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#1 (permalink) Old 03-16-2004, 11:53 PM
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Hello to all, first post here...

I've got a '94 325, and am wondering what are some good solid places on the car that I can lift using a floor jack, or that would be able to use jack stands on?

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there should be jack pads on the car located where the holes in the sideskirts are.


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I bought a set of ramps from autozone to drive my car up on to do anywork. it's easy, safe, and I really like it... but if you don't use the factory jack spots which are on the sideskirts, you can jack it up near the front lower suspensions bushing mounts, theres a huge chassis brace there that goes across under the motor. It is rock solid if you can get a jack underthere. otherwise, I have not tried anything else..



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Hey guys, thanks for the welcome!

Are you saying the cross member is strong enough to hold the weight of the front end? I had seen it and wanted to try it, but I was afraid it wasn't meant to support so much weight and would end up bent in some way. But you have used that spot yourself?

I've got a small set of ramps, can't be more than 6-8 inches high, but I was trying to drive up on them last night and they kept scooting across the floor on me, (and I know better than think my wife is going to help with this). So my hope was to have a center lifting spot, then put the ramps underneath.

What I'm doing is replacing a bent end-link for the front anti-sway bar, (I know BMW calls both of those pieces something else) and it needs to have weight on it when I do it.

I guess I could just go ahead and try it, and watch closely as I'm doing it and watch for trouble!

I'm going to also further check where Furious suggested as a solid place for the floor jack.

Thanks!
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i part time work at a BMW garage, and there are a few places to put stands, but when i put a car on the lift i always use the jack pads. if you are missing some or one go and buy them from BMW and silicone them in.

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