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Suspending entire vehicle in air simultaneously?
Once a long time ago, when in my twenties, I tried jacking up and suspending both the front and rear end of a car to work underneath with a friend. Disaster. After jacking up and placing jack stands on one end, we then tried jacking up the other end (I don't recall which end was first) only to have the end under the stands to shift forward and fall as I jacked up the opposite end. Obviously, we were lucky neither of us were hurt.
In my thirties I was once again challenged to perform this maneuver and succeeded, in a sense, by using a different method. Instead of jacking the first end I made a ramp out of heavy timbers and eased my front tires up against it while erecting another ramp out of more timbers and placing them in front of the rear wheels. I then drove up both sets of ramps at the same time - success...to a point. Were I to need to work on the brakes, for example, this method wouldn't work as the weight of the truck was still being supported by the wheels and not suspended.
This begs the question, for me at least, of how would you raise the entire vehicle and support it on jack stands without it shifting forward or backward when raising the opposite end? Would one jack up and support the sides, side to side, as opposed to the ends? Jacking points and jack stand placing points aren't so neatly arranged when approached from the sides, so how does one get around these inconvenient facts?
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