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Old 08-10-2013, 12:04 PM   #1
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Using a jack and jack stands

I want to do some repairs and maintenance on the exhaust, oil pan, and suspension. I'm having trouble with jacking it up and using the jack stands. I know that there are the four jack points by the wheels and the three in the front. What I have been trying to figure out is if I'm using the jack points for the jack, how do I get the jack stand under that jack point. I'm also wondering if there is another place on the car I can jack it up, so I can place the jack stand on the jack point.
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Old 08-10-2013, 12:07 PM   #2
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before i was lowered, i would put the jack right under the front crossmember. (big metal bar that runs the width of the car under the radiator) for the back i would do the same thing. put the jack on the middle of the subframe.
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:59 PM   #3
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I just kind of made it work. lol my floor jack was on the smaller side and I could get the jack stands in there beside it and lower the car down on to them. I think Honda is at fault here for not widening those jack points just a little, but oh well.
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:48 PM   #4
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before i was lowered, i would put the jack right under the front crossmember. (big metal bar that runs the width of the car under the radiator) for the back i would do the same thing. put the jack on the middle of the subframe.
That's usually where I go then you can put the stands at the actual jacking points.
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:48 AM   #5
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I'm lowered myself and I cannot get a jack under my car either. Koni yellows and Neuspeed race.

What I do is place two boards on my garage floor, then drive over them, one under each front tire. Then I can get my jack under it.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:44 AM   #6
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I have also seen people use ramps, are those worth the money? Are they safe, reliable, easy to use?
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:00 AM   #7
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I use ramps w/o any issue, but sometimes it is still too low for me to do work under my car. Any lowered car will have problems with a standard jack and for that reason I purchased a racing low-profile jack from Harbor Freight.
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I own some ramps that my neighbor gave me, but I haven't used them yet. I'm afraid I'll miss one and drive off! Quality ramps are safe, though, as long as you're careful.

Jacking from the front crossmember and then placing the stands is the most common way.
I've also jacked the car up as high as I could by the rear jack point, then placed a jack stand under the lifted front point. The jack has to be able to go high enough to get the first stand under (the second one is easier)
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I'm lowered myself and I cannot get a jack under my car either. Koni yellows and Neuspeed race.

What I do is place two boards on my garage floor, then drive over them, one under each front tire. Then I can get my jack under it.
I forgot to add that once the boards are under the front tires I put the jack on the front cross member where the hook is placing the hook in the center of the jack pedestal and then jacking the car up. After that Im able put the jack stands under the front lift point tabs.
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I own some ramps that my neighbor gave me, but I haven't used them yet. I'm afraid I'll miss one and drive off! Quality ramps are safe, though, as long as you're careful.

Jacking from the front crossmember and then placing the stands is the most common way.
I've also jacked the car up as high as I could by the rear jack point, then placed a jack stand under the lifted front point. The jack has to be able to go high enough to get the first stand under (the second one is easier)
I almost did that the other day. Scary stuff
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I own some ramps that my neighbor gave me, but I haven't used them yet. I'm afraid I'll miss one and drive off! Quality ramps are safe, though, as long as you're careful.

Jacking from the front crossmember and then placing the stands is the most common way.
I've also jacked the car up as high as I could by the rear jack point, then placed a jack stand under the lifted front point. The jack has to be able to go high enough to get the first stand under (the second one is easier)
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I almost did that the other day. Scary stuff
Reminds me of this.

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I use ramps w/o any issue, but sometimes it is still too low for me to do work under my car. Any lowered car will have problems with a standard jack and for that reason I purchased a racing low-profile jack from Harbor Freight.
Low profile aluminum jacks are the way to go if you are lowered. They are not the most durable but as long as you are not using it all the time and just for the lowered car they are well worth the money.
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I use ramps w/o any issue, but sometimes it is still too low for me to do work under my car. Any lowered car will have problems with a standard jack and for that reason I purchased a racing low-profile jack from Harbor Freight.
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Low profile aluminum jacks are the way to go if you are lowered. They are not the most durable but as long as you are not using it all the time and just for the lowered car they are well worth the money.
http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...html-7814.html
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Old 08-11-2013, 03:23 PM   #14
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So i tried using the front crossmember where the hook is, but my jack can only go up 13in and that wasn't high enough to get the jack stands under. I see there are jacks for SUVs and trucks that go up to 20in. Would it be worth the money to get one of those and make it a lot easier? It seems like they just add an extension adapter onto the jack plate.
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Old 08-11-2013, 03:42 PM   #15
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Jack up the floor jack with 2x6s, cement plates or something like that to gain some height.
It gets hairy but gets the job done.
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Just be sure not to be under the car when the jack is sitting on bricks or boards until it's been safely and securely lowered on the stands! (should go without saying... but I've heard at least 2 stories of kids being crushed under their cars since I've been on these forums...)
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I couldn't drive up on ramps with the car lowered. I drive up on a 1x6 plank then stack another 1x6 plank on that just in front of the wheel and drive on it then I can fit my low profile jack under the car. I place a 4x4 post that was cut down and has a recess in the bottom of it the diameter of my floor jack on the head of the jack and place it on the tow hook on the center crossmember and lift the car up. The jack is on the cement floor still and it safely moves high enough to place the jack stands under. If I need more lift I put a larger piece of wood on the jack. Walk it up in steps and take your time, also never get under the car until it is fully supported as mentioned.
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