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Old 03-20-2009, 04:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know if the RhinoRamps will clear the front end of a stock 370Z?

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Old 03-25-2009, 03:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Amazon.com: Blitz Rhino Ramp 8000: Automotive

I'm also highly interested in this product. Anyone have any experience with this on a similar low profile vehicle like the Z?
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Old 03-26-2009, 12:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think you should be able to clear if you lay down a piece of 2X4 before the ramp
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Can't speak for the 370 per se, but my 350, trans am, and vettes all cleared them.
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I just tried it on my 370 and it cleared it just fine. Saves so much time changing my oil
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I just tried it on my 370 and it cleared it just fine. Saves so much time changing my oil
Thats good, I was planning on buying the race ramps b/c they are only a 10.75 degree incline, but I have a pair of older Rhinos, and the definitely did not work, the chin spoiler would have to be removed.

Problem with the Race Ramps is they are 3 times the price but I will have to get them once the car is lowered on coil overs.
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Sorry if this is a dumb question, but shouldn't the car be level for oil changes?
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Sorry if this is a dumb question, but shouldn't the car be level for oil changes?
Ideally yes, but it really depends where the sump drain plug is. If it is in the back of the sump then there is no problem. If it is in the front or on the side then you are potentially leaving a lot of oil behind.

Obviously it should be on level ground when you check the dipstick.

If you don't want to lift the front end you could always use the pump that sucks the oil out through the dipstick tube, it's very popular with BMW's and Porsche.
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Looking at the service manual, the drain plug appears to be on the side. I was planning to lift the car up both front and rear and set it on jack stands. These ramps look more convenient, but I don't want to leave old oil undrained, hence my question. Too bad the drain isn't facing rearwards. Thanks for answering!

Edit: I forgot to add -- I thought about using an evacuator to suck the oil out from the top, but I'm replacing my drain plug with a magnetic one, and the whole point of those is for the magnet to catch any metallic debris not caught by the filter. Point being, it'd kinda defeat the purpose if I never removed the plug and cleaned it off, so I may was well drain the oil the old-fashioned way.
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Well it still somewhat sits on the back side
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FYI I picked up some Rhino Ramps recently for my 370Z. I went with the 12K ones since I'll be using them for other cars too, but they're the same slope angle. Another reason you might want to use the 12K is they're wider. Even with the 12K model, there's not a lot of clearance tire-width-wise.

If you don't have the Sport package's front spoilers (the long one as well as the two little ones in front of the front wheel wells) you might be able to use the Rhino Ramps as-is. However, to clear the little spoilers in front of the wheel wells, I found that I needed to place some boards in front of the ramps. You could probably do it with a peice of 2x4 at each, but since I was at the hardware store anyways, I had them cut up some 1x8 and 2x8 for me into 2ft pieces. Lay those sideways and you get nice little 1" steps to the ramp and avoid spoiler clearance issues.

The clearance provided by the ramps was adequate for me to work in the front-middle of the car (I used the ramps to torque the two bottom-rear header bolts and the rest of the front part of the exhaust), but obviously without jacking up the rear you'll have issues working underneath the rear half of the car.

Speaking of oil changes, that's my plan for those as well: drive onto the rhino ramps, then use a jack to raise the rear of the car to level it out again.
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I bought a 4 post lift from a company called direct for 2k. Great investment if you want to keep 2 cars in 1 spot and you like to do your own maintenance.
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Looking at the service manual, the drain plug appears to be on the side. I was planning to lift the car up both front and rear and set it on jack stands. These ramps look more convenient, but I don't want to leave old oil undrained, hence my question. Too bad the drain isn't facing rearwards. Thanks for answering!
Actually it looks like the location might work where it is for slight angles. I'll have to see if I can find a picture of the oil pan, but it looks like there is a groove in the back that would direct oil to the drain on left.
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this may be a dumb question.. but regarding keeping the car level during oil changes.. would it be smart or safe haha if you reversed the car into a garage.. then put the ramps on the driveway (assuming its slanted) that way you can drive the car forward onto the ramps and the car will still be somewhat level?
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