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Project by pitchnsplinters posted 08-18-2011 06:01 AM 3076 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Certainly not the cheapest, lightest or most compact of ramps, but I just wasn’t satisfied with the options at the local car parts stores or farm supply center. The downside … they are heavy. The upside … every problem has a solution.

I ended up with a set of ramps that don’t budge while climbing and don’t require gunning the engine to reach the summit. I’m not a teenager anymore so I added the wheels to allow me to move it around without lugging the full brunt of their weight. Two sets of hand holds; one set to use to fine tune their position while on the ground, the other for getting a grip while they stand upright.

Final dimensions: 12-3/4” high, 11-1/2” wide, 60” overall length, 15 degree approach

Materials: 2” x 12” (cut down to 10-1/2”) for the sides, 1-3/4” x 11-7/8” LVL (cut down to 11-1/2”) for the surface, (2) x 1-1/2” dia wheels

Time to build: ~15 hrs

They take up very little space in the garage, are easy to move and easily support the front end weight of my Nissan Titan. My wife thinks I’m crazy, but I got to spend quality time with my tools and my boys.

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.





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IceCactus

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#1 posted 08-18-2011 07:11 AM

Great job..been trying to come up with something like this myself since i can’t find a store bought ones that will fit my tires.

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rmac

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#2 posted 08-18-2011 07:58 AM

Those are great. I would build a pair in a heartbeat if I had a place to store them.

—Russ

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David Grimes

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#3 posted 08-18-2011 08:14 AM

That’s cool !

They’d make great tower speaker cabinets if you ever get rid of the Titan (or need some dual purpose sound reinforcement in the man-cave). ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Ken90712

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#4 posted 08-18-2011 11:11 AM

Very cleaver, I take it you put jack-stands under the car once its up on the ramps? Great idea…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Paul Pomerleau

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#5 posted 08-18-2011 01:40 PM

Excellent idea.
I love the shallow angle.
Far Superior to the store bought ones.

The problem with the store ones are:
- angle is too steep.
- you have to gun it to climb it.
- the nose hits them before the tires do.
- they slip
- hard to know when you are at the top.

Yours are perfect, easy to climb and I like the nice stop block at the end.
I think anyone who works on their vehicles needs a set of these.
Good job.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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Howie

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#6 posted 08-18-2011 01:52 PM

Great idea. Wish I had thought of that before plunking down $50.00 for the plastic ones,

-- Life is good.

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terry603

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#7 posted 08-18-2011 10:56 PM

great idea you got with the wheels i like the entire idea, time with kids priceless

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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Don W

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#8 posted 08-19-2011 06:03 AM

and the neighborhood kids now have a bike ramp.

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StumpyNubs

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#9 posted 08-19-2011 02:12 PM

I dunno- you’re betting your life on the strength of your glue and fasteners that those won’t collapse someday…

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pitchnsplinters

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#10 posted 08-20-2011 03:01 AM

I suppose I could bet my life on a plastic injection molded ramp which weighs 5 lbs? I don’t take my health or that of others lightly. For automotive use (car, truck, SUV, van, ...) they will safely last my grandchildren’s lifetime. No worries young man … they have been engineered by an engineer. Thanks for the concern …

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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Mark Shymanski

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#11 posted 08-20-2011 04:49 AM

I had a set of those pressed tin ‘car jacks’ back when I was getting into mechanics until I heard of how catastrophic a failure in them can be, having a transmission bell pressing on your chest while suffocating is a horrible way to die. I threw mine out and only use very robust ramps. These look like a great set of ramps, well done.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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jamesh39

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#12 posted 09-23-2011 09:58 PM

Very nice!!! I’m going copy you and make some. How much does one weigh? I am a mechanical engineer and have drawn these up in SolidWorks 3D software and it says around 50 pounds. Of course, this is dry weight (no moisture content).

-- Jim - Fort Worth/Dallas

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pitchnsplinters

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#13 posted 01-08-2012 07:17 PM

Jim,

Sorry for the slow response, I have not been on in a while. I would say your weight of 50 lbs is as close as I could estimate with my uncalibrated back. I have not lifted the full brunt of the ramps, with the wheels and all.

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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