a tape measure and paper with a pen or pencil (or smartphone with a note-taking app).
Step 1: Locate the Curb Weight of Your Vehicle
You can find your vehicle’s curb weight on the driver’s side door, in the owner’s manual or on the internet. QuickJack comes in 3500, 5000 and 7000-pound capacities. Take note of your vehicle’s curb weight (not the gross weight).
Step 2: Measure the Distance Between Your Tires
Next, you’ll need to measure the distance between your front and rear tire treads, keeping the measuring tape about three inches off the ground.
To ensure a comfortable fit, subtract two inches from that measurement. Using this number, take a look at the QuickJack Measuring Guide and see which frames will fit. But we’re not quite done yet!
Step 3: Measure the Distance Between Jacking Points
To keep this step simple, measure from the center of one jack point to the center of the other one along the same side of the car. QuickJack’s lifting blocks need to be able to reach this distance. In the measuring guide, we see two measurements listed for Lifting Point Spread: a Maximum and a Minimum. This is the range that you can move the blocks within QuickJack’s lifting trays in order to accommodate different lift points.
Step 4: Measure Your Ground Clearance
Be sure to measure the distance from the ground to the jack point. QuickJack needs to slide through this distance with a little bit of room to spare. All QuickJack lowered frame heights are listed in the measuring guide and fall between 3 and 3.5 inches high.
It would be nice if we lived in a world that allowed us to provide a list of vehicle makes and models with a corresponding QuickJack for each car. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Year-to-year changes in vehicle sizes would be difficult for us to keep up with, and if we were ever mistaken or didn’t take every possible variable into account, we would set you up for a bad fit. The safest and easiest thing to do is give you the power to ensure accurate vehicle measurements. Hopefully, this article does just that.
Don’t hesitate to let us know what more we can do to help you confidently select the right portable car lift for your vehicles.