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Any advice on jacking a F430

Discussion in '360/430' started by johnnyp, May 21, 2009.

  1. johnnyp

    johnnyp Rookie

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    I just got a new set of wheels and will be jacking up my F430 for the first time. Any tips on what or not what to do? Thanks.
     
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  3. 430spider

    430spider Karting

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    I would not do it without a lift. There is no place for a jack stand if you use the jacking pad for the jack ...
     
  4. m3mike

    m3mike Formula Junior

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    There are jack points for both the front and rear wheels if you check the owners manual. I usuallly use two jacks on the same side (front and back) and jack the car up evenly. Block the wheels on the other side, I do it all the time to change wheels for track days. By jacking up the front and rear you don't create torque on the frame and can change both wheels with one jacking.
     
  5. scifoso tifoso

    scifoso tifoso Formula Junior

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    I had to click this topic, for a second there you were talking about car theft.

    LOL, misleading title.
     
  6. photonut

    photonut F1 Rookie
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    you will need a lo-profile hydraulic lift to clear the undercarriage. a standard lift will not have enough clearance!
     
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  8. StephenB

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    You need a low profile jack and beacuse the car is so stiff that you can get both the front and rear wheels on one side off the ground by jacking at the rear jack point. This recommendation came from a technician at the local Ferrari dealer...I have done this several times with no issues.
     
  9. RedRacer

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    +1
     
  10. OneofMillions

    OneofMillions Karting

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    and I can confirm, I just saw this done. Pretty amazing to see the front coming up from the back being jacked up.
     
  11. johnnyp

    johnnyp Rookie

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    I am guessing that the frame is more than strong enough to take the stress? Are the jack points right at the edge? I want to make sure that I don't need a "long reach" low profile jack.
     
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  13. johnnyp

    johnnyp Rookie

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    I guess I could have chosen some better words... don't want anything thinking that you have the wrong types on this board.
     
  14. OneofMillions

    OneofMillions Karting

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    They are circular access points in the underneath body work to the actually frame. Most of the time I see someone using a small metal plate or other circular device to mate a low profile jack mate with the actual car frame. It's not far underneath, just less than a foot in if I remember correctly.
     
  15. fc2

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    Man, this thread came up perfectly timed.
    I'm going to pull the wheels off the F430 this weekend and clean the inside of the wheels.
    I did this to my 993 last weekend and, as this thread suggests, positioning the jack in front of the rear wheels lifted the entire side of the car.
    Frank
     
  16. RayJohns

    RayJohns F1 Veteran
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    two floor jacks, one on each side. That's how I do it.

    Ray
     
  17. ferrarilou

    ferrarilou Formula Junior

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    #14 ferrarilou, May 22, 2009
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    On my slightly lowered 360, a low profile racing jack reaches easily. Mine is a cheap Northern Tool unit but it gets the job done. Be careful though to make sure that the jack pad fits well within the circular lift point and that the jack rolls to stay within that point as you raise the car. Since the geometry of the jack arm causes it to travel in an arc on the way up, if the jack wheels don't roll to compensate then you wind up having the jack pad slide the inch or so across into the undertray edge and damaging it. I check its position fairly frequently as I lift the car just to be sure the undertray isn't getting pinched. I've also started using circular spacers between the jack and lift point so that it clears the undertray in case of a small slip. My other hydraulic jack, a heavy duty iron american made Lincoln jack with larger wheels, does a much better job at this but doesn't fit under the car unless it is already up on wood skids.

    You can place a jack stands under the rear wing at the far outside edges just before it disappears under the undertray. This is near the attachment points for the wing and it is very strong there. Recommended to me by a dealer years ago and I've done it many times with no issue. I use a poly protector cap on my jack stands though there isn't much of a finish to protect on the wing.


    Lou
     
  18. fc2

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    I don't have two floor jacks, but would still like to pull the wheels off to clean them. With one jack, is it better to jack up each corner of the car or just lift from in front of the rear wheel and lift the entire side of the car?

    Thanks for the help.

    Frank
     
  19. RayJohns

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    spend $59 - get another jack.

    Ray
     
  20. fc2

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    Ray, you're right and that's what I did. I got one of those cool LED jacks at Sears.

    Thanks,
    Frank
     

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