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Old 06-15-2013, 12:16 PM   #1
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Jack & Jack Stands... How Tall?

Hi Guys -

I've got to replace my clutch and I my old jack is about dead. So, I'm going to buy new jack and some more stands. How tall do I need to get so that I can safely drop the transmission (manual)? I'd like to be able to drop it with low profile transmission jack, so I don't drop it on my head. So, I need to get the 330i up tall enough to fit the transmission on the transmission jack and roll it out.

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Old 06-15-2013, 12:22 PM   #2
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I'd put this car on four stands, and put them as high as they can go. I'd look for 24 - 30 inches, and take more if I could get it. I'd lift the car half the distance on one side, or end, and then lift it the full distance on the other, then return to the first and lift it the remaining amount.
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:28 PM   #3
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Re: Jack & Jack Stands... How Tall?

I just hate getting that far under the car. Scares the crap out of me. When doing my post cat o2s, not only did I have 2 jacks and 2 stands holding it up,I also used 4 of my rims placed in clutch spots in case **** falls and I needed an emergency bailout route

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Old 06-15-2013, 12:40 PM   #4
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I just hate getting that far under the car. Scares the crap out of me. When doing my post cat o2s, not only did I have 2 jacks and 2 stands holding it up,I also used 4 of my rims placed in clutch spots in case **** falls and I needed an emergency bailout route

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Yeah... scares me a bit, too. It's one of the reasons I'm getting new stands, so my old stands can be safety backups.
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:46 PM   #5
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If you're scared, build some wood ramps.

Something like this or you can buy these.

Personally I would build some wooden ramps because you can make them to your wanting - just remember lots of lateral support and you'll be fine.
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:56 PM   #6
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Have any of you guys invested in one of those home scissor type lifts? Those seem pretty cool, but are like $1200. I mean... the work I'm going to be doing myself will more than make back $1200 compared to taking it to a mechanic, but still.... that's a lot of coin.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:15 PM   #7
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If you're scared, build some wood ramps.

Something like this or you can buy these.

Personally I would build some wooden ramps because you can make them to your wanting - just remember lots of lateral support and you'll be fine.
The Rhino ramps definitely wouldn't work getting it up high enough. I used them for cooling system and an oil change, but anything farther back and you definitely dont' have the room.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:26 PM   #8
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The Rhino ramps definitely wouldn't work getting it up high enough. I used them for cooling system and an oil change, but anything farther back and you definitely dont' have the room.
+1 I just changed my tranny fluid today, and the Rhino ramps didn't lift it high enough; had to put it on stands.

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Old 06-15-2013, 01:29 PM   #9
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+1 I just changed my tranny fluid today, and the Rhino ramps didn't lift it high enough; had to put it on stands.

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Tasty... what brand/model is that?
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:52 PM   #10
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Here's the lift: http://naautoequipment.com/mid-rise-scissor-lifts.html
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:24 PM   #11
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that second one looks a lot like the HF one

http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...ift-91315.html

which btw looks scary to see that van on
that photo make me not want to buy it seeing it like that.
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:44 PM   #12
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The Rhino ramps definitely wouldn't work getting it up high enough. I used them for cooling system and an oil change, but anything farther back and you definitely dont' have the room.
Even if you put four? I wasn't saying drive up on two, but rather raise the car with a jack in the front and put the Rhino Ramps under the front, then do the same to the back.
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:54 PM   #13
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Jack & Jack Stands... How Tall?

Think about that, and explain in detail how it's done. To drive up on 4 ramps, all wheels must go the same direction. The ramps won't fit between the front and back wheels.


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Old 06-15-2013, 05:58 PM   #14
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Think about that, and explain in detail how it's done. To drive up on 4 ramps, all wheels must go the same direction. The ramps won't fit between the front and back wheels.


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How long are they? If they're too long, couldn't you just put the rear ones backwards? It was just a suggestion, I don't have a pair. Personally, I built my own wooden ramps with LED's in them.
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:33 PM   #15
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If you're scared, build some wood ramps.

Something like this or you can buy these.

Personally I would build some wooden ramps because you can make them to your wanting - just remember lots of lateral support and you'll be fine.
I know this is an older thread but this is an awesome idea and I will be building mine this weekend. I need to get under my 325 and check tranny mounts, quibo, U-Joints etc etc etc and jack stands or Rhino Ramps don't cut it. With a crawler undre the car what couldn't a person do except for tire work and jack stands for that since you don't have to crawl under the car.
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Tasty... what brand/model is that?
Since the drive-over height is 4", will that clear a low E46 such as with ZSP or even a lowered one?
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:46 PM   #17
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Just get 4 6 ton jack stands from HF... I've been using them for years and have spent days under the car wrenching on it. Never worried about anything. The 330 only weighs 3400lbs ish.


As far as a floor jack goes. This is one of the best ones around.
http://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/...ACHyd1_pg1.htm
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:49 PM   #18
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I had my car up on all fours with only about 18inches worth of clearance and did my CSB and Guibo. It was ok except the exhaust when it was time to put it back in. Its a little heavy.

When it is up , I climb into my car and wiggle a bit, make sure nothings sliding around, I also have a jack up front and try to have one in the rear just in case the jack stands "fail"
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Just get 4 6 ton jack stands from HF... I've been using them for years and have spent days under the car wrenching on it. Never worried about anything. The 330 only weighs 3400lbs ish.


As far as a floor jack goes. This is one of the best ones around.
http://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/...ACHyd1_pg1.htm
^^^^^This is good advice.^^^^^
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:28 AM   #20
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The Rhino ramps definitely wouldn't work getting it up high enough. I used them for cooling system and an oil change, but anything farther back and you definitely dont' have the room.
This is not true, I did the job twice by myself with Rhino ramps at the front and jack stands at the rear, was able to use a std jack to help lower & raise the transmission. I did not put the jack stands at their highest position in the rear, I think they were up one from the bottom. Esco stands.
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