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Old 11-30-2007, 03:21 PM   #1
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how to raise and secure the car

How do you jack and secure the Boxster when you need to work underneath? Can I back the car onto a ramp? Most ramps are too high for Boxster though.

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Old 11-30-2007, 03:26 PM   #2
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You can use the factory jack located in the front trunk inside the spare tire cover or you can also use floor ramps, many forum members use them, make sure you have something to keep them from shoot out as your backing on to them like a banana out of the pealing of cartoon monkeys hands.
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:03 PM   #3
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you can use the jack in the front trunk to get it up but.....


Working under a vehicle supported only by a jack is senseless as you never know when it could give way - regardless of jack rating. As a guide, always always always use either ramps, jack stands, or a secured lift when working under any vehicle that weighs more than you
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Old 11-30-2007, 06:26 PM   #4
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I have a floor jack and 4 stands. For other cars, I normally jack the car from the factory jacking point then find another spot to let the car sit on the stand. Do I do the same thing on the boxster?

Is there a particular ramps I should buy for Boxster?
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Old 11-30-2007, 06:51 PM   #5
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We have local owners who back up the rear on Rhino Ramps. They are made of plastic. They do not hit the rear bumper cover if the car is not lowered.

Would you be backing up on a slope or flat?

What work is it that you want to do?
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Old 11-30-2007, 07:24 PM   #6
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Napa sells a shorter/low clearance plastic ramp that you can drive up on to very easy.
I do have a question to add here. I just had a 2 post lift put in to work on my other cars but wanted to know if anyone has seen or used a 2 post to lift there box. I know there are the four jacking points but slightly concern with any flex or safety problems. I havent had a chance to stop at the dealership to ask. If there honest.
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Old 11-30-2007, 09:37 PM   #7
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Here a few links on this:

DIY Ramps

DIY Jack Stands, it also mentions where to place the jack stands, etc.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:00 PM   #8
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I use the Rhino ramps as well for oil changes. For everything else I use jack stands. I was standing 3 feet from a car once when the factory jack slipped (chevy). My neighbor almost literaly lost his head. The bumper missed his head by less than 1/2". My father had a freind who was killed when a jack slipped on a car he just crawled under "for a quick look". Listen to burgboxsterand NEVER crawl under a car without it being securely blocked. Make sure to always use chocks or bricks to block the wheels, 2 on each tire. Don't trust your life to the e-brake.

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Old 12-01-2007, 06:22 PM   #9
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Ramps suck. Not enough clearance under them to do much of anything.

The rear is easy enough to jack up since there is a center jacking point. The front is more of a challenge. I notched the undertray in my car so I can use the factory jack point for the floor jack, and put a jackstand under the front subframe, slightly inboard of the jack.

You have to jack the car one corner at a time using this method, but it works fine.
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Old 12-03-2007, 06:59 AM   #10
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I like to use ramps, with jack stands and chocks. I have been using ramps for years, and the Boxster had me stumped for a while while I tried to figure out my approach. Then one day, ding! [that's a bell], I realized just outside of the garage my driveway has a slope that would make backing up onto ramps bring my car essentially level, and the rear was up well high enough to do the oil change. Very cool. Wish I had taken a photo to share.

I am, however, going to get a hydraulic jack so I can get two wheels up now that I have a set of track wheels - and also plan to do my own brake work.

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