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Old 11-28-2003, 05:52 PM   #1
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Hope I got the right forum for this. I'm in the market for car ramps and a creeper. What does everybody else use, or stay away from. I want ramps that go fairly high and a creeper that can hold fat people. I'm 6'2", 300#.

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Old 11-28-2003, 07:36 PM   #2
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i bought two of the cheaper rhino ramps at autozone (still well within weight limits for our cars)
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they fit nicely under my lowered (eibach prokit) car
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Old 11-28-2003, 07:44 PM   #3
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I use the same rhino ramps. They're great for typical maintenance stuff like chaning engine oil, tranny oil, diff oil etc.

-Bryce
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Old 11-28-2003, 09:27 PM   #4
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Another thumbs up for the rhino ramps.

Since you're a big guy, those "Dogbone" creepers might give you that extra working room. I just use an "econo-creep" which is just a sheet of cardboard.
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Old 11-29-2003, 01:17 AM   #5
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u can pick up rhino ramps local. they are xcellent if u don't want to use a jack.

as for creepers, check northern tools' website. awesome selection and prices.
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Old 11-29-2003, 02:40 AM   #6
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saw a deal in harbor freight catalog for a creaper too; might wanna check that out
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Old 11-29-2003, 03:06 AM   #7
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Another Rhino Ramp fan!

(I still poke some jackstands under frame sides for extra safety)

Creepers at sears are pretty good value, But I use one of those "Wal-Mart" jobbies!....<G>

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Old 11-29-2003, 11:31 AM   #8
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only thing to watch out for on cheaper creepers (the ones with the plywood backing) - they don't like concentrated loads a whole lot... so don't kneel on it (they make unhappy crunching sounds...) - distributed loads are just fine, though. I use a cheapie from Sears which came free with my floor jack and stands - it has some soft spots now (from kneeling on it once or twice...) but works fine. I am not a big fan of ramps (mostly paranoid about overdriving them or something... plus a floor jack and 4 stands is a pretty easy setup to work with)
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Old 11-29-2003, 11:58 AM   #9
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I use the same rhino ramps. They're great for typical maintenance stuff like chaning engine oil, tranny oil, diff oil etc.

-Bryce
Thumbs up on rhino ramps. They even work for my 300ZX, which is lower than my WRX.

I have an old, well built wood creeper, but I have found it much easier to just slide around on my back on a huge piece of cardboard. It's a lot easier than how I went under barbed wire on the machine gun range.

When ever I get something that comes in a large box, like a door, snowblower, tv, whatever, I take the box cutter to it and use it for a disposable work surface.

I just Dremeled some heat shields, and rusted hardware off the z-car, and the carboard caught all the little steel shards, rust and stuff. Then I pulled out the sheet, folded it, and let the shards fall into the trash can. Then folded up the heat shields and threw them in the trash.

It also helps when you are changing fluids. After about a year of use you can practice your slicing and dicing, and turn the cardboard into something that fits into a small trashbag.

Another thing I have found useful for work near wheels, is the small creeper that you can sit down on. It has a tray underneath to put tools on.

I have one of those big magnets on a four foot stick (like you can get at Tractor Supply). You can collect all your tools and stuff from under the car really easily with one of those. Then just pick the stuff off and put it the right boxes. You might need a little finger strength for some of the sockets.
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