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bill
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« on: 13 March, 2009, 05:07:33 PM »

hello everyone, I need some advise on where to place the axle stands. the work I am going to carry out, welding to the wheel arch and would like to start and overhaul the brakes.
at present I have the rear of the car on axle stands and the front on ramps. my question is when the front wheel is removed where would be a safe place to put an axle stand ? to support the car.

thank you.
Bill.
ps. this is the start of many questions.
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« Reply #1 on: 13 March, 2009, 07:24:14 PM »

Hi Bill,my MOT man always uses supports under the subframe centre cross member of my S1 sport to check front suspension on full droop.I have also known jacks/axle stands to be used beneath front lower wishbones. richard
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« Reply #2 on: 13 March, 2009, 08:03:11 PM »

Bill,

I agree with Richard. When I need to raise the front of my car I use a trolley jack under the centre of the front cross member and lift it to the limit, then I put axle-stands under the sub-frame at the point where the inner ends of the wishbones are mounted. If I need to get it higher, I put the trolley-jack on wooden planks and do the whole thing once more. Take care!

Colin

An afterthought: When you do this for the first time, and if you have any worries about the structural integrity of your car, do the initial jacking from the front cross-member with great care! If you hear ominous creaks and groans stop and think again! You might be better off jacking equally from each side further back down the sub-frame.
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« Reply #3 on: 13 March, 2009, 10:37:24 PM »

whenever i have done welding around the front end of a fulvia i have always supported all 4 corners of the subframe to make sure NOTHING moves, even on a good fulvia because the engine is so far forward , if supported at the rear of the subframe the engine tends to make the front of the subframe droop and if supported at the front it put stress on the a post area, i normally put axle stands on the rear out riggers and a trolley or bottle jack under the jacking point on the front of the subframe to take up the load, hope this helps jp
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« Reply #4 on: 14 March, 2009, 10:48:15 AM »

And if your sub frames a bit dodgy, i have 2 that i will be selling soon both very good condition. Cool
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