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    Established Member Two Rings Hey_T_S5's Avatar
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    Recommended Car Jack for lowered S5

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    I won’t lie, I didn’t search here but I’ve googled searched for a low clearance car jack!! Two months ago I popped a tire (second time it’s happened) By the time I pulled over the tire was completely flat and with a lowered set up I could not get my jack underneath my car on the proper location. I eventually jacked the car thru the axle and even that was a bit of a hassle as I could barely get enough clearance for the lever to jack up the car.
    Does anyone have any experience with a low clearance jack that works well on lowered cars, my current jack measures about 3 1/2-inches off the ground. There’s a lot of choices out there for low clearance jacks but most are about the same height as the one I currently have??


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    Veteran Member Four Rings ENV²'s Avatar
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    Driving onto a 2x4 or ramps and then jacking could help

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    Established Member Three Rings
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    Quote Originally Posted by ENV² View Post
    Driving onto a 2x4 or ramps and then jacking could help
    I second this...keep one or two pieces of 2x4 in the trunk for such occasions.

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    Senior Member Four Rings HazeMyth's Avatar
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    The same goes for the house, if you already own a floor jack and don't want to buy a new jack. If you don't already own a jack though, you can pick up a low profile Craftsman or Husky jack for $140-$200 at Home Depot or Lowes. Sometimes they don't have the low profiles in stock, but you can either have them order it for you or you can get one on Amazon.
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    Established Member Two Rings 6ixof1's Avatar
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    I have a low profile jack from Harbor Freight and keep a couple of 2x4"s as mentioned above. I've had it for some years now and don't remember how much it costs.
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    Established Member Two Rings
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6ixof1 View Post
    I have a low profile jack from Harbor Freight and keep a couple of 2x4"s as mentioned above. I've had it for some years now and don't remember how much it costs.
    There's a wheel repair shop near me that uses Harbor Freight jacks. I asked about how they stand up to heavy daily use, and they seem quite happy with them. And their prices are always better than the name-brand items.
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    Established Member Two Rings Hey_T_S5's Avatar
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    2x4’s are actually a great idea, thanks. I’ve seen a low profile husky model but it didn’t seem to be much lower than my current jack. I will check out Harbor Freight to see if they have any low profile offerings.
    I want my jack to be somewhat mobile as my tires always seem to pop when I am not close to home.


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    Established Member Two Rings 6ixof1's Avatar
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    I've brought my jack to track days in a duffel bag with plenty of space to spare in the trunk.
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    If you can swing it, get the aluminum model. Much lighter. I've had mine for like 15 years it seems. I've since replaced the hydraulic fluid but that's about it. I should probably rebuild all the seals but probably just easier to buy a new one.
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    Established Member Two Rings doc280's Avatar
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    Since I am only lifting one corner or one side of the vehicle at a time, I choose the 1.5 ton aluminum jack from Harbor Freight. I use it with the S5, Q5 and the GTI and it has been perfect for 3 years. When you catch this jack on sale, it runs $59.95. https://www.harborfreight.com/15-Ton...ump-60569.html

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    Established Member Two Rings Hey_T_S5's Avatar
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    Recommended Car Jack for lowered S5

    Thanks for the great suggestions, I guess because of the designs most of the jacks are about 3 to 3 1/2” in height to begin with. I was trying to see if anyone was using a jack with clearance in the 2” range.
    With the tire completely deflated my jack needed at least 1” or more of clearance to slide under the car. The 2x4 might help with that clearance but it would be nice to have a jack that would do the job without the 2x4’s


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    Established Member Two Rings esfyve's Avatar
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    Harbor freight low profile.

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