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#3311780 - 03/14/14 12:50 PM Car Ramps for low profile vehicle?
jrcowboys Offline

Registered: 11/16/05
Posts: 53
Loc: Round Rock Texas

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.


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

Registered: 12/11/13
Posts: 3737
Loc: Manchester, England
Normal ramps are good enough for most cars, I put planks leading onto the ramps for very low stuff.
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#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.

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

Registered: 10/30/02
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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.
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#3311864 - 03/14/14 02:22 PM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: jrcowboys]
InhalingBullets Offline

Registered: 08/07/12
Posts: 484
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.
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#3311939 - 03/14/14 03:40 PM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: Olas]
aquariuscsm Offline

Registered: 12/30/06
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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.
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#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.

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

Registered: 02/27/13
Posts: 396
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

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

Registered: 09/18/12
Posts: 5112
Loc: DFW
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.

#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
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#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).

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

Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 40537
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).

#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)

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

Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 12705
Loc: Northern Kentucky
Race ramps if you want a permanent solution, but they are pricey.
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#3314286 - 03/16/14 09:37 PM Re: Car Ramps for low profile vehicle? [Re: jrcowboys]
deanm11 Offline

Registered: 12/17/11
Posts: 257
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..
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