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My Solution for Getting my 6MT Car Onto Four Ramps, Without Undue Clutch Wear
I have the attached wooden ramps, made principally out of 2 x 4's on-edge and 4 X 4's (two are shown in the photo - but I have a total of 4 of them).
I want to be able to get the car sitting on a set of four of these... but as I have a 6MT, I do not want to be hard on the clutch, in trying to climb all four at once. Only want to climb two at a time. Further, as the car is low - you can see that the portion of the car in front of the front wheels... would foul the ramps (as do the rocker panels)... hence the dunnage I have used to first stage the front wheels... higher.
The second graphic I attach shows what I am planning to make using laminations of 3/4" plywood. I am also planning to make an extension to the taller wooden ramps...
It is all calculated to save my clutch and my rocker panels. To be sure, it is not ideal... and it takes a long linear distance - but it is relatively cheap, uses what I already have... and it is my solution for not causing damage to the car when lifting it.
Oh, why do I want to have the car on four equal-height ramps? i) 'cause I want it to be level for fluid checks and fluid change-outs (for the manual transaxle); and ii) I use two pieces of 4" wideflange beam (i.e. wide-I-beam) with a centrally-placed hydraulic floor jack - to place the vehicle onto four jackstands (for wheel removal, etc.). I use one transverse beam at the front (picking-up the front jacking points) and one at the back (picking-up the rear jacking points). I cannot get said wideflange lifting/support arrangements into place without an elevated, level car..
Vancouver, BC Canada
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