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This car is a pain in the butt to get in the air to service. I've been through the forums looking at options and it appears Race Ramps are my best option. Last post on this topic was back in 2017 though, so wondering if anything has changed? I bought some Rhino Ramps from Walmart based off some chatter here but took them back, as they appeared rather cheap and my car did not fully clear them. What are you guys doing to get that front end in the air?
 

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This car is a pain in the butt to get in the air to service. I've been through the forums looking at options and it appears Race Ramps are my best option. Last post on this topic was back in 2017 though, so wondering if anything has changed? I bought some Rhino Ramps from Walmart based off some chatter here but took them back, as they appeared rather cheap and my car did not fully clear them. What are you guys doing to get that front end in the air?
I use Rhino Ramps; I lay a couple foot long 2x10's in front of them to drive onto first which gives me enough clearance to get up on them. They are plenty strong enough to hold a Focus. I always raise the car up a bit higher with a floor jack and then onto stands. I just don't use ramps enough to justify buying race ramps.
 

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I used to use 2 floor jacks on either sides front jack points. I would do about 3 pumps then move to the other side until it was in the air level. Then I used jack stands. Going down was a little tricky. Then end result was having more clearance than just ramps.

Now I just put it on my 2 post lift, which is much easier.🤪
 

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This car is a pain in the butt to get in the air to service. I've been through the forums looking at options and it appears Race Ramps are my best option. Last post on this topic was back in 2017 though, so wondering if anything has changed? I bought some Rhino Ramps from Walmart based off some chatter here but took them back, as they appeared rather cheap and my car did not fully clear them. What are you guys doing to get that front end in the air?
I agree with this decision. I own a pair of long Race Ramps that I purchased directly from the manufacturer. They were on sale with an additional coupon code at the time I purchased them many years ago and they were very reasonably priced. Even though I have two lifts in my garage- I use them often for projects that are messy that I do not want to tackle in my garage, and they have saved me tons of time over the years. I recently had a specialist seal some long-time oil leaks on one of my cars (which I nicknamed the Bavarian Valsez). After the work was complete- I put a tarp down on my driveway, put the Race Ramps on the tarp, and drove one of my cars up on the ramps so I could get underneath to clean the engine and transmission of oil that has been leaking for many years. This car is pretty low, and cannot use any off the shelf ramps (I tried many). The Race Ramps are very light, and sturdy (they are made of a type of foam that is used under highway surfaces that does not compress easily). Highly recommended.
 

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I also use the Rhino Ramps. Hard to justify race ramps for me since I use them pretty much exclusively for changing oil. 2x4s are a good option for clearance. I use the slight lip of my garage to flush the ramps up to and pull up onto them - that provides just enough clearance. I've been using them for 5 years and they haven't killed me yet. lol.

I also use them for my wife's Jeep Grand Cherokee and they've held up well.
 

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Thanks for the input gentlemen! I'm probably going to spring for Race Ramps, but sheez when they say "MADE IN USA and proud of it" they're not kidding....$$$$$.
 

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Steeda Jacking Rails. I easily put my car on 4 stands in 5 minutes.

Edited time, realized 10 minutes was silly for an estimate, its much quicker.
 

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I have both Rhino ramps, and the 2 piece race ramps.

The rhino ramps suck if you lower the car, or slap any kind of splitter on it.

The race ramps are fantastic, but I wish the end stop was more aggressive. I dont always get a positive feel.

Buy the race ramps though, if you have or will have, lowered cars
 

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Steeda Jacking Rails. I easily put my car on 4 stands in 10 minutes.
the steeda jacking rails are prob the best investment i’ve made so far for my car. i wish i did that first but sadly i did not.
Definitely, worth it. so easy to get car up at all 4 corners in about 5 minutes!
 

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I thought I'd follow up on this thread, as I don't like to start something and not conclude with it. Ultimately, I ended up purchasing the Race Ramps. They are expensive, but they are light such that I can hang them on the wall; they won't slip when I drive my car up them; I know when I've come to the end of them, such that I won't go over the ends; and, my car fully clears them. Moreover, they are made here in our country. I spent a lot of time looking for quality ramps for my specific purposes and these fit my bill best. It's nice not to have to pull out the dang jack and jack stands. And, as I will be servicing all my cars now, I was able to justify the expense. I think you'd be hard pressed to find better ramps.
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I bit the bullet and bought a set of the detachable Race Ramps, very pleased. Like you I do my own maintenance on all my vehicles.
 

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I use some ramps I bought around 30 years ago for $30, it maybe rhino. My lowered front end clear them just fine. @Machspeed , nice milling machine and lathe. My drill press looks like a medieval artifact next to it.
 
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