Black Widow Oil Change Service Ramps – Quick Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner
Like many of you out there, I’ve learned that using oil change ramps are a big help in doing an oil change.
If you’ve ever used them before, you know that it only takes a few seconds to drive the front tires of your truck onto them and they provide a nice stable surface to lift your truck. I have used several types of ramps, both in metal and plastic and I prefer the Black Widow Service Ramps.
Find It Online:
These are composite so they are lighter than the metal ones and compared to the others out there, these seem to be better made.
They are much easier than dragging out a jack and jack stands to raise the vehicle. I’d like to show you some of the things to look for when buying ramps.
Black Widow Vs. Blitz Rhino Oil Change Ramps
I’ll start off by showing you what I used to use which are the Blitz Rhino ramps.
If you have ever seen an online post about ramps, the “Rhino Ramp” name will be sure to come up. They are probably the most popular option, mostly because they are the most readily available. They are in every parts store and Walmart.
I only have one Rhino ramp because the other one split right under where the tire stops and continued to split all the way up.
Blitz Rhino Ramps – Cheap and Popular but they break
Luckily, I kept the good one to do this comparison. I’ve seen reviews online of these cracking so I wasn’t the only one to experience this problem. Luckily mine didn’t fail completely and let a car fall on us. The plastic these are made out of is very brittle, so when they crack and break, it can be very sudden.
Now prior to the Rhino ramps cracking, I used these for about 2 years, so I can’t talk too badly about them. However, the other issue I had was that the bottom side has nothing to keep them in a place other than a small rubber pad.
When I’d use this on our rear-wheel-drive (RWD) F150 and 4Runner, it tended to push the ramps forward rather than allowing you to drive up onto them. In fact, I got a tip online to use a cut-up yoga mat under the ramps to keep them from sliding which worked well.
10,0000-lb Capacity Rated (Per Ramp) & 6.25″ Lift
Once our Rhino ramps started to crack, I went looking for better ramps and found the Black Widow 10,000 lb. ramps and so far so good!
I got these from Discount Ramps who had the best price online at the time. Price-wise, these are just a little more than what I paid for our old ramps, but these are made much better. These are made of a much more compliant plastic which is important if your driveway isn’t perfectly smooth.
Specs & Pricing
I purchased my ramps from DiscountRamps.com and they were under $60. Black Widow runs sales all the time, and if you subscribe to DiscountRamps email, they usually send coupons for your first order – mine was 10% off!
These are rated at 10,000 lbs. per ramp and raise your truck 6-1/4 inches.
They are a foot wide, so they will fit most truck tires. From the image above and below, you can see that they have a LOT more reinforcement on the underside, plus lots of grips on the top to keep your tire from slipping.
They also have little rubber feet on the bottom to keep them from slipping. So far, I’ve had no problem with them slipping or sliding on our painted garage floor. So long, yoga mat!
Overall, I highly recommend these oil change ramps and I think they will continue to be a great tool for many years in our garage.
I hope this review shows you how these Black Widow service ramps can make your oil changes easier. Feel free to leave comments on what ramps or equipment you use.