Dropping Engine via Subframe Removal w/ 4 Post Lift?

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Dropping Engine via Subframe Removal w/ 4 Post Lift?

Postby cookiemonsterski » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:23 am

Hi all,

I'm new to the forums and am looking at a 370Z as my project car. Part of what I'm looking at is being able to drop the engine by unbolting the subframe, but I have a 4 post lift and don't know if there's a way to drop the subframe with this kind of lift.

I have a friend with a 2 post lift at a shop, but can't really just waltz on over and take a couple of days with the car tied up on a lift while working on the engine.

I had looked into a sliding jack for my 4 post, but would think using one would just get in the way of the subframe once unbolted.

If the consensus is go with the 2 post, I may see if I can sell the 4 post (was using for storage initially) and swap to a 2.

Any XP'd members, please chime in : D

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Re: Dropping Engine via Subframe Removal w/ 4 Post Lift?

Postby AZhitman » Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:45 pm

I've owned a 4-post and a 2-post.

I sold my 4p and bought the 2p, because the 4p is basically useless for anything except oil changes (and even then, it's not ideal).

The subframe drop won't work on a 4p unless you have something to stabilize it. That's a lot of moving mass and the tracks will be in the way.

2p is simple, however. Disconnect everything with the car on the ground, lift the car up off the subframe, and roll subframe away.

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