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Old 10-19-2009, 10:37 PM   #1
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How best to get E46 onto jack stands?

I want to get my 325 on jackstands on the rubber lift sites. Where do I put the jack so I can put the stands on the rubber area? Thanks
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:47 PM   #2
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:09 PM   #3
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There are front and rear center jack points. Use these to get jack stands under the side jack points.
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:12 PM   #4
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i have to use the stock jack to first lift the car up then put on a secondary jack underneath
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:14 PM   #5
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i have to use the stock jack to first lift the car up then put on a secondary jack underneath
You sir, need a low profile jack
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:22 PM   #6
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You sir, need a low profile jack
or just drive the car onto 2x8s first
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Old 10-20-2009, 12:56 PM   #7
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I drive it on a 4x4 and then jack it up. low profile jacks are a rip off
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:36 PM   #8
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I drive it on a 4x4 and then jack it up. low profile jacks are a rip off
Says the person who has probably never used one.
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:41 PM   #9
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2" off the gound I still need a 2x4 for low profile jack lol
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:09 PM   #10
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:45 AM   #11
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I use 2 low profile jacks from Harbor Freight, makes putting the car on stands pretty easy.

First, chock the back wheels from behind. I jack up the front on the jack pad on 1 side. Take the 2nd jack and jack up the car on the frame rail. Then remove the jack on the jack pad and then jack the other side up on the frame rail. Place the stands under the jack pads and lower onto the front jack stands.

Then I jack up the rear on the x brace under the diff, don't jack the diff. Place the rear jack stands under the rear jack pads. Lower the car and you should be done.

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i have to use the stock jack to first lift the car up then put on a secondary jack underneath
I'd try to avoid using the OEM jack.

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I don't think he meant raising it completely with the stock jack, just enough to fit a jack underneath. I actually have to do the same thing with my car. Give the stock jack just a couple turns on the side so that I can slip my low profile jack in from the front.
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Old 10-21-2009, 10:36 AM   #14
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What are the differences between the jackpoints highlighted in red versus green?
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I don't think he meant raising it completely with the stock jack, just enough to fit a jack underneath. I actually have to do the same thing with my car. Give the stock jack just a couple turns on the side so that I can slip my low profile jack in from the front.
I guess after my stock jack failed I automatically respond with "don't use the OEM jack" whenever someone admits to using it.

I previously used the OEM jack for the same purpose but the PIA part was getting the car off the jack stands. x100 easier and safer using two jacks. Well worth the extra $60 I spent for the harbor freight floor jacks.

I'm pretty sure this is it...

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=67408

There's a coupon in Automobile magazine to discount this to $60.

Looks similar to this one:

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What are the differences between the jackpoints highlighted in red versus green?
I took it as only dont use the rear OEM jack points. I don't know what the difference between red and green would be as long as it doesnt have an X through it.
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jack on the rubber and mount the stands on the frame rails, this may help:
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:25 AM   #18
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I don't understand why people try to reinvent the wheel here. BMW provided us with 6, SIX, jacking points on our vehicles, while you're lucky to find two on most vehicles. Just use them! I'm sure BMW would make jacking points that "bend", as the picture shows (sarcasm). My car has been up in the air multiple times, supported by jack stands on all four side mounting points, with no issues at all. In fact the car is very solid like this because you can situate the top of the jack to sit in the square indentation, which prevents slippage even more.
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:55 AM   #19
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I guess after my stock jack failed I automatically respond with "don't use the OEM jack" whenever someone admits to using it.

I previously used the OEM jack for the same purpose but the PIA part was getting the car off the jack stands. x100 easier and safer using two jacks. Well worth the extra $60 I spent for the harbor freight floor jacks.

I'm pretty sure this is it...

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=67408

There's a coupon in Automobile magazine to discount this to $60.

Looks similar to this one:

Yeah, I can understand that. I may have to keep my eyes peeled at my local harbor freight for one of those.
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Old 10-22-2009, 03:54 PM   #20
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Be sure to jake the rear from the subframe, not the differential.
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