BX's on axle stands/jacks

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BX's on axle stands/jacks

Post by saintjamesy89 »

I know we all know we probably shouldn't use jacks/axle stands on our subframes - some of us are worried about the integrity of our sills, and those with non running BX's that are on the floor struggle to work under them, due to not being enough of a gap between floor and sill to jack them up.

BUT don't do it ladies and gents, I have cracked my otherwise decent MK1 front subframe (that now has new bearings) by doing just that - leavaing my GT stood on axle stands on the front subframe. So in the future the whole lot will have to come off for refurbishment which won't be cheap, hoping the bearings can be re-used as they won't be cheap either, or easy to find for that matter.

I'm sure others have had similar problems, Rich found the crack in mine whilst doing the bearings and other stuff in that general area - but unless you're working under there, or something disasterous happens you might not know.
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so what is the solution? 2 axle stands and a lump of 4x2 to spread the load on the sills or what?
I already lost a much loved BX a few years back due to rotten sills . I am only just back into BX ownership with an F plate that has got a bent nearside sill from careless jacking. The clutch will need done sooner rather than later and I am anxious not to cause myself more grief.

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Re: BX's on axle stands/jacks

Post by assembled »

I usually use flat-top stands with pivot axle under my mk2 subrame just where it is mounted to body. Pivot ensures that axle stand adapts to subrame angle when rear end moves. I don't see how this could damage otherwise solid subrame. Anyway, your warning is important. Could please elaborate how it went wrong?

P.S. I also damaged a solid front sill jacking point when I accidentally hung my BX with depressurized suspension on it. So don't do that as well...
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Re: BX's on axle stands/jacks

Post by saintjamesy89 »

Im not entirely sure what I did do! The damage was done a year or two back. I think I jacked up the front end using an unsuitable point on the subframe before getting a jack under the sills.

Flat top axle stands are good, you can also use a bit of soft wood to reduce any damage between the jack/stand and car.
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Re: BX's on axle stands/jacks

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I always put the car in high, chock the back wheels and jack it up at the very front of the sill and then put the axel stand behind where i've jacked it, still all on the re-enforced bit of metal and then if I'm taking the front wheels off the throw them under the car should it drop it shouldn't all it the deck.

Im not sure of any other places to put the axel stands apart from the sills and haven't dare risk the subframe for the very reason you've said about Tom.
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Post by Kitch »

Using a big piece of wood to spread the load under the subframe, directly under the mounting bolts is probably all you can really do.
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