Ramps vs. jack stands

What to do to keep your car looking and running like new, inside and out.

Which should I get to do oil changes on my RX-8?

Poll ended at Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:59 am

A set of "low-profile" ramps
2
67%
Jackstands
1
33%
Why bother? Just take it to the dealer...
0
No votes
Dude, take it to pep boys. They'll do it for 10 dollars.
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 3

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Re: Ramps vs. jack stands

Post by Rope-Pusher » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:22 pm

I like the idea (THC) of rolling onto planks.
For oil changes I don't bother with jacks or ramps, I just drive onto a couple layers of planks. I have short sections of 2x8, 2x10, and 2x12, and I put two layers (staggered so the tires only climb one layer at a time) under all four wheels. That gives my VW and my Buick plenty of clearance to work comfortably under the car (rather than pretending I'm Buzz Lightyear).
Get it up on the planks, chock the wheels, apply the park brake, leave it in 1st or Reverse and ewer goodyear go.
'08 Jeep Liberty 6-Speed MT - "Last of the Mohicans"

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