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Old 03-30-2014, 03:08 PM   #1
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Rocker Panel Broken

Hey, I am not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I went to install my Borlas this morning with Rhino Ramps and it slipped on my garage floor. The right side of the car is not bad, but the left side has a huge crack in what I think is the Rocker Panel?????? Is this simply cosmetic or could I have damaged the frame? The damage cannot be seen unless you look under the car. I can't stop thinking about the damage and I am going to call a body shop tomorrow. So now I have a damaged car and the Borlas have not been installed.
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This is why you go buy a proper jack and jackstands. Ramps are amateur hour and cause **** like this. Anyway, looks like plastic damage only. Go to nearest junkyard if you still have them and pull one off, they being the same for all models in your year. Tough thing is they are painted on the 13+ so you can't just grab any one like the 11-12.
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Hey, I am not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I went to install my Borlas this morning with Rhino Ramps and it slipped on my garage floor. The right side of the car is not bad, but the left side has a huge crack in what I think is the Rocker Panel?????? Is this simply cosmetic or could I have damaged the frame? The damage cannot be seen unless you look under the car. I can't stop thinking about the damage and I am going to call a body shop tomorrow. So now I have a damaged car and the Borlas have not been installed.

Same thing happened to me. I think this ramps need to be pulled off the market as they are down right dangerous. Thinking of seeking legal advice but don't have the time to do that. Thoughts?
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Hey, I am not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I went to install my Borlas this morning with Rhino Ramps and it slipped on my garage floor. The right side of the car is not bad, but the left side has a huge crack in what I think is the Rocker Panel?????? Is this simply cosmetic or could I have damaged the frame? The damage cannot be seen unless you look under the car. I can't stop thinking about the damage and I am going to call a body shop tomorrow. So now I have a damaged car and the Borlas have not been installed.

What exactly happened?
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:20 PM   #5
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The ramps have little to no rubber underneath to provide grip. They literally slip out if your floor has even a thin layer of dust. If you more than half up and they slip then this is the result. I stopped using them altogether. :/
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Slip out, slam down or drive right over the end. Same **** every time with these stupid things.

Anyone who can afford this car can afford a floor jack and stands.
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Looks like at least two of you have sticks. Maybe that's making it a little more difficult getting up and down without giving it too much gas?
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I've never had a problem getting the drive wheels up my ramps with any of my cars. I go slow, and once I feel I am up the ramp enough where I won't roll back down, I put it in neutral and let it roll the rest of the way until it hits the bump stop.

When coming back down, I slowly get the tires past that same spot where I won't roll back onto the top of the ramp, stop, put it in neutral and let it roll back down. I let gravity do the work, not the driveline.
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Looks like at least two of you have sticks. Maybe that's making it a little more difficult getting up and down without giving it too much gas?
Mine is a stick and this had nothing to do with the slip. I had these on my garage floor and right as the car was getting near the top, both ramps slipped.
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Best rate I could find was $585 out the door (part, paint, and labor) for the left rocker panel. The right one has a few scratches, but the left has a large crack and hole in it. The damage can only be seen if you are looking for it. Any issues to worry about if I just leave it as is?
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Mine is a stick and this had nothing to do with the slip. I had these on my garage floor and right as the car was getting near the top, both ramps slipped.

I'm not giving you a hard time, so please don't think I am. I just can't figure out how even if they slipped as you were getting near the top they ended up underneath your rocker panels. I would think that they would have just skidded across the floor with your tires still on the incline. The only way they would have ended up under the rockers is if you would have completely overshot them. Or were you backing up and the tires just sucked them right across the floor underneath them? That's probably it, huh?
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Make your own ramps. Good for a lowered vehicle.


Mustangworld - Build yourself some ramps !
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I'm not giving you a hard time, so please don't think I am. I just can't figure out how even if they slipped as you were getting near the top they ended up underneath your rocker panels. I would think that they would have just skidded across the floor with your tires still on the incline. The only way they would have ended up under the rockers is if you would have completely overshot them. Or were you backing up and the tires just sucked them right across the floor underneath them? That's probably it, huh?
There is no way I could have overshot them. I was barely moving and it happened before I even felt the the flat top of the ramps.
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There is no way I could have overshot them. I was barely moving and it happened before I even felt the the flat top of the ramps.

So did the tires just shoot them right underneath the vehicle and the car just stayed in one place? Were you backing up?
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So did the tires just shoot them right underneath the vehicle and the car just stayed in one place? Were you backing up?
I guess because I was going at a slow steady speed but never felt the top of the ramp.
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So did the tires just shoot them right underneath the vehicle and the car just stayed in one place? Were you backing up?

GLWS They have no grip...they do shoot out from under your. I know this sounds nuts but if your garage floor is not perfectly level then this can easily happen. :faceslap:
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I have the 12,000 lb Rhino ramps and have never had them slip and I've had these for quite a few years and used them on quite a few vehicles. Are all of your rubber pads still attached to the bottom of the ramps. If so, maybe the rubber has become slick for some reason. Scuff the rubber up and see what happens.


Jacks and jack stands are not fail proof either so you have to inspect anything you use.


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The ones I bough were Rhino Gear 1200 and they only have a small piece of rubber at the tip of the ramp. It only provides grip when you tire makes contact with the ramp but not when it is past that. Just watch out.
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Mine are the older versions and I'm pretty sure it has more than one piece of rubber on it. I will have to look tomorrow. I agree that one piece of rubber is not enough to keep those ramps in one place.


I would contact the company that makes them and let them know your experience.


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You shouldn't have to, but I wonder if laying some rubber mats under the ramps would keep them in place, as long as the mats aren't slippery or they will slide across the concrete also. Not necessarily car mats, but a rubber carpet runner or something like that.
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You shouldn't have to, but I wonder if laying some rubber mats under the ramps would keep them in place, as long as the mats aren't slippery or they will slide across the concrete also. Not necessarily car mats, but a rubber carpet runner or something like that.
Yea, I've heard rubber mats under will work well. I haven't had any problems with mine going up on the ramps on a concrete floor. When I go down the ramps they tend to slide out but I haven't had any issues because of it.
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Yea, I've heard rubber mats under will work well. I haven't had any problems with mine going up on the ramps on a concrete floor. When I go down the ramps they tend to slide out but I haven't had any issues because of it.

I throw mine in neutral when the car is just far enough to roll down and let gravity do the work. Sometimes I am not far enough and I just roll back onto the ramp so I just try it again. That is also the way I go up the ramps, just far enough with the gas to get up there and then let it roll onto the top in neutral. If you remove power from the drive wheels the ramps won't kick out on you. I am also working the brake as I am driving up and down the ramps. If they are kicking out on you while you are still on the incline, you are letting too much power get to the wheels.
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I have old metal ramps that I use for my car.

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Of course they slide out on a garage floor, so I put two old mats under them and they don't slide at all. I have a stick so I'll keep my door open and look back while I'm going up the ramps to make sure I don't overshoot them. I have never had a problem with them, they work great.
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If you read the reviews for the Rhino ramps on Amazon, a lot of them say they slide, and putting a mat underneath stops the sliding. I was going to grab a set of ramps, because I thought it would be a bit more convenient than the jack and jack stands that I already have, but maybe not.
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A friend of mine drilled two anchor holes and placed bolts where he would use the ramps. Never the slightest bit of movement after that. Ramps should never be used on a straight concrete floor without something to stop them from sliding.
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