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Sam
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11th Oct 10 at 13:36   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I assume a 4 post lift is better?
Whittie
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11th Oct 10 at 13:39   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

In what scenario?

I'm guessing they're the same, just the 4 post take up a little more room. Don't know anything about them though.
mike56gte
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i like using a 2 post ramp as you can get to alot more of the car. just takes a bit longer to get it on and up in the air.
Kurt
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11th Oct 10 at 13:46   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

4 post as in drive on flat platform?

I've always been in garages with 2 post Ramps with 4 arms, they're fine as long as the arms clear sideskirts, pain in the arse with low cars, infect even my civic at Std height you have to pull it up by the front wing to get the arms under the jacking points

Saying that though, the Porsches and ferarris and even the super heavy bentley Contis go on our 2 posters here

[Edited on 11-10-2010 by Kurt]
Norcy91
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My cars a bugger to get on a 2 post ramp, but they're alot more open so as said before you can get to alot more of the car. 4 poster is easier to get on to but does make it harder to get to some parts on the car i think
Nic Barnes
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11th Oct 10 at 13:51   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

much prefer working on a 2 post
DaveyLC
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A 2 poster is far more useful.
whitter45
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11th Oct 10 at 14:01   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

my mate who is a mechanic also like yo use 2 posetr rather the 4 poster

am I correct is assuming the 4 poster would support more load
harrisp
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11th Oct 10 at 14:04   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by DaveyLC
A 2 poster is far more useful.


Sam
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Well when we buy a house I want a decent sized garage and want to get a proper lift for it.

I remember having to get the exhaust changed on my estate at a tyre place which had a 2 poster, but I had to go to another location which had a 4 poster as there was some problem dropping the subframe or some shit like that to remove/route the new exhaust, which couldn't be done on a 2 poster if that makes sense?
alan-g-w
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11th Oct 10 at 14:11   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by whitter45
my mate who is a mechanic also like yo use 2 posetr rather the 4 poster

am I correct is assuming the 4 poster would support more load


4 poster would take more than the 'equivelant' 2 poster I'd assume.

When I was working as a mechanic for a while it seemed like MOTs were mostly done on the 4 poster and normal work was done on the 2 posters.

[Edited on 11-10-2010 by alan-g-w]
brebaz
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quote:
Originally posted by harrisp
quote:
Originally posted by DaveyLC
A 2 poster is far more useful.





at college we have 1 of each and i like to work on the 2 post more then 4 post as said befor you can get to more of the car

dan_m1les
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You can get the wheels off on a two poster and not on a four?

I have no garage knowledge really, only when I have peered in whilst the car gets and an MOT etc.
Nic Barnes
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11th Oct 10 at 14:14   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

some 4 posters have a jack/lift part in the centre that slide about to lift it off the ramp to get wheels etc off if needed.

mot's have to be done on a 4 post ramp. car has to have suspension compressed etc which it wont on a 2 post.
t_benn_1
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11th Oct 10 at 18:35   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I also want a lift in my next house with garage.
Problem is more the height than anything.
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11th Oct 10 at 18:36   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

2 post is best for access, 4 post best if you need to do tracking or mots, both have their advantages, you really need both imo
Ian
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You can do more jobs on a 2 post.

Can't do brakes, suspension on a 4 unless it has jacking beams.

Can't do exhaust if the platforms are in the way.

Only thing 4 posts have going for them is that they're slightly easier to set up a car on to them.
Cole
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11th Oct 10 at 19:35   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I like warrens lifts in his garage

 
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