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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 03-01-2011, 11:02 AM
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How do you jack up your E36?

Was just curious, I've been using the same method ever since I started getting into DIY projects. I use ramps for oil changes and small stuff, as those are so fast to drive up. For jacking, I use the jack pad from PelicanParts that goes into the side where the emergency jack goes.

I know some people also jack the rear from the differential carrier (or whatever you call that U-Shaped support that covers the differential). I know some people just jack straight from the differential (which I've heard is a very bad practice). I've also heard you can jack from the front crossmember behind the oil pan to lift the front. Just curious what everyone else does. I know this has been discussed before, but all the threads a just everyone calling everyone an idiot for "jacking it wrong."
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:06 AM
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I used the "differential carrier" the other day.
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:16 AM
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Bottom of the rear struts and the jack pads for the rear. For the front I use the stabilizer bar
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:47 AM
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i use the differential... no problems yet....


And the front crossmembers
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:21 PM
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I wouldn't feel comfortable jacking my car up using anything other than the designated jacking locations on my car. I use one of these and a low profile hydraulic jack:

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I wouldn't feel comfortable jacking my car up using anything other than the designated jacking locations on my car. I use one of these and a low profile hydraulic jack:

That is the method I use as well. Does your jack have a "circle thing" on it that the jacking pad fits inside of? Im having some trouble finding a jack that does which isn't too expensive.
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:09 PM
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^Yes, my jack does have a circular jacking point which has a lip around it to keep the jacking pad from sliding off. My jack is from Harbor Freight, and although it's Chinese-made, I've had no problems with it whatsoever. The cashier hooked me up with a free 2-year extended unconditional warranty (normally you have to pay extra for it). She said just bring it back close to the 2-year mark claiming something is wrong with it (even if everything is fine), and they'll swap it out for a brand new one just to be on the safe side. Works for me.

http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...ack-67022.html
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^Yes, my jack does have a circular jacking point which has a lip around it to keep the jacking pad from sliding off. My jack is from Harbor Freight, and although it's Chinese-made, I've had no problems with it whatsoever. The cashier hooked me up with a free 2-year extended unconditional warranty (normally you have to pay extra for it). She said just bring it back close to the 2-year mark claiming something is wrong with it (even if everything is fine), and they'll swap it out for a brand new one just to be on the safe side. Works for me.

http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...ack-67022.html
I need to get one of those, the jacking point/contact on my jack is really small, and it's not suitable for use with that pad. My neighbors jack has a much large contact plate...I need to get one of my own.
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:54 PM
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Yeah, the jacking pad on my jack is plenty wide and the lip has prevented it from slipping off on more than one occasion. I'm perfectly happy with it.
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Got my jack at Harbor Freight too. $79. I've jacked mine up on the rear diff cross member and the front cross member without any issues. I only use those points when I'm putting it up on jack stands though.

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Item # 67022 Manufacturer: Central Hydraulics
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bimmerdiy.com has good common maint practices to include jacking methods. One being a center lift point for raising the front. Me personally, I feel better using designated jack points. I got my jack at o'reilly for about 50 bucks. It also came with 2 jack stands which go for 50 bucks themselves. It came with a 1 year warranty and it has a good size circular contact point that i expand with a 6 in long 2x4 to expand the contact even more. It works awesome. O'reilly -----> http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...d=jack+-+floor
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:45 AM
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These E39 links from the VERY best of E39 Links may be of use to you on the E36:
- How and where to jack up the BMW E39 with pictures of jack pads & jacking points (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & jack stands (1)

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Kind of a drastic way to illustrate the jacking points, don't you think?


...and the left rear suspension on that E36 is screwed.
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How easy would it be to fix stuff if you could actually tip your car on it's side like that with no damage.
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thats what this guy did
http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/show...=163048&page=1
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How easy would it be to fix stuff if you could actually tip your car on it's side like that with no damage.
The guys on the E39 forum have made a science out of home-made ramps:
- How to make your own BMW car ramps (1)

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I wouldn't feel comfortable jacking my car up using anything other than the designated jacking locations on my car. I use one of these and a low profile hydraulic jack:

Do you know the dementions of this so I can weld up one instead of buying one.
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Jack points ftw, which is also how u put it on a lift
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Lol just posted on 3vr haven't been over that way I years
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I wouldn't feel comfortable jacking my car up using anything other than the designated jacking locations on my car. I use one of these and a low profile hydraulic jack:

Do you know the dementions of this so I can weld up one instead of buying one.
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Do you know the dementions of this so I can weld up one instead of buying one.
No, I don't know the dimensions off the top of my head. I can measure it for you if you really want, but I don't know how you'll be able to match the profile of the part which actually slides into the port. You can't just get piece of round steel and stick it in the hole.
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thats all it is... takeing a guess with out looking at my car its proably .626 by 8" with a piece of 3" round stock cut at about .375

just a guess though
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By the time you take measurements, take time to look for stock, measure twice, spend time machining the stock, weld it all together, and hope it doesn't fail, you could have spent the ~$40. Just buy the adapter.
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thats all it is...
Except for the profile milled into it which is necessary for fitting it into the port...
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