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Old 12-26-2011, 10:03 AM   #15
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When I had to do my barber's 22.5's I did not lift them (Well a little using a crowbar)

I used a hydraulic bottle jack and instead of lifting the wheel to get it on the studs.

I lowered the studs (Blead a bit out of the bottle) then used the pry bar to slide it on to the studs, adjusting the jack as I needed.

Oh, my jack of choice is a 12 ton Air/hydraulic from harbor Freight.

It has the traditional bottle jack handle you can pump up and down. and the valve to bleed it down.. But it also has an air hose and an air powered pistion that goes Puff Puff (Like a jackhammer) , making it a "jack jack" Way easier to squeeze the air valve than pump that handle.

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Old 12-26-2011, 10:13 AM   #16
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How about that furniture mover they advertise on tv? I could live at Harbor Freight.

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Old 12-26-2011, 01:15 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by jerry1945 View Post
When I change a tire I use a ordenary dirt shovel, slide under tire gives 3-4 inches lift, works great.

Do you know why the Irish rail road workers were called "Gandy Dancers"?

Well, you may find this interesting:

When you need to lift the rail a bit (Lift the ties and shovel ballast under 'em so they are level) they took a long handled shovel, made by Gandy Shovel company, shoved the business end under the tie and then climbed on the end of the handle and did a little jig to jiggle the tie up so the ballast rock would go underneath it.

A tried and true method.

I still like adjusting the jack better.. Way easier. A good hydraulic bottle jack is infintely adjustable, .01 inch, no problem.
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As a heavy mechanic for 55 yrs and now 70 with a bad back. I use a square point shovel. Wife operates the handle end. Also use a greased up piece of plywood under the shovel to facilitate sliding in and out.
The raising and lowering of the axle with a botttle jack works well with duals with a greased up piece of plywood to facilitate sliding in and out.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:38 AM   #19
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I tried the shovel method. I was surprised how easy it went even doing by myself. Tire lifted right up on the studs and slid on easily. Doesn't even need a long handle. I'm putting one in my storage bin just in case, although I don't plan on changing a tire on the side of the road (but then you never know!).
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Another method - Slower than the shovel, but smaller for storage and easier with one person:

Use large plastic lumberjack wedges on each side. Tap with a hammer until the right height is obtained.

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