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The Lift SuperStore Difference: 6 Reasons Why We Have Canada’s Best Garage Lifts

Like any long-term investment, a lot of thought goes into buying a garage lift. After considering factors such as price and reliability, you have to ask a single question: “Does the company care about its products, or just making a quick dollar?”

If the company takes pride in its lifts, it’s hard for customers to go wrong. The Lift SuperStore is one of these companies.

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How to Fit a 4 Post Lift in Your Garage

Is trying to determine the space and height requirements to install a 4 post lift in your home garage causing you some challenges?

The first step to solving your problem is finding a reputable manufacturer that makes a variety of vehicle lifts. Experienced employees will help you find a model that comfortably fits in your garage.

But there are other steps you should take to install a lift that will allow you to safely park an extra car.

Here are the top four questions to address to ensure successful 4 post lift installation:

1.     What Measurement Do I Need?

When choosing to install a 4 post lift in your garage, you must you ensure you have the necessary space available.

The typical foot print for a 4 post car storage lift is 103 inches wide by 173 inches long.

To help put the size of the lift in perspective, we design the lift so that the inside of the vertical columns on either side of the runway are 8 feet apart. This is the typical opening of most garage doors.

In terms of the length, most passenger cars are approximately 16 to 17 feet.  So, in most cases, if you can fit a car in the garage, you will able to fit the lift in the same space. 

Then, the only determining factor will be the minimum height required.

2.     How Much Height Do I Need?

The question we get asked most often is “how much height do I need?”

Unfortunately, there isn’t a concrete answer to this question since every customer is a bit different.

But there is an easy way to figure it out for your space and your cars. It’s all math. A simple equation will tell you how high your garage ceiling must be to use and store a 4 post vehicle lift.

Let’s say you want to park a Fox Body Mustang above a ’69 Camaro. Both are about 55 inches tall. The lift itself needs another eight inches of height. Four inches is for the runway thickness. The other four inches is for clearance onto a safety device.

Here’s the equation you’ll need to follow to see if the car lift will fit in your garage:

Mustang 55” + Camaro 55” + Lift 8” = 118” Minimum height required

As you can see, your garage ceiling must have a minimum height of 118 inches, or 9’.8” feet.

3.     What About the Garage Door?

To use garage space to the fullest, you may need a high-lift kit on your existing garage door. Installing these kits involves changing the garage door track to increase vertical rise, while keeping the original door. A spring change may also be needed.

But the most important part of the process is setting up a jackshaft garage door opener.b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2120.JPG

Unlike most openers, these ones don’t waste space by hanging from the middle of your ceiling. They’re mounted on the wall in the free area beside your garage door.

Contact a garage door service company. They will likely need to look at the existing hardware to be able to perform an estimate on the conversion.

You’ll instantly notice the extra ceiling height, giving you the space you need for your 4 post lift.

4.     What About the Slope of the Garage Floor?

Each garage floor has slope for drainage, starting at about 1/8 feet for each foot of floor.  This can make the approach angle tricky when driving onto some lift designs. 

When in doubt, call professionally-trained sales associates. There may be different options for the lift you decide to choose, based on the wheelbase and ride height of your car.

By working with a company that manufactures vehicle lifts for residential garages, you will quickly and easily figure out what the best car lift is for your specific vehicle and space requirements.

Remember, buying a 4 post lift is a cost-effective alternative to expanding your garage. Instead of undergoing an expensive year-long process, you’ll house an extra car after a safe and quick installation.

>>Want to find the perfect 4 post lift for your garage? With 35 years of experience in the garage lift and automotive industries, The Lift SuperStore can help. Contact us today.

Our two most popular 4 post lifts are the Quatro Stacker DX and RestoMod DX 4 post lift.

Like this post? You’ll also enjoy:

·         How to Choose Between a 2 Post Lift and 4 Post Lift

·         The Perfect 2 Post Lift for “In Close” Repairs

·         Four Questions You Have to ask Every Garage Lift Company

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How to Choose Between a 2 Post Lift and 4 Post Lift

What should you consider before buying a car lift? It must meet your budget and expectations – and fit in your garage – of course. Most importantly, it should be from a high-quality manufacturer.

But whether you’re a car enthusiast or just looking to maximize garage space, you need to start your search with one important question: “Do I need a 2 post lift or a 4 post lift?”

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Four Questions You Have to Ask Every Garage Lift Company

How can you find a safe and reliable garage lift that meets your needs? The obvious answer is to find a reputable company.

But a lot more goes into that process than a simple online search for the best price. That’s because whether you’re a car enthusiast or just looking to maximize space, garage lifts are long-term investments. A poor decision can cause you a great deal of regret in the future.

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Happy Holidays from The Lift Superstore!


The Lift Superstore Team wishes you and your families all the best during this holiday season! We hope you have time to relax and make memories with the people you love.

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The Perfect 2 Post Lift for "In Close" Repairs

A big challenge when doing repair work on a lift mounted vehicle is that it can be hard to get in close access to some areas of the vehicle. 

The Big Block Super Sport 9,000 pound 2 Post Lift (LSS2P9CF) eliminates this problem. This lift is designed with asymmetric arms and a clear floor so there is no interference from the columns or the unit’s base when performing in close repairs.

This 2 post lift has a 9000 pound capacity so it easily handles most cars, light trucks and SUV’s.

The unit is 134” high and 110” wide with a drive through clearance of 94”. The maximum lifting height is 77”. It comes with a limited two year warranty and a five year structural guarantee.

The Big Block Sport also comes with durable North American made Pump, Motor, Cables and Cylinders.

 

 

Some of the key features of the Big Block Super Sport are:

  • Dual cylinders with low friction chain rollers
  • Low profile automatic arm restraints
  • Electric/Hydraulic Power System
  • Self-Lubricating UHMP Bearing System
  • Safety Locks In Each Column Spaced every 3-Inches
  • Durable powder coated paint finish
  • Free mounting hardware

If you are looking for a 2 Post lift that won’t get in the way of your repair or restoration work, the Big Block Super Sport is the ideal choice.

We also offer installation services. Contact Us today for more information about our two-post lifts.

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Vegas Bound: We’ll be at the SEMA Show November 4-7th!

We’re excited to let you know that The Lift Superstore and the TLS Group of Companies are heading down for a trip to Las Vegas. But instead of trying our luck at the slots, we’ll be betting on a sure thing—we’re attending SEMA!

The SEMA Show is the largest trade event for speciality automotive products. The event brings in businesses from all over the world to check out the hottest car products in one place. It’s pretty much the event of the year for automotive industry enthusiasts. Last year’s event brought over 60,000 automotive businesses and buyers together!

Exhibitors showcase the latest and greatest in all things aftermarket with everything from brake systems, fuel and exhaust systems, suspension and steering components, lighting, tools, tires, paint and body supplies, accessories, apparel, and a lot more.

In addition to new products, the event features educational seminars, product demonstrations, and special events.

Tune into the televised broadcast of SEMA Ignited; the event that closes off the tradeshow. It features the “best of show” awards, showing off rare and unique custom cars, and will feature lots of automotive celebrities and skilled car builders.

We’ll be at SEMA this year showcasing and demonstrating our car lifts products to attendees (as well as checking out the awesome new gear for ourselves). We can’t wait!

Haven’t heard of SEMA? Find out more about SEMA here.

 

SEMA is a trade event for individuals in the automotive industry. If you or a representative from your business is attending SEMA then come by our booth and say hello! We’d love to chat. 

View the gallery below for photos from previous events!

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If you’re a car lover and you live around the Toronto area then you’ll have to check out the Toronto Fall Classic Car Auction—Canada’s biggest auction of classic cars. The event, hosted by CCP Auctions, will showcase and auction off 300-400 classic vehicles over the course of 3 days. 

Even if you’re not in the market for a new vehicle, it’s a great opportunity to see some amazing cars and chat with fellow car enthusiasts.

The team at Lift Superstore will be in attendance. We’ll have a booth at the event with some of our car lift products on display. Come by and say hello; we’ll be ready to answer any questions you have about adding a car lift to your garage. We’ll also have show specials running all weekend on all products.

Want Free Tickets to the Auction?

We’re offering our Silver Wrench Club members 2 complimentary tickets with any lift purchased up to October 25, 2014.  (some conditions apply, limit 2 per customer)

Not a member yet? Join today. Membership is free and we’ll send you exclusive offers, warranty information, event information, and a lot more. 

CPP-Fall-Classic-Car-AuctionEvent Details:

  • Where: International Centre, 6900 Airport Road Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1E8
  • When: Friday October 31st, 2014, Saturday November 1st, 2014, and Sunday November 2nd, 2014. 

Admission: 

  • One-day pass $18.00 ($15 for seniors)
  • 3 Day Weekend pass $30.00 ($25 for seniors)

*Passes include parking, bidder cards, and auction programs. 

Click here for more event details. 

Interested in Selling Your Classic Car?

There are a lot of advantages to selling your car at auction, and Canada’s biggest car auction is the perfect time for it. One of the benefits of selling your car at auction is that it puts your car in front of tons of interested buyers. You sell your car fast and you don’t have to negotiate with the buyer. Many car owners find that listing your car online can result in a lot of wasted time dealing with hagglers and low-ball offers. 

Buyer/seller tip: If you’re looking to sell and buy a car in the same auction, then place your car in an earlier auction spot. That way you’ll have a good idea of how much you want to budget for your next car. 

Collector Car Productions is accepting car and motorcycle consignments as well as memorabilia items for auction. If you are thinking of selling your car, then review CCP’s seller information for more details. 

We can’t wait to check out the cars at this year’s auction—hope to see you out there!

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Thursday 10 - Friday 11 - Saturday 12 & Sunday 13, July 2014 - Iola Old Car Show - 100 N Main St, Iola, WI 54945, United States

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The Fleetwood Country Cruize-in 2014 - Saturday 7 & Sunday 8, June 2014. 9282 Elviage Drive, London, Ontario, CA

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Saturday 14 & Sunday 15, June 2014 - Scooba Palooza Subaru Show – Family Arena - St Charles MO

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Friday 13, June 2014 - HOT ROD Power Tour - Chula Vista Resort - Wisconsin Dells, WI

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Saturday 7 & Sunday 8, June 2014 - Fleetwood Country Cruize-in - London, ON

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Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 27th Annual St. Louis Midwest European Show – Plaza Frontenac Lindbergh Blvd at Clayton Rd., St. Louis - Frontenac MO

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Saturday 17 & Sunday 18, May, 2014 - AutoMotion Festival - Noah's Ark 1410 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, WI

 

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