Recent Topics
Oil Change Frequency - 04 Neon
by racer12306
05/31/16 09:15 AM
Great PDF on Mazda Skyactiv
by buster
05/31/16 08:43 AM
2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 CC. 5.3L 4WD Oil
by AirgunSavant
05/31/16 08:13 AM
0W-40 for 223k mile 95 Mercedes E320?
by gregoron
05/31/16 06:22 AM
I hate surprises
by Excel
05/31/16 06:10 AM
Wix coolant filter change and cut open
by A310
05/31/16 03:45 AM
O2 Sensor Voltage
by Falcon_LS
05/31/16 01:36 AM
Electrical shock at the grocery store
by Merkava_4
05/30/16 11:42 PM
Another should I change my oil thread
by dan_erickson
05/30/16 10:53 PM
new HDM part number for lacrosse headlamp recall
by lucerne06
05/30/16 08:48 PM
snapper blade control is stiff
by edwardh1
05/30/16 08:44 PM
is my extension cord bad?
by motor_oil_madman
05/30/16 08:33 PM
Newest Members
ph9, Kurt34556, Skullzaflare, Jakes_Lawn, Aarrghhh
58031 Registered Users
Who's Online
80 registered (ABomb369, Andrei, AirgunSavant, 69GTX, 74Scout, 4wheeldog, 7 invisible), 1511 Guests and 126 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
58031 Members
66 Forums
249623 Topics
4086977 Posts

Max Online: 2862 @ 07/07/14 03:10 PM
Donate to BITOG
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#3311780 - 03/14/14 12:50 PM Car Ramps for low profile vehicle?
jrcowboys Offline


Registered: 11/16/05
Posts: 42
Loc: Round Rock Texas
Guys:

What is your experience with car ramps? Recomendations? I am looking at Race Ramps because my cars have a low profile.

Do you have any preferences? Suggestions?

Thanks for you help.

JR

Top
#3311805 - 03/14/14 01:11 PM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: jrcowboys]
Olas Offline


Registered: 12/11/13
Posts: 2556
Loc: Manchester, England
Normal ramps are good enough for most cars, I put planks leading onto the ramps for very low stuff.
_________________________
1982 VW Scirocco
1457cc
98 bhp
78000 miles
Redline fluids
Mann/Mahle filters

Top
#3311823 - 03/14/14 01:32 PM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: jrcowboys]
TrevorS Offline


Registered: 07/14/13
Posts: 1281
Loc: California
I thought they would be a problem for my low profile car but they also got in the way of a regular family sedan.

Easy fix was to bundle up some cardboard to get the half an inch required. Low profile vehicle might need more. In any case, I might just jack it up from the front instead.

If wheel stands were cheaper, they might be better as I also put stands in for extra safety but the ramp part of the ramps gets in the way for one of my vehicles.

Top
#3311824 - 03/14/14 01:35 PM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: Olas]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 31481
Loc: Great Lakes
Originally Posted By: Olas
I put planks leading onto the ramps for very low stuff.

Yup. That's what I do, too.
_________________________
'02 530i (Edge HM 10W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)

Top
#3311864 - 03/14/14 02:22 PM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: jrcowboys]
InhalingBullets Offline


Registered: 08/07/12
Posts: 419
Loc: TEXAS
I just built my own set of graduated ramps with 2"x 8"'s for the Mazda 3. Both of my sets of ramps were too steep and even using a 2" x 8" runner the Mazda would push the ramps with the plastic deflector on the bumper.
_________________________
'16 Toyota Prius 4
'15 Ram 2500 Megacab Diesel
'14 Victory Cross Country Tour
'08 Honda Civic (new to us)

Top
#3311939 - 03/14/14 03:40 PM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: Olas]
aquariuscsm Offline


Registered: 12/30/06
Posts: 13433
Loc: South Texas,USA
Originally Posted By: Olas
Normal ramps are good enough for most cars, I put planks leading onto the ramps for very low stuff.


That`s what I do too.
_________________________
1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Syntec 10W40/Fram Ultra
Amsoil MTG(tranny)
Amsoil 80W90 GL5(rear diff)
Mobil 1 ATF
Redline Water Wetter

Top
#3311975 - 03/14/14 04:11 PM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: jrcowboys]
fixit301 Offline


Registered: 06/12/06
Posts: 101
Loc: MD
We just ran into this ramp issue at my house. The steel ramps I have used for years were at too steep an angle for my sons new Chevy Cruz. We picked up a set of Rhino Ramps which have a less steep angle. They are great! I have also used them on the new Sonic and fit very well. I will keep the steel ramps for the Silverados as the Rhinos fit the smaller cars nicely.

Top
#3312022 - 03/14/14 04:56 PM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: jrcowboys]
xfactor9 Offline


Registered: 02/27/13
Posts: 295
Loc: California
I've used the metal ramps w/ the extenders. They sell these at all auto parts stores & online. Works well for fairly low cars but there are still some cars that are still too low, such as sports cars.

The nice part about them is that they don't take much storage because the extenders can be removed and stacked inside themselves

Top
#3312131 - 03/14/14 07:09 PM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: jrcowboys]
DBMaster Online   content


Registered: 09/18/12
Posts: 3745
Loc: Greg Abbott Land
I place one 12 x 12 paver block in front of each front tire and drive onto them. Then, I use my steel ramps as normal. The pavers are about 1.5" thick and that's all the extra height I need. No way the ramps will fit under the 3's front bumper with the added boost. I just happened to have the blocks.

Top
#3312211 - 03/14/14 08:52 PM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: jrcowboys]
tommygunn Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 3061
Loc: usa
In those cases you're probably just better off jacking up the car with one of those low-profile jacks you probably have anyway. If you don't, Harbor Freight has one for like $70
_________________________
i am a [censored] who hides behind bugmenot.
i also like applying negative pressure to a certain male appendage.

Top
#3312271 - 03/14/14 09:46 PM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: InhalingBullets]
drolds Offline


Registered: 02/04/14
Posts: 75
Loc: KS, USA
The 2 x 8s are by far one of the safest, most stable set of ramps you can build for yourself. 25 or so years ago, when I was strictly a DIYer, I had a problem getting a car onto steel ramps. After some thought, I used two 2 x 8s and had nice ramps that when assembled three layers high, gave me an additional 4.87" of clearance. Enough for most oil changes and small stuff. With today's wider tires, 2 x 10s might be even better, so much better that I built a set of ramps four layers high w/ 2 x 10s. Years later these really helped with a very low car(a 2005 Corvette on a Sunday afternoon- oil & trans fluid) even though I don't really need them often. I had to use an additional board on each ramp to lengthen the accent distance to avoid scratching the front fascia of the Corvette. These are also wonderful to safely back the car up onto for differential service (just be sure to raise front of car w/ jackstands or boards to make the differential level when filling).

Dr. Olds

Top
#3312339 - 03/14/14 11:06 PM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: jrcowboys]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 38001
Loc: New Jersey
I like steel ramps, but extenders are tough to find.

I'd give race ramps a look if you're so inclined (ha ha ha).

Top
#3312620 - 03/15/14 10:46 AM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: jrcowboys]
hattaresguy Offline


Registered: 06/01/11
Posts: 7180
Loc: CT
Let me Google that for you...

Griots Garage also sells a nice apron jumper ramp to get those low cars with pricey carbon fiber air dams over the hump into your driveway.


Edited by hattaresguy (03/15/14 10:48 AM)

Top
#3312706 - 03/15/14 12:24 PM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: jrcowboys]
901Memphis Offline


Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 10707
Loc: Northern Kentucky
Race ramps if you want a permanent solution, but they are pricey.
_________________________
2002 Buick Century 125k - Built 4T65e(Maxlife) - M1 0w40 /Fram Ultra XG 3387A
1998 Nissan Altima 335k - 5MT - M1 HM 5w30/Fram Ultra XG7317+MOS+ATP 205

Top
#3314286 - 03/16/14 09:37 PM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: jrcowboys]
deanm11 Online   content


Registered: 12/17/11
Posts: 130
Loc: Northern NJ
When I got my 2008 Vette, I build a set of 4 ramps out of 2x10s. Just two levels that gives me 3" additional clearance. I gave plenty of run on each level so I don't any problems scraping. After I made, I started using them on "regular" cars to do simple stuff like oil changes without having to use jacks/jackstands..
_________________________
2012 Subie Impr 2.0 77k Edge 0w20 7.5k
2016 Chall Scat Pack 6.4
2002 Tahoe 5.3 150k 5w30 syn 7.5k
2006 Buick Lucerne 3.8 80k 5w30 syn 7.5k

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >