metal ramps vs composite ramps...

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  1. RootBreaker

    RootBreaker 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    i have plastic ones from harbor freight, looks like they dont carry mine anymore. they are a 2 piece design so you can pull your rig up on them, then remove the "ramp" piece so you can get in closer behind the tire if needed.

    kind of like this but nowhere near the price
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    What is your use? If you are working on a truck and have a paved garage floor, give RhinoRamps a look. USA made, and you can get them at a comparable cost to the HF ones using a coupon from most parts stores. I have used the 12K ones for several years and just got a set of the 16K ones that will be great for working on a full size truck (the pad is a little wider than 10" across, so it should fit normal width tires).

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Rhino-Ramp-MAX/54732684
     
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    I have these and they work great.
     
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    my use is to jack a 350z up and put under rear tires.. safety while my son does a 5.3 swap ...twin turbo too...
     
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    i think the metal ones without any bracing are bad news. With bracing maybe ok.

    i think the plastic ones are better. i used ones like it on the truck with no problems.
     
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    Maybe I was doing something dumb or maybe my concrete was too smooth but I always had a problem w/ the ramp sliding fwd as I was a couple of inches up them. Got a little bit of butt pucker each time that happened lol

    Those were plastic/composite. Rhino maybe? Ended up giving them to a friend.
     
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    My composite ramps don’t slide on asphalt but I’ve never tried them on slick concrete. I saw a tech tip once that suggested putting a rope tail on the tip of each ramp and then drive over it to hold the ramp in place.
     
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    My steel ones will slide on the garage (smooth) floor. An old pair of floor mats under them fixed it.
     
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    I have had the gorilla ramps for probably close to 8 years with no issues. They have slid on me before. The biggest issue was getting to the top with too much momentum and hitting the brakes, the tires would grab and push it forward. I started using 4wd to get nice steady climb instead of rocking it up. No more issues.
     
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    I have steel ones like that but old. I bought them from a guy for $15. They work good for my little truck. Used them yesterday for my wife's Yukon XL. They almost don't fit due to the bumper hanging low and the tire width but I didn't die doing an oil change on it yet so that's good. They do slide badly when trying to use on a smooth concrete floor.
     

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