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just wanted to give you guys the heads up - the railing got damaged using the jack w/o the plastic railing piece. the plastic piece is a must!

 

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Man that is bad. :shock: I used a hydraulic jack on friday to change out one of my tires, but I used a suspension anchor point. I was worried about breaking the plastic!
 

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ya, i always try to use the subframe mounts to jack it up... even if i have to use the OEM jack to get it high enough to fit the hydraulic jack under there.

on my rabbit, somebody did something stupid like this with a lift, and ended up pushing in the whole floor pan, the metal down there is soooooo thin.
 

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I hate the stupid jack design on this car. It's almost impossible to put a jack under there AND get the jack stand positioned correctly so that you don't do exactly what you're doing. the other option is to jack it up where the lift pads are supposed to go (the Audi TT lift pads that is). even then, it's still hard to get a jack and jack stand in there.
 

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I hate the stupid jack design on this car. It's almost impossible to put a jack under there AND get the jack stand positioned correctly so that you don't do exactly what you're doing. the other option is to jack it up where the lift pads are supposed to go (the Audi TT lift pads that is). even then, it's still hard to get a jack and jack stand in there.
yeah, it's a pain to use the jack and jack stand on the car. how do you use the lifting pads?
 

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:shock: what did you have in your car!!! I've jacked my car up numerous times on the rails, and have never bent one yet (knock on wood). that's some crazy bendage!!
 

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:shock: what did you have in your car!!! I've jacked my car up numerous times on the rails, and have never bent one yet (knock on wood). that's some crazy bendage!!
oh, just a couple of anvils, boulders, rocks, jet engines, you know, normal typical stuff :p

but seriously, there wasn't anything heavy in the car. some stuff on the trunk, but still substantially less than 100 lbs. i think the mistake i made was to jack where the thing starts to turn inward (where the worst bending is).
 

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Wow, that sucks, good input for all so. I use a hydraulic jack as well, but i use a piece of 2X4 (about 12 inches) to go on the the part that goes on the car, the wood is soft and it spreads the load on the car, no bending :thumbup: .
 

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Wow, that sucks, good input for all so. I use a hydraulic jack as well, but i use a piece of 2X4 (about 12 inches) to go on the the part that goes on the car, the wood is soft and it spreads the load on the car, no bending :thumbup: .
that's not a bad idea either. but how do you put the jack stand on? does it also sit on the 2x4?
 

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Thanks for the FYI! I will go get me some of those little blocks!
 

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Yeah, I need some of those jack pads too. I messed up my Jetta like this.
 

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Where do we get these blocks btw? I heard a hockey puck with a slot in the middle works too.
 

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I like the hockey puck idea...just saw a groove.

I used the 2X4 idea for about 3-4 lifts, then split the wood. Although I think your version of it being long is better than the way I had it with a 4x4 size block.

still hard to place the jack stand with the Hydro jack since the stands' legs get in the way. I actually like the OEM jack , it works well.
 

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if you use a 2x4, remember to go across the grain, otherwise you'll just be choppin' wood.

Here is the jack pad kit. There is a little plug that these pop into, conveniently located behind the jack in the picture above so you can't see them. These are where you can jack from or put the car up on the lift. Easy to install and take the guesswork out of where to jack.

 

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Could you all be a little more specific about the jack pads. I just orded a set on Friday and noone can really tell me where they go I was going to look for posts relating to the subject so that I could get an idea of where they would go underneath the car. Does anyone have a picture of them installed. :???: I have also found it difficult to place jack stands under my passat but under my C280 it at aleast comes with jack pads but there is no place under there to put a jack stand with confidence. I have also heard BMW owners complain about finding spots to list there cars with a hydralic jack.
 

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a good lift point i was informed of for the front is right where the belly pan is attached in the front with the 10mm nut. this is the frame. make sure you are actually on it when you lift. work perfecct for my suspension install! and yea, those jack pads would be nice, but if there is buckling, then itd be a huge no-no
 

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When i use the 2X4, the reason for being 12 inches long is that you jack t up with the hydraulic jack, with the wood piece sticking out on the back side more. When you have it in position, slide your jack stand under the piece of wood, closest to the hydraulic jack. You can then lower the hydraulic and the jack stand take over. It always worked for me, and the 2X4 i use is solid, against the grain piece of wood :wink: . You always have to go with what you are comfortable with and always put wheel blocks in front and back of the wheels that are on the ground, it can also shift forward, be really careful with that.
 
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