I just bought a 48" Hi-Lift jack on eBay. Really happy with the deal I got on it.
I read a post over on JKForum.com from a guy that built his own hood mount and decided to make it for the TJ. The entire project cost me $37.26 plus tax. Some of these items you may have laying around your garage. All parts were purchased from Lowe's and O'Reilly's Auto Parts.
The hood opens fine, you just can not lay it against the windshield anymore. Also, it blocks your windshield washer. My next project will be to relocate that.
If anyone is interested in an easy and cheap to make mod, here are the details.
#44127 1/8 x 1 1/4" 3ft Flat Weld x 1 $5.12
#215361 1/2" 13x5 Hex Tap Bolts x 2 $2.37 = $4.74
#135679 1/2" Wing Nuts x 2 $1.96 = $3.92
#63304 1/2" Hex Nuts x 2 .20 = .40
#63411 1/2" Lock Washers x 2 .22 = .44
#63309 1/2 Flat Washers x 4 .20 = .80
O'Reilly Auto Parts
#MTM 31017 Shock Bushings x 2 $4.69 = $9.38
#MTM 31019 Shock Bushings x 1 (only used the shock bushings) $4.99 = $4.99
#NEE 442180 M8 1.25 x 50mm Bolts 3 per pack x 2 $2.49 = $4.98
#NEE 443620 M8 5/16 Washers x 1 $2.49
$37.26 + tax
T40 to remove hood bolts
hack saw or cut-off wheel
drill and drill bits
open end wrench
I forgot to write down the measurements for the holes, so start by removing the two hood bolts closest to the windshield. Make a templet or measure the distance of the 2 holes. You will be working with a 3" section of the metal. It is easiest to drill the holes before you cut the metal. Make sure that the holes are centered. Once they are drilled you can then center the 1/2" hole.
Once yours holes are drilled you can cut off the 3" section. I used my grinder to smooth out the edges.
Insert the 1/2 bolt, add the lock washer and hex bolt. I applied a bit of loc-tight to the bottom of the bolt only, where the nut will tighten down to. Next I added a washer to the M8 bolt, insert in the hole and add another washer. Next add one of the smaller shock bushings. Apply a bit of loc-tight and bolt into place. The bushing will compress as you tighten the bolts down. Should look like this.
Add a washer to the 1/2" bolt, then a large bushing and another washer.
Put the jack in place, add another small shock bushing and then the wing nuts. Done.