Heima
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Lifting Points

So I am wanting to rotate the tires, and am trying to determine good lifting points. Yes, I know of the triangles on the rocker panels that indicate the lifting points. But those rocker panels were intentionally made for the ICE vehicle. Also, when you look in the service manual, they indicate the same locations for lifting, but show the ICE vehicle being lifted. In other words, they just copied the picture over from the ICE service manual.

Maybe the front lifting points are ok? Because the electric motor and gearbox weigh similar to an engine and transmission? But at the rear its different. A fuel tank with 12 gallons of gas will weigh about 100 pounds, yet the battery pack is about 700 pounds? I cannot imagine that the pinch welds at the rear will be strong enough to handle that extra 600 pounds.

I am looking at the rear suspension, and see that where the lower control arms attach to the knuckle might be good spot. Might.

As an aside, do any autoparts stores sell blocks to accommodate the pinch weld lifting points?

Thanks
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Re: Lifting Points

Those lift points would not be in a different spot even if it were a custom platform, they are as far out as they can reasonably be inside the wheelbase, like pretty much every passenger car in recent decades.

They have to be built with a very large margin of safety from the beginning. The fact that the car weighs more than the original model does not mean it weighs more than they can handle without damage.

But don't think that is speculation - l lifted my 2012, with the upgraded battery, up on jack stands at those four points and left it there a year. No problem at all. During that process there were times where it was balanced on two diagonal points, since I had to raise each jackstand one notch at a time.
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Re: Lifting Points

I use the crossmember in between the rear wheels for lifting the back. I have used the control arm right under the spring but that is super sketchy and I wouldn't recommend doing that. Not sure how to describe what I use for a lifting point in the front. but it's a significant frame piece. I don't use the rocker panel lift points as that lead to some serious rocker panel rot in my old ICE car from the paint chipping on that pinch weld.
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Re: Lifting Points

If you're in a place where rust is a consideration, go that route. I'm in Phoenix so those standard points don't ever see that type of issue.
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