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Old 01-27-2010, 01:42 PM   #1
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wood ramps

On to the next topic. I am interested in purchasing a set of these DIY ramp things:

http://www.autoanything.com/hitch-be...A3664A0A0.aspx

However, I am concerned that a wood plank will not hold my ATV. Does anyone know if I can use these things, and wood with an '08 Rancher (585lbs)?

I'm afraid the wood will just snap under load.

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I would recommend getting a good heavy duty aluminium or steel folding one. Me and my foreman up the ramp onto the tailgate are 850+lbs and everytime I have a smile after putting it in the back
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look at wal mart i bought a decent set of folding ramps for like 70 bucks or try discountramps.com i wouldn't trust those either you never know when a board is gonna go you could get hurt not to mention destroy a tailgate if one gave out
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On to the next topic. I am interested in purchasing a set of these DIY ramp things:

http://www.autoanything.com/hitch-be...A3664A0A0.aspx

However, I am concerned that a wood plank will not hold my ATV. Does anyone know if I can use these things, and wood with an '08 Rancher (585lbs)?

I'm afraid the wood will just snap under load.

Thanks.
They should hold up fine
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:57 PM   #7
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i was thinking the same thing my 07 420 two wheel manual is only around 400
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:00 PM   #9
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have you had any rear end problems on your rancher sorry to thread jack
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never. Only thing is sometimes it doesnt want to go into reverse with the electric shift. It will go in manually no problem though. Used to have a snorkel on it and take it in deep water all the time, worked fine even after that lol. Id replace all the fluids and stuff after though.
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mine started popping and hanging up two weeks out of warranty hond wants nothing to do with it fluid looks good its been that way for a year now i know im on borrowed time it'll go out when im 10 miles from civilzation my luck
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They work fine. I used them for my GSXR-1000 on one plank. I think 2x10. In fact I have a set laying around the garage. Where are you located?
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I wouldn't bother with the wood ramps. It worth the extra money to buy something you know is going to be safe. If you have ever been on a quad going up the ramps and having one break its pretty dangerous. The first time it happened to me I was lucky I wasn't far enough up the ramp for it to cause the quad to flip but it was close. I got my metal ramps for about $100 they hold 1000 lbs each and have a strap that connects each ramp to the truck so they dont slide out from under you.
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go with the metal ramps. the wood ones can break and they get real slippery with mud or snow on them. try harborfrieght.com i got mine there for under 60 bucks.
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They work fine. I used them for my GSXR-1000 on one plank. I think 2x10. In fact I have a set laying around the garage. Where are you located?
I'm in Virginia.
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I use 2 8x12 for my Ariens snowblower. They work fine but are a pain to haul in abd out. I should have kicked in the extra cash for the folding ones. Someday. I say get folding ones. Way better in the long run.
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Old 01-27-2010, 05:15 PM   #18
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go with the metal ramps. the wood ones can break and they get real slippery with mud or snow on them. try harborfrieght.com i got mine there for under 60 bucks.
My concern with the cheaper ramps, which don't fold in half, is transporting them when I have the atv in the truck. I don't think there is any room to carry them. I could buy the cheap metal racks, and a rack carrier. The other option is to get a more expensive set of ramps, which fold in half.
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I remember when all we had was wood ramps. Make sure you get at least a 2x10 though. It wouldn't hurt to brace it with a 2x4 underneath to minimize flexing. Don't forget eyelet bolts and straps from the ramps to the truck so they don't slip out on the way up, or down.
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I have used 2 2x10 boards to load a CRF250r and a 200exc. I purchased the metal pieces at Lowes for $25 (2 in a pack). The boards are very sturdy and I walk up one as I push the bike up the other. They flex a lot and my bikes only weigh 250ish. I wouldn't exceed 400# on them.

If you can spend the money, get an aluminum ramp. If not, put a support board under the ramp. Maybe tack a 2x2 along the length of the underside of the ramp.

I would prefer the aluminum ramps but they run about $250+.

If you do use the wooden ramp, waterproof it with paint. I also added kitty litter to my paint to give it some grip. It's heavy but doesn't flex as much as my non-painted ramp.



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