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Old 08-10-2018, 10:38 AM
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I need to get my 2007 Vette inspected this month. I bought it last year. I don't know if jacking pucks were ever used in the past. I checked the frame and looks clean around the puck slots. Has anyone lifted their Vette without pucks without issues?
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I need to get my 2007 Vette inspected this month. I bought it last year. I don't know if jacking pucks were ever used in the past. I checked the frame and looks clean around the puck slots. Has anyone lifted their Vette without pucks without issues?
If your lift can fit in the are where it doesn't touch the fiberglass rockers you don't need them. If not, you do.
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Makes sense. Thanks.
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While they are optional, it is an option you might want to take. I had the leave in puck in my 2005 and have them in my 2013. To me, it is cheap insurance against someone who might not lift the corvette at the right location. I think I spent like $30 for a set of 4 leave in jacking pucks and that is money well spent to prevent cracking the fiberglass should the corvette be lifted at the wrong location.
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Use them. Make or buy a set. I made a set of 4 for less than $10. Local sporting goods store. Bought 4 black hockey pucks, the hard rubber type. Perfect size. Home Depot for 4 screw eyes. Don't remember which size. Drilled center start holes in each and screw them in. Grind the tips off slightly and smooth on the back side. Store in a zip lock bag in the rear cubby. Insert round end of screw eye into body slot and twist 180*. Done. Works perfect. Adjust the tightness of the fit in body by how far you screw the eye into the puck.
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Use them. Make or buy a set. I made a set of 4 for less than $10. Local sporting goods store. Bought 4 black hockey pucks, the hard rubber type. Perfect size. Home Depot for 4 screw eyes. Don't remember which size. Drilled center start holes in each and screw them in. Grind the tips off slightly and smooth on the back side. Store in a zip lock bag in the rear cubby. Insert round end of screw eye into body slot and twist 180*. Done. Works perfect. Adjust the tightness of the fit in body by how far you screw the eye into the puck.
I also made my own.Works great.
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I don't use them, see no need, it's frame to jack contact.
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If you're taking it to someone to preform this inspection for you, by all means have them use pucks.
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I don't use them, see no need, it's frame to jack contact.
Same here. No argument with those who use them, but not for me.
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Thanks everyone for your input!

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I have them and use them. My main reason for buying them was to leave them on the passenger seat on the rare occasions I take the car somewhere to be serviced/ inspected/etc that might put it up on a lift. Hopefully the bottom of the rung employees that do that type of service are smart enough to take the hint, know what they are, and use them if needed. I know, that's asking a lot!
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Hopefully the bottom of the rung employees that do that type of service are smart enough to take the hint, know what they are, and use them if needed. I know, that's asking a lot!
This is why I have the leave in jacking pucks. You would have to be a special kind of idiot not to see the pads under the car so I would 'hope' that even a service tech that has the most basic of basic knowledge will know this is where you lift.
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Pucks or no pucks, the most important thing about lifting with a 2 post lift, is that the person who is doing the lifting understands the issues and is doing it correctly. It's your responsibility to ask about their method and/or inform them of the procedure. Then it becomes their responsibility to do it without damage. Don't ever assume they know what they are doing, since once damage is done you are the one with the problem.
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Originally Posted by Jughead View Post
I don't use them, see no need, it's frame to jack contact.
You must thave a very small lift plate on the jack. I have seen Corvettes where no puck was used and lifted from the frame rail. The steel frame was pushed up about 1/4 inch where a jacking puck was almost imposable to lock in. If jacking a Z-06 with an aluminum frame I would always use pucks.
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Originally Posted by Jughead View Post
I don't use them, see no need, it's frame to jack contact.
Have never used them either and i've been doing my own maintenance on my 2006 for almost 10 years and never a problem. Might feel better if a pro shop used them though.
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I guess as long as the jack doesn't contact the body, you are ok, but I use them as insurance anyway
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I just use cut up pieces of wood 2x4's between the jack pad and the body where the pucks go.Works just fine and not some over-priced $50 rubber.

Maybe spent $5 and about 5 mins with a saw.

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I am going to make mine with hockey pucks and eye bolts. I have a used sporting goods shop nearby for pucks and Home Depot for the hardware. The prices for these things on the internet are ridiculous. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by nohassles View Post
Makes sense. Thanks.

You need to rethink that. Just because "you" can lift it correctly, doesn't mean that even your Chevy dealer will lift it correctly, to say nothing of a tire shop, or Moe's Oil 2 Go. Get a set...keep them in one of the compartments in the back. You will have them if you need them. $30 bucks won't break you, but a bad lift job will.
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Originally Posted by nohassles View Post
I need to get my 2007 Vette inspected this month. I bought it last year. I don't know if jacking pucks were ever used in the past. I checked the frame and looks clean around the puck slots. Has anyone lifted their Vette without pucks without issues?
Hell yes!!! There is plenty of bare frame on both sides to put a jack on the metal frame without touching your rocker panel....BTW: Those slots were not put there for pucks.If they need to lift your car for inspection have them use the drive on lift.I've had many inspections and NEVER has it been lifted.
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