1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Dismiss Notice

Audi4 b8 Axle stand points - photos

audiwaterpump Aug 30, 2020

  1. audiwaterpump

    audiwaterpump Registered User

    70
    6
    8
    Afternoon all.
    DIY
    One of the novices, like me.
    So looking for photos of where to put the axle stands, once the car has been jacked up (as per the owners handbook).
    Front and back.
    I couldn't find anything suitable on the net.

    Thanks
     
  2. Avatar

    snack-media
    Advertisement


  3. EXSpartan36

    EXSpartan36 Active Member VCDS Map User

    523
    131
    43
    I don't have any pictures but I normally put them on the subframe bolts
     
    audiwaterpump likes this.
  4. rum4mo

    rum4mo Registered User

    2,196
    560
    113
    I'm afraid that I bought a a couple of pairs of Jackpoint jack stands - which my 2011 B8 S4 has been sitting on for a week now!

    Very easy to use.
     
    audiwaterpump likes this.
  5. audiwaterpump

    audiwaterpump Registered User

    70
    6
    8
    I did see those, but I couldn't see how the height can be adjusted.
    How much were they?
     
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2020
  6. rum4mo

    rum4mo Registered User

    2,196
    560
    113
    The height can't be adjusted, my B8 S4 gets up high enough for me, possibly the wheels are 3" off the ground.

    It is too low to get all the wheels up in the air on my wife's 2015 VW Polo 6C, but initially I lived with that and just increased the height on the front by lifting it slightly off the font stools to remove front wheels and then drop it back down onto the stools. I have now made up 4 wooden spacers that fit on top of the stand tops, that works okay for the Polo, my daughter's SEAT Leon Cupra can use them when it gets its wheels swopped over Summer<>Winter.

    Price, I'm not sure but very high, when I first looked at this, I knew that I needed something to lift the B8 S4 up and onto, I joined a Porsche UK buying group and we got discount, the air freight from USA was dirt cheap, a special offer at the time.

    I'd guess, and this is only a guess, without checking John's prices, that a pair would cost £500 and so a full set of 4, ie 2 pairs, £1000.

    There should be someone in Europe making something similar, it is a no brainer really, I was very disappointed at needing to join a Porsche forum and then join a group buying them in from USA, but needs must I suppose. They stack up one on top of the other and for convenience I bought a tyre/wheel dolly to stack my wheels on when I'm working on any of my cars, so then I can move them around easily when I need to clear a space, when not working on cars these Jackpoint jackstands are stored on that dolly, again to easily make best use of my double garage when using the workbenches for other non car jobs.
     
    audiwaterpump likes this.
  7. audiwaterpump

    audiwaterpump Registered User

    70
    6
    8
    Yes, I noticed they store away very neatly - clever design.
    The principle of jacking and placing the axle stand at the same point is much better.

    Unfortunately, I already have 2 pairs of standard axle stands, so would prefer to use them if possible (because of the cost of buying another set).
     
  8. rum4mo

    rum4mo Registered User

    2,196
    560
    113
    My 2 pairs of axle stands don't see much action these days, since I got these Jackpoint jackstands, the weight of the car is spread over a bigger area than you can using standard axle stands, last time I used my axle stands was when my wife's 2002 Polo needed new front springs after breaking one at New Year 2005 or 2006, even then I modified them to spread the weight of the Polo on the contact areas.
     
    audiwaterpump likes this.
  9. Pie-eyedpiper

    Pie-eyedpiper Registered User

    719
    296
    63
    £500 is a bit steep though, for axle stands.
     
    audiwaterpump likes this.
  10. rum4mo

    rum4mo Registered User

    2,196
    560
    113
    Yes, but I could not not find any other options that allowed me to lift and support on the same points. It was need and not a great desire to spend a lot of money, with my previous cars like the 2000 VW Passat, there was more scope for using cheaper methods like using shaped wooden blocks above trolley jacks then fit modified axle stands under the strong points on the sills, these car have too much under body coverings to be able to reach suitable lidting points away from the 4 strong points on the sills.
     
    audiwaterpump likes this.
  11. audiwaterpump

    audiwaterpump Registered User

    70
    6
    8
    That's right.
    I think we need to start cutting away some of the under body coverings to reveal the points where the normal axle stands can be placed.
     
  12. Avatar

    snack-media
    Advertisement


  13. audiwaterpump

    audiwaterpump Registered User

    70
    6
    8
    Another option, as car makers try to make it more and more difficult for diy'ers.

    How-To: Use The Rennstand by Safe Jack
    https://safejacks.com/products/the-re...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=118&v=YrZJhIn-96w&feature=emb_logo
     
  14. rum4mo

    rum4mo Registered User

    2,196
    560
    113
    Yes I'd seen that option when looking around when I first bought my car, that one scores on being able to take up very little room when not in use and it has a 5" height adjust, the Jackpoint version does stack, weighs more and takes up more space when not in use, but does for me inspire a bit more confidence in terms of stability, if I needed more height I could fabricate some big pads from wood, ie joists to sit the Jackpoint stands on and a couple for the trolley jacks - as well as four blocks to locate under the wheels. So far, for a car with more ground clearance, ie a 2015 VW Polo, I have made adaptors to sit on top of the adapted Jackpoint "tops" - but doing things that way is slightly riskier than putting a suitable same height spacer at ground level.

    I still find it annoying that there is not, as far as I know, a good suitable UK made/branded alternative for a "wheels free" lift for DIYers that is also extremely safe/robust. Most of these jacking platforms for DIYers I've found so far look too slender to have reserves of safety built in.

    Edit:- keep looking!
     
  15. PenttisHSR

    PenttisHSR Registered User

    183
    71
    28
    I jack up on the usual points on the sills using a hockey puk with a slot in it.
    Then I place jack stands at the locations shown in this photo.
    The Quattro rear subframe has two perfect points to place the stands.

    B8 Quattro underside.jpg .
     
    EXSpartan36 and audiwaterpump like this.
  16. rum4mo

    rum4mo Registered User

    2,196
    560
    113
    Handy picture, has anyone taken off the rearmost plastic underbody covers to see how much trapped dirt is trapped under there, I have done that today, now to apply some waxoyl to protect the subframe mounting points?

    Where is the source of your oil leaks?
     

Share This Page

Do Not Sell My Personal Information