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What truck ramp do you guys use

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by tundras00, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. Aug 2, 2018 at 8:05 PM
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    I am trying to find good heavy duty ramps that can handle the tundra, but also able to handle the low cars. I have seen way too many distorted, cracked Rhino ramps so plastic are out, even Race Ramps which I've also read bad things. I prefer metal and I have a pair from Harbor Freight which I've tried and they work for regular car, but not so well on low cars. I can fix that maybe by adding a piece of 2x12 in front. I am also thinking of just continuing to use them and enforce them with a solid bar connecting both ends to bake it even more solid. It says it can handle 2000lb each, so in theory it should work fine for the Tundra, but I like things overbuilt. I am trying to keep it under $300. I know going and building them with 2x12 joists would be cheap and way more solid, but I am concerned about the weight. How easy would they be to move them around?! I guess you can add wheels in the ends, but that would rule out storing them away up high.
     
  2. Aug 2, 2018 at 8:16 PM
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    If you can get a hold of scrap plywood or even OSB, and have a table saw to cut to width, that works way better for building ramps than 2x12, since it doesn't split like dimensional lumber will eventually. Yes, it takes many more layers, but makes a smooth and very solid ramp, and if you leave the first layer 6-8" longer the vehicle won't push the ramp out in front, since the weight on that first layer holds the ramp from sliding.

    I built a set this way with OSB scraps from redoing my roof 13 years ago, and they've stood up awesome. I had a big diesel pusher RV on them last year and didn't doubt them for a second.

    I store them stood up against a wall - bottom toward the wall so they won't tip over.
     
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  4. Aug 2, 2018 at 8:24 PM
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    I’m using a set that looks like this, but they’re at least 30 years old.8F6052F2-5B71-4752-8417-D5F6B8DCA9E8.jpgI put the tundra up on em yesterday to change my oil, no problem.
     
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  5. Aug 2, 2018 at 8:33 PM
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    I researched these and almost pulled the trigger on Rhino Max ramps, but have seen too many reviews with pics where they cracked or buckled. Plastic is a no-go for me.

    How heavy are these? Not a bad idea, but I would be worried if they would try to separate from each other and warp differently from each other. It will be stored in a garage that will see humidity in summer.

    I have pair of these. Check out the link I have above of Harbor Freight. They are identical. If i were to keep this, I wanted to reinforce them on both ends by just drilling a 1/4" hole and bolting up a solid flat bar.
     
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  6. Aug 2, 2018 at 8:42 PM
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    @tundras00, they aren’t light, but they are manageable without a lot of strain too. They’re probably 42” long overall, ramp up to maybe 8” high, and are about 10” wide.

    Before this house with a shop, they used to sit in the weather under my wooden deck. The OSB got a little bit swollen in about 5 years of partial weather exposure, but no warping or anything. I did use 3 or 4 screws putting them together though.

    They're stored dry now, so will probably outlast me.
     
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  7. Aug 2, 2018 at 8:54 PM
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    I'm sure. They are marked as 2000lbs. Any markings on yours?
     
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    I will take a look tomorrow. Probably not, lots of paint is now rust
     
  9. Aug 2, 2018 at 9:30 PM
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    This pair looks promising. :D
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    I saw those, but they are also plastic and are no brand name. I know Race Ramp makes an HD model that looks like can lift heavy trucks, but the entry angle is also low to help with low cars. Race Ramps are plastic though, but seem to have a better reputation.
     
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    They are plastic but they are rated at 10 tons.
     
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    I also want to add that I have bought Rhino ramps from 10 years ago, and i might still have them at my parents' place. They would slide, but they kept the 3300lb car with no problems. Just never felt 100% safe, and would use jacks all the time.
    The Rhino Max are rated at 16 tons, and yet they still crack. I don't know how these are even sold to the public. Outright dangerous and a class lawsuit waiting to happen.
     
  13. Aug 2, 2018 at 9:48 PM
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    Here you go!
    https://www.amazon.com/OTC-5268-20-..._rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=801JT29MQRAZVD0RR95T
     
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    Have seen those and honestly they are a lot of dough for occasionally changing oil or working underneath. Not to mention that they would take a lot of space since you probably have to store them laying down due to weight. More suited for a shop.

    I almost grabbed these and held these, but I wonder how the angle would be. They look good for trucks though:
    https://www.autozone.com/engine-and...alast-truck-and-atv-steel-ramp-kit/875210_0_0
     
  15. Aug 2, 2018 at 11:19 PM
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    I’m lifted! No ramps needed here.
     
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    Dig a trench in your drive way. Safe and easy. Just make sure you have proper drainage. Don’t want to dig? Build up some humps.

    Seriously though, I’m in your same situation with the low car problem with ramps and have been doing the research with no simple solution. The above poster suggesting putting a 2x12 in front of your existing ramp is probably best for storage.

    I’m considering just jacking each side up and putting blocks under the tires. (Already have a jack in garage and blocks are cheap and can store outside).
     
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    stock height and no ramps needed, never needed them for my stock height Tacoma either.
     
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    I have these in yellow...about 20 years old.
     
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    Save a few bucks and use some old lumber.

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    OMG! :rofl:
     
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    He even took the time to chock the back tire. :thumbsup:
     
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    I did the rear sway bar that way and I'm just leveled. The whole reason I'm even looking is to knock two birds with one stone, and have ramps that can handle the weight of the Tundra, but also be able to have low cars go up on them easily.
     
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    Since he's working on the bottom, I wonder if it would have made sense to just lift the passenger side... :D
     
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    Sold if that's a blowup doll included.

    Shouldn't plastic be ok if you don't subject them to extreme temps and UV damage? (ramps, not doll)
     
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    LOL. I've used different plastic ramps for years and so far I have not encounter any issues. I always choose the one that support much higher weight than the vehicle.
     
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    Plastic degrades over time. Most have 5 year lifetime.
     
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    I have a pair of plastic ramps that's almost 10 years old still in great shape. I've used them for the Tundra a few times before I bought the Rhino Ramps. Plastic ramps are cheap so replace them of them when you feel that they are unsafe. Nothing lasts forever. That's my 2 cents.
     
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    not sure what you need ramps for. I change my oil with no ramps and have done TRD Exhaust, sway bar and two sets of steps without ramps. if you need just a few more inches you can bolt together a couple 2x12's.
     
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