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Old 09-23-2013, 08:23 PM
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BMW Jack Pad Adapter

As all Bimmerfest members know, a jack pad adapter is necessary for jacking a BMW up. Without it, the plastic (!) lift point receiver will break.

My question is, is there any reason not to permanently attach the four jack pad adapters to the plastic receivers? Will the adapter pads be visible?

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Old 09-23-2013, 08:49 PM
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Really? I thought a block of wood was good enough to distribute the weight along the entire bottom edge of the rectangular piece of plastic?
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:17 PM
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The edge of the jack pocket, or receiver, is pretty thin, and appears not to be intended to support weight. I think it is just there for steadying the OEM jack or maybe keeping metal jack away from painted surfaces. The whole plastic pocket is rather weakly attached to the frame, with a single fast clip. The actual lift point is up inside the pocket, at the far wall of the pocket.

The little jack adapters look like they support the car at both the top of the block and at the flat, circular surface below. But that is not the case: there is a 1/16 inch space between the plastic pocket and the adapter lower surface (the circular part) when the raised rectangle presses against the rear of the pocket.

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You would be able to see them for sure. And from the ones I've seen they are just held in with a friction fit. You would have to attach them to the jack point some how, which, with the extra weight of the adapter could break off.

All of that being said I've jacked my car plenty of times on just the plastic. It is also where BMW will put the 2 post lift pads when servicing your car. I don't think you have any real concerns. I have a jack pad adapter I use for small floor jacks, etc. and it is great, but isn't 100% needed with the right jack.

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You would be able to see them for sure. And from the ones I've seen they are just held in with a friction fit. You would have to attach them to the jack point some how, which, with the extra weight of the adapter could break off.

All of that being said I've jacked my car plenty of times on just the plastic. It is also where BMW will put the 2 post lift pads when servicing your car. I don't think you have any real concerns. I have a jack pad adapter I use for small floor jacks, etc. and it is great, but isn't 100% needed with the right jack.

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I would use the special BMW adapter, this is available at third parties for like $10.
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