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    Got myself some jack stands

    So I got jack stands, wich is good because it was make installing my exhuasts easier. But I need to figure out where I can rest the car on the jack stands. The spot for the OEM jack doesn't work. any suggestions?

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    Jack up the car on the rear diff or front crossmember plate, then use the stock jack points, they work fine (at least on 02-07 models they do). You can jack anywhere along the entire side of the car, it might mar up the side skirt a little but thats it.

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    Why do you say they won't fit the factory jacking points? It depends what the top of the jack stand looks like but any of the ones I've seen fit just fine on that fin of metal.

    One thing I do on most cars and jacks or jack stands is to use a block of wood between the car and jack/jack stand. Take a 4" long piece of 2x4 and drill a recess in the bottom center of it to fit onto the top of the jack stand for stability. Better yet use a piece of 3/4" plywood with a recess drilled into the bottom because a 2x4 will tend to split.

    Another good thing you can use is a hockey puck. These are very strong and the rubber provides a good gripping surface. They work great as a jack pad instead of a block of wood. You can also use them as jack stand pads by drilling a recess in the bottom of them. They're just a good bit pricier than getting a piece of 3/4" plywood.
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    Appreciate the advice and help. The jack stands i have are almost like a very hollow U shape. But the bottom of it is only like an eighth of an inch lower then the sides, so it will ruin that pinch weld if
    I rest it on the OEM jack spot

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    The pinch weld will be okay.

    Worst case... it bends and then rests on the frame. I've had mine sitting up on those pinch welds a lot. They are fine. They are a tiny bit disfigured, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike193 View Post
    Appreciate the advice and help. The jack stands i have are almost like a very hollow U shape. But the bottom of it is only like an eighth of an inch lower then the sides, so it will ruin that pinch weld if I rest it on the OEM jack spot
    It's just a pinch weld that nobody can see anyway. They're bent on probably 90%+ of Subarus and any other car I've seen that have them. Maybe 95%+.

    I'd just go with the 3/4" plywood if you're that concerned about it. Use a circular saw or a router (no credit to Drews!) to cut a groover to rest it in if you want. You'll only need a groove that goes through 1 layer of the 6 in the plywood. You don't need one that goes through to the same depth as the pinch weld. Even without a groove it still won't bend it since it'll spread out the PSI so much.

    Quote Originally Posted by Heide264 View Post
    The pinch weld will be okay.

    Worst case... it bends and then rests on the frame. I've had mine sitting up on those pinch welds a lot. They are fine. They are a tiny bit disfigured, however.
    I disagree. I think the car will start to come apart as soon as he hits 88 mph due to the compromised unibody strength. It'll be like a banana at a monkey festival.

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