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Hi

I have been looking around for a while now for a lift for my 996 c4s cab (I live in uk). I live in an apartment with an underground car park and therefore cannot get a 2 post (1, I won't be able to bolt it to the floor and 2, I need something that I can take back upstairs with me).

This is a semi temp measure as plan to buy a house with a garage at some stage at which time I will buy a good 2 post. I want something that is safe, and that I can potentially utilise in the future too, along with a 2 post.

Given the above, and that it therefore needs to be relatively easy to carry about, I have short listed it to the following;

1) an ezcarlift

http://www.ezcarlift.com/PDFs/ezcarlift_brochure.pdf

And 2) a tilt lift

http://www.cjautos.eu/product_p/cl01.htm

I would love number 1 but it is quite expensive and in addition, don't know whether I could get it shipped to the uk?

Number 2 seems quite easy to carry (only 60kg) and move and is quite inexpensive for what it is. There is only 1 concern though.......

I can't place the paddles on the sills as I have rocker panels (and don't want to have to remove them every time to lift the car).

They are not large enough (like the ez lift) to put blocks on which marry up with the jacking points.

On the underbelly of the car, from the front to approx the middle on both sides are reinforced areas (see figure 1

http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Porsche-996-997-Carrera/01-BASIC-Jacking_Up_Your_Car/01-BASIC-Jacking_Up_Your_Car.htm

Which I could use presumably, but the weight is at the back and so this wouldn't work to balance the car.

Therefore, are there any other areas on the underbelly that I could use which would be safe (as concerned re brake and ac lines and also don't want to bend the pan)?

Are there any other lifts of this nature that I have missed?

If someone knows where to get an ezcarlift in the uk for good money then I would be interested.

Your help would be appreciated with this as I am close to buying a used number 2 (no pun intended) which is quite cheap.

Regards

Richard

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I've seen both race teams and DIY mechanics use the BendPak portable mid rise unit with great success. Big advantage is its swing arms to adjust to various cars like larger lifts and all kinds of adaptors for any project:

bpi-5175730_us_xl.jpg

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I've seen both race teams and DIY mechanics use the BendPak portable mid rise unit with great success. Big advantage is its swing arms to adjust to various cars like larger lifts and all kinds of adaptors for any project:

bpi-5175730_us_xl.jpg

I would love to use one of these..... Forgot to mention above, I have no power socket in the underground either! I therefore need something that is either mechanical or that that can be used with a cordless drill to move up and down.

Cheers

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I just wanted the ease of the initial suggestions. I don't know why but I don't feel comfortable with the whole jack stand arrangement. Would you say that option 2 above is a no no then, or could it be used (the width of the paddles can be adjusted by quite a margin)?

I would feel a bit more comfortable with this on the front using the reinforced areas and jack stands on the back though I suppose.....

Cheers

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I just wanted the ease of the initial suggestions. I don't know why but I don't feel comfortable with the whole jack stand arrangement. Would you say that option 2 above is a no no then, or could it be used (the width of the paddles can be adjusted by quite a margin)?

I would feel a bit more comfortable with this on the front using the reinforced areas and jack stands on the back though I suppose.....

Cheers

As a general proposition, lifts are supposed to keep cars from tilting when being picked up. As someone that spends most of his day under a car on a lift, the idea of one that purposely tilts the car leaves me more than a little bit cold..........

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I just wanted the ease of the initial suggestions. I don't know why but I don't feel comfortable with the whole jack stand arrangement. Would you say that option 2 above is a no no then, or could it be used (the width of the paddles can be adjusted by quite a margin)?

I would feel a bit more comfortable with this on the front using the reinforced areas and jack stands on the back though I suppose.....

Cheers

As a general proposition, lifts are supposed to keep cars from tilting when being picked up. As someone that spends most of his day under a car on a lift, the idea of one that purposely tilts the car leaves me more than a little bit cold..........

Hi John

I hear you, and thank you for your advice. I'm a pen pusher...... what i would give to wrench all day long!

I have been doing some more digging and have found this:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MOBILE-SCISSOR-CAR-LIFT-VEHICLE-LIFT-not-2-post-lift-BRAND-NEW-/281329017781?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item41808423b5

It doesn't need electricity and uses a foot pump or air......

I just need to find out how big and heavy it is now!

Thoughts?

Regards

Richard

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I just wanted the ease of the initial suggestions. I don't know why but I don't feel comfortable with the whole jack stand arrangement. Would you say that option 2 above is a no no then, or could it be used (the width of the paddles can be adjusted by quite a margin)?

I would feel a bit more comfortable with this on the front using the reinforced areas and jack stands on the back though I suppose.....

Cheers

As a general proposition, lifts are supposed to keep cars from tilting when being picked up. As someone that spends most of his day under a car on a lift, the idea of one that purposely tilts the car leaves me more than a little bit cold..........

Hi John

I hear you, and thank you for your advice. I'm a pen pusher...... what i would give to wrench all day long!

I have been doing some more digging and have found this:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MOBILE-SCISSOR-CAR-LIFT-VEHICLE-LIFT-not-2-post-lift-BRAND-NEW-/281329017781?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item41808423b5

It doesn't need electricity and uses a foot pump or air......

I just need to find out how big and heavy it is now!

Thoughts?

Regards

Richard

That would be preferable to the one that tilts. My only question would be how long does it take to pump up with a good sized vehicle on it.

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