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Old 10-11-2009, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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There are four dedicated jack-points on my 323i. But to get under the car safely I like to put my jack-stands somewhere, but where? I am thinking of putting a piece of wood next to the floor-jack where there is plastic. I am sure you all know better than me, so let me hear, please.
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Old 10-11-2009, 10:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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try under your lower control arms and your rear axles
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^ what he said.
I used to set them on the frame behind the control arms, i think thats what he means.

Make sure when you lift the rear that you dont lift it by the differential. Its the easiest to do, especially if the car is lowered, but you can damage the rear subframe.
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^ what he said.
I used to set them on the frame behind the control arms, i think thats what he means.

Make sure when you lift the rear that you dont lift it by the differential. Its the easiest to do, especially if the car is lowered, but you can damage the rear subframe.
I wouldn't suggest making a habit of it, but once in a blue moon isn't gonna do anything. It's not made out of spaghetti. If it can take the abuse of a hard launch, it can take a gentle jacking.

edit: I didn't realize this is in the e46 section. Disregard the first part of my post ... the rear subframe would have been stronger if it really was made out of spaghetti.
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I am now thinking of putting a board (plank) under the car, crosswise and put my jack-stands under that and maybe my floor-jack as well. Did anyone try that maybe? Would there be any objections to that?
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yeah, i had some issue with this when i was changing the rims today...it was cold as shit, so i just took each tire off real quick (which was not quick...they were rusted on) didn't find anywhere to stick the jack stand...
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this would have been nice to see...

even though the factory BMW jack was missing from my car.

...wait i don't think the picture is a OEM BMW jack...then again i have never seen one.

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I just found a lot of discussions of jack-points on the web, but mostly for the 36's.
On the 46's it seems there are some solid point just after (or forward) of the differential and one somewhere in the front. Does anyone know for sure?
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