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  • E30andy
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    Originally posted by mlytle View Post
    dozens of threads on ways to do this...... it just ain't that hard, or toxic.



    it is also easier to drop the entire subframe as one unit than take it apart.
    Car to loan out this finely crafted tool you made? I dont weld or I would attempt to make one myself!

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  • E30andy
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    Originally posted by mlytle View Post

    the cart was just for moving around and working on it. i have a lift, so used a tall trans jack to lower the subframe. subframe assembly probably weights 200lbs. when i didn't have a lift, just used a floor jack or short trans jack. have done a half dozen e30 rear subframe complete rehabs. three in the last year.

    Probably over thinking this but is it difficult to get the subframe on and off the trans jack?
    Lift is getting installed next week so just thinking through the best way to get the subframe out of and back in the car without having to li on my back!

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  • roguetoaster
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    Originally posted by E30andy View Post

    Cool thanks! Looking at BendPak myself. Trying to figure out if my garage floor is thick enough for a lift. Gonna drill a hole in it this weekend.
    Drill two holes just to be sure, and use a quality hammer drill unless you want to be there all day.

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  • E30andy
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    Originally posted by mlytle View Post

    I have two BendPak lifts. the two post in pic for the working area and a 4 post for car storage in the other bay. zero issues in 5 years. the two post is in use constantly for various maint, resto and race car work.

    if you are thinking about getting a lift....stop thinking. just do it. total game changer. you will wish you had done it sooner. installing a lift should be the first mod done to a car.
    Cool thanks! Looking at BendPak myself. Trying to figure out if my garage floor is thick enough for a lift. Gonna drill a hole in it this weekend.

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  • mlytle
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    Originally posted by E30andy View Post

    Thinking about putting a lift in my garage prior to doing this job. What lift are you using?
    I have two BendPak lifts. the two post in pic for the working area and a 4 post for car storage in the other bay. zero issues in 5 years. the two post is in use constantly for various maint, resto and race car work.

    if you are thinking about getting a lift....stop thinking. just do it. total game changer. you will wish you had done it sooner. installing a lift should be the first mod done to a car.

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  • E30andy
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    Originally posted by mlytle View Post

    the cart was just for moving around and working on it. i have a lift, so used a tall trans jack to lower the subframe. subframe assembly probably weights 200lbs. when i didn't have a lift, just used a floor jack or short trans jack. have done a half dozen e30 rear subframe complete rehabs. three in the last year.

    Thinking about putting a lift in my garage prior to doing this job. What lift are you using?

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  • mlytle
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    having a way to jack the car up in the back without using the subframe is handy too... note metal lift adapters


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  • mlytle
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    Originally posted by E30andy View Post

    I am planning this job in the spring. I like what you did here dropping the entire assembly onto a rolling cart. Any idea of the weight of the entire subframe assembly? This cart looks decent, rated for 660lbs.

    https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...8589_200748589
    the cart was just for moving around and working on it. i have a lift, so used a tall trans jack to lower the subframe. subframe assembly probably weights 200lbs. when i didn't have a lift, just used a floor jack or short trans jack. have done a half dozen e30 rear subframe complete rehabs. three in the last year.


    Last edited by mlytle; 01-18-2021, 05:53 PM.

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  • 15Michaeljoseph
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    I found that a jack was the best way for me to do it. If you're planning on replacing the brake backing plates (there's likely rust around the e-brake shoe retaining pins), you don't have to worry about bending them. You kind of have to estimate where on the diff to place the jack so the subframe doesn't fall off-- some wood is a good idea to help steady it. Make sure everything is disconnected before it drops! When you re-install using the jack it'll be easier. Off the car, you'll be able to play with positioning and get the whole thing set up nice and straight on the jack saddle for an easy install. Sent from my moto g(6) using Tapatalk

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  • roguetoaster
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    That cart should be fine if the handle folds backwards too, but you'll probably want some way to get a jack under the assy, which may be difficult with that setup. Personally I just put a jack under the diff and let it down until it flops on one side. If you do that you should put some wood down on the floor, and be prepared for a little bending of the backing plates.

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  • E30andy
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    Originally posted by mlytle View Post
    dozens of threads on ways to do this...... it just ain't that hard, or toxic.



    it is also easier to drop the entire subframe as one unit than take it apart.
    I am planning this job in the spring. I like what you did here dropping the entire assembly onto a rolling cart. Any idea of the weight of the entire subframe assembly? This cart looks decent, rated for 660lbs.

    https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...8589_200748589

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  • 318ti808
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    I take it off the car to use a 20 ton press Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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  • twright
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    Originally posted by 318ti808 View Post
    Amazon Metric set Shankly Bushing Removal Tool, Bushing Driver Set, 50 Piece Seal Drive Set $72 With hydraulic press Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Don't you need some sort of receiver on the other side of the subframe for this tool to work?

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  • 318ti808
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    Amazon Metric set Shankly Bushing Removal Tool, Bushing Driver Set, 50 Piece Seal Drive Set $72 With hydraulic press Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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  • McGyver
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    Originally posted by twright View Post
    Can you drop the whole subframe while on jackstands? Or does it take a lift and and a transmission jack?
    Removing/installing as a single unit is by far the easiest way to do it for me (since I always struggle with the diff bolts to reinstall the diff). Once everything is disconnected and it's just held in by the diff bushing bolt and two subframe bolts, support the weight using a jack under the diff. Remove the diff bushing bolt. Slowly undo the subframe bushing bolts, leaving the nut on a few threads. Pry on the bushings until they release from the car.

    Once everything is loose, then slowly undo the last nuts and slowly lower the jack. The key is to be careful and adjust as needed, don't pry on stuff with everything disconnected or it's going to come apart violently.

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