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Old 08-25-2015, 02:55 PM   #1
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Lift Ramps?

Anyone use lift ramps, like these, in their garage? I need something like this don't want to spend $1400+freight.

http://www.kwik-lift.com
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Old 08-26-2015, 07:30 PM   #2
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I was looking at these a little while back. http://myliftstand.com/
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Old 08-26-2015, 08:34 PM   #3
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Have you considered race ramps or one of those types?
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Old 08-27-2015, 02:54 AM   #4
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Those Mylift stands look good. But wouldn't it be just as easy to use solid wood blocks nailed together? Layed grain horizontally, the wood would be plenty strong.

Ramps are nice but take up a bunch of space. The convenience of the KwikLift is just driving it up, then using the jack on the lift to raise the whole car, not putting the jack on the car itself. But it comes with a price and space requirements. But the KwikLift can also be placed flat and used as a daily parking area. You'd need to make approach ramps though as the edge sticks up.

I might just go with nailing a bunch of boards together and jacking the car up. Just gotta make sure they're solid pieces without any splits.
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:02 AM   #5
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This looks good, strong, easy to make, cheap. And you can store these on the side of the garage space, at least in mine it would fit.
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Old 08-27-2015, 07:16 AM   #6
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I have a set of Quick Jacks that I use quite a bit both maintenance work and detail work. These work great and make life much easier and are very easy to move around.




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Old 08-27-2015, 12:38 PM   #7
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Dang. Now thats what I'm talking 'bout.

I like how they are simple and easy to stow away.
I would've liked to see a bit more stout bar for the safety catch. Maybe even two of those.
Over time, I wonder if the hydraulics were not to be evenly matched or one have more/less pressure than the other, the car would come up uneven. Thats a lot of weight on one hydraulic cylinder (per side).

Big price jump from 3500lb to 5000b.

How long have you had them? Did you buy them from the dealer direct or ?

Beautiful garage BTW

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Old 08-27-2015, 01:19 PM   #8
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I picked them up this spring, and have used them quite a few times so far. I had actually ordered them from AutoZone online when they were running a sale, however they no longer offer them. The garage is getting there, has been an ongoing work in progress over the last year or two. Still a lot that needs done to it. The portability is the big thing that drew me to these however. If I had a big garage with taller ceilings I would have got a mid-rise lift however.
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Old 08-28-2015, 02:11 AM   #9
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I picked them up this spring, and have used them quite a few times so far. I had actually ordered them from AutoZone online when they were running a sale, however they no longer offer them. The garage is getting there, has been an ongoing work in progress over the last year or two. Still a lot that needs done to it. The portability is the big thing that drew me to these however. If I had a big garage with taller ceilings I would have got a mid-rise lift however.
More work on the garage? Wow, couch, big screen TV, wet bar? It looks killer to me already.

May i ask what you paid on sale? Or PM if that's better. Direct at $1300, thats still over my budget. And only about $285 less than the Kwik Ramp. But the portability and stowage ease of the QuickLift is attractive.

How's that safety catch bar? Very stout? I'd probably want to add another bar or even put a jack stand under there for my security.
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