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Old 01-03-2009, 02:52 PM   #1
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OK, I realize this is a noob question (once again) but I have only found posts regarding the 944 jack points and jack stand locations (I recognize they should be the same for our car, but didn't know if there are subtle differences)... but how do you Rennlisters jack up your 968?
I have been jacking the front of the vehicle from the recommended owner's manual jack points, and then placing jack stands under what looked like frame rails (guess they are actually just the floor pan...).
After reading a lot in the 944 area, and seeing some photos, looks like I should be jacking the car up from the center spot along the side between the wheels and then placing the jack stands underneath the front subframe and the rear jack stands underneath the torsion bar mounting points... Does this sound correct?

Thanks, want to change my process seeing as I don't want to dent or bend the floor pan any more than I already have...



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Old 01-03-2009, 02:59 PM   #2
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Not a noob question... I think of myself as pretty experienced (working on cars anyway...) and wonder the best places too. I use the rear torsion mounts for the rear, but would like to find the best possible place in front, epsecially considering I have all my lower panels in place...
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Old 01-03-2009, 03:09 PM   #3
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We just discussed that in the UK forum www.968uk.com. Finally we came up with this agreement:

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Just to close off this thread.

FRONT :
You can jack up the car from the front crossmember and then place the axle/body stands on the front jacking points with rubber pucks/adaptors. It is not recommended to jack up from the lower A arm as it can distort them and subsequently throw out the handling.

Also, Stands can be placed under the front longitudal support beams on the floor, with suitable protection.

REAR :
You can jack up the car from the base of the transaxle, however again suitable protection for the transaxle case should be in place. DO NOT hold the car up from this point for any great length of time. Only use it to get the car up.

Once up, the torsion bar end plate stubs can be used to place the axle/body stands on to support the car. The rear jacking points can also be used with suitable adaptors/puck.

After much research and help from you guys, I am now happy about doing this.

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Thanks to Steven for the summary.
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Old 01-03-2009, 04:12 PM   #4
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We just discussed that in the UK forum www.968uk.com. Finally we came up with this agreement:

<quote>

Just to close off this thread.

FRONT :
You can jack up the car from the front crossmember and then place the axle/body stands on the front jacking points with rubber pucks/adaptors. It is not recommended to jack up from the lower A arm as it can distort them and subsequently throw out the handling.

Also, Stands can be placed under the front longitudal support beams on the floor, with suitable protection.

REAR :
You can jack up the car from the base of the transaxle, however again suitable protection for the transaxle case should be in place. DO NOT hold the car up from this point for any great length of time. Only use it to get the car up.

Once up, the torsion bar end plate stubs can be used to place the axle/body stands on to support the car. The rear jacking points can also be used with suitable adaptors/puck.

After much research and help from you guys, I am now happy about doing this.

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Thanks to Steven for the summary.
Two questions:

1) How can you get the jack under the front cross-member? I may be thinking of a different location, but is that not behind the oil pan?

2) I don't like the idea of lifting the car up from the transaxle, is there another suggestion?

Thanks gents!
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Old 01-03-2009, 05:11 PM   #5
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I alway use the rear jacking point right behind the door to lift one side of the car. Install jack stands on that side, be it front/back or both and then move to other side.
Has worked for me for years.
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Old 01-03-2009, 05:59 PM   #6
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I do like Raj, jack up on the jack point just forward of the rear tires and put the stands under the front jack point and the rear torsion bar holder.
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+3 and I jack my race car up ALOT !
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:19 PM   #8
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+4. Also, I use a hockey puck when jacking from the transaxle.
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You know....those hockey pucks have a lot of uses.....
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Undercarriage on the 944 cab is the same as the 968 cab. I jack the front up from the "doughnuts" using a hockey puck on the jack saddle. I support the car with tubular jackstands from the center frame rails using hockey pucks there as well.
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Pix would be good!!
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The white arrows on the rockers point to the jack points on the 968 racecar.

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For the front I either use ramps or jack up from the caster blocks. A caster block bolt fits perfectly into the little cup on my smaller jack. For the rear I use the torsion bar tube carriers. I'm just paranoid about jack points collapsing ever since my dad's 964 almost destroyed me!
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Arash, I am worried too. I don't mind jacking from that point, but I want a more solid place to put the jack stand. As a matter of fact, I am thinking of buying the ESCO 3-Ton Flat-top jack stand. They are expensive, but I feel that they are worth it!!

BTW, I love that new pix of your car. Horizon Blue......Just love it!
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For the front I either use ramps or jack up from the caster blocks. A caster block bolt fits perfectly into the little cup on my smaller jack. For the rear I use the torsion bar tube carriers. I'm just paranoid about jack points collapsing ever since my dad's 964 almost destroyed me!
And how do you reach the caster blocks with the jack?

Unless your car is higher sprung than most, I'd say you need to raise it from somewhere else before the caster blocks are accessible...
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