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Lever (1970 - Mid 1972)

Incorrect Lever Jacks

Crank (Late 1972- Early 1973)

Crank (1973- Early 1975)

Crank (Late 1975 - 1976)

Crank Jack Comparison

Porsche 914 Factory Jacks

Going Up?

As one would expect, Porsche 914 automobiles came with a jack mounted in the rear trunk. The jacks were all manufactured by Bilstein, but there were several variations throughout the Porsche 914 production run. Jacks are operated by inserting the steel bar into the vehicle's longitudinal jacking tube on whichever side is appropriate and raising. The entire side of the car is lifted, so great care should be taken in chucking the wheels on the opposite side. Similar jacks were also used in VW and other Porsche vehicles of the era.

Current eBay listings for Porsche 914 jacks (compare listed items with those pictured on this page to ensure authenticity):

Porsche 914 and 914/6 Jacks on eBAY

Lever Jacks: 1970 -  Mid 1972

The 1970 through mid 1972 Porsche 914 and Porsche 914/6 models came equipped with a lever-style jack. This Bilstein device was operated by inserting the straight end of the lug wrench tommy bar (or the tapered end of the actual lug wrench for the 914/6) into the appropriate tube on the jack and levering the car up or down. This is the same jack issued with several Volkswagen models during that time period. Note that the 914 lever jacks pictured are not in the best shape.

Be aware that there were similar jacks used in earlier Porsche and VW applications that are not correct for the Porsche 914 or 914/6 (although they will function properly with the 914 series). Primary differences in these older Bilstein jacks include a single handle-insert design or a shorter insertion bar. We've included some example pictures to help you differentiate the models.

Transitional Crank Jacks: Late 1972 - Early 1973

The most dramatic jack change occurred late in the 1972 model year when the lever-style jack was replaced with a screw-based crank jack (also produced by Bilstein). This device was operated by turning the integrated handle in the appropriate direction to lift or lower the car. This jack provides smoother, easier lifting. Apparently the jack design was still evolving slightly during the late 1972 and early 1973 model year production run, as there was a variation in the handle of some of the jacks issued with these cars when compared with the generally accepted 914 crank jack equipping most of the 1973-1976 Porsche 914 models. The "green dot" at the top of the handle is actually a plastic cover that hides and protects the handle attachment. This plastic cover should be present on all Porsche 914 crank jacks.

Early Crank Jacks: 1973 - Early 1975

The remainder of the 1973 through early 1975 Porsche 914 models came equipped with a crank jack incorporating a flat, broad handle that is triangular in shape. A comparison picture is provided juxtaposing this more common handle style to the "transitional" handle style.

Late Crank Jacks: Late 1975 - 1976

Later 1975 and 1976 Porsche 914 vehicles came equipped with a jack that was identical to the prior style with the exception of the metal cap that covers the top sprocket and handle gear mechanisms. This cap, while still silver and stamped with the curved "Bilstein" name (although this label is hard to see in the provided picture), was attached differently and therefore had two "dimples" in it. The provided comparison picture shows the caps on the three variations of the Porsche 914 Bilstein crank jacks.