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      10-23-2009, 02:26 PM   #23
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So, does one need an adaptor like that or is a rubber jack saddle good enough? Also, what should the minimum capacity of floor jack be? 1.5 ton, 2 ton?

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      10-23-2009, 02:49 PM   #24
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I don't think that jack saddle will work. Get an adapter like the one soni is trying to get organized.
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      10-23-2009, 03:31 PM   #25
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If you use a floor jack, get a jack adapter so it won't crush the plastic jacking point.
I don't use any adapters and I've had no trouble using the plastic jacking points. However, the jack I use (as shown in my previous reply) has a flat jacking surface with a rubber face material. This ensures the pressure is distributed to the entire perimeter of the plastic jacking point.

If you use a jack that does not have a flat surface, I would recommend you place a small piece of 3/4" plywood between the jack and the plastic adapter to avoid causing damage or potentially collapsing the plastic adapter. The plywood would essentially spread out the load evenly on the adapter.
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      10-23-2009, 07:17 PM   #26
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Use a hockey puck, works perfect.
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      10-23-2009, 08:24 PM   #27
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Use a hockey puck, works perfect.
If your mount points are already damaged, this may not work.
I like Soni's design, but I'd be surprised if the base would fit with my floor jack.

Instead, I simply cut a piece of wood to fit (inside).
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      10-24-2009, 12:38 AM   #28
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If your mount points are already damaged, this may not work.
I like Soni's design, but I'd be surprised if the base would fit with my floor jack.

Instead, I simply cut a piece of wood to fit (inside).
as long as it works...
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      10-24-2009, 06:15 PM   #29
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One last question. Are jack stands required when changing wheels or just the floor jack? The floor jacks say that they are to be used only for lifting.

What does everyone use?
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      10-24-2009, 06:18 PM   #30
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for those looking for jacks - CT has aluminum low profile jack on sale $119 this week. i got mines for $200+ a couple years ago. this is a great deal.

i don't use any sort of adapters either. i use a cotton circular buff pad and it seems to work fine - i've been using this method for 10 years
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One last question. Are jack stands required when changing wheels or just the floor jack? The floor jacks say that they are to be used only for lifting.

What does everyone use?
changing tires I only use the floor jack...but if I working under on a car for long period, I will use jack stands for sure.
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      10-25-2009, 01:04 AM   #32
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i don't use any sort of adapters either. i use a cotton circular buff pad and it seems to work fine - i've been using this method for 10 years
What is a cotton circular buff pad?
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      10-25-2009, 01:25 AM   #33
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Soni, any plans on making an adaptor for jack stands? The typical ones won't fit our cars either. What workarounds do you all use?
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changing tires I only use the floor jack...but if I working under on a car for long period, I will use jack stands for sure.
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      10-25-2009, 01:34 AM   #34
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changing tires I only use the floor jack...but if I working under on a car for long period, I will use jack stands for sure.
where do you place the jackstands? Do you use them as a precaution or you actually rest the car onto the jackstand?
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      10-25-2009, 05:34 AM   #35
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Who changes their tires themselves (summers to winters)?

I'm thinking of doing this myself but would like to know more about lift points on the 2009 335xi. Also, any issues that others may have seen/encountered.

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where do you place the jackstands? Do you use them as a precaution or you actually rest the car onto the jackstand?
Precaution only!
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      10-25-2009, 12:14 PM   #37
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What is a cotton circular buff pad?
something like this
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      10-25-2009, 03:46 PM   #38
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Precaution only!
Where is a good place to put it? Since you need to use the plastic jack box area to jack up the car, there seems to be no place to put the jackstand.
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      10-25-2009, 05:28 PM   #39
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I do the tire change myself.

Got myself a heavy duty floor jack: 3- ton Jack

(There is a really good deal going on at Canadian tire for really good floor jacks. Click This jack is 40% off.

And bought a Torque wrench when they went on sale at Canadian Tire:
CT Torque Wrench 1/2 inch I got it on sale for $40.

Also buy yourself a nice long 17mm socket, so it clears the rims.

Using a jack pad to lift the car, it does not take too long when you have the right equipment.
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      10-25-2009, 06:22 PM   #40
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I do the tire change myself.

Got myself a heavy duty floor jack: 3- ton Jack

(There is a really good deal going on at Canadian tire for really good floor jacks. Click This jack is 40% off.

And bought a Torque wrench when they went on sale at Canadian Tire:
CT Torque Wrench 1/2 inch I got it on sale for $40.

Also buy yourself a nice long 17mm socket, so it clears the rims.

Using a jack pad to lift the car, it does not take too long when you have the right equipment.

I would suggest to get this wrench to unscrew the bolt nuts instead of using the torque wrench.
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      10-25-2009, 06:29 PM   #41
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I would suggest to get this wrench to unscrew the bolt nuts instead of using the torque wrench.
That is right. Forgot to mention, never use a torque wrench to take off the nuts. Use a breaker bar (i.e the link posted by Soni). I use the torque wrench to tighten the lug nuts only.
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      10-25-2009, 07:59 PM   #42
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Socket size: 17mm

Canadian Tire does sell deep socket impact grade 17mm sockets

I purchased a Milkwaukee Cordless 1/2" drive impact driver to do the job since I take my 328iS to the track often.....

Torque Wrench: 1/2 Husky from Home Depot and I set it to 100 ft lbs.

That is it....and if I don't have to balance, mount/dismount....I will do the swap myself...

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I would do mine but the place I bought my tires this year is mounting the wheels and storing my summers for free. I will still do my wife's wheel change though.
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      10-26-2009, 07:15 AM   #44
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I would suggest to get this wrench to unscrew the bolt nuts instead of using the torque wrench.
Impact gun is the only way to go. At least for us older/lazy guys.
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