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This is a discussion on Trivia Question within the Off Topic Lounge forums, part of the RAM 1500 Diesel - Off-Topic Lounge category; Most of my recent vehicles have had scissor jacks and the bases have been symmetrical and aligned under the centre of the jack. Nothing special ...

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    Most of my recent vehicles have had scissor jacks and the bases have been symmetrical and aligned under the centre of the jack. Nothing special there ...

    In the earlier days, when the "standard" was a bumper jack (the tool of death), the jack post was always at the rear of the shoe (base) so that as the jack lifted the arc of travel would bring the lift point over the centre of the base.

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    only major decisions on the size/shape of a vehicle jack is the load it will be lifting and the area it will be stored within the vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by namretsud View Post
    The current design is the scissor jacks.
    Hi: namretsud... The only "Jack" I use works for CAA/AAA.
    Dieseldragon North shore of Lake Erie.

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    The base of old bumper jacks did dual purpose also being used to hold the spare tire in place on many vehicles but this is not the answer you are looking for.

    Anyhow, congratulations to the OP for crating a lot of traffic during a slow period and causing some to scratch their head and now we are all curious. Good Job!
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    Probably something to do with changing the busted tire. Maybe the plate helps removal of the tire and seating of the new one?


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    Quote Originally Posted by RossCountyRam View Post
    Probably something to do with changing the busted tire. Maybe the plate helps removal of the tire and seating of the new one?


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    Ding!!! Ding!!! winner.

    The original design of the base of the jacks new and old had a curvature to fit along side of the rim to use the vehicle weight to crack the bead of the tire for removal or repairs. Once you crack the bead all that is required to remove the tire is a pry bar ( of which most tire jack cranks or jack handle) will do the job with the assistance of a long bladed screw driver. You can remove the tire of the rim wherever you might be. You use the reverse process with the bar and screw driver to remount the repaired tire. All that is needed is air source to re-inflate the tire. A ratchet strap will help to reseat the tire beads by going around the circumference of the tire. The old bumper jack bases had the same circular cut out.


    I removed the 4 old snow tires that are due for replacement off the rims using this method yesturday. It can be a bit of labour but the cost is right for those that don't want to pay a garage. This also would be valuable info for a person way off road to be able to repair a tire to get back to civilization.

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    [QUOTE=namretsud;963228
    I removed the 4 old snow tires that are due for replacement off the rims using this method yesturday. It can be a bit of labour but the cost is right for those that don't want to pay a garage. This also would be valuable info for a person way off road to be able to repair a tire to get back to civilization.[/QUOTE]

    You know you're going to have to make a video and show us how to do that, no videos, no one will believe you.

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    It's doable , but an accident waiting to happen using that method , you would have to be in a jam for sure .
    I have done many Sunday swaps using screwdrivers , PITA .
    40 years ago I got one of those tools in the image , of course it is not big enough to 10 inch wide rims ,
    but I suppose there are bigger models .
    tire spons also useful and once purchased will be there forever .
    I have used a part of my garage wall to take apart Moto wheels , everyting cracks , gotta be a solid wall .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patroller8D View Post
    You know you're going to have to make a video and show us how to do that, no videos, no one will believe you.
    Job is done and I do not have a Go-Pro setup to capture videos and it was a one person job requiring both hands. My neighbour did watch bits of the process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by namretsud View Post
    Ding!!! Ding!!! winner.

    The original design of the base of the jacks new and old had a curvature to fit along side of the rim to use the vehicle weight to crack the bead of the tire for removal or repairs. Once you crack the bead all that is required to remove the tire is a pry bar ( of which most tire jack cranks or jack handle) will do the job with the assistance of a long bladed screw driver. You can remove the tire of the rim wherever you might be. You use the reverse process with the bar and screw driver to remount the repaired tire. All that is needed is air source to re-inflate the tire. A ratchet strap will help to reseat the tire beads by going around the circumference of the tire. The old bumper jack bases had the same circular cut out.


    I removed the 4 old snow tires that are due for replacement off the rims using this method yesturday. It can be a bit of labour but the cost is right for those that don't want to pay a garage. This also would be valuable info for a person way off road to be able to repair a tire to get back to civilization.
    I should have known since this is what we always did at home when I was a kid. Way harder on the old Chrysler Corp vehicles because of their 'safety rim' which had an internal extra bump on the rim to prevent the tire from coming off the wheel if you had a flat at speed. I don't believe Ford or GM had that feature. Was always hard to get the bead seated with a small air compressor. We tied an old hay hoist rope around the tire and put an axe handle in it and twisted it round and round to tighten it up. ALways made it eventually, but since those years I have always felt a few bucks to get tires mounted was a good deal until the dufus at a tire shop bent the centers of 3 of 4 original wheels for my 1948 Plymouth by carelessly mounting them on the machine.
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