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    I was told by another excellent member that the minimum height to have a 4-post lift in the garage is 12 feet 5 inches. Is that counting the knob?
     
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    You would be better off with a 13' ceiling
     
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    A 7 inch knob?

    I think I would tell everyone that I had at least 10 inches?
     
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    Keep it even and go 14 . That extra 12 inches will make you happy.
    Think of it this way if you put a plywood wall in it plywood comes in 4x8 sheets there would not be much waste.
     
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    minimum height depends on what 2 vehicles your planning on doing

    if youd planning on putting a truck under your HC your going to need more height than i do

    ive got 1/4" from the shark fin to the lift and about 6" from the ceiling...ill have to measure mine tomorrow..mine garage has a vaulted ceiling and the peak goes left/right, so ill measure the low side of the peak for you

    you wouldnt want to go any tighter than i have mine...it works, but its challenging
     
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    You guys are funny!
    The taller the better but. There is this thing in the building codes called "wall bracing"
    You need to provide engineering data on the walls showing how you plan to brace them.
    I just finished a customer project with 12'6". Was not to out of line. But gets exponentially more expensive as you go taller

    Now if you are going steel building. Probably will get 14' standard with taller options
    Wall brace easier with steel.
    Make sure to get min 5" concrete if not 6" floor. Add rebar. Not wire mesh
    Plenty of stone base under the cement floor

    Carry on!
     
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    9 fee 8 inches will get you 2 cars on a direct loft 4 post, you'll probably need to put the high loft hardware on the door though or go with a roll up
     
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    I have seen it done with 10'. Be careful. First time you load a check double check
     
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    The way around building codes around where I live is to tell them that you need the extra height for an RV
     
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    i have around 10' measured at the back of the garage...because of the slope it would be around 10' 1 3/4 to the front

    you need room to go up beyond the notch in the lift and then lower it back down....so you need to add up your 2 cars, addup the thickness of the lift, then at 6"+ min to go up beyond the anchor point.....the guy who suggested 9' 8" is REALLY pushing it....but it depends if his 2nd car is a low sitting car like a vette....i have a 13 gt500 and a 15 HC...i can swap either up or down...they are about 1" difference in height between them....i would not go any shorter than 10' .....i moved my lift closer to the center of the garage to gain more ceiling height...problem is putting a 3rd car next to the lift...your very limited....i have a full size gmc truck and have 1" on either side of the mirrors...i often have to autofold the mirrors to get it out...i also chose a model that has the Denalli mirrors(more car like)........

    is your ceiling straight or a triangle like mine?

    look up at how close the gt500 looks to the ceiling....same with the hood to the garage door...it all needs to be measured...i spent $8k+ to have the garage vaulted including drywall and eletrical......i think my total was around $12-14k including the lift, install + the heater

    things extra to consider----check all your measurements from the back of the garage...its pitched so your minimums have to start there......also if your vaulting like mine...they put a microlam beam up there....but also changed my joists from 2x6 to 2x8...that was something i did not figure for...lost 2" i originally needed......ended up moving the lift a 1' past the center line to make enough room.....i had the caster set and just moved the lift around a while (trial and error)...made sure vehicle #3 could still fit...then bolted it down and tossed out the casterset...i would recommend not bothering buying the caster set...the lift will move w/o it...


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    Funny.
    Huggy we both got hellcats,Shelby converts. And. Black Gm trucks. Must be a Waukesha county thing.

    What's up with the plastic under the cat? I know the car is not leaking. Floor sweeting?.
     
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    2 purposes....even though heated it keeps moisture from rising(it is always wet all winter under that plastic) and #2 is keeps salt from getting under the HC and rising...salt water runs off the truck right under the HC...i figure from evaporation it still gives the HC a salt bath....im going to also add a fan to the garage this winter...keep the air circulating.....gt500 has some rust on suspension components......even had rust starting on unibody where it was scraped up from the factory(had to repaint some of the underbody to stop the rust)----found out about 1 in 5 mustangs has these scrapes under it, so i know it was factory.....people say how low end the HC is....the mustang is the same...a $25k car with a $35k added powertrain.......Ford treats gt500's the same as a $25k mustang, just like Dodge treats the HC like a $25k challenger

    ive just hijacked the post and made it about the low quality build of the GT500 and HC
     
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    I can get 2 LX cars in mine, similar to yours, I have 9' 9 1/4 "
     
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