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Since I wish to do my own oil changes, and I'm not blessed with a lifter and large garage, I was wondering what the gear heads think is the better way to lift the cat up for oil changes. Jacking up, Jack stands or ramps. I'm thinking that maybe ramps would be the safest. I know all about jacking up, blocking the car, etc. But the ramp seems easier, although with the low clearance of the cat, might be a bit challenging. Does anybody have a good recommendation for ramps?
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Since I wish to do my own oil changes, and I'm not blessed with a lifter and large garage, I was wondering what the gear heads think is the better way to lift the cat up for oil changes. Jacking up, Jack stands or ramps. I'm thinking that maybe ramps would be the safest. I know all about jacking up, blocking the car, etc. But the ramp seems easier, although with the low clearance of the cat, might be a bit challenging. Does anybody have a good recommendation for ramps?
Ramps are only good IF the drain plug is at the rear of the pan on backside like any "B and RB" engines (383, 400, 413, 426,440) and I don't know where it is because my car ain't built yet:(
 

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i dont think the front splitter will clear ramps.. there is another thread abou this.. same lift points as last yeari think the front has a hole you line up on in the frame and the rear has a rubber bumper poking down from frame you line up on.. or vise versa
 

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i dont think the front splitter will clear ramps.. there is another thread abou this.. same lift points as last yeari think the front has a hole you line up on in the frame and the rear has a rubber bumper poking down from frame you line up on.. or vise versa
This is my fear too about the splitter...I might just have to get a racing jack, and use either jack stands or wood blocks.
 

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If you have traditional rhino ramps, you *might* be able to use a length of wodden boards to "climb" the front wheels up to reduce the chance of scraping the front splitter. I have done it with a lowered corvette, but do not know if it is applicable here.

*NOTE* I have not tried this yet, and it is most certainly a one driver/one spotter operation the first time.
 

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Here are the extended race ramps for those with dropped cars or front splitters:

I do a lot of work in the garage on my cars so I've accumulated 4 low profile long reach jacks, about 8 jack stands (yeah, I kid you not) a pair of wheel chokes and 2 creepers. I just jack the front end from each side using 2 jacks then slide the jack stand under the car and leave the jacks in place as a secondary precaution then add the wheel chokes. Then I use the creeper to roll around under the car. This whole setup really came in handy when I installed headers, off road exhaust pipes and a 1-piece driveshaft since I need to lift the entire car high off the ground.

The race ramps would be much easier for the occasional oil change or someone that does light mechanic work. However personally I like the ability of determining the appropriate height needed for the job as opposed to the fix high of the ramps. In a few occasion I've done work that required that I lift the car up high for part of the work then lower it down a bit for the other part of the work

Btw, for those curios why I have so many jack stands... There are times when I need to use 4 to lift the car and another 2 to hold up objects like a driveshaft or exhaust pipes. Also I live in Houston which is known for flooding. If a hurricane is heading our way, like Hurricane Harvey, I jack up my pride and joys as high as the stands can safely support. Yes full coverage insurance will cover the loss but not the amount of mods and time and sweat you've put into your work.
 
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I use my Race Ramps a lot, for oil changes they are perfect. I had an older pair for my Cobra and then made extensions to work for the Hellcat.

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When I need to get the car all of the way up to work on the exhaust I drive up, lift the rear via the diff, and throw some cribbing under the rear wheels. Other times you can’t use the ramps so I have these jack stands. Super solid and way more sturdy than the standard ones.

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