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I typically buy one that is rated to lift the whole vehicle if necessary. 3 ton is the lowest I'd go for a 5200# vehicle. I just don't trust the pressure that could be exerted on a particular section of the truck when lifting, to a jack that is rated less.
2 ton stands are ok. 3 ton is better. i like having 4 stands, so you put the entire truck safely up on stands.
a 2 ton jack will work. i've used a pair of them for years and years, but one of them won't adequately lift the entire front, and i was always having to use both jacks to get the front up. a 3 ton is much better.
i've got a fairly new 3 ton OTC stinger jack and stands from the local parts store. it was $120 last year and i thought that was a pretty good deal.
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I would go with 6 ton stands. They're considerably higher and you sure won't have to worry about weight capacity. They're cheap at harbor freight when they're on sale. I have 2 3 ton stands I use when I can't jack the car up enough to fit the 6 tons.