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Old 01-02-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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Hood vs rear... Thoughts?

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tools go inside the jeep. just a thought.

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I'm assuming this "jack" is a HiLift?

In that case, do NOT go hood mounted. Hilifts are heavy, and the hood mount is pretty awkward to use. Trying to lean a heavy HiLift over your hood without scratching or denting it is a PITA. Rear mounted vertically is nice an very easy to access BUT is still a great place to get that thing muddy, which is not ideal.

IMO, the best mount is made by Dominion Offroad. It puts the HiLift directly behind the rear roll bar. Out of the way, out of sight (while driving) keeps it clean, super easy to access and looks badass. Also works with pretty much all tops besides fastbacks. Really simple install too.
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I'm assuming this "jack" is a HiLift?

In that case, do NOT go hood mounted. Hilifts are heavy, and the hood mount is pretty awkward to use. Trying to lean a heavy HiLift over your hood without scratching or denting it is a PITA. Rear mounted vertically is nice an very easy to access BUT is still a great place to get that thing muddy, which is not ideal.

IMO, the best mount is made by Dominion Offroad. It puts the HiLift directly behind the rear roll bar. Out of the way, out of sight (while driving) keeps it clean, super easy to access and looks badass. Also works with pretty much all tops besides fastbacks. Really simple install too.
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Hood vs rear... Thoughts?
AvoidControversy,

It's hard to pick. Hood mount gets it up front and looks really cool. But it can be kind of a pain to get to when you need it. Rear mounted is nice to get it out of the way while still keeping it handy to get to.

I'd go with a rear mount that stands the jack up next to your rear tire. The Rugged Ridge Hi-lift Jack Mounting Bracket is a quick and easy install. Saves cargo space on the inside. You don't have to deal with the jack being in the way of everything.

Witch ever mounting style you go with be sure to post up some pics. Good Luck!
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mines mounted on the tailgate. where i need it. so i don't have to go digging for it. especially on a tight trail. it's a jack, like the jeep, going to get dirty and rusty and have a few scratches now and then, and if you take care of it... it'll take care of you
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I just got mine for Christmas. I'm keeping it under the rear seat (4 door) and bungied on the ends to the seat bracket.

I might consider mounting it behind the rear roll bar. Just don't like how all the mounting options cost close or more than the jack itself.
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The Dominion Offroad solution is almost perfect. That would be the way to go but I am always lowering and raising my soft top down here in Florida. It's a deal-breaker to have to remove the Hi-Lift every time you need to raise or lower. :/

A fellow Jeeper parked next to me at the mall last week and his rig was nice! He had a Hi-Lift mounted on the hood and it looked very low profile. I've seen some that are oriented in a way that they are off the hood a good bit. This guy's was laying very close to the hood. It looked nice.
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in florida too... on the tailgate. doesn't get in the way of my top at all.
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The Dominion Offroad solution is almost perfect. That would be the way to go but I am always lowering and raising my soft top down here in Florida. It's a deal-breaker to have to remove the Hi-Lift every time you need to raise or lower. :/
This is the only downside to this mount, but I think it's still worth it. Also, this really is fast to do if you use large wing nuts and lock washers to hold it on like I do. No tools needed that way and only takes a few seconds to do. I have never had a problem with theft and run almost constantly without my top, however if you lock yours this would be a pain
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I'd go with a rear mount that stands the jack up next to your rear tire. The Rugged Ridge Hi-lift Jack Mounting Bracket is a quick and easy install. Saves cargo space on the inside. You don't have to deal with the jack being in the way of everything.
This model says 2007 to 2010. Will it fit a 2011?
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I only mount mine when I am heading off road, put it horizontally on my OR Fab tire carrier. IMO hood mounted is the worst, really awkward to get on and off and a bad placement in the event of an accident. I used to place in under the rear seat like SuicideKing before I got my tire carrier.
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I mounted mine to the bottom of the rear bumper, made my own mounts for about 7.00$ it's out of the way, and I've never hit it while wheeling.
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Mine is mounted on the rear bumper using weld on hi lift mounts
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I'm really happy to having mine on the hood.
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I mounted mine to the bottom of the rear bumper, made my own mounts for about 7.00$ it's out of the way, and I've never hit it while wheeling.


When I finally get to it I will go this way. Great idea Darkfire. I don't care for the idea of scratching up the hood getting it off and on.
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I'm assuming this "jack" is a HiLift?

In that case, do NOT go hood mounted. Hilifts are heavy, and the hood mount is pretty awkward to use. Trying to lean a heavy HiLift over your hood without scratching or denting it is a PITA. Rear mounted vertically is nice an very easy to access BUT is still a great place to get that thing muddy, which is not ideal.

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With the Dominion mount, can the jack be mounted and unmounted with the soft top up?
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Yes but if you have the top down and the jack installed you'll have to remove the jack every time you want to put the top up or down. That's why I went with on the hood not to mention as often as I use the jack the hood made sense. My top goes up and down a lot so the jack would have to come down a few days a week or six times" 3times top up and 3times top down" where the jack comes off my hood like once in a great while like"1time a month maybe".
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:53 PM   #20
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I had one on my TJ mounted low on the back bumper and it eventually got bent. The hood mount scares me. The jack is heavy and unwieldy and it appears two people are needed to safely remove or mount it. I am going with the the Teraflex mount on their rear tire carrier. It's like the rugged Ridge version.
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I have mine mounted between the roll bars. $5 for two 3.5" u bolts and a couple wing nuts... She's good to go. It doesn't interfere with the top at all. I'll try to post pics later.
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I have mine mounted between the roll bars. $5 for two 3.5" u bolts and a couple wing nuts... She's good to go. It doesn't interfere with the top at all. I'll try to post pics later.
This. Its cheap and effective and no where near the cost of aftermarket mounts. I also added some rubber tubing to my U-Bolts. Just a little extra protection to keep any metal on metal action from happening.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:12 PM   #23
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Too dusty when mounted on the back.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:47 PM   #24
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I'll be looking into a front bumper mount. Not enough room on the back, and with all the other stuff on there, I think it'll put too much weight on the tire carrier. The Jeep is too tall for me to try and carry it on the hood.
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Tailgate. I am wo-man enough to admit I didn't want to pull a 50 lb. jack off my hood.
I have the Tera Flex bracket along with their heavy duty carrier. With a soft top & two doors I also wanted quick, easy access to the back. (No one has posted yet but they also make horizontal mounts for across the tailgate- didn't want that.)

Things to consider:
  1. Height of the jack when mounted. Mine sits about 2" above my Jeep. I've already whacked it on a parking garage beam. (That's why it not sitting level on the pic.) I'll be removing the tip and storing it. I also have a 42" jack- with a 48" it would be even worse.
  2. Also check where the jack/bracket will hit your tail light when you swing open your tail gate. My TF carrier has a locking mechanism on the hinge so it can't open past a certain point. But stock- if your tailgate swings open with any force....
  3. Noise. You'll most likely want a handle isolater minimum. I'll probably get the boot too. If fits in the bracket just fine- but there are a couple of parts on the jack that move around (zip tie)- making an annoying metal clank over bumps, rocks etc. Lord knows the Jeep rattles enough.
Hi-Lift Jack- $80. All the parts to go with it- $150. LOL.
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Tailgate. I am wo-man enough to admit I didn't want to pull a 50 lb. jack off my hood.
I have the Tera Flex bracket along with their heavy duty carrier. With a soft top & two doors I also wanted quick, easy access to the back. (No one has posted yet but they also make horizontal mounts for across the tailgate- didn't want that.)

Things to consider:[*]Height of the jack when mounted. Mine sits about 2" above my Jeep. I've already whacked it on a parking garage beam. (That's why it not sitting level on the pic.) I'll be removing the tip and storing it. I also have a 42" jack- with a 48" it would be even worse.[*]Also check where the jack/bracket will hit your tail light when you swing open your tail gate. My TF carrier has a locking mechanism on the hinge so it can't open past a certain point. But stock- if your tailgate swings open with any force....[*]Noise. You'll most likely want a handle isolater minimum. I'll probably get the boot too. If fits in the bracket just fine- but there are a couple of parts on the jack that move around (zip tie)- making an annoying metal clank over bumps, rocks etc. Lord knows the Jeep rattles enough.
Hi-Lift Jack- $80. All the parts to go with it- $150. LOL.
Gal, your funny. I too am not wo-man enough to drag my hi lift off the hood. I tried. Mine is similar off the tail gate hinge.
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Hey. I'm looking towards the tailgate mount also. My question: Is the weight of the jack on the tailgate hinges too much? I have a bike carrier on my spare tire and I don't want to overload the stock setup. It doesn't seem super heavy-duty.

Also, does the Dominion roll cage mount work on the 2dr or just the 4dr?
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Everyone seems to hate it on the good, I like it
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Anyone have there's on their bumper bar? If you have one
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Love mine on hood. Vertically on bumper wont fit in garage btw. Heavy, yes, but have never had to remove it yet - besides a cleaning and lube now and again. Easy enough by myself if careful.
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