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    Yes, changing wheels. We're not mounting tires at home.
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    Just a big torque wrench and a 1.5 ton low-profile jack. Got these at Canadian Tire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strider;136453)

    In related news I'm thinking of getting my Roadster wheels powdercoated grey a-la the Final 5 and so need to figure out how to get all 4 wheels off the ground with only a set of ramps, 4 jack stands, and 1 jack.
    Be careful as most of the weight is in the rear wheels. At first we used s pair of jacks and when we took the fronts off the front the front was so light it floated up. So have someone watch and place the rear jacks as far back as you can.

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    One jack at the correct rear jack point will lift both wheels off the ground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strider View Post
    If Model S is like the Roadster if you use the jack point in front of the rear wheel both wheels on that side of the car will lift up.

    Or you could also a Rhino Ramp under the front wheel and a jack on the same side rear to lift one whole side up at a time.

    In related news I'm thinking of getting my Roadster wheels powdercoated grey a-la the Final 5 and so need to figure out how to get all 4 wheels off the ground with only a set of ramps, 4 jack stands, and 1 jack.
    Easy enough to do. Jack on one of the rear jack points. Put a jackstand where the jack is. Jack the other jack point. Put one jackstand under the rear sway bar. (all 4 wheels off the ground with only 3 points jacked.)
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    Thanks. I found this one too (2 Ton low profile jack) with good reviews. You're right, not lifting the whole car so 1.5T or 2T should be fine for the Model S.
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    And based on some observations, if you have air suspension, you won't require any jack, just jack stands. That would be a large safety improvement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_G View Post
    One jack at the correct rear jack point will lift both wheels off the ground.
    My experience is that jacking at a rear jacking point raises both wheels ON THE SAME SIDE of the car. If you are simply changing from Summer to Winter wheels, this should do the job. Change both wheels on one side, then jack up and change the wheels on the other side.

    The 1.5 manual says that you need two adapters to raise both rear wheels at the same time. Somewhere on this site there is a picture of a tire shop ruining a Lotus by trying to raise all 4 wheels at the same time (after being warned not to do so).

    By the way the racing jack sold by Harbor Freight does the job well. Discount coupons are often available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgwoosley View Post
    My experience is that jacking at a rear jacking point raises both wheels ON THE SAME SIDE of the car.
    Yes, of course. The front wheel comes off the ground before the rear one does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by W.Petefish View Post
    Easy enough to do. Jack on one of the rear jack points. Put a jackstand where the jack is. Jack the other jack point. Put one jackstand under the rear sway bar. (all 4 wheels off the ground with only 3 points jacked.)
    But that's what I'm struggling with... If I use a jack on the right rear lift point and raise the right side of the car, how can I place a jack stand under the right rear lift point? The jack is in the way.
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