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Proper Floor Jack Placement?


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I got a wonderful Christmas gift but its been 30 years since I used one of these on my first BMW, an e12. Does this placement look okay? Should I stick a piece of wood between the car and the jack?  I haven't yet lifted the front end all the way off the floor.

post-38342-0-53127000-1388081333_thumb.j That's an NK subframe.

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there is no issue with "sliding off those wood blocks".   been doing it that way for many, many years.  multiple kinds of bmw's, all kinds of work including complete engine, drive train  and suspension replacements.  setup is rock solid.

 

of course, all the usual safety precautions apply....always leave a jack under a jack point, or put the tires/wheels under the car, check stability of any jack stand setup, use quality jack stands, make sure shop surface is level, etc, etc, etc.

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Yes, the middle of the front subframe is an excellent jacking point to get both front wheels off the ground at the same time.

 

I have a dozen or so hockey pucks I sometimes use instead of wooden blocks. When I jack up a car by the front subframe and need to set the frame rails on jackstands, I'll put a hockey puck between each jackstand and the frame rail.

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Very cool! Not something everybody will want to do, but works on E36, so why not?

by the way, and not to hijack this thread, but what color is that?

Hans, It's called Electric Blue. It's origin was mid 60's GM muscle cars. However this one was off a 2003 Mini, (so it's kind of a BMW color!)

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