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My first post here, so hello folks! I've recently bought a 1994 110 300tdi, having previously owned a 90 of the same age for about 5 years. There are lots of things I like about this particular 110, but also lots of reasons for me to be asking you lot for advice!

First up, the jack that came with the 110 is (I think) the standard manufacturer's one... a flat foot or ground plate, plus a long post/screw thingy that does the actual lifting, plus a ratchet handle (except the handle is missing). Apart from the missing handle I'm also concerned about the state of the main part of the jack, as it's slightly buckled or twisted in one place. I've chucked a small bottle jack in the back to cover me for now, but, long story short, what jack should I buy?

I'm usually a fairly 'vanilla' driver, but the 110 is lifted and on quite aggressive tyres, and I do intend to do more green-laning when I'm better set up for it. So I guess I want something practical for the odd tyre change but with a bit of extra capacity for entry-level off road stuff. Is a £55 Clarke farm jack from Machine Mart the right sort of thing to be looking at? Is it worth spending more? What accessories are must-haves?

Thanks in advance.

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I bought a 10T bottle jack, sound like over kill but it goes up with finger pressure ;)

I also have a jack foot that's a foot square for soft ground, it lives under the seat and takes up no space but it's been very handy on many occasions!

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+1 for bottle jack with a saddle, if you have the chassis type jack or farm jack, they are very useful for some things. Changing a wheel isn't one of them.

You'll end up lifting the body off the axle till the wheel/ axle is hanging off the flexi brake pipe or the bottom of the shock absorber (not cool). Unless you use a dislocation strap or chain :ph34r: mmm specialist.

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Another vote for the LR bottle jack. They were also included by LR on TDCI Defenders, not just RRC, Discovery and P38, though my wife's was black rather than the deep red most were. You see plenty of them for sale at the big shows for £10-15. Pick a good one (check the pistons for scoring or damage by extending it fully) and remember the two-piece handle!

Trolley jacks are great on the driveway, but awful things to lug around in the car. I just use the LR type - they are surprisingly strong and with their double piston, lift a long way (Halfords and other general types only have a single piston, so only have half the lift height; don't get one of those)

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Lots of good advice, thanks guys. Hadn't thought about that issue of lifting the body and not the axle. Obvious now that you say it Pete.

I have a trolley jack for home, but I wouldn't want to spare it the space when on the road. Heavy too.

Looks like I should just upgrade my bottle jack then. Disco ones from about £35 on ebay currently...

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Lots of good advice, thanks guys. Hadn't thought about that issue of lifting the body and not the axle. Obvious now that you say it Pete.

I have a trolley jack for home, but I wouldn't want to spare it the space when on the road. Heavy too.

Looks like I should just upgrade my bottle jack then. Disco ones from about £35 on ebay currently...

I got one for a tenner from one of the shows... £35 seems steep?

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I have a Clark 8ton in 45 and a 12ton in the 110. You need to screw out the top to get enough height. I vaguely remember my disco bottle jack not going high enough for 33" tyres but I could be wrong and I managed to bend the second stage ram on mine.

Mike

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Same as ^^^ above - my vote is for a Sprinter jack. The saddle is good and the two stage is quick. I carry it with me.

In the garage I have an ancient farm bottle jack, I think it's 4T. The best bit is the additional screw 'piston' at the top that allows it to be height adjusted before pumping, to increase the lift available.

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