It’s hard to convey in words just how excited we were when we came across Cam’s blog about his SL-C build and how he is using QuickJack to get it done, but we were like…
The play-by-play of how he ordered his kit is great. We highly recommend devouring the full read and can’t say we’re surprised by a passage like this:
Attempted to jack the car up using my harbor freight 3 ton jack… wasn’t comfortable with how much I had to raise the one corner before I could get a jack in underneath… I’ve found several instances of rationalizing the purchase of a new tool (because I really wanted a new tool) but I think this one leans more toward safety/practicality than to pure indulgence.
The original reason we invented a portable car lift wasn’t even to provide homeowners and DIY’ers a way to do regular work on their cars, necessarily, although that developed (quickly) over time. We even wondered if owners of light trucks and SUVs would be interested in QuickJack at all, but it turns out our 7,000-lb. capacity car lift is one of our most popular items. In fact, we were initially invested in making a safer, faster hydraulic-electric race car jack that you could take to the track without any fuss. As it turns out, QuickJack is great for home maintenance, builds and everything in between. If you’re investing big-time in something like an SL-C kit, etc., it just makes sense to protect your investment. Standard jacks can be tricky to work in any situation, and low-stance vehicles just make things complicated, as Cam proves with this lovely mess of an image.
Now, could Cam have done without the QuickJack and set up jack stands every time he wanted to work? Possibly. There are other hydraulic jacks out there. But one, that’s a tall, time-consuming order, especially for a project of this scope. Two, it’s not smart to leave a vehicle on stands for long periods of time. You’d be setting them up and taking them down on the daily. (No thanks.) QuickJack lifts your vehicle and engages the safety arms in one easy step. AKA: you push a button. Then disconnect the hoses and leave it up there as long as you like.
Cam is a smart guy, noting:
Great caution must be exercised when raising the SL-C as the outermost underbody panels CANNOT support any weight. Lift points must be along the frame rails.
On every vehicle, SL-C builds included, you need to know exactly where your lift points are. Before purchasing QuickJack, take lift point measurements in advance to be sure you get the right model. QuickJack is only as safe as you are smart.
If you’re lifting an expensive piece of merchandise for an extended period of time, you need to know your property is safe. In case you missed it, here’s our homemade test of the QuickJack’s lock bars. Safety confirmed.
While it’s fairly obvious that QuickJack would be stable and secure vertically, some people have wondered if it’s safe to push on their vehicle side-to-side. In fact, the horizontal stability is arguably where QuickJack truly sets itself apart from jack stands. When jack stands are in place, you can almost hear some nasally 1950’s-era cop voice in your head going, “Okay boys, let’s get in and out there in one piece.” Meaning, there’s always a little bit of fear factor with traditional ratchet-and-pin jack stands. QuickJack is a different story. Even Cam notes:
[With QuickJack,] shoving the car didn’t produce much movement at all.
This is something we brag about all the time. Here’s another mini-brag:
We’ll be following Cam’s build and post about any exciting developments we find. If you have a similar story with QuickJack or a big project in mind, let us know! Sky’s the limit.