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Old 10-20-2012, 05:02 AM   #1
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Jack stands on LOW car..

Hi!

I did a quick search, but didn't find any thread about this..

I have a verry low e46 sedan I need to get on jack stands for some work I'm planing to do. It's the front I'm working on, so I need to get that up!

The car is verry low. I have no chance to jack it up from under the car. I can manage to get the jack under the car, but no clarance to jack it up..

Last time I did this I jackad one of the rear side as mutch that I could put a jack stand under the front jack point, then the same on the other side.. But It was a bit scetchy..

Anyone have some other good ideas to do this with a low car?


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Old 10-20-2012, 05:28 AM   #2
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Begin by driving up on a 2x10 (wood board).

Also, read the recent thread on 'jacking up the car.' Search 'jacking' in thread title.

Make sure you've read a number of threads as some seem to go old school and not quite right. There is a front center jack point you might have, but you didn't tell us what year car you have and that makes a difference. I jack from front center. Or just from the side if I only need one side up.

Read a number of threads on something like this...don't trust that you'll hear all of what you need to hear from one thread.

I took some 2x10s and just cut the ends off at a steep angle...then added a 1x on top for 2.25" lift...enough for me to do an oil change and get jack under if I need to under the front.

Also, you know, you can lift up the side of the car if it's too low for jack to get underneath (I presume you have real jack and are not using just emergency jack). Lift up the side and have a buddy get jack under side jack point.

Read threads on this until you puke and then you'll know what to do! LOL Seriously!
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:29 AM   #3
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like dmax said, drive up on a couple blocks of wood. You will have plenty of clearance to get a jack underneath the car. A lot of us on this site have very low e46's, it takes some getting used to but its not that bad to get the car on jackstands.
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:05 AM   #4
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I bought one of these scissor jacks...My OEM jack didnt fit underneath the front after having it lowered on H&R sport springs. Raises the car enough to change a tire and/or get a regular jack under the car. Didnt want to carry a low profile regular wheeled jack or wood ramps in my trunk. This folds up and takes up next to no space at all under the trunk bed and I have full use of trunk space. And I had to keep in mind that the car would be even lower if I caught a flat on the road. So this scissor jack is a perfect fit for me...Uses a 7/16 socket. Put it under the car and use an extension and a ratchet and it works lovely...

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Old 10-20-2012, 09:03 AM   #6
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smuuuuuv get back in here bro!! i need that jack!!
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:04 AM   #7
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Here is the official site....http://www.calcarcover.com/product.aspx?id=231

Here is their ebay listing..S/h is a lil cheaper on ebay..http://www.ebay.com/itm/Compact-Floo...180760&vxp=mtr
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thx man appreciate it
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Old 10-20-2012, 02:58 PM   #9
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You can also use the OEM jack on the side, and slide a floor jack under the front subframe mounting point
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3/4" ply wood with 2x4 screwed to it, that's a 2.25" lift , if that isn't enough stack two 2x4 after the one 2x4,all screwed down to ply, basically you have to build steps
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:52 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the help guys. I welded my own ramps and dove the car on, and then got my floor jack underneath the front of the car, jacked it up and put jack stands in place. I was replacing my control arm bushings. worked like a charm :-)
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