What Ramps (for oil changes) are you using?

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It's been about 30 years since I changed my own oil, but I am considering DIY again to control quality and avoid dealer prices. 30 years ago I had heavy steel ramps that slid when driving up on them. Just curious if the newer models work better or still have the same problems. My garage floor is epoxy sealed and expect them to skip/slip.

I have found these on amazon:

 

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I bought a set of the Rhino ramps when I got the truck. They have rubber feet on them which help, but all ramps tend to slip forward a bit. I had a set of 30 year old stamped steel ramps as well, but they were way too narrow for the 275-55-20 tires. The tires hung over the lips on the sides. The flat Rhinos work well with the wider tires we have today.
 

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Yes, Harbor Freight's look more stout and you can always use a postal mail discount coupon for 20% off.


I've been using modular trailer/rv leveler squares and they slide a bit on my garage surface. I need to get momentum to overcome it. I guess I could try 4wd but better to just upgrade.
 

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It's been about 30 years since I changed my own oil, but I am considering DIY again to control quality and avoid dealer prices. 30 years ago I had heavy steel ramps that slid when driving up on them. Just curious if the newer models work better or still have the same problems. My garage floor is epoxy sealed and expect them to skip/slip.

I have found these on amazon:

I have the same ones.
 

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I have Rhino Ramps that I've had for probably 20 years. They slip, just as the metal ones do. They have rubber "feet" built into the bottom of them that's supposed to keep them in place, but they still slip on a smooth garage floor regardless of car - they'll slip with my Miata, my Kia, or my truck. The best way I found to avoid this is to figure out where you want the vehicle to stop when it's on the ramps, stop just a little short of there, and "kick" the ramps under the front tires so the tires are already biting the ramps before you start driving. Then just start a crawl - if you go too fast they'll kick out - until you feel the vehicle rising, then you have to goose it a little bit to make it to the top.

ALTERNATIVELY, and I've used this method as well - Just jack up one side and slip the ramp under there, then drop the jack. Repeat on the other side. This lets you precisely locate the vehicle if your garage is tight. You need a floor jack that can get that high, or a 2x12 or two under the floor jack to give it some height.
 

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Use 4x4 and the ramps won't slide. Oh I use rubber ramps for the wife's subaru, only put the Ram up once so far
 

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