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I'm a little out of place here, but I've been wrenching on Z cars since the late 70's (first car + no money = learn to fix car). My first

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Old 01-25-2011, 12:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a little out of place here, but I've been wrenching on Z cars since the late 70's (first car + no money = learn to fix car). My first Z had a hump in the floor board where some yahoo tried to jack up the car in the wrong place. I've also seen countless twisted pinch welds resulting from claw cup floor jacks on the pinch weld jacking location. I still have a 240 Z and a ramp style lift, but I got a set of these for brake and suspension work. They work great and, used in pairs, provide enough height to do lots more than I expected. The web site is only fair - but there's a thread on Rennlist (sorry) that shows it in a number of applications. I really like them for the track, too. Just FYI for anyone who ever jacks their Z - new or old.

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Looks sturdy. Good that it has a pinch weld adapter built in. The base is kind of bulky though and you can't adjust the lift height. This would work well assuming that an idiot dealer or mechanic hasn't already damaged your pinch weld by improperly lifting the car directly from it. Good find!
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I like those. I already have a lift. But it has the drive up ramps. I didn't buy the additional parts where you can lift all the wheels up at the same time. But I have my ways around that. But it takes a little longer. I need to check into it though. It was only six hundred more dollars.
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Since we are talking about it can someone post pics (real or owners manual style) of all the correct jacking points and correct way to use them ?
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Those look pretty nifty. A little on the pricey side, though. (about $300 for a pair).
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I'm new to the forum and was browsing general discussions and found this topic interesting. I went to You Tube and found this link that shows the stand working... hope it adds to the discussion.YouTube - Jackpoint Jackstands-The Ultimate Jackstand
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Since we are talking about it can someone post pics (real or owners manual style) of all the correct jacking points and correct way to use them ?


I'm not new to jacking up cars, but I would like to know the "correct" places to jack up the Z.
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why is one side completely open like that (asides from manufacturing process)?
i would feel safer if it was closed 360 degrees.

the top portion to relieve weight off the rail is a good idea, but that's what a hocky puck with slit does, or in my case, a narrower jack stand with rubber padding... or even my slit of oak.

these are made in the USA, i hope? not china where manufacturing consistency is sometimes non-existent.

just wondering who is behind supporting the 3200lbs+ over my head.
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why is one side completely open like that (asides from manufacturing process)?
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There are several places you can jack up the Z.

The owner's manual will show you two places on the pinch weld with notches designed for the supplied jack. Use that only in an emergency and if you don't have a real floor jack.

The service manual will show you a few more places. Here's where you can download the complete service manual. There may be a link for 2010 as well.
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In general, anywhere adjacent to the inside of the pinch weld is a load bearing point. I use these spots to lift the car up one side at a time. Other common areas people use include the rear diff ("pumpkin"), or rear suspension arm (where the springs are perched). Of course, watch out for the sideskirt, exhaust components, etc. while you lift up/lower the car. In theory you can rest the car on the pinch welds, but do not use the pinch weld (seat of jack directly on the pinch weld) to jack the car up. Get yourself some pinch weld adapters for your stands and your jack. The adapters make contact on either side of the weld. A hockey puck with a 1/4" slit cut down the middle works well as a poor man's pinch weld adapter. I use hockey pucks myself.

There are several threads that talk about "jacking points" and "jack stands" on the forum if you need more information. If you're not familiar with lifting a car up, be cautious the first couple of times until you familiarize yourself with the underside of the car and the equipment you are using. Please make sure the car is securely placed before you crawl underneath, and NEVER get underneath a vehicle with only a jack supporting it. USE JACK STANDS.

For certain DIY's such as an oil change, you can simply place your car up on ramps. If you need ramps, consider Race Ramps. There's a vendor here (Reverse Logic) that sells them. Fred's a good guy and they have ramps and flatstoppers that are quite handy to have.
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oh... ok, i feel stupid now.
Don't, I too was scratching my head on this one.

A few years back Sears was selling a similar concept: Craftsman Jack System, Lift N Secure

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Don't, I too was scratching my head on this one.

A few years back Sears was selling a similar concept: Craftsman Jack System, Lift N Secure

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Do they stack up to save space? Otherwise they're f'ing enormous and take up considerably more garage storage space than a regular jack stand (which works just fine).
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That's pretty slick. Unless the jack cap slips off the base you slide under it.
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