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Old 02-27-2019, 05:05 PM   #1
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Default Yet another jacking question

Hi all, first post.

I recently acquired a 2004 2500 and got a flat, and found that the OEM flat kit had disappeared under a previous owner. After doing some research here, I purchased a 3-ton bottle jack/jack stand combo off Amazon, but the head of the jack stand is millimeters too wide to fit between the flanges of the jack point. I'm considering my options, and the "playing it safe" approach is to return it and try and find a jack with an appropriate sized head, but part of me wants to modify the jack head or widen the flanges somehow. Anyone been in this situation and can offer advice?
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Old 02-27-2019, 05:09 PM   #2
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You can just widen the saddle some if its really that close. I often choose to jack under the front subframe, or from the axle tube near the wheel. That is generally a lot easier. Though you may want a block of wood under the subframe.
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Old 02-27-2019, 05:32 PM   #3
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It's maddeningly close. I think I'll get under with a 2x4 and see if I can't widen them a little.
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Old 02-27-2019, 05:34 PM   #4
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A big sledgehammer and a block of wood should make short work of it.
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:37 PM   #5
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Default Re: Yet another jacking question

Before you hammer it out ... verify that the jack can extend enough...

The Sprinter jack was kind'a unique in that (if i recall correctly) it has something like a 22 inch lift.
That far exceeded the usual floor jacks and typical bottle jacks that only went to 16 or 18 inches.

I suppose you could test it by putting a notch in a 2x4 and putting that between the jack and the lift point ... and then pump.
See if you can get the wheel actually off the ground (and then ask yourself if it would do it *without* the intervening 2x4)

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Old 02-27-2019, 07:01 PM   #6
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Do it proper, avoid hacking and bashing, grind the jack's saddle to accommodate vehicle's lift point. Here's a jack/stand combo. I would be reluctant to lift from anywhere other than manufacturer's suggested lifting points. They are provided for a reason. People deviate from the manufacture's recommendations and end up with hunk of junk.
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Old 02-27-2019, 07:22 PM   #7
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Item to like in Bob's photos: spray paint the jack points to make them easy to find (and tell other folks about). I used White paint.

Item i don't like about Bob's photos: the "flattening" of the otherwise "cupped" jack top with his "temporary wood spacer" ... that's why i suggested putting a *notch* into the 2x4.

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Old 02-27-2019, 07:31 PM   #8
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Item to like in Bob's photos: spray paint the jack points to make them easy to find (and tell other folks about). I used White paint.

Item i don't like about Bob's photos: the "flattening" of the otherwise "cupped" jack top with his "temporary wood spacer" ... that's why i suggested putting a *notch* into the 2x4.

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No flattening just narrowing of jacks saddle 1/8th each side to fit inside lift point. Wood spacer was temporary.
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Old 02-27-2019, 07:39 PM   #9
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This photo's perspective is misleading, saddle not flattened.
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Old 02-27-2019, 08:02 PM   #10
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The manufacturers jacking points are very high up, at my shop I lift the van with a trolley jack usually from some other lower point (that is obvious structural) , then sometimes use the Jack point for my jack stands, depending on what I’m doing/ what access I need.
Speaking of which no one reminded the OP not to depend solely on a hydraulic jack.
I know MB says only use their Jack points, and if you have a fully laden van, or a heavy rv conversion that is a definetly advisable, there are other ways to safely lift the van without deforming anything (plywood or rubber interface to ease the pain).
Just looked at Bob’s pics...I don’t have any of those fancy 2 in 1 jack stands, good idea though, real time saver.
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