3 years ago I bought an elite fts rack and it has served me extremely well. I decided after 3 years and finally having someone over to the house to lift with that lifting was a much bigger hobby than guns were, so I sold off some guns and started expanding the basement gym. The first thing I did was put together a second platform and get another rack and bar.
The first rack I bought I added top and bottom band pegs, extra spot pins, extra j-hooks and weight storage. This time I only did bottom band pegs and extra j-hooks. The pictures don't show it well, but the additional 2x2 tubing for top band pegs sticks up through the floor joists. I can't change the band peg positioning because the pin is trapped by the floor joists. With where the 2nd rack was going I didn't have clearance for top band pegs. I originally ordered the additional spot pins because I figured it would be better to have them than not have them. In three years I have not ever used both sets at one time. The j-hooks I ordered doubles because the first rack came with off brand j-hooks (pictures below) and I wanted the pictured ones, doubles let me use them on both racks. Weight storage costs $245 and while I really like it, I didn’t feel it was worth the money or the increased footprint of the rack. Space is tight for something that takes up a relatively large amount of space.
Hole alignment was a concern, although it wouldn't have been a deal breaker. I was hoping after 3 years they were still working off of the exact drill pattern and they were. This makes knowing pin and j-hook settings easier since all the holes line up between the two racks. I was actually reading an article a few days ago on elite's site where the author mentioned two elite monolifts do not have the same hole pattern from a few years difference.
The shiny band peg is 3 years old, the dull colored one is new. Other than that they are constructed the same. Band peg holes are also the same.
The top j-hook is 3 years old and the bottom one is new. Based off a discussion in the powerlifting forum I decided to contact elite about this, as I wasn't ever happy with the design and this design has never been featured on their website. I was basically told that wasn't from them. Realisticly I figure after 3 years I give up my right to bitch about it.
You can see from the angle of the two rack I have a warped basement floor. I will just pretend that it isn't there. The first rack had every hole on all 4 posts labeled. I won't do the same for this one. By the time I realized it was a huge pain in the ass it was too late to stop. I will just label the important ones that actually get used.
I am also very happy with the elite bench. I was dead set on getting a legend flat bench as I had used one in the past. I gave up that idea when I realized there was no way around the high price of freight. I called elite and asked if it could be added to the order. I got very lucky as the rack was supposed to ship that day. They held my order, added the bench and I didn't have to pay extra for shipping.
Thread: 3 years and 2 EFS racks