Hello all, I just wanted to share a tip for mounting the jack in case you were still on the fence on where to put yours. After much debate and many threads read about mounting locations, I decided to mount mine inside and out of the elements. I decided against the hood mount, front bumper mount, and rear bumper mount. I appreciate all the help and pics leading me to my decision.
The base of the jack rests on the tub just behind the rear of the roll-cage on the drivers side. This mount secures the jack utilizing 2 u-bolts, 6 nuts, 6 washers, and 3 wing nuts and took me about 15 minutes. All items were purchased at Lowes for about 8.00.
So if your looking for a cheap, secure, and easy to do mod for mounting your jack; this one would be hard to beat.
P.S. The jack is accessible in about a minute and a half-not that your in a hurry, usually when these are used, your stuck!!
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Although I have an LJ and more room, I mounted mine in the back with the bottom on the floor and the top on the opposite fender. The bottom plate is sitting on a rubber pad and the top is also. I drilled a hole in the fender well, hooked a j bolt that comes up through the jack frame and fastened with a wingnut. Tight, doesn't rattle and out of site out of mind. Only thing is I will probably never use it and have had this jack for probably 40 years. It will be coming out for that reason. I am going to invest in a air lift dealio that inflates with exhaust air or compressor. I saw a video on it somewhere and much more versatile and 100% safer.
BYW total cost was $1.00 for rubber pad and 2.49 for J bolt washer and nut.
You should put a cover on the mechanism. It's going to get full of dirt, mud, etc., and they WILL kick your ass when they aren't clean and lubricated. I watched my Brother get hit in the head and knocked out cold by a high lift handle when the jack malfunctioned due to the mechanism being dry and dirty....