2011 Forester X LTD 4EAT
I'm gonna give it a couple days and see if we can get a group buy. But yeah, now the project can continue!
Here's the latest addition to my toolbox/garage. Realizing that my small, on-sale, 13" lift, ACDelco trolley jack just wasn't cutting it, I figured it was time to invest in an actual floor jack that could lift up the Forester (and could handle a potential future 1" lift). Ideally, I wanted something high-quality, American-made, and for a reasonable price. Then I realized that combo doesn't exist. I looked at Hein-Werner, Craftsman, etc. After some research, I came to the conclusion that for my purposes, I don't need to spend a ton and get something top-of-the-line.
I ended up with a Harbor Freight 3-Ton Floor Jack. It was on sale for $90, but I've heard you can get coupons to bring it down to $60ish.
Wanting to save my pinch welds when using the jack, I wanted to make a jack block like the one Gorilla Off-Road makes. So here's my shot at manufacturing:
I started with 1.5" x 2.0" UMHW (Ultra High Molecular Weight) Polyethylene bar stock. Probably easiest to buy from McMaster or you might get lucky talking to some machine shops around town.
Not having a dado blade, I had to make 4-5 passes on the table saw with an 1/8" kerf to get the slot for the pinch weld. It came out alright, though. Then I used a miter saw to cut the bar down to 2" sections.
Chamfered the edges at 45° and lined them up with my drawing for an artsy picture.
Fits quite nicely.
And here is the block in action, lifting the front tire off the ground.
Here's a bonus shot. This gives a better idea of how the charcoal plasti-dip turned out. , this should be a bit better example.
I have 3 or 4 extra jack blocks that I'd be happy to give away if anyone wants one (as long as you don't sue me if something goes wrong). Consider it a reward for reading through an entire post about a jack and jack blocks. That takes quite a bit of commitment...or boredom.
And the Stevens Pass area is even more special on top of that. There are lots of fools (more so on I90 than HWY 2) who have 4WD and think that's all they need and neglect to get decent rubber. I know it's not nice of me to do but I have to LOL at all the "trucks" having a hard time getting over either pass when I zip by in my lowered WRX wagon.. at least that was the case when I lived there.I love the sun and beaches and all that, but there's something magical about snowy mountains.