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When the finish on the bottom of your ride is as important to you as the one everyone else sees, you need a set of jack pads — like these “Prothane” pads from Summit Racing.  They’re softish, red, and look like a three-inch-wide hockey pucks, but they’re actually designed to sit on top of your jack’s steel cradle to avoide metal-on-metal contact between the jack and the car.

They’re pretty reasonable at $7 — though the seven-inch version is a bit pricey at $20.  On the other hand, they’re a lot cheaper than a re-spray should you slip a little from time to time.  Show car + jack divots = bad.

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7 Responses to Jack Up Your Car Without, Well, Jacking It Up

  1. Toolaremia says:


    I’ve been using one of these similar pads forever, and the body seams on my cars are still in good shape. Nice to see Prothane has the for jackstands too.

  2. Lorenzo says:

    Funny you mention hockey pucks… that’s what I use.

    Although if this sits over the saddle, I can see how this would be a better deal.

  3. ned.ludd says:

    I’ve been using one of these for about 10 years and it works great, as long as the pinch welds haven’t been munged up too bad.

  4. JGB says:

    I’m using one that has came with a v cut in the middle so that it will fit over the factory seams for jacking along the sills in the factory designated spot.

  5. Abe says:

    I’ve been using a unit very similar to the one posted by Ned with good results. I believe it was made by American Tool and equipment.

  6. sharkytm says:

    I’ve been using literal hockey pucks with grooves milled in them for years. Never had a problem, but this looks like a nice product.

  7. Freddie says:

    i’m nervous about sticking my car on these. Cars fall off jacks without provocation often enough. And you can’t do it yourself every time.

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