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Old 09-22-2013, 09:33 PM   #1
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Where is rear lift point?

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I am starting work on my rear suspension on my 1999 323i next weekend.
I've never lifted the rear before so could someone confirm or deny that I have identified the correct lift point circled on red on the photo.

Also would be interested in anyone's experience in installing new shocks without putting the rear on jack stands and removing the tires.

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Old 09-23-2013, 12:31 PM   #2
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:56 PM   #3
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:05 PM   #4
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Where is rear lift point?

I assume your picture is going to entail you picking it dead in the middle?

I usually would lift the front as high as possible (from the actual lift point), then place a jack under the rear lift point and continue to do the same on the other side.

Consuming, yes. But it is safer as well.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:59 PM   #5
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That's it! You can easily get to the lower shock mount without taking off the wheels, but depending on shock length, you might have to raise the car to completely remove it.
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:49 AM   #6
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That's it! You can easily get to the lower shock mount without taking off the wheels, but depending on shock length, you might have to raise the car to completely remove it.
Thanks.

I see your point about having enough room to remove the shock.

So then would it be a good plan to:
  1. Remove the bottom shock mount bolt
  2. Remove upper shock mount nuts
  3. Remove shock and if necessary jack up vehicle from rear lift point by the rear wheel.
  4. Reverse the process to install new shock and new mount with reinforcing plate?
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:36 PM   #7
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When I did mine, I did the tops first, then removed the bottom bolt and wiggled the shock out.

Never, ever, jack up the vehicle and get under the car to do any work. Go to Sears or anyplace else and buy a pair of jack stands to go under the rear jack point on each side.
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Old 09-26-2013, 04:46 AM   #8
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Where is rear lift point?

Understand abt not working under car with only a jack. I read on another post that u could jack up car a bit to relieve pressure but still keeping tires on the ground and that this makes it easier to remove the shock.
Anyway I will follow your wiggle method. Sounds good!
Thx for your help.


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Old 09-26-2013, 06:33 PM   #9
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That's where I lift mine. I put a 3x3x1 block of wood between the jack and lift point. I think this helps spread the pressure and so far my hole is unmolested. No pun intended. then lower onto jack stands. I used a 3 ton jack and 3.5 ton jack stands just to be safe.

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Old 09-27-2013, 08:26 PM   #10
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