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    How bad or good are under vehicle lifts. Jim of AI weighed in about 9 months ago completely condemning them due to road damage and grit buildup etc. But does anyone have one? I have seen a few, very few advertised. In Brauns web ad they indicated the underbodies might be more expensive than a more conventional lift. https://www.braunability.com/under-v...eelchair-lift/
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    So far, I've had 5 years of nearly trouble free service on my Braun UVL in Wisconsin. I park my van in a well insulated garage. I also park it in my heated shop in snowy weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prerun View Post
    So far, I've had 5 years of nearly trouble free service on my Braun UVL in Wisconsin. I park my van in a well insulated garage. I also park it in my heated shop in snowy weather.
    This sounds great. Do you drive in the snow, icy conditions with salt on the road? I would think bringing that crap into a heated environment would speed up rusting, apparently not.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nonoise View Post
    This sounds great. Do you drive in the snow, icy conditions with salt on the road? I would think bringing that crap into a heated environment would speed up rusting, apparently not.
    Its a high maintenance lift. Probably the most high maintenance lift (and expensive) you can buy.

    Its not rocket science but neither is preventive maintenance, yet most people don't take care of there stuff.

    Then theres the ground clearance issues.

    Ive seen others install them and have under 4" of ground clearance.

    In most cases you need to build a custom exhaust system and if you want a little more clearance install a new driveshaft system.

    We still have a few in service and even just took a older full size Chevy in trade with one in it thats still working really good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Automotive Innovations View Post
    Its a high maintenance lift. Probably the most high maintenance lift (and expensive) you can buy.

    Its not rocket science but neither is preventive maintenance, yet most people don't take care of there stuff.

    Then theres the ground clearance issues.

    Ive seen others install them and have under 4" of ground clearance.

    In most cases you need to build a custom exhaust system and if you want a little more clearance install a new driveshaft system.

    We still have a few in service and even just took a older full size Chevy in trade with one in it thats still working really good.

    Jim
    Custom exhaust-check, ground clearance-check. This was a fun project my brother built.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HACKNSACK44 View Post
    Custom exhaust-check, ground clearance-check. This was a fun project my brother built.

    that thing is awesome looking man
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    Wow, ya very low ground clearance
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    After having both, I would go with the UVL. It is more expensive and higher maintenance, but worth it. I drive my van in the winter here in Colorado and have had no issues with ice or snow buidup. The box the UVL is in is pretty well sealed when closed.
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    Here's a picture of my van with the UVL. It does hang down, but the van is a 4x4 so it sits higher than stock


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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelin 48 View Post
    that thing is awesome looking man

    Thanks! I had a little more ground clearance than my van.

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