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How to Get a Vehicle up on Race Ramps Wheel Cribs

06/04/2021

Elevate your garage as well as your car with a safe, smart lift solution that doesn’t come with the danger of jack stands or DIY set-ups. Race Ramps developed wheel cribs with lightweight core technology so that the cribs can safely support and sustain the weight of vehicles for hours while you get under there and wrench.

For all their safe design, they’re only as safe as their operator! Learn the steps to safely get your car onto wheel cribs, whether it’s a low profile sportscar or your higher clearance daily driver.

Steven Chan demonstrates the correct lifting method for 10" H Multi-Purpose Wheel Cribs with his Subaru WRX, and also gives us a look at how to modify the steps for low profile cars using Trak-Jax with his Mazda Miata MX-5 RF.

Getting your car up on single-piece Wheel Cribs

Slide jack under your car and jack up the rear
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Slide jack under your car and jack up the rear following standard operating procedure for your jack. You will need to jack the vehicle up high enough to clear the top of the crib while compensating for the relaxed suspension with the tires in the air.

Position the wheel crib under the first tire
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Position the wheel crib under the first tire, making sure it’s as centered as possible in both directions. Repeat on the opposite side so that either front or rear of vehicle is raised.

We don’t recommend using wheel cribs to raise two wheels along the same side for stability reasons.

Use the jack to lower the end slowly
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Once both cribs are in position, use the jack to lower the end slowly. The tires should rest firmly in the cribs.

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Repeat the process on the other end of your vehicle using the same steps.

For two-piece cribs: Place the lower half of the crib in position on all four tires, then repeat the process to get the vehicle up on the top half of the cribs. That way the vehicle is being jacked up incrementally in a safe way to the full height.

Steven Chan takes a look at the one of the dual mufflers on his Subie.
Steven Chan takes a look at the one of the dual mufflers on his Subie.
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Once your vehicle is safely raised, either on one end or completely up on all four cribs, it’s time to get in there! Take the same precautions as with other lift methods, and always be conscientious of potential dangers while working underneath your vehicle.

An extra 10” makes a big difference when you need room to move
An extra 10” makes a big difference when you need room to move.

Getting your low-profile car up on Race Ramps Wheel Cribs

For cars that are too low for standard jacks, we recommend picking up a set of Trak-Jax. These low ramps feature a 7.8-degree approach angle that elevates your low-profile car up by 3", which makes a huge difference when you need to be able to slide that jack under your car. Here, Steven's Mazda Miata MX-5 RF is shown rolling up on Trak-Jax before being lifted onto a set of the 10" Wheel Cribs.