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Old 09-24-2013, 12:17 PM   #1
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Liftbars for Boxsters

my goodness it's a great day - I just discovered liftbars for Boxsters, and I now have a Boxster!
I wouldn't do 2/3 of what I do on my sharks ( 928s, past and present) without those liftbars! They make working on a car very easy. Been using them for years!
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and no, I am not a paid spokesman for Ken. These are very popular with the 928 crowd, and far less expensive than a lift.
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:24 PM   #3
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I have a tough time fitting my low-profile jack under the car; hate to try and fit a 50 mm bar under there as well ...
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:40 PM   #4
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It will work if you lift the rear, sit it down on a 2 x 4 or similar raised item, them pop the liftbars on. I have been concerned about the involved process of lifting the car without this device. I do not like lifting off the factory jackpoints.
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Yes, thats right. When I take my Boxster to AutoX, I jack it all the way up in the rear and I can change both tires that way.
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Yes, thats right. When I take my Boxster to AutoX, I jack it all the way up in the rear and I can change both tires that way.
Exactly. No need for a device like this on a 986 (or a 996). Just jack at the rear jack point and the entire side of the car will come up high enough to get jack stands under the car.
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Exactly. No need for a device like this on a 986 (or a 996). Just jack at the rear jack point and the entire side of the car will come up high enough to get jack stands under the car.
That's what I was thinking. He lost me at the part about having to jack up the car so that you could jack up the car.
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With that being said, this kind of device can be quite useful on older cars whose chassis has the stiffness of a cooked noodle (front jack point won't raise up (enough) when lifting at the rear jack point).
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Exactly. No need for a device like this on a 986 (or a 996). Just jack at the rear jack point and the entire side of the car will come up high enough to get jack stands under the car.
Sorry, that seems way too unstable for my tastes. The first side might be ok, but then lifting high in the rear to get that second side up on the stands would give me the willies. Further, it would be a tedious task to adjust the heigth of the stands once the car was on them - again, you are creating an unstable situation. The liftbars take minutes to lift the car with, couldn't be simpler or safer. Anyway, ymmv, but that's my experience for what it's worth.
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I've got a set of these bottle jack stands. I only have to lift the car high enough to get on the stands at their lowest level and then pump them up to full height from there.



They also allow me to get the car perfectly level in both directions.
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I've got a set of these bottle jack stands. I only have to lift the car high enough to get on the stands at their lowest level and then pump them up to full height from there.



They also allow me to get the car perfectly level in both directions.
Are you using four of those bottle neck jacks? Whats the cost on those?
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my goodness it's a great day - I just discovered liftbars for Boxsters, and I now have a Boxster!
I wouldn't do 2/3 of what I do on my sharks ( 928s, past and present) without those liftbars! They make working on a car very easy. Been using them for years!
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and no, I am not a paid spokesman for Ken. These are very popular with the 928 crowd, and far less expensive than a lift.
I ordered a set... I can see the benefit. I should be able to get the Jägermobile higher (I'm guessing about 6 inches higher) with the jack and jack stands that I currently have using these bars. That will make dropping the tranny and pulling it out from underneath easier.
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Are you using four of those bottle neck jacks? Whats the cost on those?
Yes, I use a set of four. I paid about $30 each for them at Princess Auto, but I see that they cost around $50 each at places like Amazon and Home Depot now.

One day I will have a Danmar MaxJax lift, but these will do fine until then.
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Anyone tried 4 scissor jacks? HarborFreight has them right now for $18/piece.
I use one of these jacks occasionally on my Saab, but I don't think 4 of them would be extremely stable. Same for 4 bottle jacks btw, there is just not enough area on the feet of these things.
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Just as I suspected (hoped for)… I can easily get the Jägermobile 6” higher than before using these lift bars and the jack/jack stands I currently have. If I had a bigger floor jack and taller stands I could walk under the Jägermobile!



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I can see appeal of these 'lift bars' getting the car higher with regular jack stands, and if you do a lot of your own work. I am sure they also give the frame some nice added rigidity.

But as stated above, the unibody design does not really need it. There is a crease of metal that runs from the front to the back wheel wells which can support the car, and you can jack the front and the back from this point to place jack stands.

Source: Jacking the Boxster
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Another thing I will point-out is that the bars insert into the lift points of the Boxster, locking them into position, and the location where the jack stands are placed on the bars are rounded so the car can easily pivots while lifting the other side, eliminating the grinding of the car's frame on jack stands.




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my lift bars will be here any day. I use them religously on my 928. I wish I would have kept my old set, since they would have worked with the Boxster. Anyway, not only do you get the car higher, but it is more stable and goes up and down fast. Those bottle jack stands above are a great invention too. Nothing beats a two post lift, but that's not n the cards for a bit.
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[QUOTE=Jager;370320]Another thing I will point-out is that the bars insert into the lift points of the Boxster, locking them into position, and the location where the jack stands are placed on the bars are rounded so the car can easily pivots while lifting the other side, eliminating the grinding of the car's frame on jack stands.

Great picts, Jager - thanks! This seems like an excellent solution. Does the kit come complete, or do you have to do any welding?
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Great picts, Jager - thanks! This seems like an excellent solution. Does the kit come complete, or do you have to do any welding?
No welding, just two lift bars, and they are HEAVY DUTY!
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