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Old 03-22-2006, 12:28 PM   #21
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Definitely don't jack on the silver oval piece on a 330 coupe. That's just a aluminum cross brace that isn't designed to take the full weight of the car's front end. It just gives the chassis some more rigidity.
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Old 03-22-2006, 12:28 PM   #22
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Definitely don't jack on the silver oval piece on a 330 coupe. That's just a aluminum cross brace that isn't designed to take the full weight of the car's front end. It just gives the chassis some more rigidity.
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Old 03-22-2006, 11:23 PM   #23
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I've thought about using ramps for the front and then jacking up the rear and using jackstands. Do you guys think this is safe?
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Old 03-22-2006, 11:30 PM   #24
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Definitely don't jack on the silver oval piece on a 330 coupe. That's just a aluminum cross brace that isn't designed to take the full weight of the car's front end. It just gives the chassis some more rigidity.
The engine subframe is above it though.
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Old 03-22-2006, 11:34 PM   #25
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I've thought about using ramps for the front and then jacking up the rear and using jackstands. Do you guys think this is safe?
I dunno how safe it is, but I've done it before
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Old 03-23-2006, 12:19 AM   #26
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I've thought about using ramps for the front and then jacking up the rear and using jackstands. Do you guys think this is safe?
Why wouldn't it be safe? I'd get under a car with ramps before I would get under one with jackstands any day. Most ramps are rated up to like 10,000 pounds.
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Old 03-23-2006, 12:46 AM   #27
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Why wouldn't it be safe? I'd get under a car with ramps before I would get under one with jackstands any day. Most ramps are rated up to like 10,000 pounds.

because the front end, which is on ramps, could still roll
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Old 03-23-2006, 07:45 AM   #28
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r0x, great writeup! I guess BMW assumes that people nowadays don't work on their own cars, I've had a hell of a time trying to jack my car up as well. I was helping my buddy work on his Lotus Elise, and it's the same story there, because the whole underbody is an aluminum diffuser. So unless you take apart the entire underside of the car, you can only really jack the car up at the 4 "jack-points" like on our Bimmers.

Another reason why I'm excited about getting a lift.
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Old 03-23-2006, 01:43 PM   #29
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To prevent the car rolling, I ended up buying a ramp for the front and I think they are great. When I only have the fronts up on a ramp, I put my car in R, emergency brake on, and use wheel chokes. When I want the whole car up, I put my front under ramps, and use the subframe (U-shape) to lift up the car and place two jacks on the rear rubber sides.
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I, too, used front ramps, one hydraulic jack, and 4 jack stands. Here's a good DIY on jacking up an M3 (I just used the same techniques on my 330)

http://m3.madrussian.net/diy_jacking.shtml
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OK so if I use ramps for the front and put the rear on stands how do I get the front onto jackstands? I don't think I have a jackpad like that m3 right?
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Dirsh, if you are planning on using ramps for the front, why would you need to place the jackstands for the front? Unless you are working with wheels, there's no need to place jackstands in the front with ramps.
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Dirsh, if you are planning on using ramps for the front, why would you need to place the jackstands for the front? Unless you are working with wheels, there's no need to place jackstands in the front with ramps.

If I need to do brakes or suspension work
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If I need to do brakes or suspension work
Then just jack up the front, no need for ramps.
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:07 AM   #35
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i'm glad i found this - i had no idea i could jack from the rail. I ended up denting my skidplate.

As for the 2 jacks - not needed - its faster and way cheaper to just put a piece of wood in front of each front wheel. Drive up on to the wood then place your jack underneath. Make sure the wood stays in place when you're bringing the car down otherwise you can't get it out from under the car.

Thankfully I found this post - i had no idea how it gets done on coupes. M3s have it perfectly set up.
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Old 09-08-2006, 06:50 AM   #36
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Yeah...sticky this. I just bought a racing jack from Harbor Freight Tools on sale for $60. I would have gotten 2 if I would have seen this earlier
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Old 09-14-2006, 08:22 PM   #38
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If you jack directly on that oval on the aluminum subframe, you'll crush it until it compresses against the main crossmember...only then will you begin to lift the car.
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Old 09-22-2006, 09:55 PM   #39
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I just jacked my car up and I can say that this DIY is right on the money. I used a $60 low profile jack from Harbor Freight tools. Worked great. Only took 10 minutes to put my car on stands.
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Old 09-23-2006, 07:25 AM   #40
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Great write up! I always used this method and have had to probs. My car is too low for ramps.. I just push em across my driveway..
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