With the COVID Pandemic, I work from home 98% of the time. Gone are the days of taking the Widebody to work then taking a long way home to unwind after a tough day. The Hellcat often sits for a few weeks at a time. When I take the car out for a run, I started to notice a mild vibration in the steering wheel for 15-20 minutes. At first, I was worried about wheel balance, Air suspension issues, tire bubbles, etc.
The fact that it goes away in 15-20 minutes, and I can repeat the issue if I leave the car sitting on the concrete garage floor for around 12 days, I came to realize this issue was flat spots.
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After researching tons of options, I concluded that Race Ramps FlatStoppers was the path I wanted to take. I’m happy to report after a month of testing; I no longer have the flat spot issue. The Race Ramps FlatStoppers are convenient and quickly set up; they are also compact and simple to store when not in use – making it a low level of effort to take out the car whenever a sunny Salt-Free winter day presents itself.
My 2018 Widebody Hellcat has 305’s which are 12.05″ wide. I went with the 16″ wide Race Ramps FlatStoppers, which gives me a 2″ extra on each side, making it much easier to line up and gives me room to grow to the 315s at 12.4″ or even 335s at 13.2″.
Race Ramps also offers the following Sizes
- 10″ FlatStoppers RR-FS-10 – recommended for 245s and under (Stock R/T and Scat Pack)
- 14″ FlatStoppers RR-FS – Also good for 305s (Widebody)
- 16″ FlatStoppers RR-FS-16-SC – Featured in this video
Using the Race Ramps FlatStoppers is very easy; place them under your tires and carefully drive up. The Race Ramps FlatStoppers have a rubber-like coating and did not move. When driving off, don’t forget to move the 2 in your way, so you don’t go over them.
So far so good after a month of use, I don’t suffer from flat spots. I plan on using the Race Ramps FlatStoppers every time I park in the garage for the winter season. I will report back in the spring on how they worked out in the long term.
From Race Ramps.com
FlatStoppers have been saving thousands of tires worldwide while they’re stuck in winter or long-term storage and they are more affordable than the cost of replacing your tires. When you’re parking your car for 30 days or more, simply drive onto our best-selling 28-inch long FlatStoppers and your tires will settle into the concave depression of the pads to evenly disperse the weight of the car across the increased contact patch and prevent flat spots. This set of four 10-inch wide FlatStoppers can accommodate tires up to 8 inches wide, and has a total weight capacity of 6,000 pounds (each FlatStopper supports up to 1,500 pounds). After the 8.9-degree approach incline, the depression follows the natural shape of your tire to keep it in great condition until the next time you drive, and repositioning the ramps is easy as they only weigh 1.5 pounds apiece.
FlatStoppers are manufactured using an exclusive, patented process. They are constructed of 100% solid, high-density foam with a rugged anti-slip coating that results in a lightweight tire storage solution that is strong, yet durable. They won’t slide, scratch, or damage your floors, and won’t conduct heat or cold from the surface to your tires, making them a versatile solution in hot or cold weather applications.USAGE
Use on a level, flat surface. Ensure that the bottom of each Flatstopper makes full contact with the ground. You may notice indentations in the Flatstopper after you remove the car. This is normal as the Flatstopper is conforming to the tire.
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