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      04-14-2015, 07:07 AM   #1
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trolly jack recommendation

Hi,

I've got to do an oil change on my E91 and my current trolly jack is not ideal as it can't lift the car high enough when using the centre jack point to put axel stands under. Can anyone recommend a good trolly jack that they've happily used on the centre jack points ? (thinking specifically of one that works well on the front centre one).

Things I'm looking for (most important first)

1) low enough to fit under the front to get to the front centre jack point
2) a flat saddle that I can comfortable put a 'puck' on
3) good lift height so I can get axel stands under the jack points
4) available in the uk
5) cheap


thanks

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      04-14-2015, 07:17 AM   #2
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Same problem, each trolley jack I've tried, I can't get the car high enough to get axle stands under.

Would be curious to find out if there is a decently priced one available that can do it!
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SGS Engineering are good. there not cheap though.
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      04-14-2015, 07:40 AM   #4
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Not got one personally but these look good...

http://www.sgs-engineering.com/hydra.../trolley-jacks
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      04-14-2015, 08:44 AM   #5
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Not got one personally but these look good...

http://www.sgs-engineering.com/hydra.../trolley-jacks
Thanks for the link - top website as they have all the spec to calculate if it will fit. I will do some calculations and see if it will fit.

Will report back in due course.


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      04-14-2015, 09:05 AM   #6
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I've got this one:

http://www.sealey.co.uk/PLPageBuilde...iredresults=16

If lifts ridiculously high and a jack puck fits nicely one the end cup.
I haven't tried it under the E90 yet but it used to jack up my lowered E36 with no issues.
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      04-14-2015, 09:42 AM   #7
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The AC Hydraulic DK13HLQ is by far the best jack I've ever seen. It goes low enough to get under the lowest car and goes up almost 3 feet. Its also the perfect length to reach the center jacking points. Only downside is that its $550 in the US.

Looks like this place has it in the UK
http://www.weberuk.com/shop/high-lif...k13hlq--|3069/
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I picked up one of these from costco recently:

http://costcocouple.com/arcan-2-5-to...m-hybrid-jack/

Works well, though i've not tried it on the front centre jacking point, and is a good bit lighter than their older XLR325 jack (which i've also got) while being equally robust. It also has a large completely flat jackpad with a nice rubber insert, making it ideal for those plastic jacking points on the E90 sill without needing any adaptors etc.

Was about 80quid inc vat.
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      04-14-2015, 10:53 AM   #9
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I've just bought the sgs 2.5 tonne one, its really low profile so will fit under most lowered cars and lifts pretty high, cant confirm weather it'll reach the centre jacking point though.
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I have the SGS 1.5t one and can't fault it. I've only ever jacked at the jack points though so have no idea about reach. Defo goes high enough for me to get stands under and get under the car.
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I might be side-stepping the question here, but why not just drive onto 2x4's then you can fit any jack you want under there? I've used this method for years with no problems. As soon as you find one that goes high enough and fits under the car the cost goes up.
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I might be side-stepping the question here, but why not just drive onto 2x4's then you can fit any jack you want under there? I've used this method for years with no problems. As soon as you find one that goes high enough and fits under the car the cost goes up.
The answer to that for me personally is that I also need to change my winter wheels to the summer ones and with my current jack it's a royal pain in the ass so I want to kill 2 birds with one stone and get a new jack that can use the center jack point.
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The answer to that for me personally is that I also need to change my winter wheels to the summer ones and with my current jack it's a royal pain in the ass so I want to kill 2 birds with one stone and get a new jack that can use the center jack point.
I understand. I'm in the same boat, just haven't pulled the trigger on getting a better jack yet. This would have been my suggestion, but HF doesn't ship internationally... http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...ump-68050.html
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So I did some measurement on my E91 just now and here are the headlines:

1) to get an axel stand of 280mm under the front sill jack blocks, the front centre jack block must be raised by 323mm (from the ground)

2) the clearance in the front is 125mm

3) the front centre jack block is 800mm in from the bumper.


The clearance (2) is pretty easy to get a trolley jack for but (3) is impossible in my price bracket (sub 100 quid).

So I've just order this one and will need to jack up the car on one of the sill jack points with my old jack to give some more clearance before getting the new one in under the centre jack point (if you see what I mean!)

I'll let you know how I get on.
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Hi,

I've got to do an oil change on my E91 and my current trolly jack is not ideal as it can't lift the car high enough when using the centre jack point to put axel stands under. Can anyone recommend a good trolly jack that they've happily used on the centre jack points ? (thinking specifically of one that works well on the front centre one).

Things I'm looking for (most important first)

1) low enough to fit under the front to get to the front centre jack point
2) a flat saddle that I can comfortable put a 'puck' on
3) good lift height so I can get axel stands under the jack points
4) available in the uk
5) cheap


thanks

sal_park.

I used a halfords 2 tone jack to jack my friends e90 from the front.
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Arcan jack from costco
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      04-20-2015, 03:32 PM   #17
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OP I know what your saying (lots of the suggestions on this thread have ignored the reqs you listed)!

I for one have had an eBay search going for ~1yr for keywords "long low trolley jack" but all that comes up is battered old truck jacks with a hefty price tag.

Thanks for your dimensions as they will help - however my search continues.......

PS: this has been on my Wishlist for a while:

http://www.sgs-engineering.com/hydra...s-trolley-jack
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Have you thaught about getting a couple ramps and just drive the car onto those?
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Have you thaught about getting a couple ramps and just drive the car onto those?
Yes I have thought about it, but just want to jack without the antics.
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      04-20-2015, 05:30 PM   #20
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Well for an oil change you wouldnt need the jack at all, just drive on and drop the oil!
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      04-21-2015, 02:56 AM   #21
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      04-21-2015, 03:38 AM   #22
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Remember the childhood days when you were playing in the sandbox.
Go there and make an open mold, shaped like how you want to have your new ramps.
Pour two buckets of concrete in and wait two days. After another 28 days the concrete is hard enough to drive on. Your ramps don't have to be high. With say like 10cm (4") more clearance to the ground it should be enough to push a common sized trolley under the car.

Of course you can make the ramps of wooden planks also.
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