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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-10-03, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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Tomorrow im going to go out and have a look for a trolly jack (used for lifting up car from diff or crossmember), a set of chassis stands, spring/coil compressor and a torque wrench. Ill just use these for working on my own car occasionaly, and thus dont need super high quality gear. Just so i dont get ripped off how much should i look at paying for these pieces.

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We got our jack and stands from supercheap on one of those 20% off days for $50. this was a 1200kg trolley jack and 2x1200 kg stands....they are very basic but do their job well.

my dad had a set of stands (4) already but he had them made for a for a truck so they are a bit big and heavy and stuff and too big. what I am gettin at is lf i were to buy a set of stands I wouldn go for anything more than a smallest height of 300mm otherwise u have to jack the car up too high and then their is the possibility the jack wont have the reach if u no what i mean....

I have seen heaps of good lookin Torque wrenches with 1/2" drive and range from 13Nm for around $50. My dad has this cool little one with 1/4"drive that measures from 0NM to 20 Nm...this one was fairly expensive because of its size...but yeah around $50 is a good price.

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Make sure you get the larger size floor jack.They are much safer..Qld trade tools up here sell an armstrong brand jack for $159.They are good value if you have a similar type tool place where you are..
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readings of upto 20nm isnt that good for car work, where many bolts need 100nm +.

Still, those prices sound good, since the jack is only to be used once or twice im hesatant to get a $200+one, even though they are safer.

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readings of upto 20nm isnt that good for car work, where many bolts need 100nm +.

Still, those prices sound good, since the jack is only to be used once or twice im hesatant to get a $200+one, even though they are safer.
Believe me the extra is worth it and 1200 kg is crap for a car like a Falcon.I have a 1500 piece of crap it struggles to lift the rear of an e.d xr..Pluss the better one has more height.. I think I saw a 2.5 ton at Supercheap for under $200.Value...imo

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Can't help with prices, but i'd defintiely go at least 1500kg trolley jack and stands - especially if you intend getting under the car to do any work. There would be nothing worse than have the car fall on you!

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