If you're a car and garage DIYer, you may have had to get your car in the air and get under it -- and more than likely, that's what you used. But I'm here to tell you that there's another option: car ramps. Believe me, they'll change your life. Low-profile car ramps are used for low ground clearance, heavy-duty ramp meant for heavy vehicle, lightweight ramp for light vehicle and plastic ramp. Finding the ideal car ramp for your vehicle can be difficult, but this listicle will assist you in finding the perfect ramp that is more reliable & safer than a hydraulic jack.
Roadshow turns wrenches on a regular basis during the weekend. To that end, we've compiled a list of our favorite car ramps available today. These recommendations for the best car ramps are based on user ratings on top shopping sites and, most importantly, hands-on experience. Stay tuned for more information on what to look for in a car ramp before you spend your hard-earned cash after our list of the top car platforms.
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We like these auto ramps for their strong, high-impact plastic material, as well as the grid traction hole design, which allows dirt, snow, and water to pass through for greater braking. The weight capacity of these plastic ramps is suitable for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 16,000 pounds. The ramps measure 35.5 by 12 by 8.5 inches and lift a vehicle 6.25 inches off the ground.
The auto ramp angle incline is about 15.6 degrees, and it should be sufficient for most cars. They do not nest, so they will take up a little more storage space, but they are light at 19 pounds.
Most affordable and most accessible.
These RhinoRamps MAX ramps can handle 16,000 pounds of gross vehicle weight (or 12,000 pounds in non-MAX form), making them the perfect automotive ramp for almost any vehicle. These ramps, which are constructed of a durable plastic resin with sand on the bottom for extra grip, weigh just over 21 pounds and nest together for easy storage. They're 13 inches wide and provide a strong base for tires up to 9.5 inches long and 11.5 inches tall, and they'll fit tires weighing upto 8.5 inches. However, the service ramp angle is a fairly steep 17-degree incline.
Even though the business claims that the CoreTRAC nonskid base is included on each Rhino Ramp, some reviewers and Roadshow staffers still report sliding when trying to climb them up.
Best for low-profile cars?
Yes, these are expensive, but we didn't tell you to slam your Honda S2000 to make an already low-profile vehicle even lower, did we? The initial angle is reduced to 6.8 degrees, but it increases to 10.8 degree toward the top. The ramps are wide enough to accommodate a 10-inch-wide tire and provide 8 inches of lift, and they come in two pieces so you may easily access the underside of your vehicle.
The business recommends these ramps for cars weighing less than 6,000 pounds; each ramp can handle 1,500 pounds. At 72 inches long, they aren't the most compact, but they can be broken into two pieces for easier storage. Each one is only 14 pounds and is extremely light.
Race Ramps also offers durable ramp sets with more gradual inclines measuring 56 inches and 67 inches in length.
Best if money is no object.
These ramps are for the car enthusiast who has a pickup truck and lowered Mazda Miata. The slope incline is gentle enough to handle the most slammed of vehicles at 63 inches long and with a 10.5-inch rise. Yet, each vehicle ramp can support 7,000 pounds of weight capacity, making them sturdy enough for heavier vehicles like a big pickup truck. It's the widest ramp set of the bunch here at 16 inches wide and it' is constructed from heavy-duty aluminum.
The downside: Each ramp weighs 32 pounds, so be prepared to exert yourself when removing the ramps.
Best car ramps for a high lift?
If you need to lift your vehicle 10 inches into the air, this mini lift can do it. These steel car ramps are a bit heavy, at 33 pounds, but some people may feel more at ease driving their car up on metal car platforms than plastic ones. Each steel ramp can carry 3,330 pounds and is rungs 3 inches apart. The 37-inch length means the incline angle is a little steep, so it's likely best for trucks and SUVs with sloping approach angles.
Best for a low lift.
Maybe you just need a little lift to slide sandbags underneath your lowered car, or maybe you're simply looking for fewer inches of ground clearance to maneuver comfortably under your car. These little guys will take your car off the ground by 2.5 inches and this low profile ramp is ideal for low clearance vehicles. Each Discount ramp can carry about 2,000 pounds and have an incline slope of only 9 degrees, so they will work no matter how slammed your Acura Integra is. We like the honeycomb channels that allow dirt and moisture to pass through when using them, aiding traction.
Each low-clearance vehicle ramp measures 27.5 by 7.75 by 3 inches and weighs 4.5 pounds. They are quite narrow, so those with superwide tires should look elsewhere.
What is a car ramp?
A car ramp is exactly what it sounds like, a ramp that you can drive your car up on so that there is more ground clearance for you and your creeper. Even if you drive a higher-clearance vehicle, having sloping wheels gives you more room to remove that over-tightened oil filter. Car ramps are made of plastic or solid steel and are generally safer than using jack stands since the car's weight is spread over a larger area, rather than resting on merely one point.
Be sure your wheels are square and centered on the ramp in order to use it safely. Drive slowly and avoid turning your tires. For these and all car ramps, we would suggest having a pal spot you and utilizing auxiliary support, whether it's jack stands or cradle ties, in case of failure. Be sure to park the car in gear or in P, set the parking brake, and consider putting wheel chocks behind the rear wheels as well.
What should I be considering when buying a car ramp?
The first considerations you should consider when purchasing any car ramps are the size and amount of clearance you require. Be sure to know your vehicle's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or at least its weight distribution. You'll be able to calculate how much weight is resting on each wheel, and thus what size car ramp you're going to need. Certaines can hold 4,000 pounds, while others only 1,500 pounds.
To ensure you're able to safely walk up the ramps, you need to know how wide your tires are. Your tires should be wider than the ramps to ensure they fit perfectly. Driving up a ramp with 80% of your tire hanging off the edge is dangerous.
Finally, you'll want to know your approach angle. This is the angle between the front bumper and where the tire meets the ground. Here's a website that can assist you in figuring out math. Simply enter the tire height and width to the bumper and voila -- approach angle calculated. Don't worry, there are pictures to assist you.
Once you've collected all of this information, you are ready to purchase some ramps and make your oil changes that much easier.
How do I stop ramps from slipping on my car?
Most ramps have an anti-slip surface on the bottom that helps keep you safe while you're driving up them. However, slippage may occur, especially if your garage floor is smooth. Use them on the flattest surface possible to minimize sliding and reduce sliding. You may also consider placing the ramps on nonslip padding or bracing them against a two-by-four placed horizontally and held in place with concrete blocks or other heavy objects. Heck, you may even use duct tape. No matter what you do, we recommend having a spotter to keep an eye on things for you.
Having a set of ramps at your disposal makes it possible to perform oil changes, fluid flushes, and other routine maintenance at home in your own garage. When combined with a floor jack and hoop stands for tire and suspension swaps, you'll never again have to pay high mechanic fees.
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