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Old 04-06-2010, 09:19 PM
 
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Which would you choose?
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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not a lot of jobs that need the whole car up, imo. exhaust, drivetrain (RWD), some plumbing. other than that, i usually only need one end up at a time. if it's the front end, i don't bother with chocks for the rear; i just use the parking brake. if it's the rear end, i use chocks PLUS i leave the car in gear (FWD).

Mike
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:19 PM
 
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some jacks have pins so it performs as a jack stand too. sometimes that enough
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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If I were going to do 4 jack stands they would be big heavy-duty jack stands on a good flat concrete floor, and I would not be doing any bigtime pulling or pushing on the vehicle.

Generally I prefer to keep 2 wheels on the ground, more stable.
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:45 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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some jacks have pins so it performs as a jack stand too. sometimes that enough

I would be super-careful of any jacks that double as jack stands. Just my personal opinion though. Considering that jack stands that can support most cars cost ~$30, I think it's worth the investment.

To answer the OP, you only need two jack stands and do NOT, imo, get a double jack+jack stand deal, just get a nice jack and jack stands. Use the parking brake and double up with chocks with the front up, and use chocks plus keep the car in gear when the rear is up. Also make sure you get some nice ramps that allow some leeway on how accurate you are driving up.

If you need any work done which would require the whole car in the air, I'm willing to bet you don't have a lot of experience in DIY, so take it to a mechanic. If you become buddies a local mechanic, he may show you around, but in our litigious society, few these days are willing to take the risk (if the car fell on you, he'd be held responsible).
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:41 AM
 
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Would you feel safe using plastic ramps?

Rhino plastic ramp - Shop sales, stores & prices at TheFind.com
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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The Rhino ramps are fine. We've been using them for years.

As for 4-up or 2-up ... it depends on what you're doing. For most servicing, 2 up is fine enough. I double-chock the wheels too ... can't be too safe, y'know.
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:55 AM
 
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more support the safer you will be.
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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as long as you get the ones suited to the weight of your vehicle, no problems. i've used rhino ramps for years with no issues.

when it comes to jobs that require removing a wheel (brakes, suspension, etc), one trick i was taught is to place the wheel under the car underneath the frame (or the seam in a unibody). that way, if the stand or jack fails, you have a bit of a back-up. never had anything happen, but it makes sense.

Mike
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:26 PM
 
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Which would you choose?
It depends on what area of the vehicle you are working on. If you only need to access the front or the back I just use two 3 Ton heavy duty jack stands and two chocks. If you need to get under the whole vehicle you will need to use 4. FYI, never ever use a jack to work on your vehicle unless it is a dire emergency and even then don't get under it.
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