I have a two ton low profile jack and in the front I slide it under the button in the middle of the support plate and jack up the front end and place jack stands under the jack points...in the rear I use the jack on the support structure just in front of the rear dif...jack it up and put jack stands under the side jack points.
I have had all four corners up like this and work under it that way...with the jacks in place for back-up in case jack stands fail.
This low profile jack is the key, IMO>
And also for the first time I used that oval point of the front support plate. It got a little deformed but it's so much faster than other ways to do it. People have been doing it for years with no I'll effects, so i gave it a try and it worked just fine. As long as you immediately put it on the jack stands. I use the jack points for this.
Just to be clear - by the oval shape, you mean this thing towards the bottom of the reinforcement plate?
Is it not okay to lift the back on the jack pads one side at a time to the point to where the front comes up and then place the jack stand under the front pad?
Maybe it's just me and I'm paranoid, but it would make me really nervous to jack the car up that high. Too many variables, and talk about a hell of a fall if it slips off the jack that high up.
Well I understand the fear but how is it supposed to be done without damaging parts under the car. Could one lift under the control arm and the put the stand under the jack pad?
You think that's bad, try lowering a car with the front control arm bushing completely detached - that'll make you squirm.