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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Mon, May-21-2018, 04:21:39 AM   #1
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Default 4 post lift questions

Question for the guys that own one of these or have experience with the 4 posts.

I have a 2 car garage and was considering on getting a 4 post lift for the garage so I can DIY and fit 3 of my cars in there.

What's everyone's take on it? good investment?

Are people also bolting it down on the floor? If not, does it wobble while the car is in the air? Since I live in California, all new homes are now built with post-tension concrete slabs that cannot be drilled down on.
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Default Re: 4 post lift questions

You don't need to anchor a 4 post lift as the lifting section is all tied together. You won't be able to work on wheel, suspension, brakes, etc. unless you get two bridge jacks.

Working under a lift is loads better than working on the floor IMO.

I really liked the Blue colored BendPak when I was working as a Mechanic to pay for school. My friend has the newer grey colored alignment rack and he occasional has issues with the air powered lock release not unlocking so only one side will go down.
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Default Re: 4 post lift questions

https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/...d.php?t=391180

Beware the minimum height of rolling bridge jacks. One guy with the bendpak had-7 and bendpak rj4500 bridge jack says it sits far enough above the runners that he canít get his Z3M over it.
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Default Re: 4 post lift questions

It will wobble just a tad when you unbolting something that is stuck, and honestly, scares the shit out of me when that happens. But no need to bolt it down.
Worth the investment even if just for extra storage space.
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Old Tue, May-22-2018, 01:28:21 PM   #5
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Those that have four post lifts, what is the height in the garage?
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Default Re: 4 post lift questions

I've had my 4-post lift for several years; best decision I've ever made. My only regret is that I didn't buy it sooner. It's more than paid for itself with my ability to work on our various cars.
As for bridge jacks, one will do. You can only work on one end at a time. My ceiling height is 10 ft.; not optimum, but allows me to get the car high enough for most repairs and inspections. Absolutely have to watch your head though; I've got a few bumps from not being careful. No need to bolt to floor.
Also, great for detailing your car and not trashing your knees or back.
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Default Re: 4 post lift questions

I have a 16 ceiling, but I built the garage to put a lift in it:
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Old Tue, May-22-2018, 09:41:11 PM   #8
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I have a 16 ceiling, but I built the garage to put a lift in it:
my life - I'm doing it wrong
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I have a 16 ceiling, but I built the garage to put a lift in it:
Consider the Rack Ramps made by Race Ramps, they're so much lighter. https://raceramps.com/ramp-category/...nd-lift-ramps/
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Thanks, I'll look into it.
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