The dream of owning a Hi-Lift Jack is just like the dream of owning a Jeep.. Both go hand in hand.. But I'm not that lucky to have a Hi-Lift .. yet.. I did at one time and it was a life saver many times..
True the "stock" jack is a piece of crap.. and jeep should redesign something more suited to the Average jeep owner.. in the knowing that we are going to do things to our jeep which puts their version of a jack in the trash.
Until then.. I'll have to resort my old 2 1/2 ton craftsman floor jack.. a bit heavy itself.. it's way better then that crappy scissor jack. So plan on getting a Hi-lift and I mean (Hi-Lift jack) not one of those inferior "farm jacks" either.. just watch out for those cheap knock off's. Least expensive place at the moment for the Hi-Lift?.. is Tractor Supply. Will run you $69.99.. or you can read my blog about it: Saving you green, so you can spend more time in the green
I live by a set of rules.. if your going to be off roading and often.. best put the jack low.. (front mounted bumper or rear mounted swing arm) cause your going to need it.. if your not going to need it that often.. then you can mount it up high, say roof rack.. mind you the jack (all jacks) are heavy.. so consider your options before mounting.
I would stick with the 48'' but you may opt for the 60'' I personally like the Hood mounted system.. sort of in the middle not to high and not to low.. thou the older I get I may resort to having the Jack lower on the jeep.
Make sure you know your access points.. I did this cause wife needs to know where to put the jack incase she needs it.. I've created little red decals place in areas around the jeep so the wife and I know this is where the jack fits or works best when lifting etc.. I learn this from my racing day with the SCCA.. clear points or arrows mark jack entry zones/points for quick access.
Thou a well mounted nerf bar can be a great universal spot to jack the jeep from.. you might just see me put the Jack in the middle of the nerf bar, jack the jeep up just to rotate the tires (left or right side, at the same time) I was considering the stock OEM side steps, but wife wants to keep the tube nerfers.. and after having these type of nerfers on our old 99, I guess she's right in having them on this 08.
Good point.. But in my case I have to put it towards the front of the Jeep.. the back is already to full of camping gear, so I only have two options.. hood mount or front bumper mount.. We've elected to do the hood mount.
inside is best. protect the jack, prevent some jackass from stealing your jack... and it'll work when you need it.
still kicking around the best way to mount mine inside. I have a 2-dr JK and it's my first hi-lift. probably get some wing nuts and u-bolts from harbor freight and rig something up... like I saw on my buddy's.
2010 JK - Mountain Edition
i spend way too much money on it... that's all
inside is best. protect the jack, prevent some jackass from stealing your jack...
Back when we had the ole 99, I had mounted the jack on the hood using tuff stuff's hi-lift jack hood mount and for a little added security, I put a masterlock on the underside of the jack. So the only things visible was the wing nuts holding the jack in place.
On one of out yearly outings, we stopped at Walmart to get some small camping samples and some drinks for the road trip.. spending about 40 minutes in the store. Once we exited the store the first thing I noticed was the jack resting screwy on the hood of our jeep.. clearly someone made an attempt at stealing the jack.. but that ole hidden masterlock keep the jack locked to the hood mount.
Once home, I wrote masterlock thanking them for their security locks.. and in return, masterlock sent me a new hitch receiver lock for our jeep..