i love mine, even for simple garage work i find it much faster for jacking up and sliding in a jack stand for doing work when needing to take a tire off like brakes or something.
bottle jack works great, but i need a block of wood, and need to lever to spin the handle...jack is simply mock up and then go to town. just use common sense and its pretty safe.
2001 TJ 4.0L Automatic, D35/30, both hard and soft top, full doors,JKS quicker Disconnects, 31" discoverer ATR, American racing 767 offset 15" wheel. ProComp Genuine steel bumpers front and back. glass pack muffler, Rugged Ridge extended fender flares, 130w KC daylighters, motorcycle light for reverse lights. 86,000k miles (11-7-2012)
i find it much faster for jacking up and sliding in a jack stand for doing work when needing to take a tire off like brakes or something..
I'd bet you a fair sum of $$$ that I could have my tire completely off using a bottle jack under the axle before you could even get your Jeep jacked up high enough with your Hi-Lift to start removing the lug nuts. A Hi-Lift is slower and it's a lot more dangerous too.
I only have to lift my axle maybe 2" to get my tire off. Think about how far you have to jack up a Jeep by its bumper or rocker to get a tire up off the ground. What, 10" due to the suspension sag? And if you say you can strap or chain the axle to the frame to stop that from happening, that adds even more time.
I'll stick with a bottle jack for removing wheels, it's MUCH faster and a lot safer too.
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Hope this helps I used 3 Bolts two up through the base and one through the side of the jack. On the bottom I used rubber washers to isolate the jack from the carrier and on the side I used a piece of rubber I found at the hardware store. This eliminated most of the rattles. I used regular nuts to secure it (I have a wrench in the vehicle at all times), but you could also use wing nuts. Finally the tire mounts up against it for a little more security. The only downside is if I need the jack for anything other than a flat tire the spare still has to come off. Cost 6 bucks for parts including the cheap wrench. Oh and the bolts I used were carriage bolts they're the ones with a rounded head ( used for low clearance between bumper and carrier) the rubber washers keep them from spinning when I tighten them down.
yeah mines on the back bumper under the spare.. i actually got rear-ended by some idiot in a lexus and he hit the jack, no damage to the jack or my wrangler, but his was f'ed up.. hahah .. yeah the only bad thing is that i dont use it much so i need to lube it up and just jack up my wrangler for the fun like every 2 months to keep it working, especially after the winter when snow sits on it..