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post #1 of 48 Old 29th March 2019, 02:51 AM Thread Starter
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E39 M5 - Help me decide, QuickJack or FloorJack/Stands

I am reorganizing my garage and clearing out a ton of stuff. I have much more room but its not a large garage. too small for post jacks or any kind of lift. so... I want to decide between two options as I see it. either a quickjack or a real good floor jack and some nice stands.

any opinions? anyone have a quickjack and wish they would have just stayed with jack and stands? etc.
I like the idea of a quickjack, but i think its going to take away from the gains i made organizing my garage (eat up too much space) and cost too much for what i get. help me decide.

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post #2 of 48 Old 29th March 2019, 04:54 AM
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I know they are safe but you could not get me under a car held up by quikjacks, even if you gave me a free life. My preference would be 8 jack stands four with wide bases, 4 normal, or 2 of each.I would also say drive on ramps are needed. I would not get one jack, jacks are super handy. I would go for 1 big jack that was super strong. Then I would grab 2 low profile 2 ton Aluminum jacks, you will need one just to get the big one under the car, or maybe the ramps. That is what I have sort of except I have two big truck jacks with long reach. The ramps are the most useful thing I have, they are bolted to two 2x8 of different lengths to raise the height another 3 inches.
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Funny you should ask, I just put my car up on my new quickjack system for the first time tonight. A few initial observations:

The stands aren’t long enough to reach the jack pads on the M5 🏼; they can accommodate 60” and apparently ours are about 64”. Now, there is an extension system you can buy, but it looks to be another $225 and currently out of stock. I was able to do some creative positioning and make it work by only using one of the supplied rubber pads on each side of the car (under the aft jack pads) and have the front jack pads resting directly on the end of the quickjack frames. This causes the frame to put some pressure on the plastic undershields but it doesn’t look like it’s doing any harm. This arrangement certainly doesn’t make me any more confident about the safety of the system, so I threw a few jack stands under the diff and front subframe jack point out of an abundance of caution. I think a couple of 66-70” 2x4s would be a decent solution, so I may try that this weekend.

The quality of the system is good but I read a number of complaints about quality control and issues with people receiving damaged components. As soon as I opened the shipping packages I noticed that a housing on the electric motor was cracked (nothing serious, it’s just a plastic lid that covers some of the electric wiring connections, but annoying nonetheless. Otherwise no issues with it but it does require some assembly that took me about 90 min.

Functionally it appears to work great! There are a few hydraulic lines you have to navigate when you’re working near the frames, and you can only access the underside of the car from either the front or rear position, but it’s worlds better than having to deal with going through several iterations of raising and lowering a jack to get the car on and off traditional stands. We will see how it holds up over time but the reviews I read were all positive.

...and Sailor, to assuage your concerns, you should check out their video on YouTube where they load the 5000 lb system up with 12000 lbs of weight and operate it without failure. Also, FYI the frames have a built in safety latch system so you aren’t relying on the hydraulic system to hold the car up.
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I have a header dead center of my garage so I can't install a lift... I looked at quick jack and as the op said it didn't fit and looked sketchy. I use something like this

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Powerbui...0912/203116783

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Ferris that is friggin' awesome. Would be perfect for the rear jack points since there's no real central jack point on the rear of the E39 other than the diff. Incredible value too. Nice.

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I've got a quickjack and its a bit more convenient than jack stands. The storage is the biggest nuisance, it's cumbersome and you'll need to get some hardware to make storage work depending on your garage.

As far as safety goes, it's not weak, but it's got enough play to make you question that. I haven't done so on mine, but after your first few years of use, you'll need to service it to make sure everything is in good condition.

You need the EXT version to have enough length to safely catch the E39 jack pads. I don't think the adapter for the regular version will work for the M5, it's a tight fit using the tall quickjack pads, let alone that big extender.


Those jacks Ferris put up look great, but you'd need to raise the car up pretty high to get those things under it. Also I can see someone going dizzy running around trying to raise the car leveled.
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I have used one on a different car. I don't trust it and I don't see any advantage over quality jack stands/ramps/pads.

These stands:
https://www.amazon.com/ESCO-10498-Ja...ateway&sr=8-23

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Yes as stated you do need a floor jack to start things. Since bmw's are fairly well balanced and stiff i found that once you get started you can work it higher and higher without much effort. Attached is a pic of the E60 currently on them, Since I had the get the tranny out from underneath I had to use a 4x4 for the extra little bit of clearance. The Ramps are just there because no real reason and I didn't use them at all.
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...and Sailor, to assuage your concerns, you should check out their video on YouTube where they load the 5000 lb system up with 12000 lbs of weight and operate it without failure. Also, FYI the frames have a built in safety latch system so you aren’t relying on the hydraulic system to hold the car up.
I don't want to give you my paranoia, but it is the side motion that bugs me. Then you are trapped in this little tunnel that you can only exit front or rear. If it starts to fall I want to go out the side it is falling away from. Like I said I know they should be safe but the one car I saw them on and would not get under I could wiggle it side to side. You can apply a heck of a lot side force with a 6" breaking bar, likely not enough, but still I would feel trapped which makes things worse. I also don't think I would/could crawl through a culvert. LMAO
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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!

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