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Old 10-09-2010, 11:10 AM   #81
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Originally Posted by tony325ci_51 View Post
The problem: Standard ramps are too steep for low cars.

The solution: Make some pre-ramps from a solid length of wood 7cm square (or 3" x 3"). Each is 17" long.

The wooden pre-ramps can then be moved out of the way if you wish to use the front OEM jacking point for a jack or stands.

Remember to put the pre-ramps back in place before backing off, and back down slowly to avoid the suspension compressing when you hit the pre-ramps.

I won't post exact dimensions as your ramps may be different (my blue ramps are from Halfords), you would have to measure to fit but you get the idea.
This is awesome! I have been trying to figure out how I am going to get a jack under my car after I install my new suspension, looks like I will need to make a few "mini" ramps.
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Old 10-30-2010, 12:50 PM   #82
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hmm - dont have 2 jacks but great write up

4 jack stands and 1 jack - that sounds like a porn

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Old 07-10-2011, 07:13 PM   #83
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I learned the hard way yesterday that you cant jack up one side at a time of the front and put it on stands easily; I had the front right on a stand@ the jackpad, and was slowly jacking up the left, when i heard an odd "scrunch" sound, the car didn't seem to move, but i went around and checked the passenger side to find the stand up into the side skirt It had slid about 1-2" off the pad.

2.75" x 1" hole punched right through, thankfully it didnt seem to bend the body shell behind it any.

I jacked it back up by the pad and extracted the stand, then decided to do my brakes one corner at a time with the stand under the closest pad!

My 2003 sedan has the oval shape and it looks to be pretty crushed already, so next time i do the oil i will jack from there.

I did make myself some nice 2"x12" mini ramps to gain clearance for the low profile jack to hit the area in red others have referred to, next time i will try jacking from the oval and putting the stands under the framerails.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:09 PM   #84
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here's a stand me and my friend use
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:14 PM   #85
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What a death trap
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:42 PM   #86
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yeah it really is a bit nerve racking being under the car like that
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:26 PM   #87
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So: Green area is bad, yes or no? E46Mango says very bad, and from what I have heard he is an engineer, and I trust engineers when it comes to structures.

People who regularly jack there, chime in please.

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Old 10-24-2012, 05:29 PM   #88
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here's a stand me and my friend use
this is one of the most frightening things i have seen on this site. please Please PLEASE no one do this every again
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here's a stand me and my friend use
Wow! Thats wiggity!!
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Hi r0x, is there a chance when lifting from the rear, that the car slides either forward or backwards on the two front jack stands ? the rear jack would have to move when lifting the rear so as such the car doesnt move, right?

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Now lift the car up high enough to get your jackstands under the rear rubber jack points.

Lower the car onto the jackstands, and you're done. Enjoy, be safe, and happy modding.

And uh, this is why using just one jack is bad, lifting from either side:

Note the dents in my side-skirt where the jackstand dug into the bodywork. Nice, right? Try to avoid that. Use two jacks.
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Most jack stands don't fit right on the rubber jack pads. It's best to use flat top jack stands with pad adapters on top.


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Most jack stands don't fit right on the rubber jack pads. It's best to use flat top jack stands with pad adapters on top.
i think i'm going to try a set of these but without jack pad adapters. i use my jack which has a flat top without adapters. yes, jack points gouge the rubber pad slightly but i'd rather have fewer pieces to the puzzle, personally. i'm really not sure why no one has designed replacement plastic jack points that are solid/rounded plastic/rubber that would fit into the groove of typical jack stands??? it's annoying to have to spend $200+ on jackstands to prevent crushing the jack points.

all i want to do is have my car on jack stands to make changing brakes/wheels/brake fluid easier. is that SOOOO much to ask?? haha. ridiculous!

anyway, thanks for reminding me about these flat top stands. i've been looking for one with a solid top that i could cut down and stick up inside the jack point which isn't a bad option either, but i don't really like cutting down jacks stands either. then they're useless on any other car, too.

another guy made these adapters that fit OVER a jackstand and INTO a jack point. pretty nice actually.


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I know this is an old thread, but thought I would offer what I do.

When I am just working on one corner, like for a tire, brakes, suspension, etc., I have a cheap scissor jack from Harbor Freight Tools that I slip under the frame rail near the jack point and raise the car up using that. I put a piece of wood or rubber between the jack and frame rail for protection. The scissor jack is really short and can reach way under the car.

Once it is jacked up I put a jack stand under the normal plastic jack point with a couple short pieces of old radiator hose slid onto each tongue of the jack stand for protection. Then I lower the car onto the stand. I keep the scissor jack in place with enough force, maybe 100 lbs or so, as a backup for the jack stand and for stability in case I need to yank on the suspension.
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I don't even want to think about what vertical compression those 55 gallon drums are rated at, certainty not enough to hold up a 330i. Not to mention everything else that's wrong with this picture. Surprised there weren't some concrete blocks thrown in for effect.
Please do not get under this car, that's just scary.
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