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#4546006 - 10/17/17 09:20 AM Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway?
Klutch9 Offline


Registered: 01/07/09
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Loc: Rochester, MI, US, World
Our new house has a gravel driveway. The good is that any leaks/spills will be disguised. The not so good is that it'll make working on a vehicle a little trickier. Since I've always had pavement to work on previously, I'm wondering what you all do. I thinking that for using jack stands, a chunk of 2x6 under the stand will suffice, no? As far as using ramps, that seems a bit more tricky. The gravel/stone isn't completely level, and my plastic Rhino ramps may not agree with being twisted while carrying the weight of a vehicle. Thoughts?
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#4546008 - 10/17/17 09:24 AM Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Put a good sized piece of plywood down where you need to put your jack / stands to distribute the weight properly. Make sure it's good and seated as level as possible.
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#4546011 - 10/17/17 09:30 AM Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9]
BigD1 Offline


Registered: 08/12/15
Posts: 2575
Loc: NC
Exterior grade 3/4 inch plywood is what I use. Gravel does not dig in your back side either.
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#4546023 - 10/17/17 09:42 AM Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9]
fenixguy Offline


Registered: 02/08/17
Posts: 307
Loc: NC
I use Rhino ramps on gravel and grass all the time. hide I've used the old metal ramps before, but they sink into the ground and don't really inspire a lot of confidence when under a car. I don't have any pavement or concrete to work on. When I have to jack the car up, I put a floor jack on a 3/4 inch think piece of plywood so the jack can roll under the car the way it's supposed to. For using stands (always, always, always when lifting the car), I found a set of front brake rotors off of a '99 Subaru Outback make the perfect base to set my jack stands on. I always give the car a little shake before getting under it.

My personal opinion, I would use something a little wider than a 2x6 for the jack stands. You want a very solid base that won't move at all in any direction. I've even thought of making some custom ramps out of 2x10s but they would be extremely heavy for what I have in mind.


Edited by fenixguy (10/17/17 09:42 AM)
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#4546053 - 10/17/17 10:14 AM Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
If the gravel is dry then I just use my metal ramps directly on it. If its soft at all I'll throw a board under the weight bearing ends of the ramps.
I have a 1x10 8' white oak board that I use for that and also I slide it under the car to let a regular jack roll. Keep some cardboard from a large appliance box to lay down and you can slide under the car pretty comfortably and acts as a clean "floor" to put parts and tools on.
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#4546056 - 10/17/17 10:20 AM Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9]
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Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 6437
Loc: Texas
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#4546060 - 10/17/17 10:22 AM Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: 4WD]
4WD Offline


Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 6437
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: 4WD
They are indeed heavy … a little exercise never hurts …



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#4546127 - 10/17/17 11:10 AM Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9]
BrocLuno Offline


Registered: 09/06/15
Posts: 5528
Loc: Kalifornia Kollective
For metal ramps, just weld a piece of angle iron across the front (vertical) leg. More footing area ...

For plastic ramps, I'd try them and shake the car pretty hard before I got under them.

Gravel is what is used as road base. It will hold quite a load if done properly smile
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#4546136 - 10/17/17 11:17 AM Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: 4WD]
fenixguy Offline


Registered: 02/08/17
Posts: 307
Loc: NC
Originally Posted By: 4WD
[quote=4WD]They are indeed heavy … a little exercise never hurts …


So true! That's about what I've had in mind if I ever need anything more heavy duty than the Rhino ramps. In my case, I'd put a wider board on the bottom to give me a little more footprint when working on softer ground.
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#4546169 - 10/17/17 11:48 AM Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9]
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Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 12343
Loc: The Motor City
I use something similar to what 4WD shows in his pictures. With mine I can use them not only for the front and rear of the car, but I can use them on one side of the car. This helps for things like fuel filters and muffler work.

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#4546204 - 10/17/17 12:22 PM Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9]
tomcat27 Offline


Registered: 06/25/09
Posts: 3564
Loc: Chicago, IL
I use 2 X 8, 2 X 10
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#4546264 - 10/17/17 01:39 PM Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
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Loc: NE,Ohio
Dont use rhino ramps on gravel if they skid at allor arent supported well... they may self destruct
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