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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Thu, Nov-11-2010, 11:55:34 PM   #1
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Default Safe jacking points?

Hey... So can I use the front subframe and diff as jacking points?

If no, are there single, centered points in the front or rear that I can use to jack up the car instead of having to do it one side at a time?


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front subframe is fine and rear subframe is fine too

I've done both quite a few times
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wanted to go off the front subframe, but my jack wouldn't reach it without smashing in my bumper. had to do it one side at a time.

also: http://understeer.com/jackupfront.shtml
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Front subframe, yes.
Rear subframe, yes.

Rear diff? No way in hell you'd catch me putting a jack under that thing and using it to support the weight of the car.

When I need to get the front end up, I normally use ramps. When I need to get it up with the wheels off the car I use a small jack to throw one side up under the hockey puck just a bit so I can get a jack under the font bumper and use the front sub frame to bring it off the ground. Even if you only have one jack, keep in mind that when you raise the front end, the wheels swing in and the car never lowers down to full ride height until you roll it.

You can use this to your advantage and raise one side up enough that the bumper gives you enough clearance to get a jack under it, then just move the jack to the front. Also, when you *lower* the front end down with a jack under the front sub frame, you won't lower the bumper down on the jack and damage it. The wheels hit the ground before that happens (with stock ride height at least).

I always use some cardboard on the jack pad so I don't scrape up the powder coating on the sub frames or anything.
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i use the subframes....the diff is fine to.

ive also used the side where those pucks are (like if im just changing /taking 1 tire off for a little bit).
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Well, look at that...

I don't know how I missed that thread in my searches... Whatever search terms I was using (evidently not "jacking points") didn't turn up anything useful...


Thanks to everyone for all the input... This pretty much confirms what I suspected, but just wasn't 100% positive about...


Anyone ever try putting the front end up on ramps, raising it further with a jack on the front subframe, supporting the car on jackstands and then going at the rear subframe with the jack handle facing forward? It seems that it might be a way to get both ends in the air quickly...
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not really sure what ur saying.... go under the front of the car to jack the back up? if u want to get ur car up fast... get a lift.
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Anyone ever try putting the front end up on ramps, raising it further with a jack on the front subframe, supporting the car on jackstands and then going at the rear subframe with the jack handle facing forward? It seems that it might be a way to get both ends in the air quickly...
The wheels shift in as you raise it off the ramps. It puts a ton of stress on the inside wall of the ramps...the weight of the car is on them, and it's forcing them in as well. I've done it before in a pinch, but it's not ideal.
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