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Old 06-22-2008, 08:04 PM
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The one feature about my lift that I have never enjoyed is the heavy ramps that I have to haul out, position and lock in place every time I need to use the lift and then having to remove them afterwards. The steel ramps weigh over 40 lbs. apiece and they are very awkward to put on and remove. Plus, the ramps are too short for my lift and Racedeck floor combo and my lowered C5's so I also have to add a board extension to keep from contacting the rockers on the lift.

As a result, I probably tend to pull my C5 off the lift less often than I would be inclined to if the ramps weren't such a pain to put on. Here's what my original solution looked like.



Race Ramps to the rescue! Rich at RR ran a GP not long ago and included the Rack Ramps he designed to work with most brands of lifts. I ordered a set and when I received them found that I still needed a bit more length so I contacted Rich and he offered to build me a custom set for a very reasonable amount over the Rack Ramp price. I drew up what I was looking for in CAD and sent the drawing to Rich. He had them back to me in less than 3 weeks. Here's what I sent him (a simple sketch will suffice.)



Now, no more lugging heavy, steel ramps and crushing my fingers trying to get them in place. The custom rack ramps are less than 15 lbs. apiece and are in place in seconds instead of several minutes. I can support one of these on a finger and they are 5 feet long! They make driving on and off the lift a breeze with a lowered car and totally take the stress out of worrying about spinning tires on the ramps with their grippy texture (I back my C5 onto the lift for storage).

Just out of curiosity, I left one of my vettes sitting on the ramps overnight to see if they would take a set but they were in perfect shape when I pulled the car off the next morning. These ramps are not only a back saver but I no longer debate whether I want to pull the vette off the lift for a quick drive.

Rich proved himself a terrific forum vendor and really great to work with. For those of you with similar issues with your residential lift, I strongly recommend giving Rich a call. The price of these ramps is a terrific bargain when you consider the convenience they offer. (http://raceramps.com/)

Here are a few pics of my vettes on the ramps.















Today I installed hangers for them next to the lift - so much tidier than my previous setup.

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great lookin set up
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Now that's nice... I just recieved a set of race ramps to do oil changes and used them today. They were great until I did my car... I'm lowered a little too much in the rear and had to do some additional jacking just to get my low profile jack under the rear of the car. But they work great and were an ease of mind once I got the cars up on them...

Here's Lori's car up on them....



Was a little worried about my front ACI spoiler but she cleared...

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Congrats Ed!

Glad they worked out for you!
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I really like my TraxJax from Race Ramps, great product.
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Originally Posted by Patches View Post
The one feature about my lift that I have never enjoed is the heavy ramps that I have to haul out, position and lock in place every time I need to use the lift and then having to remove them afterwards. The steel ramps weigh over 40 lbs. apiece and they are very awkward to put on and remove. Plus, the ramps are too short for my lift and Racedeck floor combo and my lowered C5's so I also have to add a board extension to keep from contacting the rockers on the lift.

As a result, I probably tend to pull my C5 off the lift less often than I would be inclined to if the ramps weren't such a pain to put on. Here's what my original solution looked like.
Those look great, I'll have to get a pair. Why did yo bolt down your lift?
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Those look great, I'll have to get a pair. Why did yo bolt down your lift?
Stability. It was fine sitting on the Racedeck flooring but it's significantly more solid bolted down. I spent many hours under a buddy's unbolted 4-poster but it would sway a bit when we would climb all over it and push hard on the car when something required serious muscle. It's not required on a 4-poster but it does feel a lot more stable.

Plus, we did have a 5.3 earthquake here a few weks ago.
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Stability. It was fine sitting on the Racedeck flooring but it's significantly more solid bolted down. I spent many hours under a buddy's unbolted 4-poster but it would sway a bit when we would climb all over it and push hard on the car when something required serious muscle. It's not required on a 4-poster but it does feel a lot more stable.

Plus, we did have a 5.3 earthquake here a few weks ago.
I know, this is a pic of our house in Noblesville. This is what I had sitting over the Vette at the time of the quake. I'm thinking...cool an earthquake. Then I remembered the car on the lift.



I moved so I had to sell my lift but I'll be re-buying one for the new hosue one of these days. You have a very nice setup
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Very nice and I remember having to get out of my Vette to get her off my buddies similar lift and this would work and I may have to get me some of those for those occurances I need to use his lift
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Nicely done, Patches. And good job by Race Ramps too.
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Originally Posted by MR.WaynesWorld View Post
Now that's nice... I just recieved a set of race ramps to do oil changes and used them today. They were great until I did my car... I'm lowered a little too much in the rear and had to do some additional jacking just to get my low profile jack under the rear of the car. But they work great and were an ease of mind once I got the cars up on them...

Here's Lori's car up on them....



Was a little worried about my front ACI spoiler but she cleared...

That's
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Very nice setup and write up
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those are

I like the long tapered rise angle.
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Good service-quality product-Made in America........
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Ed, it was a pleasure working with you on this Rack-Ramp project. You spoiled us with CAD drawings, but they certainly made everything crystal clear and all your Vette pics look great

As you can see from the pic below; others need solutions, so I better get back to work.

Thanks again, Rich

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Ed, it was a pleasure working with you on this Rack-Ramp project. You spoiled us with CAD drawings, but they certainly made everything crystal clear and all your Vette pics look great

As you can see from the pic below; others need solutions, so I better get back to work.

Thanks again, Rich

ok care to let me know how race ramps got under a 100,000 ZR1 that I don't believe has even been released out to the public yet? or did I miss a release date and the thing is out there?
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Wow! You guys amaze me. Just when I think I'm the only one experiencing a problem, bam, you've got the answer. I will be sending them a request.
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Wow, Rich! Awesome shot! Lucky you getting to see one first-hand before most of us.
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TO HIRISC Chris if you see this empty your mail box!!!!
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