Old Bastard !
Joined: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017
Name: Grev B
Occupation: Quality Assurance Engineer
Interests: Rangers, Photography, Metal Bending
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When I jack up the f/e of my 2000 4x4 I put the floor jack under the lower control arm, raise the truck & then place a jack stand under the rear torsion bar mount. If I am jacking it from the rear I put the floor jack under the rear differential pumpkin & place the jack stands under the axle tubes.
The rear axle is the big problem to all. I think most people do the same as Mike69 has stated and it works... !
BUT... If you jack the truck up using the Pumpkin, there is a possibility of cracking the welds on the Axle Tube / Pumpkin; that will in turn allow the Tube to wiggle out.
I have been around automobiles for 45 years including 24 years in the automobile business, & never heard that. I have lifted cars & trucks that way for many years & never had a problem. Not saying it can not happen, never experienced it myself.
Just an opinion, when you lift on the Pumpkin, all the weight of the truck is applied to the outer ends of the Housing Tubes, more weight than they were designed to hold.
Will this crack the weld and loosen the Tubes, only seen one leaking at the Housing / Tube insertion point and didn't know for sure why but was told it was because the truck was lifted at the pumpkin. How many times, who knows for sure, the owner never said if he did or didn't lift the vehicle that way, or was it a mechanic... !?!
2003 EDGE, Std Cab, Steppie, E4 Red, 5sp, 4x
5" SuperLift, 33" x 12.50 x 15"
Mod'd Backrack to fit Steppie
Front and Rear Bumpers by Custom 4x4 Fabrication, OK; now Mike's Welding and Fabrication.
Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !