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Weight of the truck for a lift

Hi All. I've been quiet around here as I've been pretty busy at home. I've been building a new shop. Something I've waited all my life to do. I'm in the process of picking out a 2 post lift. I'm probably getting it from Greg Smith Equipment (atlas brand lift) but there's some confusion what one I need to lift the truck. It's an '03 6.0 4x4 short bed with the 4 door cab. I've been told a 9k lift will be fine BUT the lift people are trying to put me into a 10k which is right about $1,000.00 more cost. That's a big jump if I don't NEED to.
I guess the 9K lift has a per arm lift capacity of 2,250lbs and the 10K has a per arm capacity of 2,500lbs So what does the front of our beloved rigs weigh? I've been having a hell of a time finding that info since last night. And then it hit me ...."hey dummy ask the forum".. so here I am hoping someone here will know before I have to go beg the guys at the scrap yard to let me put the truck on the scales.

Ceiling height isn't an issue. I built the shop at 30x40ft with 14ft ceilings. Concrete is 6 inches in the bay I'm putting the lift and 5 the other 2. So I'm good there.
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I'd go at least 10k for safety purposes. An extra grand isn't that much when your life may depend on it. We have an 8k lift, but I won't get under my 7,750 lb. 6.0 on it. I have used it to rotate the tires. I also use tall support stands on just about everything I put on the lift as an extra safety precaution. If we ever replace the one we have, I'll go 12k.
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I'd go at least 10k for safety purposes. An extra grand isn't that much when your life may depend on it. We have an 8k lift, but I won't get under my 7,750 lb. 6.0 on it. I have used it to rotate the tires. I also use tall support stands on just about everything I put on the lift as an extra safety precaution. If we ever replace the one we have, I'll go 12k.
I totally understand what you're saying but the lifts are tested higher than what they are rated for. I just don't know what the weight of the truck is on each end. I know total is under 9k so capacity wise total I am fine. I know a few people who lift their 250's with 9k lifts. It's a tough one since I am know the truck should have a GVW of what a tick over 6,000lbs. with the backrack i have on there maybe what 6,000lbs give or take a little. So well under the 9K total. All the other stuff I will work on is much lighter.. My jeep wrangler , the mustang.. etc. the 250 is the biggest thing I own.
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The Air Force Base has a place where we can rent a stall and they have 4 post lifts where we can do our own work, but since the lifts were installed 20 years ago, they don't let me get the pick up on it. It must be well in excess of a 10k lift.

Also used to use a tire scale to figure out load and balance of vehicles prior to putting them on an aircraft. If I still had access to a tire scale, I'd post the front axle weight.

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Nice shop....wanna expand mine w a lift too....anyway, with that truck only and mothing larger you will be ok. They do under-rate the lifts. I would still contact Greg Smith to talk to a specialist, NOT just the sales person. Make very sure of the over rate per the manufacture. Or call other lift makers and discuss for piece of mind and safety

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I did talk to them yesterday but possibly just a sales person though. He was asking me how heavy the front of the truck was. I went a little over budget so far because I wasn't planning on putting PEX tube into the slab to do radiant floor heat at some point. So that cost me a little more than I planned. I'll try calling them again today.

I guess also in looking at the Atlas models the 9K uses a single cylinder with a roller chain to lift (more moving parts) where the 10K uses 2 cylinders to lift. Less moving parts for service down the road and the 10K would be a little more forgiving on the placement of the truck on the lift. UGG decisions... decisions....

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I am know the truck should have a GVW of what a tick over 6,000lbs. with the backrack i have on there maybe what 6,000lbs give or take a little. So well under the 9K total.
I have an 06 crew cab short bed 4WD and the last time I had it on the scales it was close to 8k pounds. Why not just drive down to your local scales or dump and weigh the truck so you know for sure?
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I have an 06 crew cab short bed 4WD and the last time I had it on the scales it was close to 8k pounds. Why not just drive down to your local scales or dump and weight the truck so you know for sure?
Google keeps coming up with 03 crew cab 6.0 4x4 with automatic curb weight at 6,364lbs. Odd that yours would show close to 8k. Nothing on this list for '03 is higher than 6,364lbs.

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My '04 CCSB, 4" lift with 35's and a bed topper came across the scales at the dump at 8226 pounds

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Aftermarket wheels, tires, hitches, bumpers, racks, toppers..........they all add weight. It's best to hit the scales.

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