Hi Jay, I've never used one of these before, but it seems awful expensive
for what it is. You can get a real lift for about $2500 - $3000. The fact
that the car is still on it's wheels eliminates most of this lift's
usefulness in my opinion. About 90% of the time I need to raise the car it
has something to do with the suspension, brakes, wheels, etc... You couldn't
do any of that with a ramp style system.
I believe you could get one of those cradle style jacks that will lift the
whole front or rear of the car for way less than the $1200 - $1500 or so
that they want for that one.
Making one yourself is a whole different story. If you're handy with an arc
welder you could probably make a pretty good copy for a few hundred dollars.
There is a style of lift that might be just what your looking for. It's kind
of a large sissors style jack that's about as wide as a vehicle. I believe
it only has one hydraulic piston but it contacts the FRAME in 2 places on
each side. I don't think it's much more expensive than the Kwiklift.
You can check it out here:
FYI - I just got a card in the mail from them with a price of $1799 for it -
It's more on the site.
----- Original Message -----
From: "jay snavely" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2002 5:30 PM
Subject: Kwiklift car lifts
> Does anyone have the Kwiklift car lift? www.kwiklift.com They make a
> with about 20" lift that has ramps hinged at the front, and the rear is
> araised into position with a floor jack. I like the concept, but I am
> wondering how well they actually work. The floor jack lifts from a
> crossmember, and if it is not centered perfectly, the ramps would not
> evenly. I was thinking of making a similar lift, but using a cylinder
> each ramp.
> Jay Snavely
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