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Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? #4546006
10/17/17 08:20 AM
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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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Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9] #4546008
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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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Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9] #4546011
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Exterior grade 3/4 inch plywood is what I use. Gravel does not dig in your back side either.


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Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9] #4546023
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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.

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Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9] #4546053
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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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Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9] #4546056
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Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: 4WD] #4546060
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Originally Posted By: 4WD
They are indeed heavy a little exercise never hurts




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Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9] #4546127
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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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Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: 4WD] #4546136
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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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Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9] #4546169
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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.

Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9] #4546204
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I use 2 X 8, 2 X 10


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Re: Jacking/ramping a car on a gravel driveway? [Re: Klutch9] #4546264
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Dont use rhino ramps on gravel if they skid at allor arent supported well... they may self destruct


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