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Old 09-13-2009, 11:57 PM   #1
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What seems to work better? I think ramps would allow for a more secure and bigger working space. However with being in college I need somethin I can take with me. I will mainly need it for changing oil, eventually installing a cat-back, and other repairs.
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:59 PM   #2
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both... ramps are good for quick oil changes.. jack stands you'll need for exhaust work, brakes, everything else else..

if you can have only one then 4 good jack stands and a low profile jack..
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:02 AM   #3
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Jack stands are less likely to be in your way while working under the car...I also prefer them to ramps because I watched my girlfriends dad miss the ramp and mess stuff up lol.

I feel that stands are safer, and they aren't that expensive...even generic ones will be 95% as good as expensive ones IMO. Only thing they may lack is the adjust ability settings.


4 Stands for under 50 bucks...
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...0070921x00003a
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:04 AM   #4
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ramps are ok for oil changes, but thats about it. if you plan on doing brake work or anything else that involves pulling wheels or needing extra height, get a jack and jackstands instead.
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:07 AM   #5
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You can build ramps with scrap 2x4's/2/6 or any scrap lumber. Just steps up. I had some like that back in the before time.

I use my jack stands all the time.......even though I've got a 4 post lift in my garage.

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Old 09-14-2009, 12:10 AM   #6
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even though I've got a 4 post lift in my garage
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:12 AM   #7
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if you'll be installing a catback.. i really dont think ramps will work. just get 4 stands and 1 low pro jack, as already mentioned above.
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:38 AM   #8
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Yeah both have their uses. I currently only use a jack and jack stands.
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:49 AM   #9
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Install airjacks in your car.....then you'll never have any trouble bringing them with you I would lean towards jack stands myself because like as said before they can be used for any project a ramp can and then some. And I've also seen a car get messed up from a ramp, my sister wanted to drive her own car up on them so my dad could do an oil change......more gas, more, little more, VROOM, STOP, BOOM. She drove up and over and got them jammed under the sideskirts hehehe
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Old 09-14-2009, 02:08 AM   #10
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low profile jack if you have a lowered car and 4 4 ton jack stands. Mine go from 14-21". make sure your jack can lift at least the same height as the jacks. My dad has a pretty sweet jack that raises like 5 inches each pump until it touches the car then acts like a normal jack.
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:35 AM   #11
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:28 AM   #12
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even though I've got a 4 post lift in my garage.

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Old 09-14-2009, 12:08 PM   #13
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id just go with jacks, the ramp is fine if you need to do quck fluid changes, but everything else a jack will be better for you to get under the car and especially if you only need to raise one side of the car, that and it takes less space
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:19 PM   #14
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You can build ramps with scrap 2x4's/2/6 or any scrap lumber. Just steps up. I had some like that back in the before time.

I use my jack stands all the time.......even though I've got a 4 post lift in my garage.

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Old 09-14-2009, 12:20 PM   #15
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+1 for Jack Stands
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You can do just about anything with the spare jack in the trunk. Well anything that doesn't require both wheels off the ground at the same time. But for your oil changes and catback, ramps and jackstands aren't needed IMHO.

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Old 09-14-2009, 01:50 PM   #17
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Yeah, I would say jack stands, but that's just because I absolutely suck at getting up on ramps.
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There is one major need for ramps that surprisingly nobody has mentioned. Perhaps they don't use their car for performance driving applications, or they have a lift in their garage, bastards.

Anti roll bar components must be torqued under load, I am only lowered 1.25" or so, but I can't get under the front to get to it. Yes the old 2x? wood makeshift setup works just fine, but I got some rhino Xtra duty ramps (fits up to 10" width) and they work great, but then I adjust, grease, and generally maintain my suspension components extremely regularly. Of course I also have tall jack stands and I couldn't do much without them either, because I don't have a lift in my garage like some people, bastards.
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Old 09-14-2009, 02:22 PM   #19
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Thanks everyone for all your input. Seems the choice is obvious. Thanks again.
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Old 09-14-2009, 02:33 PM   #20
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Yeah if anyone is lookin for good cheap jack stands, I found these.... (from Harbor Freight Tools)

2- 3 Ton Jack Stands for $20
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=38846
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You can do just about anything with the spare jack in the trunk. Well anything that doesn't require both wheels off the ground at the same time. But for your oil changes and catback, ramps and jackstands aren't needed IMHO.

IBblahblahblahwhatifitbreaksandfallsonyou.
The spare jack is for changing one tire at a time and that's it. No way would I work under the car with just that thing and no stands.

I mean sure you can do it but why risk it? Jack stands cost like 20 bucks.
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Ideally both but you'll get more out of the jack stands. Also you should be using jack stands with the ramps anyway for safety.
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Old 09-14-2009, 03:56 PM   #24
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Thanks everyone for all your input. Seems the choice is obvious. Thanks again.
So, 4-point lift it is then?
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Old 09-14-2009, 04:55 PM   #25
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Yes, the jacks...I already found some nice ones from Harbor Freight Tools. just need a cheap jack
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