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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 07-03-2014, 11:38 AM   #1
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garage jack recommendations for the M3?

Hey yall..

So with all of the work I have done on my car thus far, I haven't needed a garage jack and oddly enough don't actually own one!

I need some recommendations on this tool that I probably wont actually use all that often.

I see jack (and stand) kits for sub-$100 and gold plated blah blah blah jacks alone for practically $1k! (ridiculous)

Any reasonable suggestions? I really don't want to overpay on a tool I wont be using very often so don't need some gold plated thing.

I see O'Reily's has a reasonable full kit, but don't know if it will get low enough. What are other folks doing?
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:55 AM   #2
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this is my preference

http://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/...Hydraulic1.htm

However, i use 6 ton jack stands so that i have ample amount of room under the car to move around. I've also used a harbor freight jack. The HF jack is a pain to get the car high enough to use 6 ton stands... doable, not not as efficient.

A good rebuildable jack will be a 1 time purchase. if you by a HF or comparable, you will buy a couple over the years and they will never be as nice to operate....
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:51 PM   #3
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Don't get a super cheap jack, it's something you really don't want to fail miduse. That said, you probably don't need high end either, around the $200 mark would be good.

Make sure it has a good capacity well over your car's weight, 2 tons or more if you're only using it for the M3. Other than that, check how much clearance you have to get under the jack pads and get a jack that lets you get under with maybe a half inch to spare, to allow for uneven surfaces.
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:52 PM   #4
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Yeah.. low clearance concerns me on most of the listing out there, but thanks for the info!
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Old 07-04-2014, 03:46 PM   #5
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My car is lowered quite a bit so I have to use two jacks, one on the side jack pad, then once it is up around six inches I can fit my other jack on the jack point under the engine. I use that to raise and get the jack stands under both side jack points. My recommendation would be to get a cheap harbor freight for the side duty and a good one for the center lifting, I have a real nice one from Costco that was around $100 and an OTC that was pricey, neither one will fit under the front of the car far enough without the side jack. You could also drive the car up on blocks to get the clearance you need for a regular jack. These are just mentioned so you don't get wrapped up thinking you need a super thin jack.


here is a post about the costco one:
http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=214805

Here is the OTC, lifetime warranty, note the next model 1533 comes with jack stands and is cheaper:
http://www.amazon.com/OTC-1532-Capac...words=otc+1532
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Old 07-04-2014, 04:15 PM   #6
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Just paid 40 bucks for 6 tons jacks at harbor freight. Currently they're holding my 2 ton merc up no problem.
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Old 07-04-2014, 07:11 PM   #7
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Harbor Freight "Aluminum" / many models to pick from, all work well & are priced right. If you're not near a location, they ship.



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Harbor Freight "Aluminum"
This. I got really tired of hauling my heavy-ass steel jack, the aluminium one works great for me.
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Old 07-06-2014, 03:36 PM   #9
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I have a real expensive Snap-On jack and jack stands. I also have a Harbor Freight aluminum lightweight jack and jack stands. Guess which one I use the most, the HF one.
jacks are for lifting until you get it secured on good stands. our M3s don't need anything to get too high, and these aren't heavy trucks. Don't go too cheap or too expensive and you'll be fine. but looking for one thats somewhat low profile is worthwhile.
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