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View Poll Results: Ramps or Jack stands?
Ramps 25 43.10%
Jack stands 33 56.90%
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Old 03-30-2008, 06:46 PM   #26
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I say ramps.

I use ramps for oil, exhaust, anything under the car unless it calls for removing a wheel. Then jack stands it is!
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Old 03-31-2008, 01:07 PM   #27
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Use a lift.
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:05 AM   #28
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I normally use ramps to change oil, or exhaust work. If I need to get the car higher, or do wheel, suspension, or brake work, I use a jack and wood "cribbing" to block the car. I don't feel safe with jack stands, I always get the feeling they are going to fall over, or simply collapse. I trust a stack of 4x4's more, and it gives a bigger footprint, which allows it to be used anywhere--even in sand, mud whatever.
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:48 PM   #29
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Somewhat related, I'm trying to figure out how to get a car up on 4 stands in my garage. There is not enough room to get the jack in at both ends
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:15 AM   #30
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^ Just a thought, maybe buy some pressure treated 2x10's or 2x12's(10" is actually 9.5" wide=241mm) and make a drive up ramp? Could get pretty involved in that I would recommmend layering 1/4" plywood, using construction cement, and anchoring (counterbore top surface for a nut recessed washer & nut).
You could get pretty creative on this (removible center section and/ or ramp portion) etc.
At the very least, this will give you much more clearance beneath the car, and maybe the opportunity to get the jack to work.

Or, how about just installing a door in the back end of the garage?
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Old 04-04-2008, 10:53 PM   #31
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In my opinion jacks stands are used incorrectly. Most people wont spend the time to put the entire car in the air and support the vehicle correctly. This is why you hear of folks having the car fall on them. If the jack stand is not level and not placed on a spot on the vehicle that is both structuraly sound as well as sitting level on the top of the jack stand, then yes it will be prone to tipping over. Wheel chocks will help, but really the entire car should be supported on 4 jack stands. I have (4) 4-ton jack stands that I use for both my STi and my 69 Ford Bronco. I also have a 4-ton hydralic floor jack that gets both my vehicles up in the air as EZ as pie. The few extra seconds it takes to get the opposite end of the vehicle supported is worth it since I know I won't get squished like a bug.
Whut he sed!

I do use a set of Rhino ramps since my car's too low for my jack. From there, I jack up the rear and put it on stands, then go to the front and jack it up onto stands so the whole thing sits level but high enough to do everything needed. And it's safe if done like DKup sez, even though my stands are ony 2-ton (the whole car doesn't weigh 2 tons wet, so I'm okay )

I do use just the ramps to back up onto when adjusting swaybars, or a quick check of things like that. But you should have your vehicle level when changing fluids anyway, so use the stands (unless someone knows how to get a WRX on 4 ramps?)

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