I have a 5000SLX. I purchased it with my cars in mind and not necessarily my Xterra. I find body on frame easy to lift with a jack and jack stands so I didn’t opt for the 7K lbs. capacity model.
I did use it to lift my Xterra once when I was changing the shocks. I figured my stock Xterra is around 4,500 lbs. and the lift is rated for 5,000 lbs. There is a demo video of the 5K lbs. unit supporting 20K lbs. so wasn’t too concerned since I wasn’t going under the truck for that job.
In the picture below, I did not stack the rubber blocks which would have given a few more inches of lift. It barely lifted the tires off the ground which was all I needed for the job. If I planned to use it for my Xterra frequently, I would buy the optional SUV adapters.
The Quickjack is awesome for cars
And if I just want clearance and don’t need the wheels off, I’ve found using 4LO to get up a set of Rhino Ramps as a great alternative for the Xterra. It barely clears the open garage door.
It is tempting. Besides the purchase cost the next biggest cost is excavation and floor rework for the install. In the shop I borrow it would need deeper stronger reinforced concrete footings. Safe install easily pushes it up over $3k.
Thanks for all the replies. This is exactly the info I was looking for. I'm also purchasing it primarily for cars, but it's nice to know I could use on the X also. It is pricey, but I like the portability of it. You can find them on sale at Costco for around $1000.
Many two point lifts require at least 4" of 3000 PSI rebar reinforced concrete. With this in mind, if your current garage floor is not of this standard you will need to re-pour a slab which is at least 4' by 4' and 10" thick. These new concrete pads should have "rebar" installed into the new pour and into the sides of the existing concrete slab(Greg Smith Equipment Sales).
Obviously, it's best to pour your garage slab with the idea of installing a lift in mind .
For the average shade tree mechanic, the cost of a two post lift and possibly a floor upgrade may be somewhat prohibitive when a Quickjack can serve your needs.
For starters , you had best measure the height of your roof where you park your cars.
Most of us lack the luxury of a separate garage in which to perform our auto repairs and rely on either the comfort of our two car garage or working outside. With this in mind, a two car garages ceiling height is typically close to 8ft where as a garage door is 7ft high. This can be a problem as many two point lifts require a 9ft ceiling or greater.(10ft is rather common)
However, a quickjack can be used to raise your vehicle to a safe working height and with a little preparation you can have those items which you wish replaced already under your vehicle for easy accessibility. No, the quickjack will not be as easy to work around as a two point lift. However, for those which lack the option of a two point lift, a quickjack becomes a reasonable option which is safer and more convenient than Jack stands and a manual jack.
I am lucky there, my garage ceiling is 10'4" and I plan to get the door tracks changed to where the door goes up to the ceiling before it comes across the top and a door opener that is on the wall with the door and spins the bar from there instead of being in the middle of the ceiling and pulling and pushing on the top of the door. Though I expect I will need the floor reinforced first.
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