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Lift by the front axle?
#1328068 Sun Sep 29 2019 03:50 AM
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For a '48 1Ton Dually. Is it OK to jack the front wheels off the ground by lifting in the middle of the axle? My big bottle jack has a small lifting pad but I have a 4" square of 1/2" thick steel that I can use to help spread the load. It would make setting the jack stands a lot easier and faster than doing one side at a time.

Re: Lift by the front axle?
Eureka Jim #1328074 Sun Sep 29 2019 06:10 AM
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The point load on the small lifting pad isn't really an issue. Putting a loose steel pad would probably not be a good idea, as it increases the chance of the axle slipping off the jack. The more concerning thing would be bending load on the axle. That being said, I really doubt that it would hurt the axle, just not a really good idea. I would jack up one side at a time and put a jack stand underneath.


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Re: Lift by the front axle?
klhansen #1328292 Mon Sep 30 2019 09:35 PM
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Kevin, thanks for the response. I didn't think it was such a hot idea but would have been pleased to find out that it was! Anytime I can cut my 'under the truck in the gravel time' down I'm a happy man.

Re: Lift by the front axle?
Eureka Jim #1328376 Tue Oct 01 2019 02:07 PM
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We lift heavy trucks and school buses from the center of the front axle all the time at work. I lift my '37 from the center also, the axles are much stronger then you think.

Re: Lift by the front axle?
Eureka Jim #1328407 Tue Oct 01 2019 05:39 PM
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Some axles are strong, some less so.

I’d lift a 1/2 ton at each spring, not at the center.


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