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Old 10-09-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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Hi-lift Jack?????

How important is a Hi-Lift jack While off-roading????

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its one of the most valuable tools you can have with you

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Old 10-09-2011, 09:44 PM   #3
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Well, when you need one and you don't have it, you'll know you should have gotten one. I just used mine to yank out a dozen fence posts for my next door neighbor. He was sweating the job and didn't know you could do that with one. Turns out, in addition to being an excellent jeep accessory, it has a lot of uses around the house/farm for yanking things out of the ground.

I haven't used mine wheeling yet. I want to get a beefier bumper before I go jacking on it and driving off of it.
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I hate mine, and rarely use it. a bottle jack or trolley jack is a lot safer to chage a tire while on the trail. They are really unsafe to use and I've been around them for years (around a farm) and I still hate them.
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:46 PM   #5
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I'd use it on my 92 while wheeling in a heartbeat. It has solid bumpers. Bumpers are high on my priority list for mods for my 08.
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what else could you do with it?
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I hate mine, and rarely use it. a bottle jack or trolley jack is a lot safer to chage a tire while on the trail. They are really unsafe to use and I've been around them for years (around a farm) and I still hate them.
I don't know how safe those would be on the trail though. If changing a tire you can always support the jeep with something that you can find on the trail. If you brought a chain saw with you for instance you could use a log for support. I think the tire change is more of a rarity than, say, getting hung up on a high spot and needing to put the wheels back in contact with the earth. For that the high lift is the jack of choice. Simple and can work on the bumper. I wouldn't recommend driving off of a bottle jack but on the trail after jacking to regain traction, you could easily drive off of the high lift if you had to. Better to just set it down on some debris though after jacking it up.
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It has a multitude of uses, from moving the front/rear of your jeep over left/right, changing tire/setting bead/lifting entire jeep side to build up "lift" under tires and-

Once when I took my little Sevylor fishing boat to a high lake, I had forgoten the anchor and --YUP


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what else could you do with it?
Took the HiLift "foot" off and used the 48"/base as an anchor-

Now that ain't in the manual !

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it would be a pretty crappy day but you can use it as a winch, but it wouldnt be fun
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Jimbo, you've done it again. Who'd a thunk?.....an anchor! Let me add that to the many uses of a high lift. I'm impressed!
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Never use a hi-lift to change a tire unless conditions prohibit any other possible alternative.

The hi-lift is good to get you over an obstacle, esp if you're high-centered or something. It can be used to tweak your Jeep a little one direction or the other to get around a tree. There are a number of creative uses and it can save you.

I've never needed mine. I had it bolted on my TJ for years. It was extra weight and the paint has flaked off from road salt.

I'll clean it up and figure a way to take it with me when I need it, and leave it at home the rest of the time.

Or better yet, remember that you generally only need one for an entire party of Jeeps running a trail together...

Let me repeat, though, don't change a tire with a hi-lift.
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haha jimbo thats awesome!!!!!!
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I have a buddy that got himself high centered on something... he used his high lift to jack his toyo up and shove it off the lift about 3 times... voile' - no longer high centered...
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:21 PM   #14
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If you are out in the middle of the woods and need to change your tire, I wouldn't want to try it with the stock scissors jack. I would go with the high lift. I wouldn't ever be putting any part of my body under the jeep though while it is jacked.
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I was totally against them. But my mind can be changed. They have a lot of valid uses. I might have to get one. They also make a spreader tip for the top that can be used as a vehicle extraction device which is cool.
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If you are out in the middle of the woods and need to change your tire, I wouldn't want to try it with the stock scissors jack. I would go with the high lift. I wouldn't ever be putting any part of my body under the jeep though while it is jacked.
I carry jack stands. But that doesn't do well in mud
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A foot square piece of plywood under the jack helps in the soft stuff.
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I wouldn't ever be putting any part of my body under the jeep though while it is jacked.
A properly maintained Hi-Lift is quite unlikely to drop the load. Not to get under a raised jeep is a reasonable precaution, and it will keep you safe. However, using Hi-Lift improperly is hazardous in different ways, especially when switching the direction. The most dangerous part is to get hit with the free-swinging handle, if you lose control of it.

P.S. Hi-Lift is hazardous if you do not follow instructions to the letter for the reasons of being tired, drunk, or complacent.
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A properly maintained Hi-Lift is quite unlikely to drop the load. Not to get under a raised jeep is a reasonable precaution, and it will keep you safe. However, using Hi- improperly is hazardous in different ways, especially when switching the direction. The most dangerous part is to get hit with the free-swinging handle, if you lose control of it.
Totally agree with all of this. Knowing how it is used and being careful during use is reasonable with any procedure that can have disastrous consequences if not paying attention to details of safety.
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So buy a Hi-Lift would be a good idea?
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So buy a Hi-Lift would be a good idea?
Think about where you wheel and problems you've run into, or might run into. How would you personally use it? Not everyone's wheeling would require it.

Although you might think they look cool, just don't bolt the thing on and carry it back and forth to work every day. It's heavy and just going to burn gas.
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A foot square piece of plywood under the jack helps in the soft stuff.
I went to a scrap metal yard, and found a 12x14" - about 3/8" thick piece of stainless steel. I put strips of 3M anti skid tape on both sides. It slides under my mat in the back... haven't had to use it, but? Maybe it will work...
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I went to a scrap metal yard, and found a 12x14" - about 3/8" thick piece of stainless steel. I put strips of 3M anti skid tape on both sides. It slides under my mat in the back... haven't had to use it, but? Maybe it will work...
That seems like it would be effective.
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I went to a scrap metal yard, and found a 12x14" - about 3/8" thick piece of stainless steel. I put strips of 3M anti skid tape on both sides. It slides under my mat in the back... haven't had to use it, but? Maybe it will work...
I agree. Thanks for the idea. Now you've got me looking for something similar.
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I only used my Hi-Lift for recovery once, after being high-centered. I still have plastic bumpers, so I drove its nose into wheel spokes, then threw rocks under the raised wheel until I was able to roll off. The question is, is the jack worth it? Well, I also carry a spare tire and never had to use it, so I suppose Hi-Lift was more useful than spare, for me.
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I think it's rather like insurance. If you have it, you most likely won't need it. If you don't, you'll need it for sure...
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I've been using a HiLift for over 40 years and I've ALWAYS kept them inside and either booted (snow/mud/dirt) or wrapped--

About 6 months ago, I gotta HiLift "JACKGUARD" and it'a a black case that encloses the jack and makes strapped storage easy and allows you to carry it anywhere with one hand--kinda like a gun case/w handle-

Quadratec-Pt#92200.100/$29.99--

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