The Best Two-Post Lift for Low Ceilings
BendPak’s GP-7LCS GrandPrix is truly in a class of its own, the shortest model in a series of three unique lifts. It's the first and only 7,lb. capacity two-post lift that features a stability-enhancing overhead beam while also fitting in a 9-foot high garage. This lift is sleek, slim and raises your vehicles up to a respectable 58 inches at the top lock. If you’ve dreamed of owning a full-size car lift at home, but worry that the other low-ceiling models don’t meet your standards for safety and quality, get ready to let the GP-7LCS change your life.
As true innovators in the car lift industry, we know the difference between a small upgrade and a real game-changer. Until now, this type of lift has not been able to fit in a 9-foot garage. There have been other options (without a stabilizing overhead beam), but none that truly replace the function and reliability of a two-post lift. The GP-7LCS offers a clearfloor design and gets enough lifting height to let techs comfortably perform undercarriage work and wheel service.
Importance of the overhead beam
The overhead beam contains GrandPrix’s single hydraulic cylinder, as well as four wire ropes that run throughout the structure. Because the cylinder is stored in the overhead cross beam, we’re able to keep the side posts short and sturdy, using a minimal amount of steel. Since four aircraft-quality wire ropes assist with both lift and stabilization, the GrandPrix rises quickly and stays level at all times.
In terms of safety, one of those wire ropes running to each column is redundant. In fact, it features twice as many steel lifting cables as other two-post lift and four-post lift models. This ensures that in virtually every single circumstance, as long as the lift is properly operated and maintained, failure in the form of uneven lifting or sudden drops is entirely eliminated. The backup cables are redundant; they're simply there to guarantee peace-of-mind at all times. Perhaps best of all, the overhead beam significantly improves stability, reduces the amount of maintenance you need to do over time and extends the life of your two-post lift.
The GP-7LCS is fast & safe
The GrandPrix philosophy is to improve garage safety and capability with a series of car lifts like no other. To prove this product isn’t just some clever marketing fluke, we went above and beyond on safety. In addition to simultaneously engaging/disengaging, single-point mechanical lock releases, the dual wire rope system ensures the GrandPrix is as safe as any other lift when used correctly.
In addition to all the incredible features mentioned above, no other two-post lift else has a lift ratio in such a tight and streamlined package. That means the lift carriage rises two inches for every one inch of cylinder extension. Better yet, the GrandPrix gets additional lifting assistance from the wire ropes, which reduces fatigue on critical components and increases the lifecycle of the entire system. Utilizing this unique lifting combination raises your vehicles rapidly, safely and in a space-conscious manner.
Other car lift options for low ceilings
The only way to compare GrandPrix to other low-ceiling lifts is to look at other categories of lifts. Scissor lifts, for instance, are timed-tested auto lifts for garages with low ceilings. However, they often block the undercarriage of your vehicle, rendering them useless for many jobs. They’re not always the best solution if you’re looking to do full maintenance on your vehicles.
Likewise, low-rise lifts are great for both wheel work and undercarriage service, but they usually don’t lift as high as the GrandPrix. That means you have to crawl under cars on a creeper or slide across the ground on your back, which may or may not be an issue. Since the GP-7LCS combines safer capabilities, a reduced footprint and ample lifting height, it's practically a miracle lifting solution.
Follow the dream
Unfortunately, we see it all the time: that look of disappoint when someone realizes they can’t fit a two-post lift in their 9-foot-high. We’ve been listening, and we’ve been secretly developing the GrandPrix for years. It took us that long to maximize its lifting height, minimize its ceiling clearance and ensure a fast, super-safe design. We think it’s been worth the wait for an extremely affordable yet uncompromisingly high-quality lift that ships right to your door.
It’s a dream come true. The only question is what do you dream of lifting? Let us know at [email protected]
Optional Lift Equipment & Additional Auto Lift Resources
Model LC Two Post Garage Lifts
12, lb. Low Ceiling 2 Post Lift
Mohawk’s LC is a low ceiling clear floor above ground lift, capable of raising light and medium duty vehicles up to 12, lbs. The LC is a twin cylinder direct drive design using no chains or cables. 3 stage swing arms are standard on the LCSA.
Models: TP & TP Two Post Truck Lifts
16, & 18, lb. Capacity Lifts
Mohawk’s TP and TP lifts are clear floor above ground lift, capable of raising light and medium duty vehicles up to 18, lbs. The TP and TP lifts are twin cylinder direct drive design using no chains or cables.
Model ML 2 Post Auto Lift
20, lb. Heavy Duty Lift
Mohawk’s ML is a clear floor above ground lift, capable of raising light and medium duty vehicles up to 20, lbs. The ML is a twin cylinder direct drive design using no chains or cables.
Model TP Two Post Vehicle Lift
20, lb. Heavy Duty Lift
Mohawk’s TP lift uses double telescoping three stage swing arms and slider combination, has a clear floor design and adjustable height overhead hydraulic lines for ultimate flexibility (optional underground lines available).
Model TP & TP 2 Post Truck Service Lifts
26, & 30, lb. Lifts
Mohawk’s TP was the first two post frame contact lift made to suit the needs of heavy duty fleets. These heavy duty two post truck servicer lifts are hydraulically equalized, using a pair of height adjustable overhead hydraulic lines for all types of trucks and utility vehicles (optional underground lines available).
Turf Maintenance Equipment & Auto Service Lift
10,–18, Lb. Capacity Two Post Lifts
The only lift made (or designed) for both vehicle service and turf maintenance equipment. The Turf Kit with Dual Trough kit is designed to be used on all 10, – 18, lb. capacity 2 post lifts and can service; cars, trucks, zero turn mowers, turf equipment, four wheelers.
Model System I: 2 Post Vehicle Lifts
10, lb. Clear Floor Two Post Garage Lift
Mohawk’s System-1 model is a 2 post truck lift with a 10, lb. lifting capacity. The System-1 clear floor lift incorporates Mohawk’s patented hydraulic synchronization system. The System-1 lift is ideal for servicing all cars and light trucks.
Car Storage & Vehicle Service Lifts
10,–18, LB. CAPACITY TWO POST LIFTS
The only lift made (or designed) for both vehicle service and automotive storage. The wheel adaptor kit is designed to be used on all 10, – 18, lb. capacity 2 post lifts.
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If youre the kind of person that likes to work on your car for fun, odds are pretty good that you can put a vehicle lift to good use. While a lift isnt a small investment, it has a lot of benefits for DIYers:
- A home garage lift will save time on many repairs
- A home garage lift will reduce the stress and strain on your body that comes from working bent over (or in cramped spaces)
- A home garage lift makes it possible to complete jobs that would difficult or dangerous otherwise
The problem with a home garage lift is that most homes cant accommodate a 2 or 4 post lift. The solution? A low rise car lift.
What Is a Low Rise Car Lift?
Any lift that can operate in a garage with a ceiling height of 10 feet or less is considered a low rise lift. Most (but definitely not all) low rise car lifts get the underside of a vehicle off the ground, which provides enough clearance for someone to roll under the vehicle with a creeper, drop a transmission, replace an exhaust system, work on the underside of the motor, etc.
|Vehicle Lift Type||Minimum Garage Ceiling Height||Minimum Garage Space Width|
|Low Rise||Most models work with 8 foot ceilings||75 for some models, but most will fit into any space (including the Kwik-Lift)|
|4 Post||Most require a 12 foot ceiling minimum||for narrow models, with standard models as wide as|
|2 Post||Most require a 14 foot ceiling minimum||for narrow models, with most requiring of width|
Low rise lifts are a compromise: In a perfect world, anyone that wanted to use a standard 2 post or 4 post commercial grade vehicle lift could. But, since most home garages wont fit a commercial grade 2 post or 4 post lift because the ceiling is too low (and spaces too narrow), the low rise car lift is the compromise.
Benefits of Owning a Low Rise Car Lift
Low rise lifts are popular with people who like to work on their vehicle because:
Theysave money. If your vehicle needs a repair that you cant safely complete using jack stands and/or a set of oil change ramps, you have two choices:
- Pay a professional
- Rent a space with a lift
Obviously, both of these choices cost money. Not to mention, renting a space is no fun if you have to make trips for parts, tools, etc.
They reduce aches and pains. One of the greatest reasons to get a lift is that they allow you to sit or lie down as you work. This makes a huge difference in terms of comfort and energy. Its a lot easier to spend a day in the garage when youre not stretching and bending the whole time.
They make a lot of work easier (or possible). If you dont have a lift, its damn near impossible to swap a transmission. If you dont have a lift, replacing an exhaust system is no fun. If you dont have a lift, a differential gear swap can take a lot longer. If you dont have a lift, replacing a set of brake pads is more time consuming (and more painful). Etc.
Lifts are obviously beneficial to anyone working on a car thats why every shop has them.
Different Types of Low Rise Car Lifts
There are three basic types of low rise lifts.
1. A Low Clearance 2-Post Lift
As a general rule, theres no such thing as a low clearance 2 post lift. In reality, most of the low rise or low clearance 2 post lifts have a couple of characteristics:
- Most of them need at least 10 feet, 6 inches of ceiling height to be operational
- Most of them need 12 or 14 foot high ceilings at their maximum lift height
- Most of them are made with cut-rate components to get the cost down low enough to compete with other low clearance lifts aimed at homeowners
- Most of them require commercial grade concrete footings, with 3, PSI concrete thats thick
When you compare a cheap, low clearance 2-post lift to a standard commercial grade 2-post lift (like the models we sell to shops and consumers with large garages), youll find that they have lower weight ratings, shorter warranties, and nearly the same cost as a professional grade lift.
Since we sell commercial 2 post lifts, were probably a bit biased. Still, if youre going to buy a 2 post lift, its hard to make a case for buying a $ consumer lift when an honest to goodness professional lift is just a few hundred dollars more.
2. A Scissor-Style Entry Level Hydraulic Lift
The scissor style lifts are usually either a single lift platform that goes between the vehicles wheels, or a set of separate lifts that go on each side of the vehicle. They operate using a scissor or parallelogram style lift mechanism, with inexpensive hydraulic systems.
While some of these scissor style lifts are better than others, they all tend to have the same basic characteristics:
- Inexpensive hydraulics that keep the price down below $
- A lack of replacement parts if/when the hydraulics fail (you can usually buy a new set of hoses, but you cant typically purchase a replacement lift motor)
- For lifts that have two separate lift mechanisms, issues with stuck or uneven operation that can cause one side of the lift to raise or lower at a different speed, causing vehicles to fall
- Issues with vehicles tipping forward or backward while work is being done*
*NOTE: Tipping occurs because this style of vehicle lift works between the wheels. If the lift isnt the length of the entire wheelbase, and if a major component is removed front or rear, the vehicle will become unstable. This is obviously bad.
If theres one thing that entry-level hydraulic lifts have going for them (other than the low price), its the gee whiz factor of pushing a button and watching your vehicle go up and down. If youre looking for a lift that will draw oohs and ahhs from the crowd at your next track outing, this might be the way to go.
3. The Kwik-Lift
The Kwik-Lift is in a class by itself, as its one of the only lifts on the market that works great in a low clearance garage without using cheap hydraulics. The Kwik-Lift features:
- Adjustable length and width it can be used with all sorts of vehicles, from UTVs to a brand new Lamborghini
- Because the Kwik-Lift has no hydraulics, its completely bulletproof no leaks, no motor failures, no one side of my lift is stuck problems, etc. Maintenance is just keeping the lift painted and lubricated.
- Because the Kwik-Lift raises a vehicle at the point where it contacts the ground, it offers of lift between the ground and the underbody
- The Kwik-Lift is easy to disassemble and transport, making it truly portable, even if its just one person transporting the lift
- Because the Kwik-Lift is a ramp, it works great with most low ground clearance vehicles
With a 5, lbs weight limit, the Kwik-Lift is capable of lifting all but the largest trucks and SUVs. Again, were biased, but we dont think anyone offers a better low clearance lift.
What To Look For In A Low Clearance Vehicle Lift
If youre shopping for a low clearance vehicle lift for your home garage, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- What happens if the hydraulics need replaced? A lot of the companies selling entry-level hydraulic lifts today do NOT offer replacement hydraulic motors.
- How much clearance does the lift really create? If youve got a low ground clearance vehicle, this is especially important to you. The reason is that scissor style lifts work against the frame, rather than the tires. If you have a scissor style lift that can raise a car 18 (for example), thats only 18 of space between the ground and the underside of the car. Whats more, if the lift gets wobbly at full extension, you may not feel comfortable using the full height available.
- Whats the minimum ground clearance? Most scissor style lifts require 4 of ground clearance. If youve got a Corvette (for example), you might have trouble using a scissor style hydraulic lift. Even if the lift will slide under your vehicle, it might not be able to pick up your car without a little bit of run up (most of these lifts cant operate from a fully flat position).
- How easy is it to resell the lift? This question is important if you plan to have a bigger garage with space for a real 2 post or 4 post lift someday. If/when you upgrade your garage, its a simple matter to resell your Kwik-Lift online. There are no moving parts, so you can get a good price as long as the lift has been well cared for. Used hydraulics, on the other hand, are very difficult to sell, as most buyers assume they will fail and require an expensive repair. After all, how much would you pay a total stranger for a used entry-level hydraulic lift?
- Is the lift portable? A lot of portable lifts weigh a couple of hundred pounds, and unlike the Kwik-Lift, they cant be broken down into components to make them easy for one person to move. If your portable lift requires two people to load and unload every track day, its not very portable.
- Is the lift stable? Its a cliche, but you shouldnt buy a lift you dont trust. A lot of people have stories about entry-level hydraulic lifts that get wobbly at full extension, about vehicles tipping forward or backward while work is being done, and/or about lifts raising and lowering unevenly. If a vehicle falls when its up on a lift, its always bad. Even if someone isnt hurt, theres vehicle damage. Theres no point in taking a risk if you dont have to.
Low clearance or low rise car lifts are a great investment for serious automotive DIYers with low ceiling garages. They can save money and time, and they can also make working on a vehicle more enjoyable (fewer aches and pains).
If theres a problem with low-rise car lifts, its that a lot of the companies selling them prioritize the gee whiz aspects of hydraulics over the tried and true benefits of a simple solid steel lift mechanism. At Kwik-Lift, weve put a lot of effort into creating a low clearance vehicle lift that works well for all cars, thats simple and reliable, and completely safe.
If youre in the market for a low rise car lift, be sure to check out a Kwik-Lift.
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CLFP9 2 POST LOW CEILING CAR LIFT
With a 9, lb. capacity and 10’ 7/8” overall column height, Challenger’s CLFP9 2-post is ideal for low ceiling applications. 3-stage front and 3-stage rear arms provide maximum sweep, arm retraction and reach. A low-profile drive-over floor plate allows for easy vehicle positioning, which makes it great for home enthusiast garages or professional service shops. The CLFP9 also features double-telescoping screw footpads, a durable powder coat finish and plated arm pins.
Features & Benefits
- 9, lb. lift capacity
- 10’ 7/8” overall column height is ideal for servicing vehicles in a low ceiling height
- Low profile drive-over floor plate for easy vehicle positioning
- 3-stage front and 3-stage rear arms accommodate a wide range of common cars, trucks, vans as well as SUVs within the same service bay
- Electric/hydraulic heavy-duty chain lifting operation with cable equalization to reduce ceiling height requirement
- Dual-point mechanical pull-lock cable release system
- Fully gusseted base plate design increases column rigidity
- Premium double telescoping screw pads adjust to multiple heights minimizing the need for adapters
- Powder coat finish provides long-lasting durability
- Plated arm restraints and arm pins inhibit rust and provide long-lasting durability
- Standard dual integrated rubber door guards help protect vehicle panels from inadvertent damage
|Lifting Capacity||9, lbs.|
|Arms||3-stage front/3-stage rear|
|Overall Height (Cylinder Extended)||“|
|Floor to Overhead Switch||-|
|Front Arm Reach||“ / “|
|Rear Arm Reach||“ / “|
|Screw Pad Height||4” / “|
|Motor / Voltage||2HP, vv, 60Hz, 1Ph|
|Speed of Rise||50 s|
|Ceiling Height Required||10’ 2“|
|2’ Height Extension Available||-|
|3’ Height Extension Available||-|
|Colors Available||Red, Blue|
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