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Best way to support a GTV

I am putting my race GTV on stands for the winter. Is it best to support it at the jacking points or put the stands under the suspension so it doesn't hang. If the suspension is the best place, where is the best pce to put the front stands which will keep the car stable enough to work on it? The car will be on the stands for at least 4 months.

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I put mine up under the rear axle ans the fron pt spring pans. Stable and well supported.

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I put mine up under the rear axle ans the fron pt spring pans. Stable and well supported.
Thanks Jon. I was concerned with the stability with no flat surface on the spring pan.

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Ken, it depends on your jack stands. If they are flat on the top, I would just use the chassis jack points. If they are "U" shaped on top, the spring pans and axle tubes will fit nicely.

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Ken, it depends on your jack stands. If they are flat on the top, I would just use the chassis jack points. If they are "U" shaped on top, the spring pans and axle tubes will fit nicely.
Hi Eric,
I have both types. I ended up using the rear axle and the front spring pans. My concern is whether it would stretch the springs if I used the jack points and left things hanging for 4 months.

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I'm sure a lot of springs have been lying in shops for longer than 4 months ;-)
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Good point, I hadn't thought of it that way!

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You don't need to put it on stands.
Be sure to inflate tires at 2.5/2.7 bar so they wouldn't deform.

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According to the manufacturer, it's not good for racing tires to kept in below freezing temperatures, and even inside the garage it does get that cold here.

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A knowledgeable fellow once recommended that the best way for temporary storage is to lift the car at the jack points just enough to lift the car but keep the tires touching the ground. That way, the brakes won't sag and the tires won't flatten. I did this for several years, but truth be told, with my 85 GTV, i just over inflate the tires to around 50 lbs.

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