Ramp or jack stands

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by miked1978, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. miked1978

    miked1978 New Member

    Hey guys I 'm not much of a mechanic or anything but would like to start changing the oil in my 04 Silverado myself to save money. Anyways what do you guys think is better, the ramp or jack stands? Walmart sells the 12,000 lb ramp for $45 so i was thinking that would be a little safer than the stands. Thoughts?
  2. unplugged

    unplugged Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Jack stands.

    Of course you forgot the option of a 6" lift kit to eliminate any need to support the truck with ramps or stands. :glasses:
  3. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    ramp or jackstands

    X2 on the jackstands. A GOOD set of jackstands.
  4. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    Jack stands would be best.
    You'll also need a decent floor jack and wheel chocks.
  5. wayned

    wayned Rockstar 100 Posts

    I use ramps and wheel chocks. You need a jack and stands if have to take the wheels off (If you don't thinks it safe it probably isn't)
  6. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I have been using my Wal-Mart plastic ramps for about 6 years, and I have never had an issue with them. Jack stands can fail after time, and we have even had them where they would slowly bleed off and slowly drift down. I put this big truck on them every time I washed it, so I think it can handle a stock Silverado.

  7. tnhusker

    tnhusker Rockstar

    I have the jack stands but I am considering the ramps out of convenience. I will follow this thread to see further opinions.
  8. MrShorty

    MrShorty Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    FWIW, on my Suburban/Explorer/BII, I haven't used anything for years. At stock height, I've found enough room to slide under with all four wheels on the ground. Maybe it's just me.

    When I can get it on ramps easily, I prefer ramps. However, most cars that want ramps are also FWD, which makes it tricky getting up the ramps sometimes, in which case I prefer a jack/jackstand.
  9. BigBlueLB756

    BigBlueLB756 Rockstar 100 Posts

    Rhino Ramps, good chocks, and plenty of care.
  10. s5belford

    s5belford Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I like the ramps because they are easier

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