Size of Jack for Pathfinder

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 12:51
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Hi all, I want to replace the standard jack that comes with the Pathfinder - it is one of those cumbersome wind up bottle ones that has recently driven me mad (bad run of flat tyres due to screw punctures). I'd like to get a hydraulic jack but am unsure what size. GVM of the Pathie is 2335kgs. As I don't know whether there sould be a safety margin re: capacity of jack, can anyone please advise what size they think will suit??? Thanks. Moggs
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 13:06

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 13:06
Moggs, you also need to consider the hight to which the jack will extend. You'll find with the hydraulic jacks, the lower the lifting capacity, the lower the lifting height. On some models for example, the 4 tonne jack will only extend 200mm while the 6 tonne will lift 320mm.

I chose a 6.5 tonne hydraulic jack as it has more than enough lifting capacity and height. I carry 2 jacking plates - a 300mm x 300mm piece of 22mm thick external grade ply and a 300mm x 300mm piece of 50mm thick hardwood. The combo gives me plenty of flexibilty, using one as a base plate and one between the vehicle and jack, or two as base plates (gaining and extra 72mm lift) etc. It works for me.
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Follow Up By: Member - Moggs - Sunday, Mar 16, 2003 at 20:05

Sunday, Mar 16, 2003 at 20:05
Hi Rohan K, thanks for the info - I think I will go done the same path as you. Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 13:07

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 13:07
Moggs, you also need to consider the hight to which the jack will extend. You'll find with the hydraulic jacks, the lower the lifting capacity, the lower the lifting height. On some models for example, the 4 tonne jack will only extend 200mm while the 6 tonne will lift 320mm.

I chose a 6.5 tonne hydraulic jack as it has more than enough lifting capacity and height. I carry 2 jacking plates - a 300mm x 300mm piece of 22mm thick external grade ply and a 300mm x 300mm piece of 50mm thick hardwood. The combo gives me plenty of flexibilty, using one as a base plate and one between the vehicle and jack, or two as base plates (gaining and extra 72mm lift) etc. It works for me.

P.S. I also run a Pathfinder.
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Reply By: ThePublican - Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 14:02

Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 14:02
Moggs, your original windup jack should have a weight rating sticker/stamp on it, use that as a starting guide, make sure that the hydraulic you buy extends to the same height or better, 1 major point to be wary of is the closed height of the jack , not so much of a problem in the scrub [ can dig to fit jack under ] , very hard to fit a "to tall" jack in the concrete/bitumen carpark,.
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Follow Up By: Member - Moggs - Sunday, Mar 16, 2003 at 20:07

Sunday, Mar 16, 2003 at 20:07
Thanks. Should have thought of that, shouldn't I. I'll have a look - thanks for the tip re: height.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Sunday, Mar 16, 2003 at 12:29

Sunday, Mar 16, 2003 at 12:29
Moggs, purchased a 4000kg hydraulic bottle jack at Supercheap over 12 months ago, have only used it once. It's the same height as a 2000kg one that was purchased elsewhere. Don't remember price of 4K kg job, but wasn't much dearer than smaller ones. Used to be able to get stumpy jacks that had a double ram, that would fit under spring/axle, when tyre was fully deflated. Haven't seen them for years.

Just remember that even though GVM is 2335kg, in most cases you would be only lifting a part of this weight. That's why I felt 4000kg jack was ample for our 80 series. Hooroo...
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Follow Up By: Member - Moggs - Sunday, Mar 16, 2003 at 20:08

Sunday, Mar 16, 2003 at 20:08
Thanks Bob, I'll have a look at Supercheap auto this week.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 08:52

Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 08:52
Moggs, that's where I got mine too. An alternative, if you can find one, is the old Toyota jack that came standard with FJ40's and the like. They were real beauties and solved the problem mentioned by The Publican, above (mind you, the are a "wind-up" type).

RohanBe good, or be quick.
Rohan
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