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Old 07-26-2010, 06:41 PM   #1
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bmw stock jack is a pos, recommend a good one

so i got a flat this weekend and used the bmw jack. what a piece of shat. it puts all the weight on this one little area.
i had to move it twice because it broke through the pavement and sunk through.

can someone recommend a good but affordable jack?

i also realized how out of shape my fat ass is, i was sweating like a pig while changing the tire. it was 105 degrees, but i stopped under a bridge.
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Old 07-26-2010, 07:28 PM   #2
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To your credit, it was wicked hot out lately. Solar Maximus is approaching, and it will just keep getting hotter seasons for the next 2 years.

I bought the Autozone 2ton jack with 2 stands for 45$, but the menards 2 1/2 tons is better. A pair of plastic ramps for 20$, I use them all the time and make jacking up this car WAY easier.

Drive onto ramps, then put jack stands under the 2 mounting points. Then jack from the center engine jackpoint using a block of wood for better weight dispersal.

As you will notice, no good jack will fit under this car period. You will either need to jack up with that crap jackstand that came with the car, or drive onto ramps which is way faster.

Goto Menards/Lowes/Home Depot and buy a 30-50$ 2 ton or larger jack. Go ahead and pickup a few stands and a pair of ramps while you are at it.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:27 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure most pep-boys carry this, its a 2ton low profile jack, comes in a plastic carry case, I use to drive around with it in my trunk with my lowered Jetta. the widow-maker has earned its name for a reason. god forbid your on an un-level surface, or even worse gravel :headbang: blew out two tires on a dirt gravel rd and all I had was the widow-maker. luckly I had a text book in my trunk i put the jack on.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:29 PM   #4
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get a 10 dollar scissor jack for roadside emergencies. they work fine and will fit under lowered cars better. for the garage get a decent jack and some stands.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:35 PM   #5
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I got an aluminum race jack at the Freight for 70 thats where its at
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:38 PM   #6
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Yeah... I replaced all 4 wheels this week in direct sun using the pitiful stock jack. I sweated like a pig, and I run 20+ miles a week...
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:24 PM   #7
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Scissors-type for mobile carry-around.

The harbor freight lightweight aluminum racing jack for the home.

Super-low, strong, lightweight. Badass.
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