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post #41 of 48 Old 8th April 2019, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Ferris View Post
Side note, never jack by the diff despite what the interwebz says unless you want cracked subframes.

That's what I love about these stands. I only need a couple of inches worth of height using the diff to be able to sneak these in. Suspension still providing some push so it's never a full load on the diff.

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post #42 of 48 Old 8th April 2019, 10:53 PM
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Another here for the quickjack. I looked at them forever and never could justify it. I got robbed and the idiots stole all my jacks and jackstands. Well...I started a project and I took a look at quickjack again before looking at floor jacks again.

Long story short, Costco now calls me a member simply because of the money I saved buying from them and my touring has been parked alongside of the M5 in the air for weeks. People scared to get under the quickjack, it isn't suppored by hydraulics but by a mechanical lock.

It has been amazing and easy. Sure, a floor jack is cheaper and more cost-effective but when I dropped the subframe in the touring, it was so nice to go up and down with the vehicle in a smooth motion. Not a 2 post lift by any means but I still feel spoiled. Also, to be able to do suspesion/brakes/etc. so quick and easy!

For reference, the M5 is sitting on 6 ton stands and the touring is sitting on the quickjack. They are about the same height. I think the height is 24"? The biggest selling point for me, my time and I feel safe.
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First off. thanks everyone for your info. you have all made excellent points and furthered this conversation along. I hope someone else got help making a decision out of this as well.

That being said, after reading most of your posts, the consensus is
  • The quickjack is a luxury for changing oil, flushing radiator, etc... quick short term jack it up kind of operations but is a bit too bulky for just stowing out of the way and people seem to not know that you need the extensions (extended model) for the E39.
  • Most people either recommend or want a two post lift cause... hey. two post lift. Unfortunately, not all of us can just lock down whole areas of our meager garages for posts and arms, etc.
  • The old standby of floor jack and stands are a PITA cause of the back and forth act you sometimes have to do to get the car up high enough, and the amount of time it takes to get proper elevation. However, confidence in this method for heavy work... removing differential, clutch, and any long term vertical maneuvers is high. -- Ive labored through many vehicles on 4 jackstands , 2 jacks, & some blocks of 4x4.

Me, like many others, want the quickjack, but after all the very helpful discourse, I'll prolly go with a good low profile jack, some low ramps, and some esco stands and some box tubing with jack adapters welded on the ends. While not as trick as the quickjack, this option is a bit more flexible. just takes longer to get the elevation.

btw. didn't mention this. I have a jack and some stands but I just spent 2 months cleaning, organizing (throwing out tons of ****), and just making room in that space so the new tools are to be a reward from me to me.

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Originally Posted by DaveinGigHarbor View Post
I have two floor jacks, four jack stands and a set of ramps. Depending on what I am going to do, they cover most everything I need. Too old for pulling engines and trannys!

I have the same...

4 jack stands, 2 floor jacks and 2 ramps.

My car is currently up on the jack stands I mentioned because my wheels are off to be polished.

I use the smaller floor jack to get enough clearance for the big floor jack to raise it from the jack points in the front and the rear. (yes I use the diff as a jack point in the rear)

This setup seems to be enough for me.

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Originally Posted by offroadkarter View Post
I think they make the jack too tall to get under the car and lift properly. I've seen people either using long piece of rectangular tubing metal or 2x6 plywood so if it becomes a problem, I'll look into something like that. Or I could try and center it to split the difference, it goes 60" wide and the jack points are 61" apart.

We'll see, first I must assemble it.

Did you ever get this sorted? Any pics?

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Thought Iíd chime in. Iíve got 9 foot ceilings so Iím in the same boat. Ended up buying a dannmar m6. Itís the newer version of maxjack but Ali certified and has a few other improved features. Hoping to install in the next couple of weeks and will report back.

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I have a trolley jack and 4 railway sleeper wooden blocks. Excellent for oil changes etc ... very safe too
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A 4 post lift will typically be narrower than a two post and the side benefit is you can easily park under it when you're not using it. I have a two car garage and I installed a BendPak HD9 in one bay and as you can see the M5 comfortably fits under it when I'm not using the lift. A two post would have required one of the support columns in the center of the garage, which would impact my wife opening/closing her car door (so no go on that). I rarely lift a vehicle all the way up on the 4 post, usually just high enough to roll around under it on a stool. I can't go back to jack stands after this now.

All I'm saying is don't rule out a lift just because you're worried about ceiling height. Even being able to support a car 3 feet in the air makes a huge difference compared to jack stands.

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