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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:07 pm 
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Opinions on best heavy duty ramps that will allow a 9-3 2000 vert up the ramps without catching the front spoiler lip on the ground?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:26 pm 
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I just use standard ramps with 2-3 foot long scaffold planks to make the approach less steep. place the scaffold planks on the second or third rung of the ramp, jobsagoodun :) I've done this with quite a few lowered cars & never had an issue.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:17 pm 
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Most cars I’ve had I struggle to get a trolly jack under so no chance of ramps.
For me it’s trolly jack , axel stands on the subframe and a few wheels under the sills just incase.

The simplicity of ramps is appealing if you can do it.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:22 pm 
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Daz wrote:
I just use standard ramps with 2-3 foot long scaffold planks to make the approach less steep. place the scaffold planks on the second or third rung of the ramp, jobsagoodun :) I've done this with quite a few lowered cars & never had an issue.


Same here :-)


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Daz wrote:
I just use standard ramps with 2-3 foot long scaffold planks to make the approach less steep. place the scaffold planks on the second or third rung of the ramp, jobsagoodun :) I've done this with quite a few lowered cars & never had an issue.


Now that makes a lot of sense, i was thinking of buying some ramps made for low cars but i guess a couple bits of scaffold plank will be cheaper and work just as well. :D

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:58 pm 
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phil_saab wrote:
Daz wrote:
I just use standard ramps with 2-3 foot long scaffold planks to make the approach less steep. place the scaffold planks on the second or third rung of the ramp, jobsagoodun :) I've done this with quite a few lowered cars & never had an issue.


Now that makes a lot of sense, i was thinking of buying some ramps made for low cars but i guess a couple bits of scaffold plank will be cheaper and work just as well. :D




Hi, is there anyone who sells ramps made for low cars?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:10 pm 
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Daz wrote:
I just use standard ramps with 2-3 foot long scaffold planks to make the approach less steep. place the scaffold planks on the second or third rung of the ramp, jobsagoodun :) I've done this with quite a few lowered cars & never had an issue.


Now that makes a lot of sense, i was thinking of buying some ramps made for low cars but i guess a couple bits of scaffold plank will be cheaper and work just as well. :D


Hi, is there anyone who sells ramps made for low cars?


I've seen a couple about. There's these plastic ones, though obviously they don't exactly raise the car up very far:

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Or the usual type of ramps but these come with the extension, similar to the scaffold board idea above:

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Those extensions can be bought separately too if you already have a set of ramps.


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Or the usual type of ramps but these come with the extension, similar to the scaffold board idea above:

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Those extensions can be bought separately too if you already have a set of ramps.


I have some of these, take care. I use some big blocks to weigh them down. Also, the extensions bend slightly over time, nothing that a big hammer doesn't solve.

Don't trust ramps completely, still have secondary support of some kind. They can and do collapse. I usually put a jack or axle stand under a jacking point to slow down any collapse enough for me to roll out.

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Car Ramps really scare me after i had a nasty incident with them a few years back.

When i had my 5.7L Camaro. I had the back wheels lined up on the ramps, and gently went to reverse up the ramps.
Dont know if it was the torque of the car or what, but the car didnt move an inch. Instead the back wheels dragged the ramps in. If i had not of jumped on the brakes, they would have gone right under the car and then it would have been hanging off the ramps.
It was a real heart stopping moment.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:24 pm 
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How many car ramps are wide enough foe modern tyres? Most I have seen are far too narrow.


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I jack it under the suspension hard points and put offcuts of rafter wood under the wheels. Definitely not going to collapse.
Oh, and the spare wheel under the sill because I'm paranoid.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:46 pm 
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Do NOT use the Draper ramp extenders. I bought some for my ramps as none of my cars can go up them, more due to the front overhang length than the height. The first time I use the extenders with the 9-5 it got halfway along the extenders and they bent. The front corners of the bumper and splitter were neatly over the stop bars on the ramps and crunched down taking out both corners. I have now fixed 3' x 7" wide x 1" thick planks to the extenders (also routed grooves across the help with grip) and hook these on halfway up the ramps. All the cars can go up with this including the 9-5 and TR7.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:04 pm 
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if you're feeling flush how about these ( 200mm at lowest height ).

http://www.cjautosheywood.co.uk/adjramp.shtml


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:59 pm 
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if you're feeling flush how about these ( 200mm at lowest height ).

http://www.cjautosheywood.co.uk/adjramp.shtml
They have a lot of cool lifts, ramps and stuff to rotate cars around!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:19 pm 
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Is that price for a pair of ramps or one ramp.

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Don't seem any less hassle than a pair of jacks (or a low reach/high lift on the sub-frame with a pair of stands chucked under the side jack points).

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Jules_ht wrote:
Don't seem any less hassle than a pair of jacks (or a low reach/high lift on the sub-frame with a pair of stands chucked under the side jack points).

Since, technically, those lifting ramps ARE jacks, I wouldn't get under a car supported by them without also using axle stands.

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I have had screw up jack lifts which stripped the thread eventually causing the vehicle to crash down...no one hurt...but could have ended in disaster... As above, axle stands in support is advisable.


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Jules_ht wrote:
Don't seem any less hassle than a pair of jacks (or a low reach/high lift on the sub-frame with a pair of stands chucked under the side jack points).

Since, technically, those lifting ramps ARE jacks, I wouldn't get under a car supported by them without also using axle stands.


I wondered whether the first 20cm being fixed height and only the top 20cm being wound, you would get away with it. But they don't look that safe to me.

I did used to have a pair of ramps, and other than having to use a towel over the bottom step to stop the car pushing them away as I drove they worked OK. But getting them out, lining them up, getting on them is just as much hassle as jack & stands (and you can't do any job that requires wheels off). I ended up freecycling them (which was where I got them from in the first place).

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Or the usual type of ramps but these come with the extension, similar to the scaffold board idea above:

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Those extensions can be bought separately too if you already have a set of ramps.


I have some of these, take care. I use some big blocks to weigh them down. Also, the extensions bend slightly over time, nothing that a big hammer doesn't solve.

Don't trust ramps completely, still have secondary support of some kind. They can and do collapse. I usually put a jack or axle stand under a jacking point to slow down any collapse enough for me to roll out.


I had a pair of these extensions bend first time, on the og 9-3. Don’t recall the brand.


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