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zoli-007
01-03-2005, 01:08 AM
My parents are building a new house and I've managed to highly interest my dad in a lift to put into the garage.

I know some people here have them in their house and IM just curious what a broad price range is for one? I understand they are in the 2-4k range.

I would like something that takes up minimal space that could be stored/locked in the "up" position so that a car can be parked under it and then lowered when car needs to be lifted.

What are good brands to look for and where would I be able to find info on this?

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BAP
01-03-2005, 01:15 AM
I looked into it before and I just search google.

zoli-007
01-03-2005, 01:16 AM
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01-03-2005, 01:21 AM
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01-03-2005, 01:25 AM
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darkjay
01-03-2005, 02:37 AM
here's a pic i took a year ago from waynem3's garage with haroldc's m3 up on the lift. this specific model is for a low ceiling garage though.

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alevy
01-03-2005, 01:01 PM
able to get another car under one..just make sure the garage is built like that :)<hr>
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TopazM3
01-03-2005, 01:11 PM
Since it's new construction, Rotary even has in ground lift that only leaves the arms exposed when not being used. In all cases there will be something to hit or trip over, BUT I'd love a lift. Almost did it 11 years ago when I rebuilt my garage.... still regret not doing it. Been lotsa prjects over the years, the biggest was last summer when my son and I bought a rear ended Integra Type R and put EVERYTHING from that car onto his Integra. Engine, transaxle, axles, steering rack, brakes, suspension, interior and some body parts were changed. Great experience, esp for him at 20 yo. I'd do it again, but wish I'd had a lift!!

TopazM3
01-03-2005, 01:12 PM
tear up and reconfigure the roof of my garage.

zoli-007
01-03-2005, 01:21 PM
Just store the lift in the up position so you dont have to drive over it all the time.....I believe we have 10 ft ceiling in the garage.<img src="http://members.roadfly.com/zoli-007/sig5.jpg">
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hayaku
01-03-2005, 02:34 PM
if you do everything like tranny, diffy, exhaust, and dropping the engine, then you want as much clearance underneath as possible. the best choice for this is a 2 post lift.

if you only do minor stuff like brakes, suspension, oil changes, muffle etc, then a scissor lift that folds down nicely or even flush with the floor may be perfect for your needs.

if you have the garage ceiling clearance and like to store a car up or do alignment work, a 4 post is great. you can add the rolling jacks to it to lift the car off its wheels... but you will always have the ramps in the way.

i did pretty extensive research when i was shopping... called every manufacturer there was... all of the manufacturers will customize their lifts to your needs if you want, what do you want to know?<div align="left">
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ES
01-03-2005, 04:48 PM
the lift, you should get one with asymmetrical lift arms.

jasonM3
01-04-2005, 10:58 AM
that I use for storage of the M3 and to work on my cars.

My ceiling height is 11 1/2 ft. I can fit the M3 on top and my Audi S4 underneath. It's close, but they fit.

A great solution for car storage and allows good access for working on the car.

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01-04-2005, 10:58 AM
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01-04-2005, 11:00 AM
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Rowley
01-04-2005, 01:02 PM
Did you need to pour the slab to accomodate threead rod coming out of the floor to bolt down the posts or did you guys simply hammer drill inserts with masonry bits? Just curious how hard these are to install...

Rowley
01-04-2005, 01:10 PM

jasonM3
01-04-2005, 01:45 PM
plates are 12x12" (on the bottom of each post) - the lift itself weighs almost 1900lbs - it is not going anywhere.

It's nice because if you have optional casters, you can move it around if need be.

No special concrete - standard 2 car garage.

Install was not too bad - I did it myself with 2 friends helping me.

GregW / Oregon
01-04-2005, 01:49 PM
able to use any of a number of drill-in anchors. Hilti and others make a number of types that would be suitable.

Rowley
01-04-2005, 01:52 PM
I can see tip over not being an issue.

Thanks for the info.

stiff///M
01-04-2005, 02:00 PM
It looks like you made it go up vertically higher than normal? Do you still have a garage door opener? Looks great.

jasonM3
01-04-2005, 02:17 PM
my standard garage door to a "high lift".

They basically add more track so when the door goes up it goes up almost all the way to the ceiling. That way, you can open the garage door without hitting the car. They needed to add another "section" of garage door that the opener arm attaches to. I also needed new springs to accomidate the extra weight. I used the same standard opener.

I have about 6 inches of clearance between my garage door when open and the ceiling.

I also offset my opener to the other side of the garage.

jasonM3
01-04-2005, 02:18 PM

hayaku
01-04-2005, 03:29 PM
and it wasn't too bad... just friggin heavy.

all 2 post lifts need to be anchored to the floor by 3/4" bolts and torqued to about 100 lb-ft. the floor slab must be a minimum of 4 inches. most slabs are 4" thick and 3000 psi by local building code.

i rented a hilti rotary hammer and bit from home depot. took about 20 seconds per hole to drill. simply drill, then hammer down the floor bolts and then put the washers and nut on.

the 4 post lifts don't need to be anchored down. nor do scissor lifts, but its safer if you do.

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