What’s included in the Dakar Jacking System Kit?
Answer. Each kit includes 2 Jack assemblies (24”, 30” or 33” travel), 1 Control Manifold, the hydraulic fittings and high pressure hose required to connect your Jacks to your Control Manifold, 2 Pad/Foot assemblies (8” or 12” dia.), 2 Weld-in Upper Chassis mounts for the Jacks (light weight version optional), 2 service wrenches, hardware required to bolt in Jacks and Control Manifold, Control Manifold mounting template, quick reference operation guide and instructions.
Will the Dakar Series Jacking System hurt my power steering system?
Answer. No, the AGM Dakar series jacking system will not harm your existing power steering system. It will not wear out your power steering pump prematurely; it will not increase your power steering system operation temperature. Utilizing a flow through Control Manifold, the Jacking system is virtually invisible to the power steering system when not in use; and when the Control manifold valves are in the lock position, the power steering system in completely isolated from the Jacking system.
How is the jacking system powered? Is it a finite or renewable source?
Answer. The AGM Dakar Series Jacking system does NOT use compressed gases or any other finite power source to operate the Jacking system. It uses your vehicle existing power steering system to power the Jack operation. By using this high powered, renewable hydraulic source we are able to offer high lifting capacities, without the dangerous spring effect of compressed gases and an infinite number of Jacking cycles (well until you run out of gas anyways) all without having to mount extra storage tanks that take up valuable space and weigh down your race vehicle.
Do I need to change my power steering pump?
Answer. No, you do not need to change out your existing power steering pump in order for the Jacking system to function. But it is true that the higher pressure and higher volume pumps will operate the Jacking system slightly faster.
What do I need to do to my power steering system in order to use the jacking system?
Answer. All that is required for the Jacking System to function is to add additional capacity to your power steering reservoir. Re-route the pressure supply line from the pump through the Jacking System Control Manifold before returning it back to the steering control valve. And Plumb the return line from the Jacking System Control Manifold into the reservoir.
NOTE: It is highly recommended, even if you are not installing a Jacking System, to have a pressure relief valve installed in your power steering system, this will reduce wear and in turn increase the life of your power steering pump.
How much additional fluid capacity do I need to add to the power steering reservoir to operate the jacking system?
Answer. The additional fluid required to operate the jacks depending on which travel length system you have.
I love the idea and want to the jacks into my vehicle’s design on solidworks. Do you have a part file I can use?
Answer. Yes, see the file titled “Solidworks Part file” above for a file that can be downloaded and used in your design.
How can I find out what the overall length is of the jacks that I want, so I know if they will fit into my existing vehicle?
Answer. See the attached document above titles “Jack Dimensions” for a print with all 3 travel length Jack’s exterior dimensions.
Where do I mount the jacks?
Answer. Typically 1 Jack Assembly is mounted on each side of the vehicle; at or within 12 inches (for or aft) of the balance point on that particular side of the vehicle. The balance point can easily be determined with a floor jack. Starting near the front tire and working your way toward the rear tire, you use a floor jack to lift that side of vehicle until you have found the point at which the front and rear tires come off the ground and lift roughly the same height.
NOTE: For some live axle applications a travel limiting strap may have to be used in the rear.
What travel length jack is right for my vehicle?
Answer. To determine which travel length is right for you use a floor jack to lift your vehicle. Do this in the area where you would mount the Jack assembly. First raise the vehicle until both tires are at least 6 inches off of the ground. Next measure from ground where the floor jack is position to where the floor jack lifting pad is, this is the total distance required to lift you vehicle the minimum 6 inches off the ground. With that measurement in hand you can now determine which Travel Length jack is best suited to lift your vehicle to this height.
NOTE: If torn between 2 travel Length Jacks, always error towards the longer travel length model. It is much easier to work with extra travel than not enough travel.
The jacking system is operated through the Control Manifold, which if placed properly is within reach of the driver. There are no feet to install prior to use. No other switches that can only be accessed from under the vehicle, no tanks that need to be turned on, no complicated electrical procedures that need to be followed. It’s a simple as turning the rotary valve on the 100% mechanical Control manifold to the desired direction and the system does the rest. See the PDF. titled “Quick reference operations Guide” above for a step by step directions.
How do I know when the jacks are fully re-tracked and I’m ok to move?
Answer. Each jack has a limit switch installed in the lower housing. When the Jack is lowered .200 of an inch the switch closes a circuit and triggers a light on the dash. This light will remain lit until the jack is retracted completely, at which point it is safe to drive again
NOTE: Unless you are 100% sure that an illuminated jack light is the result of an electrical issue, never pull away from a tire change/pit stop with the Jack light on. The resulting damaged created by a lowered jack could be catastrophic.
Will you make jacking systems that are custom to my specifications? (Length, pad size, cap configuration, etc.)
Answer. Yes, we can and have made many systems that are custom tailored to our customer exact specification. If you are interested in having us make a system(s) specific to your needs please contact us to learn more. 760-884-8319
I want to service my control manifold, can I order that seals to do that from you?
Answer. Yes, if you would like to service your control manifold yourself we do sell a reseal kit. The part number is AGM-ORK-1100.
NOTE: it is strongly recommended that only trained professionals perform the service on your control manifold as an improper rebuild could affect the performance of your system or even render it inoperative.
I want to service my jack assembly, can I order the seals to do that from you?
Answer. Yes, if you would like to service your Jack Assembly yourself we do sell a reseal kit. The part number is AGM-ORK-1200. (1 kit will service 1 jack)
NOTE: it is strongly recommended that only trained professionals perform the service on your Jack Assembly as an improper rebuild could affect the performance of your system or even render it inoperative.)
What does a power steering pressure relief valve do? Why do I need it?
Answer. Simple put the Pressure Relief Valve relieves over pressurization in the power steering system. But it’s where and how it does this that makes it superior to relying on the by-pass valve built into your power steering pump. The pump mounted by-pass valve utilizes a port in the pump (accessed after spring force has been overcome) that flows over pressurized fluid from the outlet to the inlet side of the pump, but as this port is very small in diameter, heat is created as the fluid is forced through this hole and then sent on a very short journey to the inlet of the pump. As this cycle re-occurs over and over again the fluid has nowhere to go and so builds temperature rapidly, this superheating can cause premature wear and even pump failure. By moving this process away from the pump with the pressure relief valve, you allow the over pressurized fluid to vent through a larger/longer port to the reservoir where it has a chance to cool. This significantly decreases the stress/load on your power steering pump. And because our pressure relief valve can be tuned externally you can set it to your systems specifics requirements.
NOTE: typically the Pressure relief valve is set to 50 psi less than your pumps max pressure.