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From digest.v7.n354 Tue Sep 30 12:02:56 1997
From: "Cafik, Anthony" <Anthony_Cafik_at_MENTORG.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 06:59:25 -0700
Subject: Subject: Re: Trick Floor Jacks
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 1997 16:09:20 -0400 (EDT)

Subject: Re: Trick Floor Jacks

In response your question about to fitting a floor jack under a re sprung M3 I have two suggestions.

One use the stock Jack cut off the hand crank (leaving a stub about 1 inch) Weld =BC inch socket at the end and use a Air Gun / = Electric
Drill to raise or lower the car (I use this method and its awesome)

Two I was instructing at a PCA event a few weeks a go and noticed a unique paddle device that plugs into the side jack points. This had round plate welded to a square pipe. When positioned you can put a standard floor jack under it and lift away with plenty of clearance.

This will save you on purchasing a lowered and very expensive floor jack.

        Anthony Cafik
        Club Racer

From digest.v7.n355 Tue Sep 30 15:00:05 1997
From: Boris Elpiner <>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 11:22:00 -0700
Subject: RE:Trick Floor Jacks

Duane "RM3DR1" Collie asked

>I need a solution other than driving the ole lowered M3 onto skidding
>and slipping 2" x 8"s. After lowering the car I can't get my trusty
>floor jacks underneath to jack the car from the front and rear
>crossmembers. <snip>


The solution is waiting for you at your neighborhood Sears store. I did an extensive search on floor jacks few month ago and there aren't many alternatives :-(. The sought of finding used NASCAR aluminum jack (about $2000 new) crossed my mind, but sanity prevailed.

Anyway, I've got $59.99 Sears 5,000lbs midsize jack. It's bigger and sturdier than cheap compact jacks, but it's small and light enough to be carried to the events. But the beauty of it is that you can easily remove the inner rotating cup effectively reducing the minimum height of the jack by an inch or so. My car is stock, but with jack fully lowered there is at least 1.5" between the jack's cup and a jacking point.

BTW, after loosing 2 of the jack supports on my old 325is, I hot glued all of them on my M3. Works for me:-).

Boris Elpiner
97 M3

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