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The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-30-2005, 11:39 PM
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AC Hydraulics Jack

I've made the commitment to learn how to perform routine maintenance on my vehicles (05 330 & 01 suburban), and so have had to spring for some equipment and manuals. (First ever brake job performed on Suburban last weekend). Because of the differences in weight and height between the vehicles, I opted for two different jacks - a 3.5 ton Arcan from Costco for the suburban, and an AC DK13HLQ from Ultimate Garage for the 330. I went w/ the AC due to research on this forum that indicated the jack was low enough and long enough to reach the center jacking point on my zhp suspension car.

Yesterday, I received my AC DK13HLQ Jack, along w/ four 3000N Jack stands, from Ultimate Garage. I opted for the rubber saddle pad for the jack, as well as the rubber pads for the jack stands. I ordered two of the stands w/ rubber pads AND the regular cradle base pads - looking for maximum flexibility.

Here are a couple of observations. I jacked the front end up using the center point. The low-profile, long-reach jack was able to reach this point without problem. When I lowered the vehicle, I was very impressed with how smoothly and slowly I was able to drop the car. Some effort was required to raise the vehicle, but not an excessive amount.

On another note, I was a little concerned about the angle the front end must reach in order to place the jack stands, at their lowest position of 13.2 inches, beneath the side jacking points located behind the front wheels. Additionally, when I jacked the car up in order to remove the stands, the jack itself moved toward me a small bit (towards the front of the car) - which was unnerving. Any insight from other owners would be appreciated!!!!

As for the jack stands, they KICK BUTT! I am very nervous when it comes to crawling under vehicles, but these jack stands really inspire confidence! I'd bet for some people who have only experienced lesser stands, these stands could be a difference maker in whether they choose to work on their car or not - they are that impressive. You can check them out online at Ultimate Garage, but they exceed expectations when you get your hands on one.

I'm looking forward to putting these tools to good use.
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Old 03-30-2005, 11:53 PM
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The jack moving when up that high is inevitable. The car isn't going straight up; the jacking point moves backwards relative to the ground, so the jack will move accordingly. It generally doesn't happen with my jackstands since the lowest setting on mine are about 10.5" When I need it to be higher (like I'm going to be under it) then it does move a bit but not enough to become alarmed.
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:40 PM
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The jack moving when up that high is inevitable. The car isn't going straight up; the jacking point moves backwards relative to the ground, so the jack will move accordingly. It generally doesn't happen with my jackstands since the lowest setting on mine are about 10.5" When I need it to be higher (like I'm going to be under it) then it does move a bit but not enough to become alarmed.

Thanks for the response.
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