Experience with the EZ Car Lift

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    The Type R is a great car and there are so many excellent products to support it. I am especially appreciative of the information shared on this forum. I’ve probably derived an equal amount of enjoyment learning to modify, maintain and care for the Type R, as driving it.

    Since committing to DIY, the ability to raise the vehicle has been a must, so opted for an EZ Car Lift. I was intrigued by it ever since seeing Bouford’s awesome ride raised up on one, displaying his Sequence Exhaust:

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    This photo sold me on both products, heh.

    Going into it, the EZ Car Lift checked a lot of boxes for me:

    1. Screw jack based. No hydraulic oil leaks or chance the car will move or fall on you, once input force is not applied

    2. Portable enough to store away when not used or transported in the Type R if needed.

    3. Can be set up and used solo, relatively easily....has a 4,400 lb capacity but isn’t super heavy. Can also be used for other vehicles, if have the correct crossbeams.

    4. Quality craftsmanship. Made in USA. Innovative design, A++ customer service, many positive reviews + it looks cool

    If there is a downside, it would be it’s cost. Currently an EZ car lift set up for the Type R would cost:

    $1740 - EZ Carlift
    $85 - extension ramps (needed for the R)
    $175 - shipping
    $139 - for a good 2-speed drill (w/cord)
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    $2139
    **note** there might be an extra charge for the Type R because it uses very long crossbeams. XM69’s. If you have a good drill already then don’t need a new one.

    I also purchased a set of XM59’s to use with other cars. Extra crossbeams are about $125-135 per set.

    There are many less expensive options out there than can also get the job done, such as floor jacks, jack stands, ramps or hydraulic lifts. The Quickjack-5000 hydraulic lift is a popular and well reviewed option at a little over 1/2 the cost and are available at Costco so that’s a big plus.

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    I’ve been on a ocd DIY kick and have posted progress pics here and there. Received several PMs asking about the EZ Car Lift, so am creating this thread. Please bear with me, will post more later. Please feel free to chime in ;)

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    Good write up!! I am also one of the proud owners of this great product. I'd like to add the followings:

    1) The lift can actually lift straight up vertically, unlike the hydraulic ones, so it saves some space and is a perfect use inside a home garage
    2) The lift offer wide openings on the sides too, therefore provide great access from all 4 sides
    3) The lift has supporting wheels as accessories, which allows moving the lifted car around easily
    4) Great support by the owner himself - a super awesome guy!!
     
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    The connection between the supports (that run down the side of the car) and the rollers looks sketchy to me. Definitely would want a more substantial connection there if my life is on the line underneath the car. 4400 pounds capacity isn't that much (and does that include safety margin or is that point of failure?) - all of the jack stands I use are rated to at least 3 tons.

    You can get a real 4 post lift with a 4 ton capacity for just a little bit more money, and 4.5 ton capacity 2 post lifts are actually cheaper than this one. Both offer much higher weight capacity, much more substantial construction, and much higher lift (so you can actually stand under the car). Certainly less portable, but that's a fairly easy trade off in my mind.

    https://www.bestbuyautoequipment.com/4-Post-Lifts-s/290.htm

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    #4 fatherpain, Oct 2, 2019
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    Thanks willskiGT. The gray crossbeams are lightweight but not load bearing. The Ramps are robust and weigh approximately 60lbs each and the lift is screw jack based, so I have no safety concerns using it... When raised, the car is rock solid, stable. I cannot move the car even if actively trying to push it. I have full confidence in the EZ Car Lift to its rated 4400 lbs. FWIW, I work at a electric power plant and we routinely use rigging, cranes, portapowers, jacks, etc to lift heavy equipment. For peace of mind though, can always roll a spare tire or place wooden cribbing underneath, but don’t feel it’s needed.

    The EZ Car Lift is a good option for portability and convenience. Unfortunately my garage is stuffed with old arcade games so I can’t setup a dedicated lift system or garage my cars, heh.

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    More on the EZ Car Lift. I store it, disassembled like this. Each lift ramp is made of aluminum and weigh 60 lbs each. Some people might store it fully assembled, hanging on wall hangers or stowed on the floor, if they have space. The blue extensions needed for the Type R are attached and add about 10 lbs each.


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    The (2) gray crossbeams. Type R uses size xm69. I also have xm59 to work on our other cars.

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    When its time to use the EZ Car Lift, I lay a ramp upside down to assemble it. Then remove the wood shipping feet. I place them back on after each use to protect the threads.


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    The lift mechanism for the ramps are connected via this square drive.


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    One of the crossbeams has a drive linkage.

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    The lift is laid out and assembled upside down.



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    Then connected via these bolts. I use a nutdriver to tighten, which is plenty good. I also have antiseize compound applied to each set of threads.



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    Each gray crossbeam has (2) caster wheels. Make sure they are pointing up. The metal plates they mount to could be sturdier. They seem to flex a little under the weight of the lift when it’s flipped right side up.




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    Like this. The total assembled weight is about 150 lbs. Can flip it over by myself, but it is a little awkward doing so and need to be careful. A 2nd person would make it super easy. The best scenario would be if have the space to leave it like this all the time, on a garage floor.




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    The EZ Car Lift also comes with these sturdy rubber pucks. Mine came stacked (2) high, but that was too tall for the R. Removed one from each, so it’s just one rubber puck now, as shown.
    These are placed under each lifting point on the car.



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    Like this



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    The EZ Car Lift positioned and ready. The (4) caster wheels are all universal swivel so the lift kinda rolls here and there when guiding it to the car. With a little patience can get it lined up just right. Have contemplated replacing (2) with fixed casters so can steer it more easily and upgrading the plates they mount to eliminate the flex, so the lift ramps don’t scrape when pushing it around. My car is stock height. Lowered cars would need to drive onto 1” plywood or 2x4s so the EZ lift will fit.




    9C70E505-C1B8-451E-BD8E-D660B379965A.png Didn’t own a corded drill so this is the one I opted for to operate the lift. Has been great so far. Has (2) speeds. Low speed/more torque when initially lifting the car for about the first 6” or so...then high speed to take it to the maximum 26”, or whatever height you need it in between.



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    The drill connects here to lift the ramp. The adapter needed comes supplied with the EZ Car Lift. That said, mine has a tendency to work loose from the drill when running the drill @max speed.




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    Ready to lift.




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    The mechanic jumpsuit is a requirement for DIY’ers, jk. My son took this pic.



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    I timed it and raised the car to its full height in about 1 minute and 40 seconds.



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    maximum working height is 26”. Placed a landmark with a sharpie so know where to stop each time. This wouldn’t be needed if the extension ramp is installed on the other end. Mine are installed covering the maximum limit indicator... and I’m too lazy to swap it back. When the car is raised, fixed feet plant to the ground and the casters go up with the grey crossbeams.



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    Screw jack based. For the lift and car to come crashing down, the threads would need to strip through the bushings and that isn’t going to happen. I apply a light coat of grease to the jacking threads. DO NOT use anti-seize here, because it contains grit that breaks down and will cause a machining/cutting action on the threads over time. Grease only here.



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    Rock solid. Won’t move if push it. EZ Car Lift does have optional wheels to roll the car around while lifted.. but I do not have them or need at moment.



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    As EnjoyDriving previously mentioned there is easy access from all sides.


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    Plenty of room underneath. The gray crossbeams are minimally invasive.
     
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    I just went with the QuickJack instead. So far I'm very happy with it. Made oil change on my 2007 Rabbit wicked easy. I've lifted the R but not done any work on it. You will be surprised at the difference having the rear up makes when accessing the front! The hoses and pump are a bit fussy but certainly no more than working two jacks and jack stands to get the car up high enough to work on and stable. I'm not in love with their blocks since the R is so front heavy they get pretty squished but I'm working on some solid lumber that will fill the entire lift points. Storing the lifts isn't too bad, storing the pump and hoses sort of sucks... If you want to get crazy simple add a vacuum oil evacuation system to your tool kit.
     
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    Same here, Home Depot had a sale on the 7000 model so I went with that one. I haven't used it yet but from looking at Youtube videos, I think it is the best tool for my situation.
     
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    Nice - once you finish the wood blocks, can you post the dimensions of the block and the grove?
     
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    I got my drill from HF for $60 with combining all of their coupons. BTW, i never got mine at that height, awesome! As the pics showing, there is a lot of clearance from all 4 sides, you can roll in and out easily. I love this lift and I just added grease as my 1st annual maintenance, easy peasy too.
     
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    #9 fatherpain, Oct 2, 2019
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    That’s awesome. I love using the EZ Car Lift also (obviously heh)

    Performing my own maintenance and mods has increased my connection and appreciation for the R...

    Do you use a creeper? Don’t have one yet but seems like it would be really useful.

     
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    How quick and you adjust the width for different cars?
     
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    Depends. I dismantle my lift after each use.. so to do my wife’s car, for example,would take the same time it takes to assemble it, just using the correct sized (xm59) crossbeams instead of the xm69 for the Type R. The xm59 is 10” shorter and overlaps so those (2) sizes will cover a pretty wide range of cars...

    I haven’t timed assembly from scratch but I’d estimate it takes (10) mins.

    1. Place the (2) main ramps upside down the same width as the crossbeams.

    ***making permanent marks on the floor so know exactly where to space them, would save time and guesswork. I need to do this.

    2. Install the crossbeam with Drive linkage first. Linkage slides onto the slave ramp. Then the crossbeam bolts onto the ramps. There are (2) bolts per ramp. Tighten with a nutdriver.

    3. Install the second crossbeam onto the other end of ramp. There are (2) studs per ramp.

    Altogether there are (4) nuts and (4) bolts total to install.

    4. Flip the lift over.
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    If starting with an assembled lift, then you’d have to flip it upside down to remove the existing crossbeams. Adjust the ramp spacing to the new crossbeams. Install, then flip right side up. So maybe (15) mins.

    I’ll try timing myself at the next use and report back.


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    This crossbeam is an xm52. Really tiny. EZ Carlift sent me the wrong size. They shipped me a xm59 immediately to exchange, once I realized it was too small for any of our cars.
     
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    Thank you b534202... your time question got me thinking how to make assembly faster and easier. Made these temporary outline marks on the ramp positions using a sharpie. Will make a permanent footprint, to know where to place the ramps the next time I need to put it together ;)




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    Like this. Marked all (4) corners of each ramp. Will place the ramps exactly in this position, then just install the crossbeams. Much easier than guesstimating, like I’ve done to this point.


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    Here is the size comparison of the xm59 to the xm69.
     
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    #13 fatherpain, Oct 3, 2019
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    Boytcho Manev, the owner of EZ Car Lift is outstanding btw. Probably one of the best buying experiences and customer service I’ve come across.

    Boytcho answered my texts and calls immediately when I had questions. Saturday... Sunday... it didn’t matter. When you speak with him, you immediately can tell the pride he has in his product.

    Was originally interested in the lift to avoid dealership employees joyriding my car when taking in for service and to pull then brakes when rocks and dust were making my brakes squeal. Ironically, I haven’t needed to do so since I’ve been pressure washing the brakes real good at every wash...

    That said, in the few months I’ve had the EZ Car Lift it’s been used for:

    Oil and transmission fluid changes. (All cars)
    Inspections
    Replacing bent OEM front rims x2
    Intercooler install i.e front bumper removal
    Tire rotation (wife’s car)
     
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