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Old 01-01-2000, 02:03 PM   #1
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Default Jacking up your A4 with a floor jack



Found this at www.eastwoodco.com
It's not the easiest site to find things on, but they have lots of neat stuff. Go to their "shop tools" section and search for "floor jack adapter".

Price: $ 19.99
FLOOR JACK ADAPTER FOR LATE MODEL CARS
Item-no 43042
Unibody vehicles can't be safely lifted with conventional floor jacks - says who? With this Floor Jack Pad Adapter you can safely lift Unibody vehicles with a regular floor jack, without damaging pinch welds, mis-aligning body panels, or damaging suspension components. Adapter's U-channel lifts vehicles at the correct factory-designated lift points. To use, simply remove the saddle insert from the floor jack and insert the pad adapter. Fits jack saddles with 5/8" or 1 1/8" holes (with bushing included).

I'm not affiliated with this outfit in anyway. They are a Biz-Rate member.

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Old 01-01-2000, 07:28 PM   #2
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Default Sounds cool but what's wrong with using the jack right where you'd place the factory jack?

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Old 01-01-2000, 08:02 PM   #3
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Default Built adapter using some 2X4 and flat and angle iron had laying around

Cut a piece of 2X4 approx. 4" long. Cut it in half to make two 2X2" pieces. Put them on bench with a 2" side down. Screw an angle iron along one edge of each piece. Face the sides with the angle iron toward each other. Now carry these down to the car edge. Put each 2X2 under each side of the flange running lengthwise where the jack goes (I used the forwardmost flange behind the front wheel). This will give you a measurement of how far apart the two 2X2 pieces should be. Screw the two pieces together using the flat iron with the measured space between the two pieces (approx. 3/16", looks like).

Now, when jacking up car, hold 2X4 adapter unit along flange, and pull the jacking plate of the floor jack under it. Works just fine.
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Old 01-01-2000, 08:49 PM   #4
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Default Most folks (myself included) are hesitant to put a jack face against the vertical flanges there.

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Old 01-01-2000, 09:18 PM   #5
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Default Great solution.......(more)


I'd seen a couple of suggestions like this when I searched fhe forums for "floor jack", and read damned near all of the 108 hits (phew!).

I contemplated fabricating something like you suggested, Ray, but I got really lazy when I saw this ad. Also, a neat feature of the Eastwood adapter is the fact that it is designed as a replacement for a floor jack saddle, complete with a bushing to allow it to replace saddles on jacks with 5/8" or 1 1/8" holes. No holding a home-made adapter in place while you position and raise the jack. On the other hand, the protrusion to fit the saddle mounting hole would be in the way if you had some other kind of jack, or a floor jack that this adapter wouldn't fit, and a home built unit like yours would certainly be the way to go.

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Old 01-02-2000, 03:53 AM   #6
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Default Thanks, been using wood $20 is a bargan

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