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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:32 pm 
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Hey Guys. Our family moved into a new(er) house just over a month ago and while the house itself is great, I'm at a loss when it comes to the garage. My garages have always been my safe haven, a "home away from home" if you will. I've always dreamed of having a big garage, with lots of space, so I can comfortably work on my projects. Well, now I actually have said garage. It's a 3 1/2 car, detached garage with an upper level you can walk around in for storage, via a staircase. I could easily fit 4 cars in there, if I wanted to sacrifice a little workshop area. It's great, and I love the room. Problem is, a lift. I've always wanted a full size, 2 post lift. I could possibly fit one in there, but because of the 2nd floor, I'd have to modify the trusses and floor joists. I'd have to hire a structural engineer to calculate if the roof would still be safe if 3 or 4 of the trusses were removed or modified, to give me the full 13.5 foot ceiling height the bare structure has. Needless to say, a ton of modifications to make my "dream" a reality.
Then, there's the MaxJax lift, by Dannmar. It is a "mid-rise" 2 post lift that will accommodate 6000 pounds, but only lifts to a height of around 45 inches. So, I'd have full, undercar access, but wouldn't have the convenience of walking under the vehicle to do maintenance. I probably could get away with NO modifications to the garage. By the way, I'd also have to replace one of the garage doors with a roll up door to eliminate the garage door being in the way when the car is lifted (maybe with either lift). Also, the concrete is in excellent shape, but for piece of mind, may cut out a section to re pour to a depth of 8 inches or so. Like most people, I don't have unlimited money to do this, so I want to do it ONCE. Will I never be happy if I go the MaxJax route? Do I really NEED to lift the car 6 feet up? I don't know.

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 Post Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:30 am 
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I have a one car so most if not all of the work is done outside on the ground.

My father in law has a lift.

It is a real nice thing to have if you can afford it.

And you can use it for every car not just the Malibu.

Maybe even make a little money on the side doing brakes and oil changes to pay it off.

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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:35 pm 
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I would think it would come down to how much expense is involved to modify the garage. Would it be more feasible to simply add a taller bay on to the garage and put a lift in the addition?

On a conservative note, if you went with the MaxJax for now and ended up not liking it, I'm sure you could resale it and get most of your money back on it.

I was lucky, my house had a detached shed with a four post lift in it when I bought it. The four post is nice, but a 2 post has many more uses. Of course, a four post with a set of rolling chassis jacks would be niiiice.......I'm working on convincing the wife of that.

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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:57 pm 
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What about building a pit?

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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:07 pm 
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I'll have to find out what modifications need to get done to the trusses, I guess first. For that, I know I'll have to hire a structural engineer to come over and assess the situation. I can't build on the garage, as it sits too close to the house on one side, and an alley on the other. The garage sits perpendicular to the house. The ceiling height is around 13 feet, if you were to ignore the second floor, but it's gambrel roof too, so there's plenty of room up there.
I know I have to remove the body on 2 of my cars, to get them the way I want them, so I guess even a MaxJax would be high enough. Perhaps that's the way to go. It's technically still a 2 post lift. It all hinges on the visit from the engineer.

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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:15 pm 
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Post a pic when you decide and install, can't wait to get a garage and not to have to roll around in the grass.

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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:15 pm 
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It's kinda like dating the girl with the awesome body and a butter face, you'll never be completely happy with a midrise lift... You will need to cut out out small sections, about 24"x24" (two of them) for the lift to be bolted to. I highly doubt it currently has at least a 6" thick floor. Then of course the trusses. I would start with that first. If that doesn't work out the rest won't matter.

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 Post Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:00 am 
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I was going to mention the foundations for the posts as well. When we (my dad & I) built a barn a little over a year ago he had extra (I think 18" or 24") poured where the posts would/will be, because we plan on putting one in eventually.

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