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defrag4
10-31-2011, 12:59 AM
Alrighty so my truck now has the OME 2.5" lift, I have a bottlejack that can lift 16".

I can lift the rear tire easy enough by just jacking up the axle, however on the front end I am not sure where to jack?

If I try to jack up by the frame the suspension just takes over and the tires never leave the ground. On a 4Runner with IFS what is the best front jack point?

Sorry for the dumb question, Im sure this is plain as day. Do I simply need a bigger jack? I plan to get a hilift but have read that they are not the safest for simple tire changes, and I dont want to lug around my floorjack in the truck

defrag4
10-31-2011, 01:14 AM
Center of front diff has a nice little flat spot at the bottom, safe to jack from there? A-Arms dont really have a flat spot, neither does the axle housing

Louisd75
10-31-2011, 01:21 AM
I've used the bottle jack on a stable stack of wood made of 2*8's. Not sure where you're supposed to lift from on the 4-runner, but my Tacoma manual says under the front suspension cross member with a drawing of the cross member that passes underneath the transfer case.

I've also used the hi-lift on my sliders with a tubing adapter and a friend to hold it in place while I quickly slid a jack stand underneath one of the legs of the sliders. I think that the safety issues with the hi-lift have a lot to do with how it's used and maintained, but that's a whole 'nuther topic.

Be sure to block your wheels on both sides of the wheel so that the rig can't move either direction.

RusM
10-31-2011, 01:36 AM
Stock jack on the A-arm, just need to make sure it captures the bottom of the A-arm....

defrag4
10-31-2011, 01:41 AM
Hmm maybe I should take a look at my stock jack again, the one I am using it too tall to fit in the only decent spot I can see on the A-Arm

Ruined Adventures
10-31-2011, 02:09 AM
i always jack under the A-arm too...even with my tiny tires and no lift the stock botte jack fits under there with at least 3" of clearance. Is the angle too steep now with the lift?

by the way, if you pass thru town on your way to FL I have a 48" Hi-Lift you're welcome to. It just needs a handle which you could steal off your floor jack. They CAN be pretty dangerous but I could show you how to not kill yourself with it.

cruiseroutfit
10-31-2011, 02:11 AM
Do not jack on the front diff of a Tacoma/4runner, its not a suitable spot and should be covered by a skid plate. Jack from the a-arm (if you can suitably position Jack) or get a taller Jack and use the cross member directly behind the front diff which can be used with or without the skid installed. I generally use my exhaust Jack right under the skid, lift the entire front end if needed.

Tim A
10-31-2011, 02:29 AM
...I've also used the hi-lift on my sliders with a tubing adapter and a friend to hold it in place while I quickly slid a jack stand underneath one of the legs of the sliders. I think that the safety issues with the hi-lift have a lot to do with how it's used and maintained, but that's a whole 'nuther topic....

Be sure to block your wheels on both sides of the wheel so that the rig can't move either direction.

x2 hi lift and jack stand. If you don't have sliders, you can use the lift mate attachment to lift from the wheel

Gerdo
10-31-2011, 04:44 AM
My 4runner has little nipples on the A arms that recess into the top of the stock bottle jack.

defrag4
10-31-2011, 04:48 AM
i always jack under the A-arm too...even with my tiny tires and no lift the stock botte jack fits under there with at least 3" of clearance. Is the angle too steep now with the lift?

by the way, if you pass thru town on your way to FL I have a 48" Hi-Lift you're welcome to. It just needs a handle which you could steal off your floor jack. They CAN be pretty dangerous but I could show you how to not kill yourself with it.

sweet thanks man, I might take you up on that

Trying to cram our lives in the truck right now :Wow1:

austintaco
10-31-2011, 02:58 PM
by the way, if you pass thru town on your way to FL I have a 48" Hi-Lift you're welcome to. It just needs a handle which you could steal off your floor jack. They CAN be pretty dangerous but I could show you how to not kill yourself with it.

If your near Austin, and run into difficulties, contact me. Shoot me a PM and I will give you my contact info, just in case.

NothingClever
10-31-2011, 03:06 PM
Do not jack on the front diff of a Tacoma/4runner, its not a suitable spot and should be covered by a skid plate. Jack from the a-arm (if you can suitably position Jack) or get a taller Jack and use the cross member directly behind the front diff which can be used with or without the skid installed.

+1

NorthernWoodsman
11-01-2011, 01:08 AM
So, I sorta have the same problem. I have the factory bottle jack and it only works for me now with a couple of 2x6's underneath. That's fine for the driveway, but I need something better for roadtrips/side of the road/offroad. Are there good quality taller bottle jacks or other style jacks folks would recommend?

SLOwag
11-01-2011, 02:34 AM
Are there good quality taller bottle jacks or other style jacks folks would recommend?

Somewhere on this forum, someone states "Go to a junk yard and buy one from a Ford F350. They are awesome and tripple extension."


You're going to have to drill down to post.....232. It's a pretty good read if you haven't seen it yet. http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/54498-Lipstick-on-a-Pig-The-10-Don-ts-of-Vehicle-Modifications

austintaco
11-01-2011, 01:02 PM
harbor freight sells different lengths of bottle jacks too.