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DIY car service ramp

Post by yartin » Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:08 pm

Hi
I want to build a car service ramp made of wood, for general service and repair. I have seen few on you tube and will look similar to the pic attached. My car's curb weight 1500- 1930 Kgs
My question is whether Treated softwood Joists is good for the job? Pic attached.


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Post by Rorschach » Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:12 pm

Should be fine for occasional use. However a pair of steel ramps is not a lot of money and would last a very long time.
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Post by yartin » Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:12 pm

Rorschach wrote:Should be fine for occasional use. However a pair of steel ramps is not a lot of money and would last a very long time.
Steel ramps are fine and cheaper from my proposed wood ramp but they are less than 250mm width, my fronts are 245mm and rears 275mm so not suitable really.

It is for occasional use, oil change....etc.

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Post by arco_iris » Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:44 pm

yartin wrote:my fronts are 245mm and rears 275mm
Staggered that size - something pretty hot then. Make sure that you construct the ramp at a shallow angle if you don't have much ground clearance. I can't use steel ramps, my car won't go up them due to the overhang.
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Post by Rorschach » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:03 pm

My steel ramps are fairly narrow, narrower than the tyres I think but I don't have any trouble.

Fair enough if you want to make your own though, you might want to add lipping either side to help stop them sliding out as you drive up them. And as arco says since you are making your own, make them longer and shallower. That is my only complaint about mine, they are steep and can be hard to drive up slowly, even worse for reversing onto.
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Re: DIY car service ramp

Post by Bob225 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:15 pm

sounds like a BMW, If I had space for a garage I would have a scissor lift or even a quickjack if space was tight (neither are cheap)
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Post by yartin » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:19 pm

Yes I am making a bit longer than the ones you buy of the shelf so can get a shallow angle. Plus a lipping to help stop when it is up to the last plank.
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Post by yartin » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:23 pm

Bob225 wrote:sounds like a BMW, If I had space for a garage I would have a scissor lift or even a quickjack if space was tight (neither are cheap)
Yes it an E63. I just use the driveway for basic services and repairs.
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Post by jaeger » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:24 pm

I was looking at a car lift in Costco this week, not much change from a grand
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Post by Dave54 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:34 pm

jaeger wrote:I was looking at a car lift in Costco this week, not much change from a grand
Does it come with the car? :lol:
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Post by Rorschach » Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:14 pm

Not cheap, but if you do a lot of work on cars, even small scale professionally then a lift like that would make life a lot easier and the added bonus is you can move it around unlike a proper garage lift.
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Post by arco_iris » Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:49 pm

yartin wrote:Yes it an E63
Ah, one o' them thar new-fangled tanks, a "Bangle-butt GT"!

E31 here, yartin - from when Grand Tourers really were.
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Post by yartin » Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:18 am

arco_iris wrote:
yartin wrote:Yes it an E63
Ah, one o' them thar new-fangled tanks, a "Bangle-butt GT"!

E31 here, yartin - from when Grand Tourers really were.
E31 very nice car, mine is 650
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Re: DIY car service ramp

Post by Bob225 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:05 pm

jaeger wrote:I was looking at a car lift in Costco this week, not much change from a grand
That's a Quickjack

650 that's the 4.8 V8 isn't it, I always like the look of the 635 (E24 ?) they where dirt cheap in my teens now a good one goes for silly money
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