Race Ramps Portable Pit Stop BMW

Race Ramps: Portable Pit Stop

by Jonathan Lawson

Every car guy with a garage dreams of owning a lift, but not all of us have the room for one. Sure, there are small and even portable lift options that don’t require a ton of space, but for those times when you want full access to the underside of your car with the wheels supported, ramps are the ticket. Speaking from experience, however, I’ve never had much confidence in the plastic ramps you can pick up from chain stores, and those can cause a hassle when it comes to getting both ends of the car up, let alone the limited ground clearance they offer. Enter Race Ramps!

Race Ramps are in a whole other league compared to your garden-variety garage ramps that move around, bend (if plastic), and rust (if metal). It may sound frightening the first time you really process the information, but Race Ramps are made of foam. No, that’s not a typo, but this isn’t your grandfather’s foam… This is high-density, 100% solid-core foam. That makes the individual pieces incredibly light, but they’re also incredibly strong and virtually indestructible.

Many people in the show-car crowd like Race Ramps because of their lightweight mobility, not to mention how easy it is to prop your car up for display and remove all the pieces other than those directly under the wheels. Race guys and do-it-yourselfers don’t mind them too much either, speaking from personal experience…


Race Ramps Portable Pit Stop unloaded
We got our Race Ramps through SparkPlugs.com, and they can be easily stored in a prearranged puzzle to fit nicely against a garage wall, but they’re also ideal for leaving down semi permanently. For the lazy among us, that saves time from setting up when you actually use them, so they’ve evolved into a constant raised parking spot in my garage.
Race Ramps Last-Minute Race 325i
Of course, even with a car in the garage that has the same exact footprint, I chose to wait for the delivery of our new team race car before measuring the floor for placement. Last-Minute Racing isn’t just a fun name for our World Racing League endeavors, it seems to be a fairly accurate description at times.
Race Ramps measurements
Setting the Race Ramps up correctly takes nothing more than a tape measure to ensure you have the exact wheel base and width set properly; they’re adjustable for wheelbases from 90 to 115 inches. Since my son wanted to help with the layout, chalk proved to be the perfect approach, and with spring on the horizon, why not a sidewalk chalk Easter egg? Works for this garage team!
Race Ramps garage
All lined up and ready to test our placement, you can see the various blocks in place. Because the Race Ramps are designed to work with an abundance of vehicles, you can customize the length to ensure the proper and safest placement of the car when parked. And since E36 BMWs aren’t the biggest cars in the world, we have several additional blocks set aside for other cars that need to ride the ramps. No, the John Deere off to the side hasn’t made its way onto the ramps yet, but maybe for the next blade change.
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Wednesday, March 02, 2016 3:55 AM
This looks way more convenient than my stacked 2x10 planks.
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 7:03 AM
I registered just to say I love Race Ramps and i use the smallest profile ramps as creaters to get my jack under my side skirt. The best part about them is how lightweight they are. The only downside is they must be made of some rare earth element because they cost a small fortune if you want a setup like the one in this native advertising.
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 10:33 AM
Fixed the 'the'. We'll improve the comment section with MotoIQ v3.0...
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 4:05 PM
Great product but they retail at $2000, they are made of plastic.... I cannot fathom why they are so expensive. I can buy a MaxJax lift for that kind of money.
Thursday, March 03, 2016 8:07 AM
Brilliant product idea, over the top price. How can they possibly cost so much?
Thursday, March 03, 2016 8:37 AM
2K? Wow the Quik Jack cost $850 and does the same thing! An Atla lift is 2K-and I can store a car underneath! Yeah, these need to be $495/set for this group.
Thursday, March 03, 2016 8:36 PM
So as been pointed out, these run 2k... I really don't mean any offence when I ask this, I'm genuinely curious, why would buy this when you can buy a 2 post lift for less?
Friday, March 04, 2016 12:53 PM
A lift isn't a great comparison to this - to install a lift, you need a high ceiling, a garage door that will work, slab prep (which can't be done with post-tension), etc.

But 2GRX701 has the right idea - Quick Jack at less than 1/2 the cost is the way to go. It's been on my list for a long time.

Love the other products Race Ramps offers, but this one is a miss.
Friday, March 04, 2016 2:38 PM
There are low ceiling lifts, although those might tip you over the 2k mark... but then again you'll have an actual lift. And chances of anyone putting a lift into a post tension reinforced slab. Most garage's are just slab on grade, post tension reinforced concrete floors are really only used for multistory construction and not for the bottom floor.

For the record, I don't think this product is a miss, just the price. I mean I honestly would have a hard time justifying this even if it was 500 bucks, at 2k I'm surprised they sell any at all
Friday, March 04, 2016 4:22 PM
There's no question that the pricing is a bit of an eye opener, but the quality is impressive, and I can say that I genuinely love the fact that I can just drive the race car or my street car right up on the ramps get get to work without fussing around. Wheel swaps and brake work are obvious exceptions, but Pablo (Project E46 M3 and Supra MkIV) lives just 4 houses down the street for whenever I need a lift... Whether he likes it or not. ;-)

The fact that we can very easily turn the ramps into an alignment rack is a big plus, and I have no problem at all with my son getting under the car with me, which I can't say when it comes to jack stands or scissor lifts. I'm pretty paranoid, but don't mind risking my own life. I have to imagine the pricing is because demand isn't quite as high as it would be for a lift, and Race Ramps seem to be very popular for people who need to put their car on display, as the modular parts are incredibly convenient, light, and durable.

Would they sell a lot more if the price were cut in half. Of course they would! Is that realistic based on their own costs of production? I have no idea, but I'll try to get some info from them regarding current pricing.

Friday, March 04, 2016 5:01 PM
idk, its hard for me to justify 2k when 10 mins of extra work achieves the same result with a jack and jack stands. only thing that can't do is be an alignment rack... but 2k buys a lot of alignments
Sunday, March 06, 2016 5:02 AM
Actually, Speedblind, I was thinking about a four-post lift designed for the garage. They're available for less than $1800 and are designed to work with a standard, opened, garage door! Remember, if you have sports cars you're trying to store, the lift only has to go as high as the roof of the car sitting underneath. Sit the lift back far enough to accommodate the garage door track and you're good to go!
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 2:50 AM
For that kind of money + shipping to Norway I can buy the HD foam I need to raise a car and have it cut to custom size blocks, about 2 times over. How do they sell any at all at that retail?
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