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      03-15-2012, 01:45 AM   #45
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Anyone know what brand jacks are these and how much they cost?

Didn't even those existed, interested in those as well.
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      03-15-2012, 10:18 AM   #46
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      03-15-2012, 10:27 AM   #47
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Like lots of race cars, those pneumatic jacks are built-in.

Crew attaches a air hose and up it goes!

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My friend e90 M3 owner loves these. Protects car from jack.

http://burgertuning.com/BMW_jack_pad_adapter.html
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      03-15-2012, 12:53 PM   #49
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The adapters look nice but all you need to avoid messing up your car is a piece of 3/4 plywood or hockey puck cut to fit the opening. I have a full shop so it was a trivial exercise to make some up out of scrap. Without a full shop and piles of scrap it would be harder but you could do it with a jig saw. The fit is not critical, you just want to push on the bottom and not the top of the jacking point.

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      03-15-2012, 01:15 PM   #50
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My friend e90 M3 owner loves these. Protects car from jack.

http://burgertuning.com/BMW_jack_pad_adapter.html

I actually own that piece and use it for the jack. Those are fine for the jack but they don't do any good for the jack stands.
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      03-15-2012, 07:04 PM   #51
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Like lots of race cars, those pneumatic jacks are built-in.

Crew attaches a air hose and up it goes!

Neil
I had no idea such a beast existed! I would have thought added weight would be a deal breaker...
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      03-15-2012, 07:34 PM   #52
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I had no idea such a beast existed! I would have thought added weight would be a deal breaker...
Small weight gain outweighed by ease and speed of getting car up in the air for pit stops.

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      09-26-2015, 02:38 PM   #53
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128i convertible - special considerations needed when changing tires

Ok, thinking about putting winter tires/wheels on and would like to do it myself.

There are jack points behind the front wheel and in front of the rear wheel on each side of the car.

If I simply get a floor jack, put a rubber mat (hockey puck) between the jack and the car, lift one wheel at a time and change it, are there any special considerations?

Sorry for the mundane question, but I've seen some posts on here that are incredibly complicated about not lifting on the differential, lifting the entire front of the car because of damage to alignment, using a low profile jack (how low?), etc. etc. etc.

It can't be that complicated, right?

Thanks to anyone that would like to weigh in on this. TIA
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      09-26-2015, 04:43 PM   #54
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Ok, thinking about putting winter tires/wheels on and would like to do it myself.

There are jack points behind the front wheel and in front of the rear wheel on each side of the car.

If I simply get a floor jack, put a rubber mat (hockey puck) between the jack and the car, lift one wheel at a time and change it, are there any special considerations?

Sorry for the mundane question, but I've seen some posts on here that are incredibly complicated about not lifting on the differential, lifting the entire front of the car because of damage to alignment, using a low profile jack (how low?), etc. etc. etc.

It can't be that complicated, right?

Thanks to anyone that would like to weigh in on this. TIA

You can lift from one frame rail jack point at a time. The car is pretty heavily built, so don't worry about breaking it. You can also lift the front straight off the ground using the rubber jackpoint in the center of the front axle, but thats way too deep and pretty hard to get a jack on.

When I did my suspension my friend and I had to get the car up on stands, and found out that the car will actually fully support itself on just one wheel and a jackstand. Check out the video in the link (sorry for it being sideways, instagram is stupid)

https://instagram.com/p/4P3lqmxzK6/
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      09-26-2015, 06:32 PM   #55
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I actually put my spare on a few nights ago:

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Anyway, I use this BMW Jack Set. The Jack is perfectly suited for this purpose and I've had zero issues. The kit is nice (if a bit overpriced); has chocks, gloves, and a jack. The included torque wrench is set to 140Nm, which is unfortunately higher than our lugs require.

That kit's jack is made for BMWs and fits the jack receptor under the 1M perfectly. If you already have a jack and it's one with the round pad, one of these adapters should be used.
If you were working physically under the car I'd get jackstands.

Jacking up the car and replacing wheels isn't complicated. Just remember to set your parking brake and use a wheel chock (one comes with that set).

FYI: The parking brake only works on the rear wheels. So when you're removing the front, jack up the car to the point the front wheel is almost off the ground, then loosen the lugs. When you're putting the front wheel back on, tighten the lugs as much as you can with the wheel off the ground (the wheel will spin preventing you from getting to 120Nm torque). Then lower the wheel so that it's just touching the ground, and torque the rest of the way. Then finally lower the wheel completely.

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      09-26-2015, 11:35 PM   #56
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I've been using a scissor jack like the one in the BMW jack set, but the one question I've always wondered about is where to place a jack stand for additional security, since I've already used that jacking point for the scissor jack?
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      10-10-2015, 03:19 PM   #57
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First thanks to everyone for your replies. I've purchased a low profile jack ($45), a jack pad adapter tool ($6) and two chocks ($10) off from Amazon. Yeah, I know, I like cheap. I plan to lift one wheel at a time using the (#2) jack points.

Again, thanks everyone.

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Someone said that we could use the control arms to do the jacking as well? Is there a designated spot for the front to be used for the jack?

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Do not jack up the car using a control arm you will damage them. Ask me how I know
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I've been using a scissor jack like the one in the BMW jack set, but the one question I've always wondered about is where to place a jack stand for additional security, since I've already used that jacking point for the scissor jack?
Bump.

EDIT: Is the control arm a good place for the jack stand?
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Bump.

EDIT: Is the control arm a good place for the jack stand?
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Someone said that we could use the control arms to do the jacking as well? Is there a designated spot for the front to be used for the jack?

Thanks!

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Do not jack up the car using a control arm you will damage them. Ask me how I know
If I need to put a jack stand at the front right jack point, I place my jack under the rear right jack point and lift the car until I can fit the jack stand under the front right jack point. Then I lower the jack at the rear and the car rests on the front right jack stand nice and secure.

In my experience, lifting the opposite end of the car on the same side you need to put the jack stand works well.
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      02-27-2019, 11:49 PM   #61
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If I need to put a jack stand at the front right jack point, I place my jack under the rear right jack point and lift the car until I can fit the jack stand under the front right jack point. Then I lower the jack at the rear and the car rests on the front right jack stand nice and secure.

In my experience, lifting the opposite end of the car on the same side you need to put the jack stand works well.
OK, I'll try that out.
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I don’t know if it’s “better” to start jacking from the front or the back but just keep in mind that since the front wheels aren’t driven, they will turn very easily. So be sure to chock the wheels so there’s no misadventure. This applies regardless of what end you start jacking the car, I suppose.
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The only time I put a jackstand on the suspension it is as insurance. I will change a wheel with a jack on the jacking point but I also take a jack stand and put it under the car on the suspension where it looks sturdy enough. My logic is I am not really under the car but I want something there in case the jack fails. I don't lift the car with the jack on the suspension.

I have also switched to the metal jack pad inserts instead of the little blocks of wood I used initially. They are pretty cheap now, I think they were about twice as much initially (but maybe I am just getting slightly less cheap).

To change oil, I use home made ramps. I just got a couple 2x8s and cut them up and used my framing nailer to put them together. Once I put a piece of scrap 5/8 plywood for the intial lead in they work great. Before that they tended to skid away. The wood was cheaper than commercial ramps and it VERY sturdy.
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The following thread is interesting because it’s workshop-cool but it’s not particularly cost effective.

https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1520830
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