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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-16-2019, 01:29:AM
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I'm curious about where you attach this to the van. Description or photos would be helpful. Thanks.

Edit: Never mind, found it. Now I just need to figure out where I might store the jack. (have owned it for decades and have been looking for an excuse to disassemble it and paint it)

I have the same set up (w/ lift mate). Want to store the jack outside of the van, if possible. Thinking about bolting it to my roof racks, but don't want to have to climb up and down a ladder w/ it. I see why Jeeps have them mounted to the bumper or the hood somewhere.

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I have the same set up (w/ lift mate). Want to store the jack outside of the van, if possible. Thinking about bolting it to my roof racks, but don't want to have to climb up and down a ladder w/ it. I see why Jeeps have them mounted to the bumper or the hood somewhere.
I'd like to avoid keeping it outside and plan to explore storing it inside the bench/bed storage, or, upright in a back corner as long as it doesn't interfere with bicycle storage. Storing it outside takes away from preserving an aspect of stealth.

I figure that many Jeeps have them mounted outside just to show off another unused accessory, as so often they never leave the pavement anyway. Which is a valid consideration for me, as I'm not likely to take the van too far off the beaten path, not having Posi-track or 4WD. Just the occasional fire road to a trail head or camping on public land is about as extreme as I expect to see.

Having owned many 4x4 vehicles and spent hours and hours extracting each of them in unique and creative ways I have no desire to try that with a vehicle that has little in the way of handy places to hook a tow strap. But, if I can take the jack and a small shovel along without impacting my storage space too much they are the sort of things that fall into the category of being better to have and not need than to need and not have.

Probably ought to throw a hitch in there with a D-ring Shackle as well. Oh, and a Nylon tug strap, and a Come-along, and fifty feet of cable, and, and ... accessorizing can quickly get out of hand.
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Ford’s design is lame. They should make bigger or multiple jack points so you can jack up the van with a standard bottle or floor jack, put a standard stand under it and remove the jack. You shouldn’t have to buy a special jack/stand combo.
Since I haven't taken possession of my van yet, do I understand there's a lack of jack points underneath? I'm less concerned about having to buy a special jack/stand combo, and more concerned about whether such a combo is actually usable.

I do recall seeing jack adapters that are designed to straddle a pinch weld without causing damage - would this help?

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The manual indicates there are 4 designated lift points. Lifting in other places may bend stuff. Good to point this out to mechanics, tire shops, etc. to avoid any potential for damage. Some folks have painted the lift points to make them more obvious.

Jacking at a designated lift point leaves no place to set a jack stand at that spot, other than under suspension components which should be rated for the loads, hopefully. ha ha

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I painted the jack points and added vinyl letters JACK in front.
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Wow, thanks, this is not something that would have crossed my mind! I like the paint/labeling, that really makes it simple.

For me, that pretty much eliminates the usefulness of the jackstand/bottle jack combo. I mean maybe it would help in the driveway, but likely useless off-road.

It also explains the value of the slightly funky lift-mate/tire strap combo. Since I haven't seen that on the dealer's showroom, where does one find that setup?

Oh, it's a stock lift-mate item, never saw that before: https://hi-lift.com/accessories/lift-mate/

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