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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-12-2005, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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EZ car lift

Hi, I am pretty new to this site and I will hopefully be getting an elise in about 6 months. However, I am looking to buy a lift right now and I was thinking about this one http://www.ezcarlift.com and I have contacted them about. My only concern is if it will work with the Elises short wheelbase. Anybody know? So I would really appreciate it if while one of you has your car in the air, if you could please measure the horizontal distance for jacking points B and C (basically how far apart they are) as well as the lateral distance from B to C as seen in this thread http://www.elisetalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11308

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2 grand seems a lot for this. Unless there is some reason why you cant use it...like it wont fit...I would go with an Eagle lift. We think they are the best out there.

I have a Parking Solutions (they are out of business) and have had it for over 15 years.

You can move the car around on the Eagle Lift.

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Yeah I was thinking about going with a standard scissor lift, but the thing is you can't reach the underside very well unless it is fully extended and the way my garage is set up it will hit the garage motor which is really what keeps me from just buying a drive up on ramp. This seemed like the best alternative. Plust the fact that it is very portable compared to a drive on lift is what really intrigues me, because it will be nice for autocross and track days. Like chaning tires, acting as ramps, and should something break I can get it high in the air.
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Move the garage door motor? I put mine all the way to one edge of the door and resolved the issue. Lowe's also sells a line of doors that have a torsion spring and motor that mount to the door header.
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Moving the garage door to one side is an interesting idea. I might have to check into that. Was it diffucult?

I guess the reason I really like the ezcar lift is its versatility at the track.
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It will fit the Elisehttp://www.ezcarlift.com/spec.html
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So the specified lifting points do fall into the specs? I know it will have enough clearance height wise, I am just worried about the lifting point because I could only find pics of them but no measurements and the elise seems to be a car that must be lifted on specified points (can't just use the side rails, correct?). I guess the things I am unsure about are:

1. Do the wheels cover any section of the lifting points, preventing sliding the lift underneath?
2. Will the length of the lifts sideboards be too long for the lifting points?
3. The width between the sideboards is variable and I just want to make sure the elises jack points aren't too close together.
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Moving the garage door to one side is an interesting idea. I might have to check into that. Was it diffucult?
Every garage is different, but it was pretty simple in mine. It is not ideal, as the door doesn't want to be lifted from just one side, but it did not bind or cause any problems. And it was free. The motor and springs on the headwall would have been quite a bit of money as it required a specific door (in my case, two).
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...the eagle lift looks pretty portable and useful. but any fail over features? i know standard lifts in the garage has a fail over feature where as the car goes up, there is a lock that clicks into place mechanically every few inches or so.

That way, should the hydraulics fail, the car will still remain lifted and does not fall.

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The Eagle that my friend had...did have a locking mechanism that clicked every few inches.
MY Parking Solutions does not. It is totally free to fall until it locks at the top. I sincerly hope it does not fail some day.

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So the specified lifting points do fall into the specs?
Yes and no. The side lifting point (Point A) just in front of the rear wheel is where you place a jack to lift the entire side of the car. Unfortunately, for lifting the entire car, it is also essentially the balance point. If you lift the car using only the two points (Point A) just in front of the rear tires, the car could possibly tip over backward if any extra weight/force is applied to the rear of the car.

The front jacking points (Point B - just behind the front tires) will be fine, but will do nothing to keep the car from tipping over backward.

I've hears stories of people that have tied weights to the front tow hook to add weight to the front to make it more stable when lifted like from the A & B points.

To securely lift the car, you need to lift at points B & C or B & D, unfortunately, the points C & D are under the under tray so you need to drop the under tray to access them. The slide under scissor lift also won't be lifting at points C or D - only A & B.

See the picture from the Owner's Manual below:
<img src="http://www.elisetalk.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=1000&original=1" alt="Jacking Points" />




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The slide under scissor lift also won't be lifting at points C or D - only A & B.:
Thanks Tim that's what I wasn't sure of, removing the undertray wouldn't be too bad I just wasn't sure if the B&C or B&D combination was possible with the EZ car lift. So I think I will going with this one https://www.gregsmithequipment.com/c...roducts_id=210 has anyone tried the pro park and whether or not the C and D lifting points will work with the pro jacks.
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I actually bought an EZ lift over the winter and I love it.
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Congrats! I've come so close over the years to getting one, but have never pulled the trigger.

I assume that driver on the ground is what you used to run the screw? How long did that take?

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Yeah, the cordless drill was what I was using. But I've since picked up a Milwaukee corded drill specifically to operate the lift and it's pretty quick. I'd say like a minute or so to reach full height. So far I'm loving the lift.

Thinking of K-swapping? Here's an idea of the cost involved.

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I actually bought an EZ lift over the winter and I love it.
@Butters , can you give us the specifics of your setup?

What "options" did you have to order with the lift? and did you have to make any mods to the car to get it to work? (aftermarket jacking point extensions, etc)

Are they any steps you have to take prior to putting it up on the lift (like removing the undertray or anything), or do you just lay the lifts on the floor under the car, and wind them up with the drill? (I also assume you have to raise each side a little, back and forth, until it's all full height...is that correct?)

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@Butters , can you give us the specifics of your setup?

What "options" did you have to order with the lift? and did you have to make any mods to the car to get it to work? (aftermarket jacking point extensions, etc)

Are they any steps you have to take prior to putting it up on the lift (like removing the undertray or anything), or do you just lay the lifts on the floor under the car, and wind them up with the drill? (I also assume you have to raise each side a little, back and forth, until it's all full height...is that correct?)
I had already installed the MWR Lift Kit on my car prior to buying the lift but you TECHNICALLY don't need it. You would position the lift so that it lifts from the rear lower control arm, but this only works if you aren't needing to work on the suspension. Personally I would invest in a MWR Lift Kit anyways as it makes things so much easier when it comes to lifting the car with any lift. Having said that, even with the MWR Lift Kit you don't need to get anything extra with the lift aside from the specified crossbars (they know which one and have it specifically for the Eliges). The front of the lift would be a little further back than the factory specified lift point and the rear of the lift would be JUUUUST on the MWR Lift point. I'm sure this would be fine as other owners have done this. However, I opted to get the set of ramp extensions so that it would fit perfectly.

To lift it, you use a drill with a deep well socket. It will lift both sides at the same time. No need to remove anything off the car, either. Just roll the lift under the car, position correctly, then spin it up with your drill. Super easy.

Thinking of K-swapping? Here's an idea of the cost involved.

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