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Old 07-20-2009, 11:19 PM   #1
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Hi lift jack mounts- which ones are any good?

im trying to mount a hi lift in/on my jeep and would like to find out everyones opinion on the different ones.it seems there are pros and cons to all of them, so id like to pick you alls brains on this! thanks in advance! brian
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:30 PM   #2
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I have the tough stuff hood mount and its the best IMO, it looks really good and its very easy to install no drilling uses the factory bolts on your hood, and you can mount lights under it, it's great it doesnt get in the way of your view and wont get damaged on the trail on your hood like that so I would highly recomend it, I know 2 other guys that have the same one and they love it also

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I have the same one and love it too. It looks good as well. Plus, it is harder to steal than the one on the bumper.
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i saw those and wondered if they would damage the hood after awhile? and do they clear when the hood is open all the way? thanks!
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i saw those and wondered if they would damage the hood after awhile? and do they clear when the hood is open all the way? thanks!
No they wont damage the hood. I have had it on for three years. The hood opens all the way, but you cant lower the windshield. I don't anyways. I have the Hi-Lift X-Treme All Cast Jack 60" on the mount.
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does the Tuf stuff Jack mount on the hood interfere with the windshield squirters??
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:22 AM   #7
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does the Tuf stuff Jack mount on the hood interfere with the windshield squirters??
nope. i have one on my tj and even w/ the jack on there it still squirts w/o interference. i have an extra one w/ the light kit if you are interested. i was considering putting it up on ebay.
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i have an extra one w/ the light kit if you are interested. i was considering putting it up on ebay.
how much do you want for it?
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how much do you want for it?
$125 shipped. i'll post up pics tonight.
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im definetly interested, ill look at the pics!
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Don't forget the $5 kit from your local hardware store. Two big u-bolts like used for chain link fencing, washers, & wing nuts to secure it to the rear rollbar so it lays across just above the tail gate.
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Don't forget the $5 kit from your local hardware store. Two big u-bolts like used for chain link fencing, washers, & wing nuts to secure it to the rear rollbar so it lays across just above the tail gate.
hi jerry,
i thought about that also, and actually set it up there, and a buddy sat in the back seat , and it seemed pretty close to the back of his head. have you used that with a back seat in place, and did it work out ok?
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hi jerry,
i thought about that also, and actually set it up there, and a buddy sat in the back seat , and it seemed pretty close to the back of his head. have you used that with a back seat in place, and did it work out ok?
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Before I stopped carrying my Hi-Lift, mine was back there for a year or two and it was probably the best out of the way location of the several I tried. However, I really never wheeled with anyone in the back seat so I can't say how close it'd be to their head. In fact, my back seat is pretty much history now.
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in my scout, i had it clamped to the roll bar(homebrewed) it worked fine, but was a hassle to undo when needed.
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Duct tape it to the roll bar
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i kept forgetting my camera at work, so i decided to bring the hood rack to work w/ me.3

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the passenger side hood brackets and bolts are included, i just forgot them at home.
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im trying to mount a hi lift in/on my jeep and would like to find out everyones opinion on the different ones.it seems there are pros and cons to all of them, so id like to pick you alls brains on this! thanks in advance! brian
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this is my set up a 54 inch smittybilt trail jack mounted on my hood using warrior products hood mount.neo
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Hello there
Obviously I am new here cause of my question:
What is a high lift jack, what do you need it for?

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a "hi-lift jack" is used for changing tires and lifting the vehicle while off road. it allows you to change a tire much easier then if you use a bottle of scissor jack. also you can jack up the vehicle much higher especially if you have a lifted jeep. hi-lift is actually a brand name the generic name is a "trail jack."
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I, too, have the hood mounts and only put the jack up there when I am wheeling. The thing I noticed is with the handle towards the windshield (keeping the foot away from the passengers face in case of an accident), it did interfere with the squirters. With the handle towards the front of the Heep, they work just fine though.
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a "hi-lift jack" is used for changing tires and lifting the vehicle while off road. it allows you to change a tire much easier then if you use a bottle of scissor jack. also you can jack up the vehicle much higher especially if you have a lifted jeep.
Actually, it's harder and significantly slower to change a tire using a Hi-Lift than if you use the factory jack. You only have to lift the axle maybe 2" with the factory jack to change the tire and the factory jack has enough height capability to easily change up to 35" tires. It's actually tall enough for 37" if absolutely necessary. That your TJ may have a 6" or even a 12" suspension lift doesn't matter with the factory jack because you jack from the axle, not the tub or bumper.

With the High-Lift jack, unless you first strap the axle to the frame, you have to jack the body up at least a foot or more before the axle picks up the tire off the ground (due to suspension droop) enough to change it. With the Hi-Lift having to lift the Jeep so high to get the axle off the ground, a Hi-Lift becomes unstable and if things aren't perfect, it's actually dangerous to use without a lot of extra care.

If I had a flat tire, I could have it off & the spare tire nearly on using the factory jack before someone using a Hi-Lift could even be ready to start taking the lug nuts off. The factory jack is much faster to use for tire changing duties, not to mention being a LOT safer to use. The safety thing is why auto manufacturers stopped including hi-lift style jacks with new cars in the late sixties or seventies.

A Hi-Lift is good for some things on the trail but to me, it's strictly a tool of last resort. I wouldn't use it unless there was nothing else I could do. In fact, I took my Hi-Lift jack off my TJ 6-7 years ago for weight savings and as much as I offroad, I haven't needed it since. In fact, I never actually needed it on the trail. I used it once or twice out of curiosity but I never actually needed it. If I ever do need one, I'm sure there will be a dozen within short radius around me with people running up to offer theirs.

The pic below is with my 35" tire off the ground 3" with my factory jack so yes it works fine for big tires and tall (mine is 5.5") lifts.

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I'm gonna have to agree with Jerry on this one. I don't run with one anymore. Almost killed myself in the driveway a couple time with that stupid thing. Thank god for the jackstands.

Although KBR's, did a pretty good job of protecting his front bumper from that tree this past weekend?
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I mainly use mine at home when I'm working on mine or someone elses Jeep. It's good when you need to get the frame or tub up higher. And it works good when working on suspension stuff. Like in the case of lining up bolt holes. I have only used it on the trail once or twice. I'm with Jerry. I haven't carried mine for some time.
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I mainly use mine at home when I'm working on mine or someone elses Jeep. It's good when you need to get the frame or tub up higher.
Try a piece of a 4x4 in your hydraulic floor jack's lifting cup for that. I have 2-3 different lengths of 4x4 that work great with the floor jack for those kinds of jobs. My Hi-Lift has yet to make to the inside of my garage, it's pretty much a permanent home for unwed Black Widow spiders in my shed.
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Obviously I am new here cause of my question:
What is a high lift jack, what do you need it for?

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Seems that alot of people here only use their hi lift jacks to 'lift' their jeep. A hi-lift jack can also be used to 'pull' yourself out of a tough spot in you get stuck without a winch. It can also be used to turn your jeep back over if you should roll it over on it's side.
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Actually, it's harder and significantly slower to change a tire using a Hi-Lift than if you use the factory jack. You only have to lift the axle maybe 2" with the factory jack to change the tire and the factory jack has enough height capability to easily change up to 35" tires. It's actually tall enough for 37" if absolutely necessary. That your TJ may have a 6" or even a 12" suspension lift doesn't matter with the factory jack because you jack from the axle, not the tub or bumper.

With the High-Lift jack, unless you first strap the axle to the frame, you have to jack the body up at least a foot or more before the axle picks up the tire off the ground (due to suspension droop) enough to change it. With the Hi-Lift having to lift the Jeep so high to get the axle off the ground, a Hi-Lift becomes unstable and if things aren't perfect, it's actually dangerous to use without a lot of extra care.

If I had a flat tire, I could have it off & the spare tire nearly on using the factory jack before someone using a Hi-Lift could even be ready to start taking the lug nuts off. The factory jack is much faster to use for tire changing duties, not to mention being a LOT safer to use. The safety thing is why auto manufacturers stopped including hi-lift style jacks with new cars in the late sixties or seventies.

A Hi-Lift is good for some things on the trail but to me, it's strictly a tool of last resort. I wouldn't use it unless there was nothing else I could do. In fact, I took my Hi-Lift jack off my TJ 6-7 years ago for weight savings and as much as I offroad, I haven't needed it since. In fact, I never actually needed it on the trail. I used it once or twice out of curiosity but I never actually needed it. If I ever do need one, I'm sure there will be a dozen within short radius around me with people running up to offer theirs.

The pic below is with my 35" tire off the ground 3" with my factory jack so yes it works fine for big tires and tall (mine is 5.5") lifts.

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get a load of this YAHOO with a hi lift!!
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just messing with you , jerry!
Hah ya got me but that was back in 2004 and one of the couple times I tried it out of curiosity as mentioned above.

I had busted a front axleshaft on Sledgehammer in that pic and figured out half-way through the repair job that I would have been better off/safer with the bottle jack under the front axle. That is the last time I used a Hi-Lift. Notice I had placed my spare tire underneath the frame for safety as I was frankly scared to death while working on it while was jacked up like that.

Hey where'd you get that picture anyway?
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i was looking at a thread with tj pics and it was posted back in 05 i think. i just couldnt help myself!

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