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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Fri, Oct-06-2017, 12:54:44 AM   #1
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Default recommended jack stands

I currently have the good o Harbor Freight 6 ton ones which have been great for all my other vehicles except my e36.

that's because the e36 has the weird hockey puck pads. can anyone recommend jack stands that accept or have a provision for them?
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Default Re: recommended jack stands

Use E46 jacking pads in place of the hockey pucks. Nothing really better than 6ton HF stands. They are way overkill and have an enormous extension to them. Any "BMW" specific stand will be the 3ton variety with less height.

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Esco’s are the best for e36 http://m.northerntool.com/products/s...rce=Google_PLA


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+1. I purchased the NLA ACS Flat Tops that preceded ESCO. ECSO are at a much better price point, expensive but these Flat Tops are the best you can get. Work well with any car, work great on an E36.

E46 Jack Pads won't fit an E36. Ron Stygar (RIP) used the Pin out of the E46 Pad, drilled a hole in the "Hockey Puck" and used the E46 Pin to lock the E36 pads in place. A fellow vbb member has suggested using a short wooden dowel similar in size to an E46 Pad pin as a locking feature in the E36 Jack Pads.


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Default Re: recommended jack stands

I was strongly considering ESCO's, but the round top didn't seem like the best option when I usually only jack one end of the car. The round disc on top seems made for supporting the entire car with four stands.

To the OP's question about stands that support the pucks, I don't know of any. I would personally get rid of the pucks. I've heard they can trap water and cause the jack point to rust. When I bought my car 14yrs ago it didn't have them and I didn't even know they existed until several years later. Point is, I jack my car up all the time without them and haven't had any issues, or rust.
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They do trap water. And dirt. On my DD, they were full of dirt and water. Completely.

A friend of mine told me he used to drill holes in them so it can escape as it does rot away the metal above it.

I pulled mine of my M3 last week, but since that only sees water from washing it, the metal above was, to my delight, mint.
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so the e46 ones are not plug n play? yikes looks like ESCO is the way to go. How would you jack your car onto those given the low profile and stance of even a stock e36 m3?
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Front can be a bit tricky generally jack each side from Jack Pad and slip a short length of 2X6 under front tires to add height, then jack the front subframe to place on stands.
Jack the rear on the bracket/subframe that passes under the differential.


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+1 for Esco. On my stock ride height M3 the 2.5 ton steel HF jack just fits under the MM underpanel to reach the crossmember. The first few pumps are short, but it raises quickly enough after that.

I just picked up a set of pinch weld adapters for the other cars, though I haven't used them yet.
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Front can be a bit tricky generally jack each side from Jack Pad and slip a short length of 2X6 under front tires to add height, then jack the front subframe to place on stands.
Jack the rear on the bracket/subframe that passes under the differential.


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thanks and as far as jacking the subframe, do I jack anywhere in the subframe or does it have to be certain spots? I have read mixed reviews where you are never supposed to jack dead center of the subframe but rather near the bends where it would connect to a pivot (i.e. trail arm).
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