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Re: Jacking up a 1.9 (archive)

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Posted by FWK-Z3 on March 01, 2001 at 07:53:26:

In Reply to: Jacking up a 1.9 posted by Big-C on February 28, 2001 at 22:46:14:

You can jack up the Z3 anywhere along the side of he car. Just make sure you get the jack on a surface roughly parallel to where the jacking ports are located (the black plastic things snapped into the bottom of the rocker panels). If you jack about 6 - 12" behind the front jack point, this is the balance point that will lift the whole side of the car.

I would strongly recommend the use of a plastic jack pad to prevent digging or scratchng of the rocker panel with the foot of your jack. I believe Griot's sells them -- a company by the name of Pro-tec sells a full line of jack and jackstand pads.

One of the issues with the Z3 and a floor jack, is that some jacks are too high to fit under the car (I have this problem). Griot's sells a nifty jack with a dropped foot (somday I'm going to buy myself one) for a not-so-nifty $350+. You may have to use your factory jack (if you have one) to lift the car slightly so you can get a floor jack under it. This begs a question to ///M owners -- you don't get a jack, but does BMW still put the plastic jack pads on your car?

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