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    Tire lift and aligner

    As both my daily driving car and my forest utility vehicle have quite heavy tires - 255/55-18 and 235/60R15 off-road - the twice a year changing from winter spikes tires to summer tires and vice versa requires lifting and aligning the rims onto the bolt pattern.

    As I had a 2ton floor jack with a small oil leak I decided to make a tire lift and aligner of it to make the tire changing easier. Here are some pictures of the modification. The whole mod was made of scrap metal parts and some bearings I had laying around.

    Tire lift and aligner-v%E4liprojekti-rengasnostin-1.jpg Tire lift and aligner-v%E4liprojekti-rengasnostin-2.jpg Tire lift and aligner-v%E4liprojekti-rengasnostin-3.jpg Tire lift and aligner-v%E4liprojekti-rengasnostin-4b.jpg

    The third picture of the new/modified parts is missing the bottom support flat bar that can be seen on the second picture.

    Tire lift and aligner-v%E4liprojekti-rengasnostin-5.jpg

    As I changed the tires on my wife's Ford Focus yesterday I tested the lift even though the tires aren't that heavy on a such small car. It worked as planned and the bolt alignment was very easy to do as you could lift the tire to correct height and rotate the tire.

    You could even use a new floor jack for this mod as they cost only 25 Euro.
    Last edited by ruxu; 05-04-2017 at 12:26 AM.

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    Thanks ruxu! We've added your Tire Lift to our Wheel and Tire category,
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    Nice. Here's a completely different build, but conceptually very similar: Weber Gas Grill Back Saver

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    " you could lift the tire to correct height and rotate the tire."

    Very slick, ruxu! Thanks for the idea!
    ---ortho

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    any plans avail... showing sizes, dimensions, materials used.... I need one of these to lift the 20" monsters on my suburban

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    Nice idea! I can see where this would be a very useful tool. Well done

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    Tire lift aligner

    Here is the one I built last summer. I have added rollers for the tire since then.
    Works very well on my "89 chev PU as I am 84 yrs young and do not need to
    strain my back

    .Tire lift and aligner-img_2198.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by jniolon View Post
    any plans avail... showing sizes, dimensions, materials used.... I need one of these to lift the 20" monsters on my suburban

    thanks
    John
    No I don't have any plans as I just designed it as I made it. But I went down to the workshop and took a couple of additional pictures and I can here give a more detailed verbal explanation of the parts.

    After I had taken the jack apart I cut off a 70mm piece from the wheel end of the side plates.

    Tire lift and aligner-v%E4liprojekti-rengasnostin-6.jpg

    Here is a picture with the parts numbered for verbal details.

    Tire lift and aligner-v%E4liprojekti-rengasnostin-3mod.jpg

    1. 40x40x3mm square pipe, longest edge 200mm, angle end 20degrees, front hole 18mm, rear hole 9mm
    2. 40x4mm flat bar 250mm, 9mm holes 20mm and 90mm from end
    3. 50x6mm flat bar 200mm, corner chamfered, 11mm hole 15 mm from end and 13mm from edge
    4. Bearing clearance shims made from M12 washer by margining hole to 18mm, 4pcs needed
    5. Round bar 25mm 240mm, outer end bearing fit 20mm dia 12mm long, mounting end dia 18mm 40mm long then bearing fit 20mm dia 12mm long, M8 bolt threads in both ends.
    6. 45/40mm tube 200mm long, 42mm dia 12mm long bearing fit in both ends
    7. Bearing 20x42x12mm
    8. 40x40x3mm square pipe 200mm

    Here is also one picture from the bottom side.

    Tire lift and aligner-v%E4liprojekti-rengasnostin-7.jpg

    Hopefully this information helps...

    Here is also one additional use for the tire lift.

    Tire lift and aligner-v%E4liprojekti-rengasnostin-8.jpg

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    Using the tire lift dolly as a roller stand is a great idea for a tool that otherwise would see little use as a single purpose tool if it were only used when tires were removed or installed on your vehicle
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    Thanks racer-john! We've added your Tire Lift and Aligner to our Wheel and Tire category,
    as well as to your builder page: racer-john's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




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