So I (on impulse) picked up a 54" high lift jack during an offroad excursion not too long ago. I know there are those who say they are a waste of money - so, all that aside - I have it & am keeping it. Now, I need to find a place to put the darn thing.
I have a 2012 JK (2 door)
I have the Smittybilt XRC rear bumper with tire carrier.
I have both soft & hard tops.
Has anyone with this bumper & tire carrier made a decent storage solution?
When I try to "line it up" and "eyeball" it anywhere on the rear - nothing seems like it would work right. Either it's too long, or there's just not enough real estate to fashion some sort of mount.
I'm "considering" the hood mounts - although I understand that my washer fluid nozzle will be blocked (most likely) and need to be re-routed/re-installed in better locations. I'm also concerned by the weight of the hood mount. It just doesn't seem sensible to me.
Sooooo - where else can I put this stinking thing? I see things like the Smittybilt iRack where you mount a plate to the spare tire & stick the jack and whatever else you want to haul (cans, shovel, etc) - but I'm not crazy about extending the rear of my vehicle even more (plus I like the look of that wheel back there) or the $130 price tag.
Horizontal bumper mounting is a possibility, but I'm thinking I'll be bashing that thing on lips of holes & rocks while offroading. And, I'm not crazy about drilling 4 holes for a mount system in fairly new bumpers.
Inside the vehicle isn't going to work due to it's size & the fact that my behind-the-rear-seat space is being taken up with a custom subwoofer...
Yeah - my options seem pretty limited, don't they? Anyone have any better ideas??? I'm
on this one...