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      04-27-2009, 04:21 PM   #1
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Low Profile Floor Jack

Hey guys,

I've decided to just go ahead and buy a low profile jack rather than fiddle with ramp extensions and what not.

I can't seem to locate the required clearance. Anyone know exactly how "low" a low profile jack I need?

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      04-27-2009, 05:45 PM   #2
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I have this one. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=40105

It fit under my lowered NSX so im sure it will work with a lowered M3.
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Did your NSX have a center jack point that you could reach with this jack, or did you just grab the side rails?
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Well the NSX had a center side rail point so i used that mostly.

Where you thinking about jacking the car up from?
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      04-27-2009, 06:15 PM   #5
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The center jacking point near the front wheels...
This is of the E46, but I know that the center puck is there for the E92 but i had to drive up several planks of wood to get a jack underneath the body.

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthr...jacking+points
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      04-28-2009, 10:55 AM   #6
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http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showp...2&postcount=47
found a picture of this jack on the 1series site. I think this is a viable solution. Anyone else have this jack or know where to get it?
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http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c6-c...c-dk13hlq.html

i guess now its just a matter of going out to the car with a measuring tape.
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I bought mine at costco. I believe if itt can clear 5" then you are fine. I measured my car and i believe its 5"
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36" to the center jack point... i know of no jacks with this reach...
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      05-05-2009, 01:02 PM   #10
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I have this one. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=40105

It fit under my lowered NSX so im sure it will work with a lowered M3.
+10

This Harbor Freight jack is GREAT. It strong, lightweight, has a quick release arm, jacks up quick, and its inexpensive! I've used mine for 4 years at racing events for my z06. Lots of guys at the track use them.
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      05-07-2009, 03:32 PM   #11
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i got mine from costco.. it's light and to the max height, it only requires 5 pumps
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This Harbor Freight jack is GREAT. It strong, lightweight, has a quick release arm, jacks up quick, and its inexpensive! I've used mine for 4 years at racing events for my z06. Lots of guys at the track use them.
I bought this jack last weekend from Harbor Freight. First time I used it on the central jacking point I heard a "pop" and then all the hydraulic fluid spilled out on my garage floor. Took it back the next day for a refund. Maybe I got a defective one?
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      05-09-2009, 12:30 PM   #13
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in867, you definitely did! Get another one. Make sure the bolts are tight I guess?! Weird.
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I bought this jack last weekend from Harbor Freight. First time I used it on the central jacking point I heard a "pop" and then all the hydraulic fluid spilled out on my garage floor. Took it back the next day for a refund. Maybe I got a defective one?
no you didn't ... This is not the first time I hear stuff like that happened to their jacks ... I wouldn't buy my there ...

Get a Torin Aluminum Jack & Stands from Northern Tool ... it is on sale now !
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http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c6-c...c-dk13hlq.html

i guess now its just a matter of going out to the car with a measuring tape.
this is a good find man ... looks like something we can use as well
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I just bought one of these lifts. I should have it around the end of June or so. I got it through a group-buy at www.gotogroupbuy.com.

http://www.ezcarlift.com/

I'm thinking it will be less hassle and faster than the two-garage-jacks method I use now for getting the car in the air.
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I just splurged with a 2-ton Craftsman aluminum 'racing' jack. It was on sale from $220 to $180. It's only 3-2/3" fully lowered, and raises to 19" (specs have different numbers, but I measured them). And it weighs nothing compared to my old jack. It should serve me well until I'm too freaking old to do my own maintenance . Oh, and it looks 'kewl' .
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      06-09-2009, 12:45 AM   #18
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I suggest not using the 2-3 ton craftsmen low profile jack
It is way too thin walled and not a wide enough base. The LED base model to be precise

We were using one last weekend at a track event on an E46 and the damn thing folded and warped into pieces shattering into itself. The E46 M3 is a little lighter so put that in perspective. Not good to skimp on a good low profile jack, lesson learned
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