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I discovered that I can't use my old steel ramps to elevate my SL because the incline is too steep. The front bumper hits the ramp before the wheels reach it.

Here's a simple home-made solution, based on one I found on a Mustang forum.

The lumber is 2X12. 2X10 would be OK too, but I have the wide AMG wheels so the 2X12 is a better fit. I made the "treads" 16" and about 20" for the top one, so that there is room to chock the wheels.

Pros: Easy to build. Safe - cannot crush or collapse. The steps are actually very easy to climb and it gives me better control as I'm maneuvering the car.

Cons: Heavy. Hard to store. Long - I can't get under the car from the side because they are in the way.
 

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Can't you build a shorter ramp that takes you up to your old steel ramps and then move the "shorter ramps" out of the way so you can get under your car from the sides? Seems like the new shorter ramps could just be long enough to get you halfway up the steel ramps. Drop a bolt through the wood to hold them in place on the steel ramps.

GREAT looking car, by the way.
 

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I discovered that I can't use my old steel ramps to elevate my SL because the incline is too steep. The front bumper hits the ramp before the wheels reach it.

Here's a simple home-made solution
I like them. Simple and safe. I would imagine they have no tendency to slide like the steep narrow ramps I was using this weekend. You could even build 4 off, so that car is level for oil changes etc, but I guess the sill height would limit the lift available. Thanks for the photos, now where's my saw? :thumbsup:......

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Make it in two parts with the front part detachable for access.
 

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Can't you build a shorter ramp that takes you up to your old steel ramps and then move the "shorter ramps" out of the way so you can get under your car from the sides? Seems like the new shorter ramps could just be long enough to get you halfway up the steel ramps. Drop a bolt through the wood to hold them in place on the steel ramps.

GREAT looking car, by the way.
I thought of that, but the old ramps are just stamped steel with pockets made to hold narrower tires. I'm really scared $#!tless about crawling under a car that is raised on anything that has a chance of slipping.

I could change the design slightly so that the wood ramp is in two parts. I could then take a way most of the ramp once the car is up on the block part. And the pieces would be easier to carry.
 

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... You could even build 4 off, so that car is level for oil changes etc, but I guess the sill height would limit the lift available...
I was thinking of that. A smaller set with 2 or 3 risers, low enough to fit under the car. Once the front wheels are up a couple of steps, position the smaller ramps for the rear wheels, and then drive up to the top. It won't end up level, but it will gain some altitude at all four wheels.
 

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Make it in two parts with the front part detachable for access.
Good idea. I can do something like this: Then I can build wheel blocks that can slot into the same pin hole(s)
 

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another idea: I could make the ramp longer, with more layers for additional height, and in three detachable sections. Once the car is all the way up the steps, all four wheels will be raised, and the middle sections can be taken out for access.
 

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Use two large hydraulic jacks and stands, about $175.
No wood etc $, plus your labor?
I also have two extra small ones for whatever.

Guys don't think too much.
The wheel has been invented.

Was it the Greeks that did it? ;)
For the new guys, I am joking, for older ones they know me better... Haha.
Wood is strong, but most of the times you also need to remove the wheels.....

Jacks need less storage room, and they are on wheels....
In two minutes the car is up, and I don't care how heavy it is, give me an other three and the wheels are out.

If you are working on the engine, running or not....
Guys be more practical..

I would love to have a lift though.
Oh well... everybody has wishes. :( Haha.

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aam.
 

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The only bad thing about jacks: Mrs. can release it on you if you're late for lunch :D
 

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You could also try these lego-style blocks designed for leveling large RVs :

RV Leveling Blocks, 8 pack

We have several sets and can build just about whatever ramp length or height we need. They're quite strong, light weight, and store neatly in a zippered cube.
 
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