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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 Fri, Oct-06-2017, 08:25:15 PM   #11
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Default Re: recommended jack stands

The strongest points are usually nearest the mounting points. But the front subframe of an E36 is plenty strong enough to jack from the center. The rear subframe is much thinner in the center than the front subframe but it's still strong enough to jack. I have jacked mine there for over a decade. It is a little dented up now but I am not worried and I ask a lot of my subframes since I am over 600 rwhp, run R compound tires that hook up and drag race sometimes.

I would not jack along the rocker panels except at the factory jack points. I would jack along the subframe rail further onboard if spreading the load a big with a small board. I would jack at suspension mounting points. Always be safe going under a car that is jacked up or on jackstands. Maybe pull a wheel underneath near where you are working or some other backup support that might help.
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I would think this applies to the E36 as well....
http://m3support.net/thread/10/jacki...m3-jack-stands

I only jack from the side jack points. If I need to get jacks in 4 corners I have one of these.
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Old Fri, Oct-06-2017, 11:18:29 PM   #13
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Default recommended jack stands

Very similar. E36 has far less structure and aero on the belly than the E46 pictured.

While a Jack Plate uses the factory trunk jack locations, I am reluctant to use it for anything other that light lifting. I have witnessed failure of a rear position jack location while lifting above the height for replacing a tire. I can't figure out how I would use one to get either end of my E36 safely on to jack stands under the underbody Jack Pads ("hockey pucks") much less both ends.


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Old Sat, Oct-07-2017, 02:26:33 AM   #14
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I jack the front and rear subframe at the center point. No problems.

As mentioned earlier, the 6 ton HF jack stands are great. I place them under the pucks.
I also use the optional jack stand covers which work really well (see picture).

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Old Sat, Oct-07-2017, 03:13:07 AM   #15
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I have 6 ton jack stands too, either one work great. I bought the Esco’s this spring and really love them for the e36. I only bought a pair but plan on buying another set.


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Very similar. E36 has far less structure and aero on the belly....
US M3 doesn’t have the bottom aero panels?

I use the pucks. My jack stand has these \_/ shaped cups, in which the jack pucks fall in nicely, creating extra security.

Love the sill jack option so you can lift it up, then put the jackstands under the chassis.
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US M3 doesn’t have the bottom aero panels?

I use the pucks. My jack stand has these \_/ shaped cups, in which the jack pucks fall in nicely, creating extra security.

Love the sill jack option so you can lift it up, then put the jackstands under the chassis.
When lifting from the factory jack points behind the side skirts, would you put jack stands on one side, then lift the other side?

I'm used to lifting the front of my E46 then rear, but it sounds like doing that with an E46 isn't a good idea? Lifting side to side always seemed to me.
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Default Re: recommended jack stands

I used this to jack up my car (see pic)...I also removed the pucks and put the rubber adapter that was earlier mentioned in the thread on the jack stand.
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When lifting from the factory jack points behind the side skirts, would you put jack stands on one side, then lift the other side?

I'm used to lifting the front of my E46 then rear, but it sounds like doing that with an E46 isn't a good idea? Lifting side to side always seemed to me.
Yes. One side, jack up other side.

I just bought a friends Quickjack set, he used for his E36 M3. He’s building his own garage now with heated floor and a carlift that sits flush on the ground when down. Lucky bast*rd!
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I used this to jack up my car (see pic)...I also removed the pucks and put the rubber adapter that was earlier mentioned in the thread on the jack stand.
You can’t take the car to full height and get a jack stand under the pad.
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