Jack from diff ball?

Jack from diff ball?

Postby smokinjoe [OP] » February 12th 2018, 9:19pm

So whats the real deal on this. Tons of ghetto mechanics swear its fine to jack the whole rear this way.
Also, would a 2 ton floor jack be strong enuff if I did it?

Wheres the next best spot if not there?
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Re: Jack from diff ball?

Postby chevymaher » February 12th 2018, 9:25pm

I do it all the time. Mine never complains.
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Re: Jack from diff ball?

Postby TurnNburn » February 12th 2018, 9:36pm

I typically lift from the diff "pumpkin" if I am using a floor jack. Is this what you are referring to as the diff ball?

2 tons is more then enough
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Re: Jack from diff ball?

Postby Rinny » February 12th 2018, 9:58pm

I do it all the time.
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Re: Jack from diff ball?

Postby 1lowcab » February 12th 2018, 10:17pm

I was trying to figure out where diff ball is and who Jack was! lol


Yeah, I lift mine there too.
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Re: Jack from diff ball?

Postby Rinny » February 12th 2018, 10:33pm

Jill knows where it is ;)
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Re: Jack from diff ball?

Postby smokinjoe [OP] » February 12th 2018, 11:41pm

Awesome, just took me way less time to change out both rear wheels. Thanks.
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Re: Jack from diff ball?

Postby WinnieVan » February 13th 2018, 12:05am

I jack the rear that way all the time.

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Re: Jack from diff ball?

Postby 1lowcab » February 13th 2018, 12:25am

I jack the rear that way all the time.



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Re: Jack from diff ball?

Postby 97cargocrawler » February 13th 2018, 1:29am

Do it! It's fun to watch the axle tubes flex.
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Re: Jack from diff ball?

Postby icebrrg3rd » February 13th 2018, 7:45pm

Hey Cargo, not everyone has 5 tons of van resting on their axle... :poke:

I've done it too, but I usually lift by the trailer hitch receiver.

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Re: Jack from diff ball?

Postby sixsix » February 13th 2018, 8:39pm

Every time I try to lift w/ either the 2 floor jacks ( big n' new Duralast & small n' old Craftsman ),
I can't get the handle "up" high enough to engage the lift piston.

Are both of these jacks junk? What make / model you all using?



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Re: Jack from diff ball?

Postby markmitch » February 13th 2018, 8:59pm

as long as you stay away from my rear you can jack all you want. lol yeah its fine I been doing that for years and never hurt anything.
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Re: Jack from diff ball?

Postby Mmusicman » February 13th 2018, 10:22pm

Every vehicle I've ever owned has been jacked up by the pumpkin... NEVER A PROBLEM!

In fact, if there's any flex.. I've found it to be the other way around.
The weight of the vehicle constantly pushes down on the pumpkin through the axle tubes.
For fun, put a straight edge up to your rear wheels, or measure the angle.

On a separate note though.. the last time I jacked up the van at the pumpkin.. it must have slightly caught the lower edge of my aftermarket chrome cover, and caused it to start a tiny drip. I merely tapped it gently back with a hammer and re-torqued the bolts. Problem immediately solved. At worst.. you might ding the cover plate.
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