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    I'm looking for some recommendations for aluminum floor jacks. I have a Big Red aluminum jack that I take to the track. Well, I used to take it to the track before it broke. Again.

    Over the weekend, my jack broke when I loaned it to a guy pitted next to me whose jack had failed on him. This is the second time the Big Red had failed in the year-and-a-half I've owned it, and I've never lifted anything heavier than half a Miata with it. I've had it repaired once, left several messages with Big Red in Ontario, Calif., requesting customer service and have heard nothing back from them. It has been a really lousy ownership experience.

    The irony is the guy who borrowed mine, whose jack quit on him, also had a Big Red jack.

    So in addition to warning people not to buy Big Red jacks, I'm looking for recommendations on good aluminum jacks. I want lightweight, quick pumping action and durability. Price should be reasonable, no more or not much more than $200.

    Can anyone recommend something?
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    Stilll using the same one here from harbor freight. http://www.trackhq.com/forums/showth...ght=floor+jack

    I'm pretty sure somewhere you can find a coupon for it for like $65 right now. I might be getting a second one if I find the coupon.....ok ya apparently the $30 off coupon is in the back of car and driver mag.
    Last edited by zjchaser; 10-12-2009, 11:27 AM.
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    • #3
      I have a Torin aluminum racing jack, and its great. Very light weight and dependable. I've been using it for about 5 years and I go to the track more than almost anybody. Costs more than a big red, but worth it.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Richard EVO View Post
        I have a Torin aluminum racing jack, and its great. Very light weight and dependable. I've been using it for about 5 years and I go to the track more than almost anybody. Costs more than a big red, but worth it.
        I just searched the Torin jacks and they came up with Torin Big Red jacks. Are they the same?

        http://www.torinjacks.com/ProductLis...on=Type&Type=9

        I need an aluminum jack as well so this is good. I've been considering the Harbor freight or I see Costco has an aluminum Torin that looks similar to the HF.

        Sorry, I couldn't make the Costco link work but it's on their site.

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        • #5
          http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...lang=en-US&s=1

          This one is similar to what I have, I think. I guess Torin makes big red, but I'm not talking about big red, which is a cheaper product.
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          1992 Honda (Acura) NSX 5-MT - classic investment I couldn't resist and occasionally drive
          2004 Honda S2000 AP2 6-MT - my last track day car (FOR SALE or not, depending on how I feel when I fall out of bed tomorrow morning)
          2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR 6-MT - when I need a backseat, 4-doors, or a real trunk, and still want to haul ass . . .

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          • #6
            That's the one I've been looking at for a while now. I guess I'll get it from good ole Costco.

            e
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            • #7
              theres also a coupon for the harbor freight jack in Honda Tuning which makes it $59.99
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              • #8
                Racing Jack

                I just went through my 2nd pep boys jack so I bought a craftsman jack from Sears. it is a little bigger but great for a Corvette, seems to be really strong and well built. 1 year warranty and about $200.

                Not showing on their web site right now for some reason.

                I think it is a 4 ton jack.
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                • #9
                  I am curious...when you said 'broke', the piston moves but jack doesn't stay up at all or the piston doesn't move at all?

                  Reason I asked is recently my US General piece started leaking and I thought it's a goner. No one wants to jack up a car with a leaking piston, that's for sure.

                  So I used the HF coupon and bought another one. However, I can't stand throwing the old jack away, so I ended up rebuilding it with new o-rings etc. Now it's working like new again and I have two jacks...

                  Originally posted by ucfbrett View Post
                  I'm looking for some recommendations for aluminum floor jacks. I have a Big Red aluminum jack that I take to the track. Well, I used to take it to the track before it broke. Again.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by vetteguy2005 View Post
                    I just went through my 2nd pep boys jack so I bought a craftsman jack from Sears. it is a little bigger but great for a Corvette, seems to be really strong and well built. 1 year warranty and about $200.

                    Not showing on their web site right now for some reason.

                    I think it is a 4 ton jack.
                    if its the aluminum one beware of the universal joint breaking. I've seen about 4 of them break now. Then you have to use pliers to turn the shaft to release or hold the pressure.

                    Its a nice jack with a fast first pump but that damn joint breaks on a bunch of them.
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                    • #11
                      one solution is to buy from Costco. Costco has that unlimited warranty. keep the box and receipt. you can return it for refund 10 years from now.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by zjchaser View Post
                        Stilll using the same one here from harbor freight. http://www.trackhq.com/forums/showth...ght=floor+jack

                        I'm pretty sure somewhere you can find a coupon for it for like $65 right now. I might be getting a second one if I find the coupon.....ok ya apparently the $30 off coupon is in the back of car and driver mag.
                        AJ just a thought 4 u. if u are planing on installing side skirts, u might want to get the 2.5inch low profile jack with a deeper reach. I'm having clearance issue with mine after the side skirts. its a pita to drive on blocks each time coming into the pits.

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                        • #13
                          I got a U.S. General race floor jack from Harbor Freight for $59.99. The coupons are on most popular car magazines.
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