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Old 05-15-2013, 04:47 PM   #1
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Summer Top with Jack

Recently I made a bracket very similar to what I have attached, also in the same location. However I have noticed with a soft top, it seems to be in the way when I want to take it down. Has anyone else had this problem?

What I want to do is get a new top, kind of like a Bikini top and then the piece to cover the back. But if I do this then the hi-lift will be out in the open. Anyone have any recommendations or has dealt with this?

I have an 06’ if that matters.
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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I have my jack in the same spot. I had the same issue. I moved it up, just above the rear seat (4-5 inches). I haven't had any clearance problems since. I went and bought one of those foam pool noodles, and wrapped the jack in case anyone sits back there. Not bad for a $1.

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Old 05-15-2013, 06:45 PM   #3
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Ditch the hi lift. The stock bottle jack is sufficient to change a tire.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:45 PM   #4
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As far as lock up goes, used a U-bolt bike lock I had lying around, fits through the holes on the jack, and locks it to the roll cage. No one is getting my hi lift without unbolting the cage anyways, and if they are willing to go that far, I have more things to worry about than just my hi lift
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Ditch the hi lift. The stock bottle jack is sufficient to change a tire.
There are a MULTITUDE of things to use a hi lift for and changing a tire is not the only one. I have used it to get my jeep out of ruts that a bottle jack wouldn't have been able. Nor is a bottle jack very helpful with a lifted rig.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:09 PM   #6
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There are a MULTITUDE of things to use a hi lift for and changing a tire is not the only one. I have used it to get my jeep out of ruts that a bottle jack wouldn't have been able. Nor is a bottle jack very helpful with a lifted rig.
A bottle jack works on rigs running 35s. I prefer a winch for recovery versus a hi lift but its your rig so do as you please.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:30 PM   #7
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Maybe he doesn't have a winch. A hi lift can be used for more than a tire change. You are correct though, a bottle jack will work with 35s. Some of you guys take some stuff a little to serious.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:41 PM   #8
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Have to agree, the Hi Lift in that spot is more trouble then it's worth. Just ditch it or find a spot that is less in the way. I carry a Hi-Lift but it's out of the way on the bumper so it never bugs me. I don't really know why I even carry it.

For the record, I have never used my Hi-lift jack on the trail. Ever. The only time I used it was to pop a bead just to try it.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:19 PM   #9
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I used to be a skeptic about dragging around my hi lift.. Until I had to replace an axle on my trailer along I-70 in the western side of Kansas.. I was going to leave the hi-lift at home, thankfully my wife insisted we bring it. We would have never in a million years been able to swap out axles without it.. Yes, a good bottle jack will lift your axles, but it will not lift your frame... I carry both, always.. The very best place to carry a hi lift is up top on our safari racks. Easily accessible, and it stays clean up there, away from road grime, trail dirt, and mud.. Of course, to each his own.. Just my experience and opinion...
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:35 PM   #10
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I used mine within a week after getting it. found a mud hole where I high centered the axles. There were no trees or rocks that would provide a winching mount if I had one. I pulled out my hi lift, jacked up my rear bumper pulling both rear tires up in the air, tipped the jack over which then set both tires down outside of the ruts, and I was able to drive on out.
And for those who can't afford winches (not all of us have $400+ lying around) a hi lift makes a good substitute in the mean time.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:17 PM   #11
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Maybe he doesn't have a winch. A hi lift can be used for more than a tire change. You are correct though, a bottle jack will work with 35s. Some of you guys take some stuff a little to serious.
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:26 AM   #12
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Side note...The "He" that you reference is a "She"

Anyway. I don't have the money to buy a wench at this point. I am working on that, so for the time being the Hi-lift was the best solution.

Firehound12...Do you have a photo of what you did?
k.wag...Good call on the bike lock. Will have to do that.

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I will get one today
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I used mine within a week after getting it. found a mud hole where I high centered the axles. There were no trees or rocks that would provide a winching mount if I had one. I pulled out my hi lift, jacked up my rear bumper pulling both rear tires up in the air, tipped the jack over which then set both tires down outside of the ruts, and I was able to drive on out.
And for those who can't afford winches (not all of us have $400+ lying around) a hi lift makes a good substitute in the mean time.
I was taught that technique on a factory Land Rover driving course its a standard on this side of the water our farmers have been using it for as long as they've driving Land Rovers which is why we call Hi-Lifts farm jacks.
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That's what I was planning on doing with mine, only I want to try it all the way up at the elbow in the cage, so it will be plenty high enough for my kids to sit back there without hitting their heads...
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:49 PM   #17
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I tried to go higher but couldn't due to the large base at the bitten if the jack. I went to the dollar store and bought pool noodles to cover it when people ride in the back.

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I was taught that technique on a factory Land Rover driving course its a standard on this side of the water our farmers have been using it for as long as they've driving Land Rovers which is why we call Hi-Lifts farm jacks.
Very true, I was raised on a farm in Ohio, we used one a lot for pulling fence posts, and I remember one time granpa using it to jack up a corner of the corn crib to repair the concrete block pillar... Nowadays I don't know of any expedition type vehicles without one on board.. At Canyonlands NP they are required, and recommended at all NPs that allow hi clearance 4wd vehicles..
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There are a MULTITUDE of things to use a hi lift for and changing a tire should never be done with a high lift.
Fixed it for you. I put a jeep up on one once to try and change a tire. Right when the tire left the ground, the jack slid right out from the jeep. Luckily no one was under the Jeep. I ended up using the stock bottle jack to change the tire.

The high lift is great for recovery (ruling out how slow it can be). But not for much else.
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Recently I made a bracket very similar to what I have attached, also in the same location. However I have noticed with a soft top, it seems to be in the way when I want to take it down. Has anyone else had this problem?

What I want to do is get a new top, kind of like a Bikini top and then the piece to cover the back. But if I do this then the hi-lift will be out in the open. Anyone have any recommendations or has dealt with this?

I have an 06’ if that matters.
I like those mounts might have to weld me some up
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:13 PM   #22
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Finally had time to take a photo of the bracket. I know a little overkill, but it got the job done and was fun to build. I would change somethings, but hey it works.

Sorry about the trashy back
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:18 PM   #23
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A 48" bar jack won't fit strapped to the B pillar, but if you've used one, you know they get hairy over 2' anyway.
I cut 3" off the top of mine, and now it fits great strapped to the B pilllar.

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Old 07-11-2013, 08:44 PM   #24
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