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Old 11-20-2009, 10:04 AM   #21
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jack on the rubber and mount the stands on the frame rails, this may help:
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Interesting you use the jack stands on these points. I've accidently bent one of the rails with my floor jack when forgetting to use a piece of wood between the jack and the rail.

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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.
I've used the rear side mounts without issue.


Does anyone else have ideas between the red and green points on the picture above?


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Be sure to jake the rear from the subframe, not the differential.
Agreed. Do not touch the differential itself. I though have used the differential carrier to raise the car and have not had a problem. Jack stands were placed underneath the rear side jack mounts.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:14 PM   #22
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Here you go
Why does the diagram say not to use the rear jack points because they will bend?

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Old 06-13-2013, 11:43 AM   #23
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I assume that is the underside of an M3? My car looks nothing like that.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:28 PM   #24
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Good forum

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Old 09-07-2013, 10:41 PM   #25
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I assume that is the underside of an M3? My car looks nothing like that.
You are exactly correct. M3 has a very convenient center jack point on the front that we non-M's would love to have. We do not have a center jack point on the front of our cars.


EDIT: Correction. M3 and Xi e46's have center jacking point on the front. Others lack this.

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Old 09-09-2013, 02:19 PM   #26
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You are exactly correct. M3 has a very convenient center jack point on the front that we non-M's would love to have. We do not have a center jack point on the front of our cars.
I do actually....(XI)......
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:48 PM   #27
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Our 2000 328i has one also, on the tubular reinforcement.
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Our 2000 328i has one also, on the tubular reinforcement.
Yes, I know the early e46's have a tubular reinforcement. Is it really rock solid enough to take the weight of the car without deforming?
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:03 PM   #29
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Yes, I know the early e46's have a tubular reinforcement. Is it really rock solid enough to take the weight of the car without deforming?
Yes, it is quite strong, I have been lifting the whole front end with it for several years, no sign of collapse whatsoever. In the center of it is one of the bolts that go into the subframe.
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Yes, it is quite strong, I have been lifting the whole front end with it for several years, no sign of collapse whatsoever. In the center of it is one of the bolts that go into the subframe.
Wish I had that. Why couldn't BMW put something like that into the later model reinforcement plate!
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:38 PM   #31
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Wish I had that. Why couldn't BMW put something like that into the later model reinforcement plate!
A pretty bogus omission on their part. It was probably quite an argument around the design table, the DIY supporting engineers probably got out voted.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:09 AM   #32
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Put your jack on one of the rear jack pads and crank her up. this will lift the whole side of the car, front as well.. Jack it high enough to put a stand under the front pad. lower.. go to the other side rear and jack her up again. this will raise the opposite side of the car and allow you to put a stand on the front rubber jack point... lower. the front of the car is now on stands on the rubber jack points.. now jack the rear of the car from the center cross member near the diff.. place stands on both rear rubber pads.. done.. i have done this way too many times
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:44 AM   #33
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Re: How best to get E46 onto jack stands?

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Wish I had that. Why couldn't BMW put something like that into the later model reinforcement plate!
LOL because BMW intended for us to bring the car to the dealer for EVERYTHING. Sneaky sneaky using a lift!

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Old 09-11-2013, 12:57 PM   #34
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Yes, it is quite strong, I have been lifting the whole front end with it for several years, no sign of collapse whatsoever. In the center of it is one of the bolts that go into the subframe.
Is this the spot (red square) you're referring to? This is the front underside of a 323i.
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Is this the spot (red square) you're referring to? This is the front underside of a 323i.
Sure looks like it would take the stress right to the subframe, which would do the job.
Bad part of a common e46 is the Al reinforcement plate has to crush before it comes into contact with the subframe. I have crushed mine and use it to lift. It does work, but pains me everytime I use it to think that the car has a huge blemish because of design stupidity.
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Is this the spot (red square) you're referring to? This is the front underside of a 323i.
Yes, that is what I am referring to.
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Bumping this thread.
How the hell do you get the rear of the car on the jack stands without using U bracket on the differential?
For the fronts, I drive on the ramps and lift the car from the rear jacking points and put the stands on the front points. Can I drive the rear wheels on the ramps and lift the car high enough from the front jacking points, to put the rears on the stands?
I always rented the lift, to do anything on the rear suspension. But I want to do the rear ball joints ASAP without renting a lift.
I dont have a long handle jack, hence I am not very comfortable going under the car and jacking up from the rear U bracket. May be I will just buy a pipe and add(weld) it to the short pipe on the jack.

Issue is: I live in an apartment and I dont have space to store full size jacks and tools. Hence I opted for a smaller one.
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Not the solution to your query apparently, but I have no problem reaching the rear U bracket with a cheap $29 jack that I bought. Maybe have to drive the car up on 2X8's to start with.
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Not the solution to your query apparently, but I have no problem reaching the rear U bracket with a cheap $29 jack that I bought. Maybe have to drive the car up on 2X8's to start with.
I think I will try your suggestion. Drive rear wheels on the 3 2x8s stacked as ramp(that's what I use for the front) and jack up at the u joint.
Last time I tried to raise the Car on the u joint, my hand was under the bumper(short handle on the jack), so I don't feel comfortable. May be driving the rear wheels on the home made ramps would give me more room to maneuver the jack.


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Yes, my car also goes up the ramps fine with the rears. I have a set of the rubber ramps.
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