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Old 03-03-2013, 11:09 AM
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maint. ramps

Any of you use racing ramps or maint. ramps? Which kind? Im looking at doing my own oil changes and would also like to get under the car every once and a while.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:31 AM
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I got my plastic ramps from AutoZone about 10 years ago and they are as strong as... something that is strong... See if they have the grey plastic ramps still.
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:28 PM
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For oil changes get a MityVac and don't get under the car at all.

For looking around underneath, it would be better to find a friendly garage to get it up on a lift.
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Rhino ramps are low enough to fit under your car and quite durable. Most Autozones, etc carry them.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:20 PM
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@pinecone, got it but when would you need to change the drain plug?
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:28 PM
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@d geek, thanks.
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:00 PM
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Any of you use racing ramps or maint. ramps? Which kind? Im looking at doing my own oil changes and would also like to get under the car every once and a while.
I go to my local indie (Urban motors in Catonsville MD) every 11-13 K miles. Costs about 100+ dollars and includes a general checkup and reset of counter. Doing it at home is not worth the expense or effort.
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:10 PM
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@Pro Rail, thanks. I want to do my own oil changes and do the vanos kit 1, and spark plugs soon.
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Rhino ramps are low enough to fit under your car and quite durable. Most Autozones, etc carry them.
I think that's what I have. They're great ramps, very durable, and last a long time.
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:11 AM
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No need to touch the drain plug. Mine has not been touched since the last free oil change from BMW. Using a MityVac and such the oil out from the top. It actually gets more oil out than the drain plug.
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I made ramps out of 2x12's w/ 18" between steps. They are heavy, but it allows me to clear a very low front bumper for quick jobs.
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