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#11 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 05:40 PM
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I cut a notch in a piece of 2x4 that fits the spot on the rocker panel and jack on it. Works OK.

Good idea and I'll do the same for the the axle stands I haven't used yet since I only used the hydraulic floor jack once to install my winter tires mounted on steelies and I positioned the jack at the front and the rear of the vehicle as JuneBug showed on above drawings.

The bottle jack must be used on a solid and flat level surface as it tips easily; chock the opposite wheels securely to avoid getting hurt and possibly causing damage to your vehicle if it falls off the jack with the wheel removed.
I agree about chocking but I don't think a bottle jack is any more tippy than that tiny cheap OEM jack. Just sayin'

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I cut a notch in a piece of 2x4 that fits the spot on the rocker panel and jack on it.
Get the grain right or you will just create a wood splitter.
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Yes I agree, the bottle jack is no more tippy than the OEM scissor jack.

Sometimes I overlook mentioning the obvious like the wood grain. But its a good point for someone not handy.

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This would be cool to own.

" title="Car Lifta - YouTube" target="_blank">Car Lifta - YouTube

But I don't . I own a battery power type that can lift one side of the Rav off the floor.

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The guy is not using the recommend spots for supporting the RAV...Is there something he knows we don't? This has been discussed before but I believe there was no consensus as to possible damage to the vehicle.

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I agree about chocking but I don't think a bottle jack is any more tippy than that tiny cheap OEM jack. Just sayin'
The OEM jack was designed specifically for the vehicle as it has a U shaped top part that fits perfectly like many other OEM jacks so at least it may not tip from side to side but I know it's built cheap and it's really for occasional use; that's why I bought a SUV/van type extended range floor jack + 2 taller axle stands because I intend to keep my RAV longer than any previous vehicles I owned and I install/remove my winter/all season tire & wheel combos myself, I do brake maintenance, inspect and fix a few things, etc.

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This would be cool to own.

Car Lifta - YouTube

But I don't . I own a battery power type that can lift one side of the Rav off the floor.
time-lapse videography...I could do it by hand way faster than that...at least to a usable height; don't need to go 3 ft off the floor.
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