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Thread: Procedure to lift a C4 onto Jackstands

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    Default Procedure to lift a C4 onto Jackstands

    The question has been asked several times, and is answered well in the link provided. This has been around the forums for a while.

    How to Jack Up a ZR-1

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    Would it be the same using a LIFT??

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    Default Liftinjg a C4

    I have two places to jack on each side, so I do front on one side, then other side then back to rear on first side then other rear a 4 step process done twice to get it higer, and always leave jack in some position as safty
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    I read that discussion on the ZR-1 net and I understood the writer's use of jackastands and that's pretty much how I support my 95 on stands but I think there's a much easer way to get it up.

    Mine's a little low in the front, so I drive it the front up on 2x4s, then using a low floor jack which I have, I either turn the front wheels left, put a 6x4x1 piece of oak on the jack pad, roll the jack under the car and lift the front crossmember. Then I support it on stands as discussed in the ZR-1 Net article.

    For the rear, I use a tool I bought years ago called a "Jack-a-Vette" and pick-up the back lifting on the rear axle case. Then I support the rear with stands as discussed in the article on the ZR-1 Net.
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    I work on a lot of c4 and I know when you jack any of these cars you must take the glass roof off, pop the hood, and raise the back glass.
    If not you could crack your beautiful glass top and destroy the rear glass too.
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    That's an old wive's tale.

    As long as your jacking the car up on a reasonably level surface and you're using one of the jacking locations in the service manual, you can leave the top on and the hatch closed. I've owned my 95 for nearly 18 years and have been jacking it up with the top on an the hatch closed the whole time.
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    I only owned mine for a year. Ive been working on them for a few years.
    My top has spider cracks in the top so ive been safe than sorry.
    You know how it is brother.

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    "Spider cracks" in the clear plastic tops are a common problem with C4s, especially those which have spent time in the sun. Those tiny cracks will occur no matter how the car is jacked. You can take the top off, and it will still get spider cracks after many years.
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    Oh I didnt know that was from the sun.
    Thank you I guess everyone learns something new every day

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    Default Jacking up your vette

    A service manager at a local Chevy dealership who also races corvettes told me that you can lift the whole one side by placing the floor jack directly below the side mirror.

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    I agree, I jack the one side up all the time to swap tires at auto-x events. No issues.

    These cars may be flexible but they are not made of wet noodles.
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