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Old 05-03-2012, 07:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Offroad creeper

I just got done putting an alternator in my dad's 96 ranger because It went bad and I had a spare ..Well it is pouring outside and I have no garage or cover to work under .. I have tied tarps and everything you can think of to make a temporary shelter in order to keep dry ,but I still get wet because the ground is soaked ..So I have an idea to make a offroad creeper with pneumatic tires or just big tires so I can get in the dirt and mud and stay dry.... I was just wondering if anyone built one of these or has any input ?? I already know The bone makes one but does not do what I need it for ...



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I started to make one. Got some of the pneumatic swivel wheels from HF, built a frame, and then realized that it was so tall that it was pretty much useless. After two years of using it as a transmission holder, I cut it up.

But, in theory, it's a good idea. The bad points for my creation were 1) HF wheels and 2) Too tall. Work those bugs out and it may be just what you need.
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I started to make one. Got some of the pneumatic swivel wheels from HF, built a frame, and then realized that it was so tall that it was pretty much useless. After two years of using it as a transmission holder, I cut it up.

But, in theory, it's a good idea. The bad points for my creation were 1) HF wheels and 2) Too tall. Work those bugs out and it may be just what you need.
Thanks for the info, but I am a big boy and it's hard to fit under any car and that's when the jack and the jacks stands come out lol...
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Sears has one that may work for you
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Sears has one that may work for you
I bought one of those several years ago, all the tires promptly went flat. I tried going through Sears for help and they acted like the part number I had wasn't any good and they didn't make such a creeper I did some research on who made it and contacted them. The pneumatic tires proved problematic and they sent me 4 new foam filled tires. I have been very happy with the creeper since then and would highly recommend it. I think that sears ad hasn't been updated in forever, the tires on that creeper have been foam filled for years.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The Bone "Rough Rider" (please excuse the gay name) is by far the most awesome creeper I have ever owned. It has 6" diameter wheels that help roll over obstacles with ease. I accidentally drove over it with the front wheels of my 4500lb 4Runner twice. Everyone that has ever tried it comments that it is the nicest creeper they have ever used.

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It all will come down to just what your trying to move on.

If your a big guy it just makes it harder !!

because till you get wheels big enough to move your weight the vehicle will need to be high enough now you can`t reach what you need to.

I gave up on creepers years ago. I now have concrete and a roof and I still use a piece of carpet or rubber mat or cardboard.

Good luck I hope you can figure this out .
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I gave up on creepers years ago. I now have concrete and a roof and I still use a piece of carpet or rubber mat or cardboard.

Good luck I hope you can figure this out .
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I have an old piece of industral carpet I actually carry on the trail with me as well. Its about 3.5' x 6' and rolls/folds up nice. Makes working under a truck at the house or trail X1000 nicer. Plus it keeps my cloths much cleaner.

If its wet I might put a tarp under it. I also have a couple big pieces of cardboard for the same reason. Even on concrete its much nicer to lay on the cardboard.


I don't see even the coolest creaper rolling over loose/crappy gravel or grass very well. But don't mind the creaper in the garage, but I find I don't use it very often.
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I used cardboard till one time I didn't have a large piece. Grabbed a piece of hardboard that was laying around and found I slid much better.
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In the winter I used to love using one of those inch thick chunks of styrofoam insulation. That thing was heaven to lay on when I had to work on a tractor in the field if it was snowing.
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I use a heavy piece of cardboard, or a piece of plywood.
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