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Old 05-30-2011, 10:09 AM
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Lift Too Tall

I'm relocating my shop because th rent will be about $1,000 a month less for 50% more space.

The only downside is that my Rotary SPOA7-100 two-post asymmetric 7,000 lb. lift will be too tall. It stands 140" tall and the new shop only offers 123" of height (the current shop has 20' ceilings).

The only reasonable solution seems to be to sell the old lift and get something else. I also have a four-post lift that will work just fine in the new location, so no problem with that.

It's been years since I've looked at lifts. What suggestions does anybody have for a replacement lift of comparable rating (5,000 lbs. would be OK) given my lower ceiling?

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Me smells trouble brewing! A car like the one in your avatar must be 4 feet high or more. So that would leave 6 feet 3 inches for you below if the car was touching the ceiling. A taller car or van and the space availabe for you goes down. How tall did you say you are?
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The max lift height is only 6 feet, so the math still works. I'd just need to be careful with my SUV.

And I'm 6" tall. It would be great to ge the car another 6-12" in the air, but that's not gonna happen.
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BendPak has some 113" 9000 lb two post lifts. Would something like this work?

http://www.bendpak.com/car-lifts/two...s/XPR-9FS.aspx
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Honestly I hate 4 post dirve on lifts. It is a pita to rotate tires, spin drive shafts, replace transmissions and t-cases, the lift will get in the way when it comes to change fuel pumps (dropping the tank). Sure there are the air bags that lift the tires off the lift to help but those are usually in the way. My flag hours suffer amazingly when I am forced to use the 4 post. They suck, you will bang your head, and you will not be able to have the access you currently have with a two post. The only good reason to have a 4 post is for alignments, and sometimes that sucks.

There are 2 posts out there with low clearence and a safety bar to prevent the car from raising too high. I am unsure what ones they are but they are out there. 2 post lifts are the king of above ground lifts.

Oh and forget about midrise lifts, you will have no access under the car, and they are good for tires and brakes only. It is nearly impossible to even change the oil.
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BendPak has some 113" 9000 lb two post lifts. Would something like this work?

http://www.bendpak.com/car-lifts/two...s/XPR-9FS.aspx
Something like that would work just fine.

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