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Old 11-26-2001, 10:02 PM   #1
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Default jack stand placement??

i've got a '02 WRX and this has been the first car i've owned where a good place to put jack stands wasn't obvious. The manual says nothing, and I haven't found anything in the Service Manuals either. So... when jacking up the car, what's the best place to put the stands?? While on the subject... when using a floor jack, are you still using the factory jack point behind the front wheel, or another position? I took a look at some of the cross members, but they didn't seem solid enough to hold the car.

And a word of caution: I have tried a few places to put the jack stands, but found the stands to actually cause some surface damage with the car off the ground.

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Erik
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Old 11-26-2001, 10:55 PM   #2
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The jack stands can be placed in the obvious locations; behind the front wheels and in front of the rear wheels.

For a floor jack, there is a location in the front, in the middle of a cross member. It should be easy to see. For the back, i haven't done it myself, but I've seen other people say that you can use the rear diff. If I was to use the rear diff, I would put something between it and the jack, just to protect it some.
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Old 11-27-2001, 10:45 PM   #3
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Lift and jack locations are shown in Section 1 of the MY02 Impreza service manual, page NT-3 and 4. Basically they recommend the side rails as NotoriousWRX mentioned. It recommends the front crossmember and the rear differential for lifting.

That said, I've placed front jackstands on the fore/aft-going frame pieces on either side of the front crossmember, and they worked fine.
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Old 11-28-2001, 04:50 PM   #4
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I have placed circular jack stands in the middle of the "chassis rails" running lenghtwise under the car and they indented the surface? I'll be sure to use the wider "y-type" stands to eliminate any structural damage to the chassis in the future. The side jack points (under the door sills) aren't wide enough although they are probailly the safest points.

Just my .02
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Old 11-29-2001, 04:44 PM   #5
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I guess I'll just have to play with it a bit more... You're right (Rocky WRX) about the service manual bit (I seemed to have missed that page -- doh!) I guess I was just having trouble figuring out how to get my stands in there without damaging the rails. That side sill is just so thin, I didn't want to trust it while I'm under the car. Plus, the side skirt (plastic) is right there, so it looks like it will take some damage in the process too. I guess it's better then damaging the sub-chassis!

I was asking about the jack point (which the service manual suggests the front cross-member) because I've experienced some jack slipiage there. But, that seems to be the right spot.

Thanks for the replies!!
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