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noobQ: jack recommendations

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I'm finally looking to take my first steps down the road of getting some car grime under my fingernails. After seeing the recent thread on DIY hub painting, I'm going to man-up and give it a shot.

But, I'm a car-mod-virgin :yup: - I don't even have a jack and I have squat for tools other than the usual home stuff. So, as a total green noob, I'm looking for recommendations on what to get or what to steer clear of. Any other "oh, you'll want one of these..." tips would be greatly appreciated too.

I'm only looking to visit the first level of mod Hades, but I expect once I start taking things apart, it's going to be the beginning of a long descent... give it about 2 weeks and I'll be asking how to change the oil :bonkers:

(ps I let my membership expire a month or so ago, but couldn't ask for advice with a clean conscience without re-upping for another year - done! :thumbsup:)
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I would get a 3 ton jack minimum. You may not need anything that heavy now but you don't know what you'll own 10 years from now and just about any jack should last that long as long as you don't abuse it. I got a cheap one at Harbor Freight and it has worked well. I would go to Sears and get one of their kits to start with for tools. Buying a set will save you some money on the front end. I would start with something like one of these depending on what you can afford and you can add on as you get more money and need more specific tools. I like Craftsman tools because if they break you can take them replaced for free. I have a buddy who buys broken tools from flea markets and takes them back and exchanges them for new ones.
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