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Old 08-28-2013, 06:35 PM   #1
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What size high lift jack? And what kind of jack?

I have a 3.5" lift and 35" tires. What size jack should I get?
And... what kinds of jacks should I be buying? Meaning, my jeep sees a little modest mud and rocks as it is my main drive. So breaking it isn't in the forecast but I would like to play around some.
The jack is mostly for changing a tire if I were to get a flat and a possible recovery, but I doubt it.
Silly question, do tires that large go flat as easily as a normal vehicle tire would? Or am I over worried? This is my first real jeep. I have off road experience with stock jeeps all my life but not on anything built up a little.

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Old 08-28-2013, 07:01 PM   #2
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48 should be fine. I got the 60 first and returned it, very unwieldy, awkward, and difficult to mount. The hilift is what I got just as the name is good and not much more money than a generic.

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Old 08-28-2013, 07:11 PM   #3
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I was thinking about getting the 42 since it wont hang over the hard top
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:17 PM   #4
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Hi-lift isn't what you want for changing a flat on the road. Block of wood and stock jack or better bottle jack is what you want. I use my hi-lift to change my tires all the time, but only in my driveway where I throw a jack stand under the axle after I have jacked up on the tire using the lift mate....
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Hi-lift isn't what you want for changing a flat on the road. Block of wood and stock jack or better bottle jack is what you want. I use my hi-lift to change my tires all the time, but only in my driveway where I throw a jack stand under the axle after I have jacked up on the tire using the lift mate....
I was wondering the same, it would seem like only having a hilift holding up the jeep while trying to put on a 80+lb tire is a problem waiting to happen. Block of wood for supporting the factory mount definitely seems more stable
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You also have to jack up the distance of the entire droop in the suspension to even get the tire off the ground, it's straight dangerous. I lost the part for my bottle jack to turn it with a load on it, so I'll lift on my tire using the hi-lift and lift mate then throw the bottle jack under as a jack stand. But to use the hi-lift ton it's own isn't really feasible. Factory bottle jack will accommodate 35's on flat ground anyways too...
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I'd suggest watching the videos the Aussies put on YouTube for the various purposes of owning a hi-lift. You'll know when you find them, they talk funny. I have one because I have used it, and quite often, but it's just not for what you're thinking you're gonna do with it. Most recently I bent up my tailpipe, wedged the lift plate at the back of my jeep into the bumper and jacked on a strap wrapped around the tailpipe to get it off the ground.

I have a 48 and it lays right across the back behind the rear seat between the tailgate.
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You also have to jack up the distance of the entire droop in the suspension to even get the tire off the ground, it's straight dangerous. I lost the part for my bottle jack to turn it with a load on it, so I'll lift on my tire using the hi-lift and lift mate then throw the bottle jack under as a jack stand. But to use the hi-lift ton it's own isn't really feasible. Factory bottle jack will accommodate 35's on flat ground anyways too...
good to know that the factory jack will work with 35s; now I won't have to carry a block around with me.
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good to know that the factory jack will work with 35s; now I won't have to carry a block around with me.
Ahh Don't quote me on it, I'd carry the block anyways as I have a TJ so I haven't checked the JK one. Guess I'm lost. Maybe buy the hi-liftmbase accessory and you're good to go . Some piece of mind using the hi-lift too IMO.

Base and lift-mate have both been useful
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alright, well I'll go out and check, I didn't even think it was a possibility
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alright, well I'll go out and check, I didn't even think it was a possibility
I jacked my engine up with it... Under the axle and it will take you pretty high

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