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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hand jack height to remove wheels?

I have a '15 Forester and I'm wondering what height I need to be able to lift it up to get my wheels off. I used a hand jack my friend had and I think it's max height was only 13 or so inches off the ground which wasn't enough. 17" wheels, don't remember how tall my tires are off the top of my head. Just looking to not purchase a hand jack that can go up to 25" or something when all I need is to get it to 16". Thanks for any help

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If you can still use your friend's jack, use flat-stacked 2X6 blocks to see what is needed. Some folks (me) just make a custom stack so they don't have to buy another jack. If you go that route, a stack of 3/4 inch plywood, glued or screwed, will last the life of the car, and makes for a nice safe jack base for road changes on soft or uneven ground.

From rusty memory, i think your 16" figure is close.

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Why not use the jack that came with the vehicle?

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I don't think you'll be hornswaggled into buying a jack that lifts to 25". Not many will go to that height, and if they do, are very expensive( and HEAVY).

Just get one that goes to 16-17" and you'll be fine.

2"x6" wood blocks of various lengths come in handy for jack support in the boonies.
THe one below is overkill but it sure makes jacking easy.

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@KapitanRedbeard , if you are looking at a floor or trolley jack, vs a bottle or scissors jack, then please disregard my earlier suggestion of a DIY wood/block base. Castered floor/trolley jacks, designed for a smooth hard surface, must be able to roll as its business end lifts the car. If not allowed to roll, the car and jack could shift enough to fall.

It matters what you're trying to do: garage work or a tire change on a marginal surface. For both situations, I carry a small trolley jack, lifting capacity 13", in my Forester, along with a 14 gauge metal plate that allows the jack to roll on any surface. I had to add a 2" height extension to the jack's lifting cradle to get enough height. I did this for the Forester and a similar version for our Tacoma. To me, the factory scissor jack (Forester) and mechanical bottle jack (Tacoma) are way too "iffy" for a road change. The modified trolley jacks and their bases are stowed in small tool bags in a rear passenger footwell. P.S. don't forget the chocks.
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