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Old 05-04-2006, 05:28 AM   #1
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Question Possible to get Viggen on Ramps?

I was going to put the Viggen on the Rhino Ramps to do my oil change but the bumper is fucking low it was not possible. Do I have to make custom ramps? Anyone done this?

I ended up using the Saab jack and axle stand for back up. I gave enough room to work with but ramps make it so much easier. Of course the plug was on so tight I had to hit the end of the wrench with a hammer. Rest went ok.

I also loosened the wheel bolts and re-torqued to 85 ft-lbs. Could not find the torque setting in the manual but that is what the 98 900SE manual said for alloys. It's a good thing I did because the lugs were so tight/corroded that I needed to use a 3 foot breaker bar to snap them loose!
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I cant even used ramps on my lowered 9-3s, couldnt even use them when it was at stock ride height. All though maybe the rhino ramps are lower profile. Either way ramps tend to be a no no with our cars.
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Old 05-04-2006, 06:07 AM   #3
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You can do what I have done with ramps. Jack the car up and put the ramps under it when I have it up and then reverse the process for getting them down. Side note is I did this when i did not have a set of jack stands handy.
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What if you add really long boards to the ends of the ramps?
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Old 05-04-2006, 06:46 AM   #5
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Tried that with my stock 9-3 HOT and I still could not get the front lip to go up peacefully.
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Old 05-04-2006, 06:53 AM   #6
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probably not ramps.

my car has viggen kit and lowered too.

it is soooo low.

HOW LOW IS IT?

the mechanic tried to put the arms for the lift under it and the side skirts were too low, almost touching the ground. he could not get it on the lift without first jacking it up using a floor jack in the front. and so he gos to the front and almost cannot fit the floor jack under the front bumper
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Old 05-04-2006, 06:54 AM   #7
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I am dreading the next time i get an alignment. if they can get it on the rack without damage.
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If you look on my cardomain page I was able to use ramps to do my rear sway bar without screwing up the front airdam.
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backing the car up onto ramps is a lot differnt then pulling it up. The rear bumper has a lot more clearence.

I guess what your saying is, when the back was up on ramps the front didnt touch the ground?
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that would not work on mine ^^^^

the front would touch if the back got raised much at all

you should see the crazy angles/manouvres i pull to get in and out of parking lots with even mild ramps

viggen bumpers are pimp but not for everyone. you do lose some ease of entry into certain places... but then again when lowered on my SE kit I still had to be careful, just not as careful as now
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why not just use jack stands!?!?
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Old 05-04-2006, 08:01 AM   #12
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Or,

http://www.griotsgarage.com/catalog.jsp?&SKU=10144

I have these, and they work great!
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Old 05-04-2006, 08:23 AM   #13
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I have heard people crushing their fog lights trying to use ramps with Viggen front bumper.
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Old 05-04-2006, 08:28 AM   #14
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I have done that on my base 9-3. Hence, the ramps.
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Old 05-04-2006, 09:28 AM   #15
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Not many options I guess. I may have to make one out of 2x10's. Or use the jack for now.

In Europe some garages were made with a pit so you walk below the car for service. And cover up with steel plates for safety.
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Old 05-04-2006, 10:08 AM   #16
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when I wen tto jiffy lube back when i had the old 325e their garage was like that. dude was under the car standing in a cool pit
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backing the car up onto ramps is a lot differnt then pulling it up. The rear bumper has a lot more clearence.

I guess what your saying is, when the back was up on ramps the front didnt touch the ground?

exactly. So thats encouraging that it can be done with the front for an oil change.
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I have a thick roll of carpet pad I put in front of the ramps. It lifts the front end enough to clear everything.
Of course, that was on my old non-lowered 94. Not sure how well that would work on a lowered car, but it's worth a shot!
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:59 PM   #19
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just use 2x4s and drive up onto them to raise the hieght of the car until you can get onto the ramps. We do this at work when we can't get the lift arms under the sideskirts of cars.
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Ramp extentions is the answer. My car is lower than a stock Viggen, and they work just fine front and rear.
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