Where are you putting your jackstands?

Fixmy59bug

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Using this type of jack stand (Notice the notch cut out)



Put them under the pinch weld under the car like so:



VERY VERY IMPORTANT.......

Before you place the jack stand, look at the side rocker panel. You will notice a little dimple. This is optimal placement of the jack or jack stand as the pinch weld is reinforced at this area. You can see the dimple clearly here:



If you jack or jack stand some where not reinforced, you could crush in the sheet metal. Further, if you use a jack stand that is not specially designed for punch welds (such as pictured in the first pic) you run the risk of folding over the pinch welds making them unusable, like so:



The second picture is a perfect example of using the wrong jack stand on the pinch weld.
 
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jeffer

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I've struggled with the same thing with multiple vehicles over the years. Then I got a set of these. http://www.jackpointjackstands.com/

They work great and are very secure. You need a fairly low profile jack to get the jack & cup under the vehicle for the initial lift (doesn't work very well with my long travel 3ton jack I have for lifted 4wd's). I have a smaller jack that works fine. The cup that it comes with is slotted for pinch welds, but can also be used for frame lift locations with the included pin and pad.

 

50pascals

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If you have a jack that will slide under:

Front - Where the rearmost bolt for the lower A-arm bolts through the support plate that connects the two sides of the car
Rear - Where the lower control arm attaches to the unibody
 
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Thanks, all.

Jeffer, I really like those fancy jackstands, but they are pretty pricey. Darn shame too, because they are an elegant solution.

This weekend, 50pascals, I'll figure out if I can get my jack on the locations you point out.
 

fauxToez

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So, where in the end did everyone settle on as the best jack points so as to not be in the way of the jack stands I want to put in the designated notches/arrow area?
 

Fixmy59bug

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I usually use the rear bolt point (where the rear bushing is) of the front control arm.

Or the front pivot point of the rear trailing arm.
 
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BroncoAZ

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740GLE

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I have cheap amazon "SUV" stands without pinch weld cutouts. The recent rear rotor job, I jacked up the front support, (2x4 on the jack to protect the pince weld) then cranked it almost all the way up to slide the stand under the rear support. I tossed a piece of cardboard ontop of the jack stand as a little bit of protection. I did the work with the front still supported only by the 3T harbor freight floor jack but still felt safe enough.

I've also used the front control arm mounting point for jack stands.
 

roni024

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As far as positioning, if I'm jacking one side at a time and not inserting a jack stand (when not working under the car - eg: swapping wheels) I'll just jack at the pinch weld as specified in the manual. If I need to support the car on stands, or perform work underneath, I'll jack at the front control arm's rear bushing then put the jack stand at the pinch weld, or jack at the center suspension pivot in the rear and then put the stands at both sides' pinch welds.

In any event, the jack or jack stand never touches my car. I always use a hockey puck (I have 5 of them) with a slit I routed out of them (3/8"W x 3/8"D) in between the car and the lifting/holding device.
 

gmenounos

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What adapter are you using?
The universal pinch weld adapter that comes with it. I wish it was deeper but it works. They sell VW adapters but those are for the optional lift pads used with commercial lifts. I've heard that those can be "iffy" if you don't lift all 4 simultaneously so that's why I'm using the pinch welds.
 

LeeM

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The universal pinch weld adapter looked shallow to me as well. That is why I asked.
 
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