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Old 03-08-2010, 09:40 PM
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Default Jack Stands

Just wondering what the best placement for jack stands are for front end work. I've been using Rhino Ramps so far but now need to do brake work. The shop manual has a small section but I can't make out the picture. I'm not very mechanically savvy so an actual picture of where they would go would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-08-2010, 10:24 PM
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Put 'em under the big chunk of steel that the bottom of the radiator mounts to.

Pretty solid there, and easy to reach.

My car was set up on the stands for many months there this winter.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:49 PM
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Ditto that!
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:36 PM
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sonoman, I did this a couple of summers ago. I put the stands in the spots that the shop manual said (behind the front wheels), but didn't like the way it sat:

That's only supported by the two stands and the rear wheels. notice it still seems level. It doesn't help that I've got some bondo in the rockers, so it's a bit more flexible that it ought to be. Still, with the engine ahead of the stands, it seemed a little front heavy and unballanced.

I put the stands under the radiator supports and it sat much better:

Here's a shot of where I put the stands, it worked great:

I hope that helps. A full gallery of my suspension rebuild is here if you need it.
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Old 03-10-2010, 01:34 PM
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Here is a fine example of the correct way to hold your squarebird up.

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Old 03-10-2010, 05:43 PM
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Thanks DGS and all. I put them under the radiator support like the pictures showed. Works great.
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