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I will be installing a MaxJax two post lift this week for use with our 2002s and our '74 3.0CS.  Has anyone used the MaxJax with these two vehicles?  If so, how far apart did you space the lift posts to accommodate both car's jack points (frame rail and rear subframe support bushing)?  I'd like to keep the posts far enough apart to be able to open the CS doors for some access but close enough to also lift the 2002.  Thank you!

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IIRC I used 120 or 125 to the outside of the baseplate. I originally set them closer, like at 110, because I figured the 2002 was a small car.  However I quickly realized I needed extra room for my other cars so I bought another set of anchors and drilled a second set of holes to move one post over.  Once I set it there I never moved it back as the wider spacing worked for all cars, 2002 included. 

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1 hour ago, M2M3 said:

Easy enough to move the posts.

True, but it isn't just the posts that determine the optimum location.  The jack points, the wheel base and the swing arms with their extensions also play a part.   Since the question involves the placement of the posts for the 2002 and the e9, I'd rather not muscle around 700 pounds of heavy metal if someone else has already worked out the geometry.

 

3 hours ago, Solarphil said:

IIRC I used 120 or 125 to the outside of the baseplate.

Thanks Phil, that is a good starting place.  Hopefully someone who has used the MaxJax for both '02 and e9 will chime in with their measurements.

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I have the older M6 version which is basically the same.  I set it up with the 125" measurement which was ideal for the E28s and E34s I mostly work on. I've had the tii on it with no issues.  I will say you won't be worrying about opening the doors on either car.  The symmetrical design makes that difficult to begin with, plus you'll likely never get the door over the top of the arm pins or perhaps even the carriage itself so it's a non-issue.

 

I highly recommend cutting some 4" squares of plywood to use between the lifting pads and the car.  Those pads are junk and while they can be replaced for about $30, the plywood takes the brunt of anything sharp. 

 

Here's a photo of an E34 touring I did an engine swap and suspension on.  I used the truck frame adapters to get a little extra height but it's still not enough to totally open the door.  Lifting pads are at the jacking points (I did subframe bushings too, so needed them out of the way).

 

 

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Here's a weird perspective:  If you are installing it in a garage, I oriented mine so cars would back into the garage for hoisting.

I did this because I like the light and ventilation near the garage door.  it really works for me but others are always perplexed.

Also, I would avoid installing it outside of what MaxJax specifies or will tell you in writing.

Dave 

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Hopefully BendPak is better to work with than Dannmar was.  I store mine in my garage but did install the anchors outside because I paid good money to have a pad poured for a real lift and it’s much safer than my garage floor.  I had an issue with a power unit and they voided my 3-year warranty because it was installed outside.  Really no reason to own anything Chinese without a warranty and that was a big selling point to me.  Plus a $700 power unit replacement wasn’t ideal either.
 

All of the marketing said it was a great option for people “who don’t even have a garage” and what was that supposed to mean?  It goes in the living room?  Kitchen?  I also had a couple friends call or email them at various times clarify that issue and the sales people told them the same thing.  Since I could prove everything is stored inside and showed no signs of weather-related wear and called them on their BS marketing, they replaced the power unit and reinstated the warranty contingent upon their determination that the failure of the unit was not due to water intrusion, etc. 

 

All of that was great for a few months until they went under and BendPak bought the IP and won’t support the Dannmar equipment.  Wouldn’t even sell me the replacement lifting pad covers.  I got those on Amazon.

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25 minutes ago, wkohler said:

All of that was great for a few months until they went under and BendPak bought the IP and won’t support the Dannmar equipment.

When company a buys company b, company a rarely assumes company b's liabilities.  So if the unit were to fail and the car drop, going after BendPak won't get very far.  Same way with parts.

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Just now, jimk said:

When company a buys company b, company a rarely assumes company b's liabilities.  So if the unit were to fail and the car drop, going after BendPak won't get very far.  Same way with parts.

Oh I know that.  I’m not blaming BendPak.  I was simply disappointed they wouldn’t sell me the pads since they’re the same ones they use on their lifts.  Fortunately I found another source.  They bought the IP.  They didn’t assume the liabilities (e.g. warranties, etc).  Fortunately I wasn’t someone that bought a lift during the time Dannmar was closing up shop and either couldn’t get it delivered period or am being repeatedly billed for the freight due to non-payment by Dannmar.  

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14 hours ago, halboyles said:

True, but it isn't just the posts that determine the optimum location.  The jack points, the wheel base and the swing arms with their extensions also play a part.   Since the question involves the placement of the posts for the 2002 and the e9, I'd rather not muscle around 700 pounds of heavy metal if someone else has already worked out the geometry.

and that is why there are wheels on the posts.  the system, when fully assembled, is moveable...  that is kind of the point of the maxjax product....

 

even if someone gave me a number for the distance, i would still check it myself with the moveable posts.

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