Reviving an old thread, but how to support the Elise on this style of lift?
I am still very much enjoying this lift and it has worked great for the large variety of cars that I use on it. It is a very stable, safe and easy lift. When not in use, I just leave it flat and have no problem just parking over it.
My procedure for lifting the Lotus and removing the engine access panel:
- Put 24" long 2x8 pieces of wood flat on the floor in front of and behind each lift runner. These are to get the car a little higher for the rubber blocks to slide between the lift and the car.
- Pull car onto the lift aligning front of rear wheel arch with the back edge of the lift runner.
- Slide rubber lifting blocks between Lotus and lift runners. The front blocks aren't quite to lift point B up front because of the runner length, but work fine just behind there. The critical ones are lift point C to keep the car from flipping backwards. For this, I position the rubber blocks on the outside edge of lift point C.
- Raise lift to full height.
For things that don't require the removal of the engine access panel you can stop here. At this point you can detail the car easily, perform wheel, brake and suspension work. You can also remove the diffuser for exhaust work.
For oil changes, engine/transmission service, etc... continue with steps 5 through 8 to remove the engine access panel:
- Place screw type jack stand and Jack Helper under the rear lift point. Screw it up just a bit to remove weight off of rear rubber lifting blocks to allow for removal of engine access panel. With this screw type jack stand, it is VERY EASY to rotate the handle lifting the car.
- Slide rear rubber lifting blocks out and remove bolts for engine access panel. The access panel will come straight down and rest very nicely on the lift runners. You can then just slide it forward and out of the way.
- Place the rubber lifting blocks back under lift point C and take a few turns off the jack stand lowering the Lotus back down on the rubber lifting blocks. I also added hockey pucks at this point to make up the space difference with the panel removed. Instead of hockey pucks on top, you could use 2x6 blocks under the rubber lifting blocks.
- You can now remove the jack stand and Jack Helper out from under the car.
Eventually I might make some permanent pucks/blocks that will stay between the shear panel and the engine access panel. These would better support the Lotus when lifting with the panel on, but I have had no problems with my current lifting method. I would make them out of either Delrin or StarBoard (both high density polymer material).
Here are some more pictures from a while ago:
2006 Lotus Elise - Solar Yellow, HT, LSS, LSD/TC, Touring, StarShield, S111 RTDbrace, S111 microMirror, S111 Carpet Buttons, Painted A/C Surround, CF Center Console, Nitron S/A, Tempest BAB26-12 AGM Battery, Fujita Intake, Top Speed Pro 1 Exhaust, 4Tress Harness Bar, JDM ASTAR Cree H1 LED Headlights, Plinthless front clam, BRIDGESTONE POTENZA RE-71R 205F/235R on LSS Wheels, Heater Core By-Pass, Shifter Reinforcement, LETSLA v2 Shift Kit
Last edited by Baysailor; 11-01-2012 at 05:58 PM.