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Old 01-13-2010, 10:07 AM   #1
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Default Do transmission jack adaptors for floor jacks work well or not?

Not really wanting to shell out the 200 bucks for a tranny jack, but I found a guy on craigslist who's selling an adaptor plate for a floor jack for 25 bucks. Do these work pretty well, and has anybody had any experience with adaptor plates for a floor jack?

This is going on a big red 3 1/2 ton floor jack BTW.
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They work ok but tend to be a bit tippy. On a t56 or a 4l60e for me its easier to get under the car then get the trans on top of me then use my knees and hands to get it up there. But for $25 you cant hardly go wrong
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They work ok but tend to be a bit tippy. On a t56 or a 4l60e for me its easier to get under the car then get the trans on top of me then use my knees and hands to get it up there. But for $25 you cant hardly go wrong
Yeah... no. Im not bench pressing a T56.
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:11 PM   #4
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Harbor Freight sells a scissor type transmission juck that has a strap to hold the transmission in place and it works pretty well especially for something you will probably use once or twuce it is like $80.00 but look in any car magazine and they have coupons for 20% off. Check their website and type in transmission jack for a picture
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I had a harbor freight one that fits on a jack, you have to get the car like 25" high to get it under the car with the tranny on it. This is pretty high, I took mine back.
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If you're doing it on the ground by yourself, I found the easiest for me is to put the front of the trans on a floor jack and the tailshaft on a jack stand. As you raise the front of the trans with the jack, you rachet the jack stand up also - notch by notch. I did this the last time I had the trans out. It took no time at all and I didn't have to hold it. With the jack stand under the tailshaft, you can slide the jack stand as needed.

Just my way of doing it.
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Just rent a tranny jack. I paid $15 a day, and only needed it one day.
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t56 aint heavy, lift that bish up son!!!!!
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t56 aint heavy, lift that bish up son!!!!!
Lol ya man, barely 100lbs once you get the fluid out of it. That and you can leave the bell housing attached to the motor when you pull it out, so there's a little less weight
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Lol ya man, barely 100lbs once you get the fluid out of it.
No, it's about 120 dry.
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I had a harbor freight one that fits on a jack, you have to get the car like 25" high to get it under the car with the tranny on it. This is pretty high, I took mine back.

This is the best option, I have one of these and they work great!
The adapter for your floor just plain sucks. I have it as well.

A few huge problems with it... unstable, not a real good way to tie down the trans and the adapter adds to much height with the floor jack, you really need to get car into the air big time to get the trans under the car.

The above scissor jack is low profile works awesome has tilting table and ratcheting tie down strap and can be use for other things. For the money its hard to beat it.
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Somebody suggested getting a ATX or Motorcycle lift that can essentially do the same thing. Would that be a good idea?
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More money than the harbor freight special and you don't need a whole table under the car to put a trans in. Go with the scissor jack, you wont regret it. I'd rent you mine but with shipping my thought is you can buy one for the same price
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More money than the harbor freight special and you don't need a whole table under the car to put a trans in. Go with the scissor jack, you wont regret it. I'd rent you mine but with shipping my thought is you can buy one for the same price
LOL, I bet. Okay, thanks guys. I think I'll just go ahead and buy it since then this probably wont be the first time I'll be seeing a tranny out of the car.
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I have removed the trans on a lift and on the ground. Doing it on the ground, hands down Harbor Freight scissor jack!!!!!! I had one out using hand tools in 1.5 hours. Get one, you won't regret it.
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I work at harbor freight and have personally used the 2.5ton floor jack/trans adapter. I found that it was REALLY tall and wouldn't slide under the car because I didn't get it high enough. I think 25" would still be too low, lol. I ended up getting it up in the tunnel just on the floor jack, then held it up there while my father-in-law fitted the adapter to the jack so we could then rest the tranny on the jack adapter. It was really handy, especially with the pitch adjustments. It made it a hell of a lot easier to get the tranny angled correctly so it would slide onto the bell housing.

The low-profile tranny jack has done real well for people, and I don't think I've seen any come back. If you have to own one, that's the one to get.

BTW, there are two tranny adapters, one for the black/yellow 3 ton floorjack, and one for the 2.5ton floorjack. Not sure how easy it would be to adapt them to jacks that aren't made for them.
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