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About to Lift on an Eagle 4 Post

Eagle is having a sale, ends tomorrow on their 4 post:
8000 lb. Capacity Deluxe Series Storage/Service Lift - GLO-8000: Eagle Equipment

I've worked through the measurements and it will just squeeze in, with the Cayman on the bottom and the Elise on top.


We have a very low 9 ft ceiling. We're having the garage doors replaced, coincidentally, so the new door will have a direct drive motor, and slide just along the ceiling.

I've read the posts on Eagle and they get generally good remarks here (except for the one about having to immediately replace grease fittings). Any other comments, suggestions, or issues I should look out for?
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Hope it fits. Let's see the actual pics when installed.

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nice! DocJay has a 4 post and I think he is thinking about getting another one.

I have a 2 post thats rated for 10,000lb, its aMaZiNg


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How do I know if my concrete is 3000psi, 4". I can't find any engineering specs on the house.

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How do I know if my concrete is 3000psi, 4". I can't find any engineering specs on the house.

We found out real quick in our garage that it wasn't the "8 inches" the contractor claimed that he poured where we planned to put the lift in. It was a surprise when they were installing the lift and the drill went through at only 4"!!!

I'd drill a small hole somewhere discreet so you know for sure. I don't know about the 3500psi deal.

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We found out real quick in our garage that it wasn't the "8 inches" the contractor claimed that he poured where we planned to put the lift in. It was a surprise when they were installing the lift and the drill went through at only 4"!!!

I'd drill a small hole somewhere discreet so you know for sure. I don't know about the 3500psi deal.
agree with the pilot hole--that's what I did to check depth
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I hope Home Depot is open late, so I can get some masonry bits!

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I live here in Gboro NC(where Eagle ships from) and know the Eagle guys well.
I love my lift!!! I researched all of them well.
Eagle is local, so decision was easy for me.

Call me tomorrow and I will park my friends Cayman under with the Elise on top--
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I hope Home Depot is open late, so I can get some masonry bits!
BTW, my four post lift is not bolted down---No need to do so---Eagle states that most customers do not bolt it down.
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I have a 4 post lift and love it. One thing to remember with your 9' ceiling is with these lifts you often have to raise the car several inches to before you can release the locking lever to lower the car. If you have measured to the inch and the cars will just barely fit it may be worth a call to Eagle to check. Ask how many inches the rack must be raised from a locked position before it can be lowered.

My lift is an old Autolifters so this may not be a concern but what the heck, a call is free.

Good luck,
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Edit: I just took a look at my lift. The stops are at 5" increments. You might keep that in mind when you are measuring. The best bet is probably to get all these measurements from docjay with the actual cars on the lift. I don't mean to discourage you by any means, it's just that the locking increments weren't something I thought about when I bought my lift years ago.

BTW docjay I'm in Clemmons, NC.

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Stan, thanks for the guidance. DocJay will know tomorrow, and I'll call Eagle as well to confirm. We're definitely in very close territory.

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Nice i have a 4 post lift too. My ceiling is 10ft 1inch. i squeezed my old M3 and Honda. But now i have the 135 and lotus in there. Here is a link to my garage transformation.
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BTW, my four post lift is not bolted down---No need to do so---Eagle states that most customers do not bolt it down.
Agree. I don't bolt mine down.

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I have an American Custom Lift. They are a California company. They are great to work with, I used there installer as well. I have only a 9 1/2' ceiling height.
I had the garage door track moved up as close to the ceiling has it would go.
I think my E-type is a taller car than your Porsche. You do have to raise the rack up a little and then come back down so it will latch. I had the American Custom lifts installer come out before I ordered the lift,to make sure it would fit. It was a good thing I did, he found that I would have had to remove a cabinet with the lift I was looking at. We changed my order to a Narrow lift, with aluminium ramps & a 7000 LB capacity . They did bolt it down, my house was built 11 years ago. The slab was fine for what we needed.
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If you have concerns about your concrete perhaps find someplace to buy some steel plates to spread the weight over a greater area. Maybe 1/2 in 2' by 2' would make a heck of a difference.
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Off topic, but love the E-Type Ron. I must own one of those one day.
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The Eagle has Landed: First PICS...more to follow

Well the garage doors were installed yesterday (with direct drive and raised track) and the lift went in today. The Lotus is in the shop, so the first ride went to the Cayman, and the first night's storage goes to the Miatas; they're getting prepped for sale.

A BIG SHOUT OUT to Tommy Tweedie, Hans Deleon and Antonio for doing a fantastic job on the installation. They picked it up from the freight depot, installed quickly, and made sure I was totally happy with the job. They even helped move storage racks and stuff to make room for the lift. If you need a lift, or just an install, these are the guys to call. Tommy is at 831-332-8669. They do some pretty serious installs; they had pics of installs for guys with Ferraris, Lambos, and even a Koenigsegg.
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Off topic, but love the E-Type Ron. I must own one of those one day.
Thanks, my 1965 E-type is a fun car. I bought it in 2001 and restored it in 2005. My daughter and I show the car and drive it when the weather is good.
It is never done I just rebuilt the motor last year. I did not rebuild the motor in 2005 when I did the rest of the car (ran out of money) at the time. My dad had two E-type coupes in the 60's that he bought new. One 1963 3.8 and a 1965 4.2.
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Sacrilege yes, but incredibly cool..

Impressive work Ron. Until I saw your's, this was my favorite E-type.

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