The problem most of us would probably have is jacking up this car. Even I feel this may cause damage to the sides. You have to have specialized eqipment for this car and know where the jack points r.
I was concerned about that, too, but I knew I wanted to get comfortable taking it off the ground so I could work on it over time. Once again a trip to Pep Boys solved the problem for me. I got one of those hydraulic lift jacks (since the SKY does not come with a jack
) and some nice aluminum jack stands. The jack was a "racing jack" made specifically for lowered cars, and can squeeze in under 3 inches. I had a ton of clearance under the SKY. It was rated for a ton and a half, just about the total weight of the SKY - so lifting it one corner at a time posed no problem at all.
The jack was $59, and a pair of stands (I got two pair) were $49.
Right behind the front wheels is a circular hole in the frame - definitely part of the structure of the car - and it provided a perfect target for the lifting pad. Once the front was up, it was easy to spot the suspension mount point (certainly a place designed to take some stress and handle a quarter of the car's weight) so the first stand went right there at the rear point of the "Y" arm. I then lifted the other side the same way to get the nose off the ground and balanced.
I then proceeded to the rear, looked for another solid frame target and found what looks like a specific lift point ahead of the rear wheels. If you get down and look it's really obvious - the body is worked around it and you can tell that it is specifically a lift point. Placing the jack there brought the entire rear end of the car up - both rear wheels were off the ground when lifting from this point with the front already on stands.
Once again I looked for the suspension mount point. The forward end of the "Y" arm was enclosed in a little steel box, but the rear was nicely exposed and very inviting. One stand there on one side - then I jacked the other side to raise it just a little bit and got the fourth stand in.
To lower it, I just did the exact opposite. Raise the rear from the lift point, remove a stand - then raise the other side rear and remove the second rear stand to get both rear wheels on the ground. Then back to the frame points on the front, raise a corner and remove one of the front stands, then to the other side and the the second front wheel on the ground.
Once again, the "two-man team" really helps do the trick. With one person pumping the handle on the jack, the other can get down and precisely place the lift pad exactly at the spot on the frame where you want it to go. Likewise, the helper can precisely place the jack stand while the car is slowly lowered, making sure that it comes down squarely on the stand.
I was worried when I started, but it went really well and was a lot simpler once I started to do it. Again, just work slow and use common sense. Look for solid structural points for lifting and mounting the stands. And do it one corner at a time - don't get cocky and try to lif a whole side at a time.
Incidentally, I looked for instructions in the owner's manual on how to jack up or lift the car. NOTHING. Not a scrap. Meanwhile it has 50-plus pages on internal human anatomy, how to use a seat belt, how not to use a seat belt, how two people should not use a seat belt, how a little person should use a seat belt, how a pregnant person should use a seat belt, how a car seat should be secured with a seat belt, how a car seat should NOT be used with a seat belt... Etc.
Later on in the book it talks about the effects of alcohol on your driving ability. There is even a little picture of beer, wine and mixed drinks - all in appropriately shaped glasses. I said to my son, "Hey look! It even comes with a menu!"
However, nothing on how to jack up or lift your car to service or detail it.
The first photo below shows the spot on the Y Arm at the rear mount point where I placed the jack stand to support the car. The second photo shows the view from the back showing the lift points that I used at the rear. If you look to the right you can see the stand mounted at the rear of the Y Arm, and also see the grey box that surrounds the forward end of the arm. I'll try to add some photos later of what I used as lift points for the jack.