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Hi guys, I have a 2-car garage split in the center with a support beam, resulting in a very narrow entrance. Combined with the fairly low seating position and wider

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Old 05-12-2019, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys, I have a 2-car garage split in the center with a support beam, resulting in a very narrow entrance. Combined with the fairly low seating position and wider fenders of the Z, its making parking an anxious job. I'm more worried that I'll eventually hit a side. What kind of practical solutions have you guys used? I saw some of those laser things, but I don't feel comfortable with those as I can't confirm visually that any of the sides won't scrape. Thanks!
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I recently bought a new house and have the same issues with my garage. What laser things are you referring to? I'm not so concerned about me, but my wife is another story. I know it's just a matter of time before the takes off one of the rearview mirrors on our family SUV.
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I recently bought a new house and have the same issues with my garage. What laser things are you referring to? I'm not so concerned about me, but my wife is another story. I know it's just a matter of time before the takes off one of the rearview mirrors on our family SUV.
It's basically a laser you mount on the roof of your garage so that a dot shines on the center of your dash (same idea as the hanging tennis ball trick). Problem with that is that it does nothing for the entry portion because the light wont be seen until my fenders are well into the garage.
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You could buy a large, very thick section of foam and wrap it around the post. Also could line tennis balls up with the edges of the windshield

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A big mirror like the drive-thru car washes have?
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Sister the existing center beam with LVL"s and remove the center post.
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The post is probably just decorative. I'd tear it out.

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You could buy a large, very thick section of foam and wrap it around the post. Also could line tennis balls up with the edges of the windshield
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Depending on how big the pole is, you may be able to split a pool noodle and wrap it around the pole.
Hang the tennis ball from the bottom of the door and it will help you line up your entry when the door opens.

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Sister the existing center beam with LVL"s and remove the center post.
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Might be a little on the expensive side, if you have to hire a carpenter, but sounds like the best option to me.
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How narrow are the entrances? I live in an apartment and have a single-car garage that I have no problem getting in/out of. I can’t imagine a house garage entrance being narrower than an apartment garage.
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House is from the 70s and removing the center beam is not a realistic options (It would probably cost +$10,000). Anyway, I think some combination of mirrors might work.
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I'm going to give the mirror idea a shot on the passenger side.
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Hang the tennis ball from the bottom of the door .
I doubt that tennis ball would make it a mile before it cut loose, after dragging on the road..
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Half joking....lambo doors.
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paint a white/bright colour strip on the garage floor on the driver's side where it can guide you to align your Z properly thus you can drive straight into the garage with proper clearance from garage entrance.

you know.. like those lights that guide a plane when landing.
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Park into the garage backwards. Develop parking skills. Special guiding mirrors, lasers, and tennis balls are for amateurs but will certainly help until confidence is there.
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