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Rubber blocks for jacking a VF

Discussion in 'VF Holden Commodore (2013 - 2017)' started by Forg, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Forg

    Forg Well-Known Member

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    I’ve only seen the scissor-jack in the boot for the first time recently ... frankly the idea of jacking the painted undersides of our car using that metal Thing horrifies me slightly, I hope we never get a flat while on the move!

    But it did occur to me, maybe I need to get one of those rubber blocks with a slit in the top of it, so I can place it where the scissor-jack is supposed to go when jacking-up the car (either using the trolley-jack or a hoist). At the moment I’m putting a rubber block behind that thin metal seam which the scissor-jack straddles, but I’m thinking it might be better if I get those slotted rubber blocks to jack the VF on.

    All the slotted hockey-puck thingies on eBay only have a depth of 15mm for the slot in the top of them, anyone know whether that’s deep enough for a VF? [and yes I’m aware I could just go measure it :)]
     
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    Had to use the crappy scissor jack last weekend, it didn't damage the paint.
     
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    greenacc Searching for the billion

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    I've seen some on the Repco website but I can't find them now. Maybe ask at the counter next time. 15mm might do the job but 20or25mm probably better.
     
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    The scissor jack sits in a jacking point on the car. I also use this with my trolley jack these days as it is one of the best spots to jack the car up. No rubber with metal on metal and no damage.
     
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    Forg Well-Known Member

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    I assume, but could be wrong, that the reason the scissor jack 'straddles' that pinch-welded seam of metal poking down is just so that the person using the scissor jack puts it in the right place? ie. so the two load-bearing surfaces of the jack put the pressure either inboard & outboard of that seam where the frame's designed to take that weight.

    So … I've been putting the rubber block atop my trolley-jack inboard of that seam (but touching that seam).

    It's a little bit fiddly though, so I'd like a rubber block with a slot cut into it, so that rubber block can straddle the seam in exactly the same way as the scissor-jack does.
     
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  7. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

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    There is a proper place for the scissor jack under there, on all cars, and believe me, having changed a lot of tyres in my travels (most notably in blazing outback heat), this talk of damage to paintwork etc is frankly, imaginary stuff -- doesn't happen, at all; the important thing is to get the wheel of, put on a replacement and continue the drive, never mind about finding touch-up paint, a brush and box of Kleenex. The inclusion of a rubber block will only add to the risk of the block compressing, and the jack slipping under load (I have actually been a witness to this happening on a farm in country Victoria in 1996, which crushed the owner), or if the car should move (now this: surprise, surprise how many people don't apply the park brake or transmission park in their haste to tackle the changing of a wheel...).

    Consider too that if your ride does not have flaps, the underside and skirts will be peppered with roadblast every time you drive out.
     
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    Umm ... this proposed block isn’t for using with that nasty scissor-jack for emergency use only in the boot, it’s for use with my trolley-jack & the 2-post hoist in the shed.

    The damage to paint isn’t imaginary, BTW, plenty of jacking-points have scratches & scrapes where the jack goes. Not the end of the world, but I’d prefer not to subject the car to it.

    The cutting of the slots in a ‘puck’ of rubber, as per panhead’s suggestion, isn’t an awful one; except I need to buy the things in the first place anyway & eBay is littered with cheap options that already have a 15mm-deep slot cut in them. I guess I can combine the two; buy it, try it, cut the slot deeper if it ain’t enough. :)
     
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    Let us know if you find something suitable Forg. I need the same thing.
     
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    Don't most trolley jacks and 2 post hoists have integral rubber jack pads?
    Refer to the handbook for suitable points for 2 post hoists and trolley jacks, there are specific points on the pan for lifting.
     
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    Workshops would have rubber pads but I have never seen a rubber pad come with an average trolley jack. It would be good if it did.
     
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    I have 2 different trolley jacks, both with rubber pads, all the 2 post hoists I've seen have rubber jack pads.
     
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    Is this what your looking for?
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    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com.au/ulk/itm/264117787883

    I bought some of these for my supercheap special trolley jack that doesn’t have any rubber pads.
     
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    Looks good to me!
     
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    Yes, the original question was whether the 15mm slot-depth is enough - assume it is?
     
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    Oh sorry missed that bit.

    on my jack I need to turn the rubber sideways so that I’m jacking off the rubber. The rubber pads aren’t deep enough for my jack.

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