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Author Topic:   Harbor Freight aluminum jacks?
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 95
posted March 31, 2003 04:52 PM  
Has anyone gotten to try out the Harbor Freight aluminum "racing" jacks yet?
Do they work OK? Are they worth $200+/-?

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 354
posted March 31, 2003 05:28 PM  
I just bought one. Currently on sale for $169.00 It looks real good for the money. I have used it in the shop but not under "pit-stop" conditions. Pumps smoothly and quickly. Seems to be built well. Better than another I saw for for $299.00 at a local Costco. We will see how it holds up?

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 823
posted March 31, 2003 07:19 PM  


Dirt Freak

Total posts: 493
posted March 31, 2003 09:04 PM  
I love mine. I thought it would be a piece of sh*t. Used it all last year in the dirt. Good buy.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 149
posted April 02, 2003 12:06 PM  
I saw them and wanted to get one. However, I talked myself out of it thinking it would just be a POS. But, if you are saying they are worth the money I might have to try it out. Thanks for the responses, this site really does have everything!!!!

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 77
posted April 02, 2003 01:49 PM  
I just got one and am sort of disappointed with the lift range. I drive a ministock and am unable to lift the car high enough to get jack stands under it. Maybe the jack stands are too tall or I need to use a wood block for additional lift range.

By the way, bought mine from Harbor Freight off e-bay. $150 plus $5.95 shipping.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 22
posted April 02, 2003 03:42 PM  
We got one from HF and it is not as smooth as our $500 jack but it does the job and is much lighter than conventional jacks. It is worth the money but you can tell the difference betewen the higher dollar jacks. The $500 jack is more accurate and doesn't drop the car as fast you have more control over desent.

Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted April 03, 2003 10:42 PM  
We got one and he likes it says it is much better than dragging them heavy ones around.

Rick D
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 64
posted April 04, 2003 06:49 PM  
bought one ... love it everybody wants to use it rather then the heavy old jack in the shop, the only problem we had was the rubber pad get slippery and the car slipped off it once

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 296
posted April 08, 2003 10:45 AM  
way better than my 2 ton, 20 pump, 100# jack. 169 free shipping from the Harbor freight web site.. Like the others mine is a hot topic..
I will be putting my name on it everywhere, it seems to be wondering off its so light!!!

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 387
posted April 08, 2003 01:29 PM  
Had no problems with mine yet, works great.

Widebody, I engraved every possible piece on mine. One of the latemodel drivers at our track had is $600 jack stolen from his pit area.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 296
posted May 05, 2003 03:13 PM  
Issues so far!
Remove the rubber pad from the lift pad area. Mine sliped off the rear diff. works fine with out it.
Second issue;
The Jack was shipped a little low on fluid. It took a few uses and rolling around in the hauler to get the air worked out, refilled it and used the automatic bleeder and no problems. See a bunch in the pits this year..
Later; widebody

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 113
posted May 15, 2003 10:46 AM  
I got one and have used the fool out of it. THe rubber pad did not last long as mine also slipped but it took the rubber and one of the little sticky up thangs!!!

[This message has been edited by DirtDobber (edited May 15, 2003).]

Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 1
posted May 16, 2003 12:10 PM  
I purchased 2 of them 1 year ago from harbor freight. Within days of getting them the rubber pads fell off both of them. I just returned one to my local Harbor Freight Store because the aluminum pad where the rubber part goes broke in half. I had purchased the warranty and they returned it with no questions asked. The other one was low on fluid when it arrived and I had an awfull time getting the air out when I added more fluid. Come to find out, the directions in the manual were backwards on how to purge the system. My replacement included a "updated" sheet as well as a new bleeder plug. Another thing I would consider is putting a dirt wing on it. We had ours fall over when the car was jacked up a few to many times, but anyway, very nice jack for $175. I can deal with the problems that I have had since I didn't have to spend $600 on a name brand one!

Racer X
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 256
posted July 04, 2003 12:02 AM  
I got mine today,looks like a nice piece.I'll get to test it this weekend

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 127
posted July 04, 2003 12:57 AM  
Based on the comments from this post and the fact that the price is now down to $149 I broke down and ordered one. I got it this week and so far I think its great.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 51
posted July 15, 2003 09:24 AM  
Its nothing special, it seems to be good for the price but is not very smooth, it's elbows and bungholes when you try and let the car down! still better than the 100lb old style.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 56
posted July 16, 2003 01:25 PM  
I too, had the rubber pad problem but hey for 150 bones can you go wrong?

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted July 18, 2003 10:24 PM  
Same here, love the weight! I do wish it was a little slower on the release. I think we over filled ours, at first it would **** out hydraulic fluid when you pumped it up.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 131
posted July 20, 2003 10:38 AM  
I got the $249 race jack. Goes up in 5 pumps, and the release rate is adjustable. So far works good.

Racer X
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 256
posted July 21, 2003 06:45 PM  
Mine seems to work fine,seems to let the car down ok.

Alan Rat
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 15
posted August 17, 2003 10:44 AM  
I have used one of these all season with NO problems.Even use it in the shop.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 139
posted September 10, 2003 07:53 AM  
I've now went through 2 of these jacks. My question is. Who might I send this too for repairs? I've taken one apart and its O-rings are all in pieces.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 21
posted September 11, 2003 07:33 AM  
I just wanted to pass this tip along to you guys. I had trouble with my aluminum jack (not a harbor frieght one but similiar; oil would run out along the ram, it would get air bound etc. I pressure wash off everthing on the jack, then spray the ram and pivot points with silicon spray. It keeps the o-rings from drying out and cracking. I usually do this once a month and have not had a problem with the jack since.

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