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FlatStoppers versus Tire Cradles or Tire Savers: Which is the Best at Preventing

03/31/2021

Flat spots are a common problem that affect vehicles in long-term storage. Learn more here about what causes flat spots, why classic cars are more prone to them, and look at some of the additional preventative measures you can take before storing your vehicle.

Here at Race Ramps, we’re partial to our tried-and-true FlatStoppers as the obvious choice for up-front preventive maintenance. But how do they stack up to the competition? Here are the key features to look for when deciding on a tire cradle for your vehicle:

Is it manufactured to USA standards?

Finding low-cost imported tire savers is easier than ever; however, unless the overseas manufacturer is adhering to US standards of production, there is a good chance that low price reflects the quality of the product. This is where FlatStoppers truly shine. They are manufactured directly in the Midwest using US-sourced raw materials and are finished by on-site skilled craftsmen. They go through quality control at the plant to ensure that every FlatStopper is identical and meets Race Ramps’ high standards for quality and appearance.

Is the material the best choice for your tires?

PVC or polyurethane compounds might seem like a convenient low-cost option, however over time the hardness of the plastic can indent or deform your tires depending on the exact positioning and curve of the tire cradle. You might not end up with a very visible flat spot, however you could find that your tire is not as round as you were expecting. The patented design of the FlatStoppers is just hard enough to support the shape of a tire with a gentle enough give to conform around the tire’s natural shape.

What’s the difference between flat or curved tire savers?

The biggest difference is in the amount of surface area supporting the tires. The greater amount of surface area supported, the lower the psi on the tire surface, and the better flat spot resistance the tire saver provides. FlatStoppers have a precisely contoured cradle that will add to the amount of contact on the tire surface area as the tire settles. That extra support can make a world of difference in long term storage.

Surface Area of Flatstoppers
The surface area of our Flatstoppers provides great support for tires compared to the competition

Will the angle of approach work for your vehicle?

If you’re storing a vehicle with very low ground clearance, knowing the angle of approach for any ramp is crucial. FlatStoppers have an 8.9-degree approach angle so you can easily determine if they’ll work with your car.

Will it slide while driving your car up?

Plastic tire cradles with a hollow or honeycomb base run the risk of slipping on many garage floor surfaces. FlatStoppers feature the same traction coating as all of our Race Ramps, and grip most floor types with little risk of sliding out.

What is your preferred method to prevent flat spots? Do you DIY a solution or stick to a name brand product like FlatStoppers? Let us know in the comments!

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