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Old 04-08-2005, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hmmm... 2 1/2 ton or 3 ton, which one do you have/use?

an e36 is about 3,600 lbs or roughly 2 tons.....wouldn't the 2 1/2 ton work well?
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hmmm... 2 1/2 ton or 3 ton, which one do you have/use?

an e36 is about 3,600 lbs or roughly 2 tons.....wouldn't the 2 1/2 ton work well?
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According to my local autocross club, my car weighs about 3100 lbs. the 2 1/2 should be fine. If there's not a lot of price difference, the 3 ton will work fine also.

I have a set of 5 ton jacks, overkill for almost anything. Got a killer deal on them, so, why not?
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hmmm... 2 1/2 ton or 3 ton, which one do you have/use?

an e36 is about 3,600 lbs or roughly 2 tons.....wouldn't the 2 1/2 ton work well?
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3600lbs is 1633kg =1.633 tons.
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An E36 is just over1.5ton and you will never have to lift all of that weight so either jack is fine but use axle stands if you can for safety
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An E36 is just over1.5ton and you will never have to lift all of that weight so either jack is fine but use axle stands if you can for safety
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i just got a 3ton kit with axle stands for cheap at canadian tire!!! i'm happy.....
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I've got a set of 6 ton jack stands.

I like knowing one jack stand can support the weight of 4 e36s piled on top of it .
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if you think about it, the jackstand is only lifting like 1/4 of the car weight anyway
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where do you place the jack stands, i looked under the car and saw a black bar going across that is about 3 feet long. is that where you put the stands? I just dont want to put them in the wrong spot.. bit confused.
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yea, or the control arms, or on the frame rails
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