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Old 04-30-2017, 03:39 PM   #1
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Hello. I have a pair of standard rhino ramps and a stock height 2017 WRX with front lip. Seems like it won't clear. Would a 2x4 suffice, or can anyone recommend another trick so I can safely get on and off? Perhaps a 3x6 board instead of 2x4? Thanks.
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Old 04-30-2017, 04:10 PM   #2
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I have these same ramps. My WRX clears them just fine. Unless you weigh 800 pounds I don't think you'll have a problem.
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Old 04-30-2017, 04:13 PM   #3
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i had the same problem. i took a 2x8 and a 2x4. make it like a cross. put the 2x2 under the 2x8 widthways. when they touch the ramp and the ground measure and throw a few screws in it. the 2x4 prevents the 2x8 from moving when you drive up the ramp. something like this, though not mine.
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Old 04-30-2017, 04:25 PM   #4
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^^^ This seems like a good option. Thanks for the pic. Do you by any chance have a pic of your setup? It sounds simple but I'm not 100% on the layout of the 2x8 over the 2x4. I have a bunch of 2x4's and can go to Home Depot and get a 2x8 to make it work.
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Old 04-30-2017, 06:28 PM   #5
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do u guys actually drive on your ramps? i jack up the car and place the ramps under the tires and drop the car on the ramps. if you're working on your car yourself, probably a good idea not to drive on ramps but do it manually...
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Old 04-30-2017, 07:41 PM   #6
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^^^ This seems like a good option. Thanks for the pic. Do you by any chance have a pic of your setup? It sounds simple but I'm not 100% on the layout of the 2x8 over the 2x4. I have a bunch of 2x4's and can go to Home Depot and get a 2x8 to make it work.
mine is just like the pic but the lower wood will be a small piece of the 2x4 widthways. same concept. that way the top board doesnt kick out. i have those same rhino ramps.i drive it up myself all the time.
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Old 04-30-2017, 08:00 PM   #7
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I used mine to change the oil today. No problems in an ill-maintained gravel driveway. I make marks the length of the ramp portion in the gravel. Leave the door open,line the mark with door jamb and watch as I drive onto the ramp. Car is stock.
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Old 05-01-2017, 09:25 AM   #8
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. . . My WRX clears them just fine. . .
My rhino ramps clear them just fine as well on my 2016 WRX Base. Could the reason why some can clear and and some cannot be a difference in approach clearance between base 17" wheels w/ standard suspension vs 18" wheels w/ inverted struts?
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Old 05-01-2017, 09:51 AM   #9
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Yeah, rhino ramps are fine on my brz, which I think might sit even lower? Need to be on level ground/gravel for sure.
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Old 05-01-2017, 09:52 AM   #10
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^^^ It could be. Also, I have an OEM replica front lip on the bumper which decreases clearance a bit.
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Old 05-01-2017, 09:54 AM   #11
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do u guys actually drive on your ramps? i jack up the car and place the ramps under the tires and drop the car on the ramps. if you're working on your car yourself, probably a good idea not to drive on ramps but do it manually...

Yes, I drive on the ramps.... thats kind of the point.

I generally don't see a problem doing it myself as long as you carefully line it up and go slow..

I don't have the lip so I don't know how that works. Stock 2016 STi works just fine on Rino Ramps.
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Old 05-01-2017, 11:02 AM   #12
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do u guys actually drive on your ramps? i jack up the car and place the ramps under the tires and drop the car on the ramps. if you're working on your car yourself, probably a good idea not to drive on ramps but do it manually...
Might as well buy jack stands at that point..
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Old 05-01-2017, 11:05 AM   #13
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Yeah, it's super simple to drive on these ramps without needing a second person to watch you. I purchased them for that reason. Slow, steady acceleration works every time.
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Old 05-01-2017, 12:14 PM   #14
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Might as well buy jack stands at that point..
I have, too many in fact. Just don't find them convenient on the WRX. There's no proper front or back jacking points so what I do is jack up the car using the jack points (near each wheel) and put it down on ramps. Takes a little more time but I'd rather not crash into anything or overshoot the ramps and this way I know exactly how the ramps are being placed. I've driven onto ramps before, successfully each time, however simply feel uncomfortable with that method.

No way in hell I'd use jack stands to do the engine mounts, for example. Come to think of it, I never used my jack stands for my WRX as I've done nothing that requires tire removal. For tire changes and brakes, I just rely on the hydraulic jack, as I'm not going under the car.

So you guys who drive on the ramps to do oil changes, how do you get the car back down? You do know you want he car to be flat to drain out all the oil properly, right?
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Old 05-01-2017, 12:54 PM   #15
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I have, too many in fact. Just don't find them convenient on the WRX. There's no proper front or back jacking points so what I do is jack up the car using the jack points (near each wheel) and put it down on ramps. Takes a little more time but I'd rather not crash into anything or overshoot the ramps and this way I know exactly how the ramps are being placed. I've driven onto ramps before, successfully each time, however simply feel uncomfortable with that method.

No way in hell I'd use jack stands to do the engine mounts, for example. Come to think of it, I never used my jack stands for my WRX as I've done nothing that requires tire removal. For tire changes and brakes, I just rely on the hydraulic jack, as I'm not going under the car.

So you guys who drive on the ramps to do oil changes, how do you get the car back down? You do know you want he car to be flat to drain out all the oil properly, right?
If I'm remembering right, the oil drain plug is at the back of the pan... how would the oil not be draining properly, or better?
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Old 05-01-2017, 01:34 PM   #16
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If I'm remembering right, the oil drain plug is at the back of the pan... how would the oil not be draining properly, or better?
I changed my oil 3 days ago, the drain plug is sort of slanted towards the driver's side. After it stopped leaking (it'll drip forever), while lowering my car back down with the drain unplugged it pissed oil. So there is some. But this really isn't a big deal.
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Old 05-01-2017, 01:39 PM   #17
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I have the baysonR replica lip and it doesn't clear the ramps...
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Old 05-01-2017, 05:21 PM   #18
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^^^ I have the same lip. Have you tried using wood? Im going to go get some 2x8's and try to make 'a ramp for my ramps', like was recommended above. Just trying to see what others have done since I've never done this before.
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Old 05-01-2017, 05:33 PM   #19
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I have a lip on mine and it slightly scrapes going up or down on the ramps. Not a big deal as it's plastic rubbing on plastic
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Old 05-12-2017, 09:54 PM   #20
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Thanks everyone. I made ramps for my ramps, and it worked well. I had bought Rhino Ramps for 40 bucks, not thinking the WRX wouldn't clear them with a lip on. Instead of buying $200 race ramps I bought some wood for $10 and it worked.

PS - The hill assist really makes it difficult to get up on ramps. It freakin modulates the brakes for you. Terrible. I'm disabling next time.

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Are these Better than just using jack+jack stands? Or just more convienent??
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Old 05-13-2017, 01:19 PM   #22
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I guess it's more convenient. I never jacked up the whole front of the car. To do so they say you need to get to the front crossmember, which is impossible to get to with a standard jack. Its basically in between the front wheels, which is way far back from that huge bumper overhang. Trying to get under this car using any method is super annoying.
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Old 05-14-2017, 01:33 AM   #23
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I guess it's more convenient. I never jacked up the whole front of the car. To do so they say you need to get to the front crossmember, which is impossible to get to with a standard jack. Its basically in between the front wheels, which is way far back from that huge bumper overhang. Trying to get under this car using any method is super annoying.
You just need the right jack:

http://i.imgur.com/M6JRoco.jpg?1

However, as mentioned earlier in this thread, I also use rhino ramps without any clearance issues.
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Old 05-17-2017, 12:40 PM   #24
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I have Rhino Ramps and my STI with the OEM front lip will not clear. I clear my friend's race ramps with maybe .5 a centimeter to spare.
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Old 05-17-2017, 02:44 PM   #25
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I switched to Race Ramps a few years ago and good bye clearance problems. The longer approach and smaller angle to drive up is great. You do need a bit more work room though.
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