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tim330i 10-20-2010 08:29 PM

Race Ramps - A Revolution for Do It Yourselfers?
 
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Maybe they're not revolutionary, and more evolutionary but either way they're a huge improvement over anything I've ever used. Being an avid "do-it-yourselfer" (DIYer) I've upgrade many of my tools along the way but I've still been tirelessly pumping my jack handle, positioning jack stands and crawling under my car hoping nothing slips and crushes me. I try to avoid thinking about that happening, but it happens more often than any DIY enthusiast wants to know about.

Everyone knows about drive up ramps and anyone with a BMW knows they're impossible to use. Ramps sold at auto parts stores have ramp angles that are laughable. Trying to use cheap ramps is like driving your bumper into a curb.

Enter the revolution of Race Ramps, drive up ramps built specifically for auto enthusiasts with low cars and wide tires. The first thing you notice is how long the ramps are, and they have to be to get the ramp angle down to a front bumper friendly angle of 10.75 degrees. The next thing you notice is the weight, they're amazingly light. They're made out of some sort of structural foam covered in an anti-skid coating. The two ramps weigh in at 23 pounds, total! That's seriously cool and make the thought of lugging my 50lb "lightweight" aluminum jack and jack stand so much less appealing.

Like so many DIYers I don't have a dedicated shop, I pull all my tools out for each project and then put them all away again. That's a two fold advantage for the ramps. Their weight makes them easy to grab and setup and the drive up nature means I spend my time working on what needs fixing, and not wasting time on setup. When I'm done stash them away on the top of a cabinet or in the garage rafters until needed next time. The ramps are so light and compact (I have the two parts ramps) I was able to fit them in my E46 M3 trunk! The ability to move them around, take them to the track or a friends house for a DIY is a huge bonus.

With the XT two part ramp design that I got means once my M3 is up on the ramps I simply removed the base giving me unobstructed access to the under side of the car. That might not sound like a big deal, but you don't realize how much the jack stand is in the way until its not there. Transmission fluid, fuel filter (my DIY fuel filter completed on Race Ramps), exhaust all sit right in the middle of the car, and on the BMW so does the side jack pad where the jack stand goes.

Is there still a place for jacks and stands, absolutely. You obviously can't change your wheels and tires if your car is sitting on them but for the most common maintenance DIY, an oil change I'll never use my jack again. The safety of having all the wheels firmly planned and the pure simplicity of "driving up" makes DIYs that much more enjoyable.

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BimmerFerret 10-21-2010 10:06 AM

Very cool product! I'd love to get a set of these when I have some extra $$

EDIT: Signed up for the giveaway :)

wdeerfield 10-21-2010 10:29 AM

Ive got the rhino ramps and i can get up them no problem and they are 1/4 the price of these.

btw. where is the signup on that site? I cant seem to find it.

tim330i 10-21-2010 10:31 AM

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Originally Posted by wdeerfield (Post 12374606)
Ive got the rhino ramps and i can get up them no problem and they are 1/4 the price of these.

btw. where is the signup on that site? I cant seem to find it.

Go here and scroll down -

http://www.raceramps.com/fall-sweepstakes.php

Tim

wdeerfield 10-21-2010 10:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tim330i (Post 12374609)
Go here and scroll down -

http://www.raceramps.com/fall-sweepstakes.php

Tim

cool thanks. just about to edit my post saying i found it.

M3Topless_n_SLO 10-21-2010 10:36 AM

I love these...will make great addition to the lightweight NASCAR jack I just received for my bday. How much and where do I get a set or two?!!!

xFalleNx330Ci 10-21-2010 10:44 AM

I will say it's a great product, it just seems IMO they're a little pricey. Won't lie, if I had the money to spare, I'd probably pick a set up. I am really sick of messing around with my 400lb low profile jack and jack stands.

2000_328CI 10-21-2010 10:52 AM

Would a lowered car with a lip make it up these?

tim330i 10-21-2010 10:54 AM

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Originally Posted by 2000_328CI (Post 12374665)
Would a lowered car with a lip make it up these?

http://www.raceramps.com/images/what...e-56-xt-67.jpg

OrientBlau 10-21-2010 10:55 AM

Nice. I'll need some ramps one day.

coco savage 10-21-2010 11:07 AM

hmm...interesting

M Shark 10-21-2010 12:00 PM

Those are the exact ramps I was considering back then but decided to cheap out and build my own. I couldn't afford them at the time but when I get my finances straightened out and priorites paid off, I'm getting these. I've bought 2 sets of cheap low profile ramps in the past but I still rubbed on them. So it was either the above race ramps or building my own.

Here's the one's I made. If you have a slammed car and have a ground clearance of anything above 1.5 inches, this will work 100%, The only downside is that they are heavy and bulky, portability is out of the question and having a 2nd pair of hands is a must to lug these around.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...uapo69/1-4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...uapo69/2-4.jpg

EDIT: This is how the ramps look when put away. 1 is upside down on top of the other one. It becomes one solid peice of piled lumber. lol

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...uapo69/3-4.jpg

Romanian 10-21-2010 01:37 PM

M Shark that is an absolutely gorgeous car. Had to say it..

Nice ride :thumbsup:

323tom 10-21-2010 03:05 PM

LOL nice setup :thumbsup: (if 2x6's can support houses, they can support your m3) clean ride though, tasteful mods as well :woot:
Quote:

Originally Posted by M Shark (Post 12374910)
Those are the exact ramps I was considering back then but decided to cheap out and build my own. I couldn't afford them at the time but when I get my finances straightened out and priorites paid off, I'm getting these. I've bought 2 sets of cheap low profile ramps in the past but I still rubbed on them. So it was either the above race ramps or building my own.

Here's the one's I made. If you have a slammed car and have a ground clearance of anything above 1.5 inches, this will work 100%, The only downside is that they are heavy and bulky, portability is out of the question and having a 2nd pair of hands is a must to lug these around.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...uapo69/1-4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...uapo69/2-4.jpg

EDIT: This is how the ramps look when put away. 1 is upside down on top of the other one. It becomes one solid peice of piled lumber. lol

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...uapo69/3-4.jpg


ILLuSioNz X 10-21-2010 05:54 PM

lol at how i ran out of space when filling out the "which internet forums are you a member of?" section.

Simple SOHC 10-21-2010 07:03 PM

The shop I used to work for used these or something similar for their Time Attack S2000 to get into the trailer. Work really well and very light...and they have pretty good durability.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3656/...20d10a03_b.jpg

wërkahölik 10-21-2010 08:11 PM

Holy crap those ramps are expensive

M Shark your car is perfect :drool:

Anub!s 10-21-2010 10:14 PM

Thanks tim!

Surrept 10-21-2010 10:29 PM

Ive never once had a problem with my rhino ramps and they cost me a whopping 40 bucks. I'll pass.

kpeng 10-22-2010 12:00 AM

Overpriced crap. A couple pieces of 2x4's do the trick.


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