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Old 03-28-2014, 10:16 PM   #1
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I just purchased a used 2012 Wrangler Sport. Now I think it has a 2-3 inch lift ( I could very well be wrong) and is sporting 33x12.5R17LT tires. Assuming the lift size is correct what would be the best recommended jack. I have seen many a jeeps with a hi-lift. Is this the norm or is there another type that is also carried and used. Thank you for your time.
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:51 PM   #2
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I'm sure there are many that will flame me but....I've never wanted, needed or used a high lift on the trail. Seen them used many times, but ya got to have a strong point to lift off of. Unless your getting front and rear bumpers or strong sliders a high lift really won't work well for you. Also depends on where and the frequency of your off road trips. A high lift can be used for a few other tasks besides just lifting the jeep for a tire change or trail repair.
I've been wheeling for 30+ yrs. and never needed one....I'm sure I just jinxed myself. I have the AEV jack base, it fits perfectly in the rear sunken compartment. Never used it either...hope it workers if I ever need it!

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For what it's worth. I have the 48" Hi-lift with off road mount. I like the fact that the hi-lift is fast and sets up easy, but can get unstable if not set up properly. I have mine mounted on the rear roll bars so I always have it available. All in all I'd rather have it over the scissor lift or floor jack.
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:02 PM   #4
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BTW, I have stock bumpers and you're fine to use the hi-lift as long as you lift under the steel.
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:33 PM   #5
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Buy a good bottle jack! The problem with using a highlift Jack is that when you left from the frame the entire suspension droops if you lift from the axle the suspension compresses.
You only Need to lift the axle up several inches to change a tire...
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:55 PM   #6
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^^^^^^
Agreed, a HiLift jack has its place as a recovery tool, but for changing tires, you are far better served by a bottle jack. And it'll fit in the rear cubby.

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Old 03-29-2014, 02:21 AM   #7
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Thank you all for the helpful timely responses. For the time being I will look into a good bottle jack ( any recommendations?) And perhaps down the road pick up a Hi-lift.
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Old 03-29-2014, 08:28 AM   #8
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I bought the Hi-Lift Off-Road kit, Base & Lift-Mate, 30' of chain, 28" chopping axe, 4" shovel and will be swapping the factory scissor jack for a bottle jack. Until I get a winch, this gear should get me out of any situation I would even consider to tackle by myself.
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^^^^^^ Agreed, a HiLift jack has its place as a recovery tool, but for changing tires, you are far better served by a bottle jack. And it'll fit in the rear cubby. Mike
But will a bottle jack accommodate a 2.5"-3" lift?
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But will a bottle jack accommodate a 2.5"-3" lift?


They are available in a lot of different sizes and will accommodate any Jeep lift height
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Agreed, a HiLift jack has its place as a recovery tool, but for changing tires, you are far better served by a bottle jack. And it'll fit in the rear cubby.

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I got a Craftsman 6 ton bottle jack on sale at my local Sears for $20 today. It's a 16" lift.
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Old 03-31-2014, 11:00 AM   #13
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I use this bottle jack from harbor freight:

12 Ton Hydraulic Bottle Jack

12 ton, 16.5" lift. I have a 2.5" lift kit with 315/70/17s, so I also carry a 4x4 (strapped to the rear downtube of the roll cage) in case I need any extra lift.
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I bought a heavy duty 24" scissor jack from Sears, safe and easy to use.
Plenty of lift height.

Seen a few mishaps with Hi Lifts. I avoid them personally.
Really heavy and oversized for a jack anyway.


Been considering the air lift jack ARB sells for trail use, looks simple and lightweight.
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But will a bottle jack accommodate a 2.5"-3" lift?
A suspension lift doesn't lift the axle, tire height does. Even with 35inch tires axle height is only 1 1/2-2" above stock height.
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A suspension lift doesn't lift the axle, tire height does. Even with 35inch tires axle height is only 1 1/2-2" above stock height.
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I have 33" KM2's (255/85/16) and have used the stock jack to do the tire rotations. No problem. I dont think Id want to try to use it to lift me off a high-center, or lift a wheel to jam some branches under it , but it does ok for tire changes.

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