Garage floor lift

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Garage floor lift
Hi all, We are building a new garage (including foundations) so it seems like a great opportunity to (perhaps) put a lift in the floor for the Caterham. Bit of a luxury I know but seems like the time to do it and obviously it would be great for those quick post track day spanner checks! Has anyone done this who could give me any pointers? Any specific kit people have found worked well (or not so well)? Perhaps things to think about when selecting flooring for the garage so it fits in well. Anything else?! Thanks J
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What do you want?

Full ramps to lift it on it's wheels or just something that will lift the chassis and thereby giving access to the wheels?

I have the latter and I miss a proper 4 post lift, which is part of the plan when I build a garage...

I'm in Denmark, and lifts seem very different in the UK compared to here. The best four post IMO is a "Stenhøj" but it comes at a cost. High cost, that is.

If you get the one just lifting the chassis and lower the lift in the floor make sure you get one intended for this. Most lifts won't lift high enough if not intended for the lower base. 

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Garth fitted one not long ago hopefully he will respond

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It is also worth looking at a portable lift, if your use is going to be fairly infrequent, I have this one, it is available under various brand names around the world: https://liftking.ca/pro-king-scissor/

 

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I built a garage and put a two post lift in.

the lift is from liftech near Preston, cost £1240 fitted in 2016. Very good quality.

The garage floor is fibre re-enforced concrete 6 inches or more thick in the area of the posts.

From memory the posts are 2.7 metre high so you need plenty of roof height, mine is flat roofed, 3.5 metre outside height.

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If you google ‘One car to do it all’ Jack Olsen, he has a rather nice 911 and well designed garage.

At one point you see him using his lift which disappears neatly into the floor.

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WP - One of my more favourite YouTube vids. Have a link on me https://youtu.be/gC5-MoDUuRg (He talks about the garage from about 6:10 onwards)

A specific vid on the same garage here https://youtu.be/2lCrlVhwHnE

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And I can recommend Willow Springs Raceway in a Seven  Driving Cool

The Completely Superior Ride Seven Wink

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Scissor lift is no good on a 7.

I had one and sent it back.

Yes it lifts the car but you can not get close to the side of the car to work on it as the lift makes the width impossible to work close to the car.

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Agree scissors lift not too good for a 7!

I cannot really comment on the 4 post ramp style as not worked on my car on one.

I have recently installed a twin post and am happy with it so far! Spent too much time looking for second hand ones lots of 3 phase and generally expensive. Then looked at a range of new versions - all made in China as far as I can tell.

Went for a Twin Busch in the end (Automotech was a close competitor, but just slightly too tall). Twin Busch had a good installation video and detailed dimension on line which gave me confidence. I also feel that given the occasional use with a light car the 'quality' does not need to be at the level required for a garage where the lift would be in regular use daily?

Twin posts do need good headroom and also require more width than a 4 post. Make sure you reinforce the slab and that you have about 125mm thickness where the posts are going to be.

Drop me a line if you have any specific questions.

Garth

 

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Like the ramps of a four post, the ramps of my scissoor-lift can be moved. Hence I can get close if I want to.

(In an ideal world you have at least three lifts in your garage)

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