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AGM Jack Rod | Best jack stands 2022

AGM Jack Rod |  Best jack stands 2022

Working on a car – in most scenarios – is jacking it up off the ground. That’s great, but jack stands aren’t always the best solution. While they may be the industry standard, they are only useful in ideal conditions. There are instances where they can block what you are doing, damage your expensive floors, or even not fit under your vehicle. Available for $139, the Jack Rod is a quick and compact alternative for safely lifting your car.

Jack Rod Stand

AGM products
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$139.00

How it works

agm jack rod stand in use

Trevor Raab

The Jack Rod really is as simple as it looks. Once you have jacked up a corner of your vehicle in the air, secure the Jack Rod between the axles of the floor jack. It also extends to accommodate vehicles that need to be lifted higher; the spring loaded trigger – machined from billet aluminum – allowed me to easily adjust the length from 8 inches all the way up to 14 at maximum extension.

Prevention is better than cure

agm jack rod stand in use

Trevor Raab

The jacking points on my Volkswagen GTI are just microscopic compared to other vehicles. This means I simply don’t have room to fit a jack stand under the factory lift points with a jack in place. This is where the Jack Rod is an excellent solution to my problem. Sure, I could lift the pinch weld of my vehicle further down to release the jacking point, but I’m not willing to risk bending the pinch weld and dropping the car. Sure, many mechanics will tell you it’s OK, but it’s important to always exercise caution when it comes to working on your car.

Because of this inherent problem, I often lift only one side of my car at a time when working on my vehicle – I recently turned my tires. I will generally sneak a jack under the front jacking point, put a jack stand under the rear jacking point and then do what I have to do. That’s great, but there’s still a risk of the car falling if the jack gets bumped or breaks on its own. Fortunately, now that I have the jack bar that supports the jack, I feel much safer working on my car; it can carry up to two tons, which is almost double the weight of my GTI hatchback.

The verdict

The Jack Rod is therefore an excellent alternative to conventional jack stands, which are much more cumbersome. It will definitely pay off for quick jobs and more involved work in the home garage. However, I do have a few minor reservations.

agm jack rod stand in use

Trevor Raab

First, having to reach under the car to install the Jack Rod is not ideal. It’s not rocket science that conventional jack stands ensure that the car is fully supported before soft targets crawl under the vehicle. That’s not to say the $139 price tag will be hard to justify when a set of standard jack stands can be had for a lot cheaper – this set of Hein Werner 3-ton jack stands costs only $80.

That said, it’s true when they say you get what you pay for. Together with the Jack Rod’s sturdy construction, it’s a great piece of equipment for working on modern cars – which are often much trickier to climb compared to older vehicles. This makes it a much easier, safer and sometimes faster solution than a clunky set of jack stands.

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Matt Crisara
Matt Crisara is a native of Austin with an unbridled passion for cars and motorsports, both abroad and domestically, and as Autos Editor for Popular Mechanics, he writes the bulk of digital and print automotive coverage.