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Old 03-12-2012, 11:34 AM   #1
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How to jack your jeep up?

Hey guys this may be a silly question but I just bought the jeep a while ago, and I was wondering how you jack the jeep up?
I have a stock bottle jack under my seat, I was wonder where the jack points are under the jeep, say I wanted to change a tire.
I know its silly but I just wanted to be sure, and Safe while doing this.

Thanks and pictures help A LOT.

I came from a car so the rear wheel drive and all that is very new to me.

Thank's again for input, also could someone tell me how to properly use jack stands? Thanks guys, I have a 2000 TJ Auto.

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Old 03-12-2012, 11:55 AM   #2
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I usually use a common sense spot on the frame or axle depending on why I am raising it.

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Old 03-12-2012, 12:30 PM   #3
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The bottle jack has the curved thing on the top of it so im pretty sure it is supposed to be used on the axle but any other jack I'd use the frame or axle as stated above
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:33 PM   #4
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Im iffy with the axle...I always feel like I'm gonna break something... the frame is a pretty dependable place tho.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:39 PM   #5
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jack stands in use. Can't find a good one of a jack in use, but you get the idea just from the stands. Also, doesn't only need to be on axles, they can go on the frame as well.
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:01 PM   #6
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Solid axles are much easier to jack on. Not only do you always have a solid spot to put the jack but your raising the tire off the ground faster than a car. You don't have to lift the body and max the suspension travel before the tire comes off the ground. Which in turn makes it safer as your not shifting the vehicle as much.

For safety, when your jacking up one of the wheels be sure to chock the diagonal opposite wheel.

When jacking or using jack stands put it on a section of the axle tube and avoid the shock mounts or control arm mounts. Most bottle jacks and stands have a curved top that conforms to the tube well and keeps it from slipping off.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:56 PM   #7
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The OE bottle jack is meant to be used under the axles, it's nowhere near tall enough to jack the Jeep up from the frame as some guessed above. Just place the OE bottle jack under the axles, the lower control arm mount is as good of a spot as any and better than most.

The below shows how much clearance the OE jack provides with even a 35" tire.
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The OE bottle jack is meant to be used under the axles, it's nowhere near tall enough to jack the Jeep up from the frame as some guessed above. Just place the OE bottle jack under the axles, the lower control arm mount is as good of a spot as any and better than most.

The below shows how much clearance the OE jack provides with even a 35" tire.
So Jerry if you had a 6 1/2 in lift and 35's would you still recommend the OE jack or high lift jack? Still have not bought a high jack yet
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So Jerry if you had a 6 1/2 in lift and 35's would you still recommend the OE jack or high lift jack? Still have not bought a high jack yet
You could have a 6' lift and the OE bottle jack would still lift the axle high enough to change 35" tires. Remember, only the tire lifts the axle... the suspension lift height does not affect the axle height or what type of jack is needed to lift an axle high enough to change a tire.
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You could have a 6' lift and the OE bottle jack would still lift the axle high enough to change 35" tires. Remember, only the tire lifts the axle... the suspension lift height does not affect the axle height or what type of jack is needed to lift an axle high enough to change a tire.
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You could have a 6' lift and the OE bottle jack would still lift the axle high enough to change 35" tires. Remember, only the tire lifts the axle... the suspension lift height does not affect the axle height or what type of jack is needed to lift an axle high enough to change a tire.
Thanks as well. I was wondering what I was going to do with my TJ if I ever had a flat as all I have right now is the bottle jack!
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:58 PM   #12
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The OE bottle jack is just as good as any aftermarket jack for 35" or less tires. I actually prefer it over anything else. I hate Hi-Lifts. Like Jerry said, under the control arm mount is a good spot.
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:01 PM   #13
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Never use a hi-lift to change a tire or do any work underneath your Jeep. They're dangerous enough as is. They're great for a quick on-the-trail jam, but man overall - dangerous.

Invest in a solid hydrolic jack. Worth the few bucks and easy to wheel out and complete maintenance.
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Even a highlift jack may not lift a jeep with 6" lift high enough to get a tire off the ground-when jacking off the frame, you have to go high enough for the suspension lift to fully extend before the tire leaves the ground! I have 4" lift and 33" tires on my 03 rubicon-and picked up a 12 ton hydraulic 'bottle jack' from Napa or someplace-was less than $20. It fits right in under the rear 'cover' over the 'trunk' and I have a piece of 2x8 under a seat. It's safer than the OEM jack because the base is so wide-and you don't have to crank it too much to get lifting. Plank is used for rescue on other jeeps with a higher axle (taller tires) or in mud. I do have a hilift-but that is only used for trail problems-stuck on a rock, things like that. Never for changing tires or to do anything UNDER the jeep.

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