How much room do I require? If you're worried that your garage is too small, don't be. A vehicle lift will maximize any area. The vehicle lift itself will fit into a single bay location, and an 11–12 foot clearance height is ideal. You should also allow for enough space for someone to get in and out of their vehicle.
The lift you select should have sufficient height to accommodate a full-size truck or SUV. Also, make sure the lift can handle a load of up to 2,000 pounds. Some lifts are adjustable, so if your garage has less than 12 feet of clearance, you can move them up closer together or add risers under your vehicles to bring them up higher. This is especially important with heavy loads being lifted by the vehicle lift.
You should also check to see if your garage has enough width. Most vehicle lifts require 16 inches of clearance on either side of the lift. Make sure to leave enough room for a workbench or other equipment while still keeping your garage tight and organized.
Last but not least, look at the shape of your garage. Are there any low ceilings or high walls? This will affect what type of lift you choose. If yours has low ceilings, you may want to consider an overhead lift system instead of a floor-based one. This will help increase the amount of space you have available.
Before you can install an auto lift, you must first have adequate room in your garage. A 4-post automobile lift typically measures 103 inches broad and 173 inches long. The average length of a passenger automobile is 16 to 17 feet. If the vehicles you work on fall into this category, this sort of lift may be ideal for you. Lifts range from $10,000 to $100,000, so check with your local automotive repair shop to see what options are right for your budget.
The space needed depends on how high you want to lift your cars. There are four posts that support the lift mechanism. The distance between them is called the spacing. The broader the spacing, the more room you have. However, wider lifts are usually higher off the ground, so you need to check with your local automotive repair shop to see what option will fit your needs and your budget.
Garage floors are generally made of concrete or wood. The type of floor you have will determine how you can position your posts. For example, if you have wood flooring, you can always drill holes in it and place your posts through these holes. But if you have concrete flooring, you might not be able to dig any postholes. In this case, you'll need to measure carefully before you buy posts, so they'll fit when you install them.
You also need to think about the direction in which you want the posts to face.
A lift kit will enable you to elevate your vehicle 3 inches or more, however a leveling kit will only allow you to lift your truck 3 inches or less in the front. If you want to lift both your front and rear wheels at the same time, then you should get a full lift kit.
Lifts kits are easy to install and can be done so at a local auto repair shop. You'll need to remove your tires and have someone help you jack up your car or truck enough for you to work on the underside. With the car or truck lifted, you can connect steel beams under the body of the car or truck with welds or bolts through pre-drilled holes. These lifts cages are then placed on top of the beams and the car or truck is lowered back into place. The entire process has to be done with care not to damage either the vehicle or the lift kit. Most vehicles can be raised by as much as 2 feet before they become unstable.
After the lift kit is installed, you should rotate the tires so that they're evenly balanced with each other and the ground. This will help prevent one side from getting too high off the ground, which could cause problems with tire wear or even theft if it's visible from the road.