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Old 11-29-2010, 08:10 PM   #1
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Default garage parking assist

in my garage, i went from parking a mazdaspeed3 to a f'n double cab 4x4. i was thinking of lots of things to help park it precisely, but they would either be annoying or hard to do without access to tooling and a production plant in vietnam.

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i'm getting it. anyone have anything similar or use something other than a damned tennis ball on a string?

without getting something with lasers, i'm wondering what would be the best way to set something up where i could park it precisely in terms of not only the front of the truck, but also the side. the doodad above takes care of the front of the truck, but i'm still figuring out the side issue.
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put down a block of wood for distance in/out. Use your mirrors for the distance on the sides and back in. I back my S2K about 1 inch from my Ducati and have no issues (then again the S is tiny).
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put down a block of wood for distance in/out. Use your mirrors for the distance on the sides and back in. I back my S2K about 1 inch from my Ducati and have no issues (then again the S is tiny).
my truck has a backup camera and i'm not backing in! srsly tho, it is MUCH easier to pull in, considering my driveway, etc.

you mean a block of wood for the tires to hit? i was thinking that but these tires are HUGE - i can imagine it would push the wood a bit and before i know it i'd be too close. i need something that will put me within an inch of where i want to be, each and every time.

i definitely need the type of precision i had with my ms3. i was parking that thing with about a foot in front from the steps and a little less on the one side, leaving ample room for the rest of the garage to be used normally.
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i have those small parking bump with double size tape. works okay till tape gets loose by turning tires with it.lol

I am going to try this, paint line on floor. (or Tape it) that way i can back in to garage straight and stop at the line. And you do need to stick out your head every time.
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you mean a block of wood for the tires to hit? i was thinking that but these tires are HUGE - i can imagine it would push the wood a bit and before i know it i'd be too close. i need something that will put me within an inch of where i want to be, each and every time.
A block of wood will work. use a 4" x 4". You tires wont push it - they'll roll onto it. I also second backing in so you can use your mirrors better.
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tennis ball and a string????
yeah, that's old school. you basically park the car the way you want. then, you hang a tennis ball from a string, suspended from the ceiling so that it barely touches the windshield.

so, each time you pull in, when it hits the windshield, you know you've gone far enough and if you make it hit in the same spot, you'll have the side position dialed too.
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My dad uses a small tire chock. I'm sure you could find bigger ones or use a piece of wood like ppl are saying. I am not allowed to park in the garage when I'm home so I never have this problem.
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I use a baby. Once it stops crying, I know I'm in a good spot.
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use this method. works good. Sometimes you can just use other things in the garage as a marker.
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Depending on the floor in your garage, shoot a Hilti nail through the wood and then you don't have to worry about it moving.
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Meh, it's new vehicle-itis. Totally understandable.

I had a bag of shot that I didn't use for hand loads that I used when we parked the Suburban in the garage.
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what? I just pull up until see things in front of the car start moving. Done.
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put down a block of wood for distance in/out. Use your mirrors for the distance on the sides and back in. I back my S2K about 1 inch from my Ducati and have no issues (then again the S is tiny).
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Meh, it's new vehicle-itis. Totally understandable.

I had a bag of shot that I didn't use for hand loads that I used when we parked the Suburban in the garage.
I park a 3500 next to the Tahoe from time to time, quit making excuses for this nancy.
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They make these "mats" that are yellow and have two little humps on it. You just drive until you feel your tire go over the first hump. It won't "slide" because the tire is already on the mat prior to going over the first hump. Will try to find a pic.

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We have the plastic floor thingy from Lowe's that sticks down, for both of our cars. Works great, although mine has come off the floor after about 3 1/2 years so I need to stick it back down.

One year I gave my parents a pair of ultrasonic parking sensors that has a green, yellow, red light on it. My mom still uses hers with her 07 Camry, but my dad can't use it because his Tacoma crew cab long bed literally has inches to spare in the garage.

So he did the ball on a string thing, and it works just fine. To be safe he also mounted a 2x8 on the wall with carpet over it, just to keep the truck bumper from impacting the sheetrock if he pulls in too far.

I mean there is literally 1/2" clear between the front bumper and the carpet on the 2x8, and about 1" between the rear bumper and the garage door when his windshield touches the ball on the string.
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They make these "mats" that are yellow and have two little humps on it. You just drive until you feel your tire go over the first hump. It won't "slide" because the tire is already on the mat prior to going over the first hump. Will try to find a pic.

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I like this alternative. Do you have an experience with these mats?
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You sissy.

Seriously, just use the ball and string method if you must. It's cheap and effective.
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The little mat works great. Just make sure you get one with a small initial bump and a LARGE end bump. Otherwise if you don't hit the first one fast enough, you'll stop and you'll have to give it more gas to get over and likely go over the second one. It's always best to hit the first one with a slight bit of momentum.
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Otherwise if you don't hit the first one fast enough, you'll stop and you'll have to give it more gas to get over and likely go over the second one. It's always best to hit the first one with a slight bit of momentum.

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