Question Using Floor Jack and Race Ramps together

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    When jacking up one side of the Mustang high enough to place an 8" Race Ramp under the front tires,
    is there a maximum lift height before it starts to negatively affect the opposite side due to the cars weight shifting over?

    It would seem that there would be a lot of weight placed on the two opposite tires.

    It looks like I'll need to jack up the car about 16" or 17" to fit the Race Ramp underneath the front tires.
     
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    I just jacked mine up enough to get the ramps underneath and used horsepower and torque to finish. My Speed 3 had to go up far enough to rest on the top of the ramps. Couldn't start it up - no oil due to a snapped-off oil filter. :curse: My wooden ramps are graduated enough to clear the chin of the EB. Mazda Lift 03.JPG
     
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    Thanks for the response Mike, but that didn't even come close to answering my question.
     
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    Why would you not just drive up the ramps? As for your question, Not sure I would lift it that high for your tire to clear the ramp like that.
     
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    Driving up the ramps is always a little dicey when doing it by yourself.
    So I bought myself a floor jack and thought I'd do it the safer way.

    But when I saw how high it needs to be jacked up to fit under the ramps, I was a little concerned at how much weight
    would be shifted to the other tires during the process. Now I'm second guessing whether I should continue with this method.

    I know a lot of folks here use jacking rails (I have those too) so I figured I'd find a lot of folks with experience and/or similar concerns?
     
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    Personally don't see an issue from this unless the angle of the car is going more than 40 degrees to the side or something. Instead of jacking the car in the middle, you should jack as close to each corner as you can (using the pinch weld/jacking rail) and do one at a time.
     
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    How 'bout this: Even a moderately tight turn loads up the outside tires/wheels/suspension more than just leaning the car over a few degrees.
     
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    that 1st time driving up those Race Ramps is scary but you got this. Take a deep breath and go for it.

    Worse scenario is you go past the mark and you need that jack to bail you out ... lol
     
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    If you jack one side up more than 6" it will cause the weight to shift too much to the other side and cause your sidewalls to blow out. Then the rims will warp and the car will turn over onto its side
     
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    Yes, thank-you Mike, that response was more on target.
    I was thinking of that same principle too.
     
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