Mobile axle stands?

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Mobile axle stands?

Morning all,

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A quick question in advance of kitting out my garage for a build. 

I’ve got fairly limited space and am considering a pair of mobile axle stands so I can get a bit more room around the car when needed.

I’m just wondering if I’d hit a problem when using an engine hoist with the legs of the hoist clashing with the strut of the forward axle stand. 

Any advice?

Thanks,

Will

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Welcome.

... a pair of mobile axle stands...

I can't remember that being discussed, but there might be something in the archives, There's lots of useful discussions on fitting out garages, tools and some great build blogs. Have you found the register of loan equipment?

How much width have you got?

I’m just wondering if I’d hit a problem when using an engine hoist with the legs of the hoist clashing with the strut of the forward axle stand. 

It's going to come down onto its wheels at some point! ;-)

Jonathan

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Welcome!!

I lift engine in with all 4 wheels on the ground, mainly because I lift from an RSJ holding up the corner of the house!

It does make it easier (IMHO) to put the engine in, by moving the car in small increments with height / angle controlled by the block and load leveler. I would imagine the engine could become a pendulum when shoving the engine hoist frame.

Regards

Ian 

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Best thing I purchased for my build was mobile axle stands.   I built in a single garage and you could move it from side to side and back and forward as you worked on a specific corner of the car.   I went for big casters, because small casters where not in stock when I ordered my axle stands, this proved a massive plus because it made it easier to move on my garage floor (it’s not smooth) and the legs of the engine hoist went under the legs of the axle stands, meaning we could move both the engine and chassis during install.  

Got mine from here http://www.cjautosheywood.co.uk/mobax.shtml. I have standard with nylon wheels.  The bar across the axle stands is a pain if you hit it with your shines, but is wider than the car so when you push the chassis to one side of the garage you can’t damage the chassis.

 

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During a build you U can use 2 chassis stands and put some casters under it, makes it easy to push around, if you finish the build you have a few options, go jack, or a piece of wood with 4 casters under the tyres or modify an axle stand so you can bolt it to the hub ( no wheels ) and put the axle stand on casters.  

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I bought the same ones as ChrisC, I have a minuscule sized garage and they were an absolute god send during the build.

i forget exactly what I did when putting the engine in now but there's a good chance I switched to fixed axle stands at the front so the engine crane legs could go underneath. The problem with the mobile ones is the length of the cross piece. It's fine at the back where the car is generally wider but at the front it's wider than the car and can sometimes be annoying.

Having said that, as Chris mentions the fact it's wider than the car does mean you avoid running the risk of pushing the car into a wall when you move it about.

you won't regret buying them. I still use them now over the winter to take the weight off the suspension and tyres and also maximise useable space in the garage whilst the cars not being used.

Tom

 

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I've got a pair of mobile axle stands from CJ Autos which work well.  I got around the 'wide' front cross piece issue by buying another short length of box section from a steel stockist.  I wish I'd got the bigger wheels to make moving it a bit easier on my plastic tiled floor but I'm still able to move it OK.

Ezzer

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If you are limited for space you may want to give some thought to headroom for an engine crane in case it is an issue with your garage. Mobile axle stands probably will position the chassis a bit higher off the floor even on lowest settings. The beam of your engine crane will need to get the engine plus gearbox sloping almost vertical as you lower them into position.  I had overhead clearance challenges and opted to put the car on wheels before installing the engine.

Jim

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Thanks chaps, some great advice there.  I can see this is going to be a regular haunt.  I look forward to one day passing on my own tips.

Larger wheels make sense - should give me the option to move it onto my block paved drive if I do need extra headroom for the hoist.

Will