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Old 04-02-04, 12:45 AM
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I'm getting ready to start Autox season and was wondering if my using the rear diff and front engine cradle as my jacking points when changing to race rubber is damaging the car in any way. Will it eventually weaken anything?
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Actually I use a hydraulic sissor jack and pick it up at the factor jack points. The jack is small but can pick up the entire side of the car at once.

I didn't like picking up the front cradle/cross brace cause of the risk of damaging the oil pan, plus you have to get on the ground to line things up.

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Originally posted by rhinor61
Actually I use a hydraulic sissor jack and pick it up at the factor jack points. The jack is small but can pick up the entire side of the car at once.


I try to avoid this method because i dont knwo where exactly the hack points are exactly i looked under the car and tried it against the sturdiest looking part but looked like the chasis was bending, ive seen many 1st gens with that indent.

Originally posted by rhinor61

I didn't like picking up the front cradle/cross brace cause of the risk of damaging the oil pan, plus you have to get on the ground to line things up.

John

i know what you mean, ive dented my pan like that... especially if the jack dosnet even fit because the cars so low...


oh what year btw....

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I've been auto-xing my FD since '98 and jacking it from either side. You can lift it with the diff no problem but you should just jack it up from the side.

If you get under the car you'll find that the frame rail blends into the floor up front. Jack it from there and you'll be able to lift both tires on one side.
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Re: Am I risking damage by jacking car?

Originally posted by RenoCYM
I'm getting ready to start Autox season and was wondering if my using the rear diff and front engine cradle as my jacking points when changing to race rubber is damaging the car in any way. Will it eventually weaken anything?
I'm assuming you have a 3rd gen. Well, on the 2nd gen the factory service manual shows you can pick it up using the the front subframe or the rear differential. But this information may be totally useless to you.
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Yes, I have a 93 R1 3rd gen.
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The owner's manual should indicate the lift points.
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could you use a pair of ramp to lift up the car a little bit and place a floor jack, and lift up from the frame ???

Do your side skirt cover the rack point ???? cuz one of my rx7's jack point is covered by the side skirt. I was stuiped.... i should cut it a little bit from the bottom of the skirt first before i install it.....too late
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I jack from the front subframe and the diff. Hasn't hurt it yet.

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I jack up my 2nd gen like Paul does and others. No problems ever. Just be careful when centering the jack under the rear pumpkin to not chip off any cooling fins on the backside.

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if you jack from tthe rear and your car is too low, you might wanna try jacking on the tow ring (lots of guys seem to use this as a jack point on their drift cars but remember they don't really care about their tow rings or about crashing their cars into stuff as well...)
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