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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-30-2013, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Floor jack assistance ramp

I just bought a jack kit on sale from O'Reilly Auto Parts for $34 (1.5 ton jack with two stands) Got it home and found that trying to get it under the front it would just barely roll under and then trying to get it under the right place and jack it up was almost impossible and a real pain. If I had a larger floor jack it wouldn't be able to fit under there at all and my 2012 isn't even lowered.

I had a couple of cheap 8' pine 1x12's in the garage so I made two 3" lift ramps, took less than an hour. I cut the boards with my skill saw at a 45 angle on the ramp part, but you really don't need to.. you could make this with just a hand saw. You could also probably use 1x8's, but I think 1x6's are two narrow to drive up onto easily.

These work great, very easy to drive up onto them and you can feel the stops. Just rising the front 3" now makes it a breeze to get the floor jack under there and I can now easily see where to jack it up so I can put the stands under the left and right side in their support pinch indents.

Hope this is of some use to some of you as I've seen other posts about having trouble jacking up the front. I saw another thread where some one did a similar thing using 2x8s, but he was trying to actually make car ramps. Mine are simply to help jack up the car if you have a floor jack; they are cheap, light weight and don't take up much storage room.

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I got the idea of this, but if you think you can. Some pictures of yours or a video would be awesome.

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OK, will try to get my camera from work and take some pix. I thought the drawing was pretty clear though? Did you want to see the car on the ramps or something?
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I painted the wheels this weekend... dipped them, and rather than leave them on the car I decided to remove the wheels. the ramps work fine for the front, but I discovered this small floor jack doesn't raise the car high enough to get the stands under the sides, so I had to make another simple modification... I cut a piece of 1x4 and then added a piece of 2x4 and put it on the head of the jack to get it up high enough. Jacking up the rear I didn't need the ramps at all, but still needed the wood spacers to get it up high enough to stick the stands under the sides.
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OK, finally got around to taking some pictures of the ramps and jack set up. Also just noticed it's a 2 ton jack, not a 1.5 ton.
Here's a bunch of pix. I drilled a hole in the spacer so that it won't fall off the jack head when moving it around under the car.. used a simple door knob hole saw, but you could probably use a jig saw or coping saw in a pinch.




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Ok this is pretty awesome and ingenious. If I didn't already have ramps I would have to do this.
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@doane2u the ramps look pretty cool. I'm getting some rhino ramps for oil changes. they're pretty cheap when they go on sale here in socal.

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Neat!

...I just went and got my ramps from storage yesterday x-x I haven't used them since we sold the Nova.

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I borrowed my dad ramps but couldnt get past the front lip on my stock ms3! ugh! I gotta build me some of these!
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These would be great if you lived in an apartment!
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