Gear: Brunnhoelzl Jacks
By John Beltz Snyder
October 01, 2013
Often, when it comes time to jack up a car, time is precious whether it’s during a pit stop or between race stages. Every garage, paddock, or race trailer needs a good jack (or several). It should be reliable and easy to use. Operation should be quick and smooth, with little room for error. If you want to race like a professional, you need to be able to work on your car like a professional, which is where Brunnhoelzl jacks come into play.
If you want high quality at an affordable price, there’s the Brunnhoelzl Warrior Jack
. For just $795 you get a durable, professional-quality jack that will make your trackside life a lot easier when it comes time to wrench on the car or swap tires. It comes with a single-piece 40-inch aluminum handle which is lightweight, simple to use, and provides excellent leverage with which to pump the jack.
When choosing a jack, you need to keep a couple things in mind. First is ground clearance. The Warrior Jack needs a minimum of 3.5 inches to fit under the vehicle. Also, do you want to lift your car off the ground in three pumps or six? Six is standard for the Warrior, and easier to operate, but if you’ve got a very strong crewmember, you can choose the three-pump version. It requires a bit more effort to lift the car, but it can save precious moments during a pit stop.
The Warrior series comes in three colors—blue, red, and black—so there’s the opportunity to match your car’s livery, which won’t make you any faster, but it’ll sure look cool.
For the ultimate in quality, use what the best professional teams use, and opt for the hand-assembled Brunnhoelzl Pro Series Jack
. It’s made from billet aluminum, so it’s tough enough to stand up to the rigors of the track, but is still light enough not to be unwieldy or difficult to use. The 48-inch chrome moly handle gives you maximum leverage when lifting your car off the ground. It’s been vetted by the best, too; the Brunnhoelzl Pro Series Jack has been used by the winning teams of the Rockingham Pit Crew Championship Competition from 1988 to 2002.
Minimum ground clearance is 3.5 inches, and the Pro Jack comes in a one-pump or three-pump version. Again, you can save time with fewer pumps to get the car off the ground, but if you opt for the one-pump jack, you’ll definitely want the beefiest member of your team to be the one handling it. Also, the jack can be customized to lift the car from 8 to 10.5 inches off the ground in that single pump. Most racers simply prefer the ease of use of the three-pump jack.
The Pro Series Jack costs $1395, and comes in blue, red or black.
Is your racer especially at a premium for ground clearance? Get under your super-slick ground-hugger with the Brunnhoelzl Pro Series Flat Jack
. It needs just 2.5 inches of clearance to work with. It has all the great quality, durability, and features of the standard Pro Series Jack, but with a lower lift plate.
Besides fitting under a car with an ultra-low chassis, the Flat Jack is also ideal for those times when your car has a flat tire. Despite losing the clearance the tire normally provides, the Flat Jack can still get between the car and the pavement to keep your pit stop quick and problem-free.
The Brunnhoelzl Pro Series Flat Jack costs $1450, and like the standard Pro Series Jack, it comes in one- or three-pump versions, with blue, red, and black offerings.
Once you’ve got your wheels off the ground, you don’t want to waste any time swapping out for new shoes. Brunnhoelzl also makes its own Warrior Twin Hammer Impact Gun
. It comes in 50/50 and 60/40 ratios. It features a patented side exhaust, which increases the RPM of the gun, and has the very clever added benefit of keeping brake dust out of the face of the crew member working on the wheel (an eyeful of soot can really slow down the whole pit stop).
The Warrior Impact Gun has a shockproof coating, and its tapered anvil keeps the socket stable and eliminates vibration, making it easier to use and preventing any complications.