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Old 09-01-2013, 12:18 PM   #1
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TJ Hi-Lift Jack Mounting Ideas and Pics

Right now I lug my 48" Hi-Lift jack in the back when I go on outings. I'm looking for something more permanent and would Like to get some ideas here on where to mount it. If you have them, please also post pics for my benefit and for others who may refer to this thread in the future.

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Old 09-01-2013, 04:41 PM   #2
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I was looking at drilling holes in the windshield bumpers on the hood and putting bolts through them to mount the hi lift cheaply but haven't heard anything from anyone on here about doin it that way. Sounds good in theory, just haven't gotten to it yet.

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Old 09-01-2013, 04:45 PM   #3
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I've got two places where I mount mine, depending on whether or not I've got the basket installed on the roof rack...

Mounted on the side of the roof rack basket:



Or mounted to the tailgate hinges:

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The tailgate hinge mount looks sweet. Homemade? If so, can you provide some details?
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I've got two places where I mount mine, depending on whether or not I've got the basket installed on the roof rack...

Mounted on the side of the roof rack basket:



Or mounted to the tailgate hinges:

sorry to hijack but where did you get that hardtop.
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:56 PM   #6
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The tailgate hinge mount looks sweet. Homemade? If so, can you provide some details?
Yes, I built it. It's a bolt-on, no drilling or maiming the Jeep to install it. I may do a how-to thread on building one, but I haven't taken any detailed photos yet.

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sorry to hijack but where did you get that hardtop.
I never liked the design or lack of features/function of the factory hardtop so I did my own design with all the features I wanted in a hardtop, built molds, and molded it in fiberglass. It's modular so the side panels are removable - either hard side panels or roll-up soft side panels can be installed. It is strong enough to support a roof-top tent on top; it's also got a rear "barn door" for easy access to the cargo area, plus other features not found in a factory hardtop .
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Thanks, Trendsetter. I like the tailgate hinge mount idea. Is it possible for you to take a closeup or two so we can get an idea of how you did it?
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I take mine apart beam bolts to top of rear bumper and the rest its in a bag in gearbox inside. Stays out of the weather easy to reassemble and stays dry.
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You built that hard top ?
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I take mine apart beam bolts to top of rear bumper and the rest its in a bag in gearbox inside. Stays out of the weather easy to reassemble and stays dry.
sorry no pictures it's dark outside now. will post if someone needs
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You built that hard top ?
Yes. I designed it, made molds for the parts, and then molded the fiberglass parts in those molds. Here's a photo of the parts just out of the molds before trimming/cutting window holes/assembly/painting:



Sorry I don't mean to hijack the thread - now back to the Hi-Lift topic .
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Yes. I designed it, made molds for the parts, and then molded the fiberglass parts in those molds. Here's a photo of the parts just out of the molds before trimming/cutting window holes/assembly/painting: Sorry I don't mean to hijack the thread - now back to the Hi-Lift topic .
That is the coolest thing ever....
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:11 AM   #14
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Thanks, Loco Jeep. Looks like a great option. Can you explain how that mount works?

BTW, that's a pretty impressive looking Jeep you got there!
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I like the tail gate mount. I would like to see a how to thread as well.

At the moment I am using muffler clamps around the roll bar mounts. Cheap and easy...
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I was looking at drilling holes in the windshield bumpers on the hood and putting bolts through them to mount the hi lift cheaply but haven't heard anything from anyone on here about doin it that way. Sounds good in theory, just haven't gotten to it yet.


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That's where I mounted mine.... I tried to mount it on the hinges but it was in the way of my windshield sprayers..
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Ace engineering and fabrication will be releasing these hood mounts soon. They work great. I'm not sure how much they will be selling them for though.
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some additional ideas:

Off Road - Jackrabbit Manufacturing [receiver hitch mount]
black sands fabrication - Home [tire mount using receiver hitch with hi-lift add-on]
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Here's another jack mounting idea. I've got receivers bolted to both sides of my frame behind the front axle - I use them to hold jerry-can carriers when I'm on trips that might call for extra fuel:



The receivers bolt to the frame, so there's no drilling required on the Jeep. The jerry can carriers slip into the receivers. These receivers could also be used for a Hi-Lift mount, kind of like what Loco Jeep posted earlier today.



In addition to a receiver-mounted bracket supporting the bottom of the jack, a bracket secured by the windshield hinge bolts would hold the top end of the jack.

Just another idea FWIW.
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I have mine mounted to my front bumper using the hi-lift mounting kit.

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Not a fan of mounting it on the hood. I'm afraid it could go though the windshield. I mount mine to the roll bar behind the back seat. It stays cleaner.
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If you have a tube bumper or grille guard (like me) , just a couple u-bolts, washers, and wing nuts and attach it to the front.

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I started out with this, but switched to this set up. I like it more and now I room for my shovel.
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I mounted mine to the hood also

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Here's another jack mounting idea. I've got receivers bolted to both sides of my frame behind the front axle - I use them to hold jerry-can carriers when I'm on trips that might call for extra fuel: The receivers bolt to the frame, so there's no drilling required on the Jeep. The jerry can carriers slip into the receivers. These receivers could also be used for a Hi-Lift mount, kind of like what Loco Jeep posted earlier today. In addition to a receiver-mounted bracket supporting the bottom of the jack, a bracket secured by the windshield hinge bolts would hold the top end of the jack. Just another idea FWIW.
Where did you get your top? I am looking for something like that.
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Where did you get your top? I am looking for something like that.
It's home-made. Page up, I answered that question with a little more detail earlier in this thread. Don't want to hijack the thread by writing any more about it now.
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I've never cared for hood mounting, I just feel like you're gonna dent the hood taking it off/putting it back on. I prefer bumper mount, horizontal or vertical.

Jscherb is know to be the master of fab! He should be working for Jeep designing/building all the cool stuff that we all want! Y'all just search his name and check out his fab skills!!!
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Jscherb, any chance you might have a write-up or more pictures of your rear hinge mount for hi-lift? Really wish someone would sell a kit on Ebay for TJs.
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Jscherb, any chance you might have a write-up or more pictures of your rear hinge mount for hi-lift? Really wish someone would sell a kit on Ebay for TJs.
I haven't done a detailed write-up or any more photos, sorry.

I'm actually in the process of building a new version of it; I've simplified the design and made a few other minor changes.

While at SEMA I ran across these heavy-duty mounting clamps, they were being demonstrated holding all kinds of stuff, including a High Lift, so I got them to give me a sample pair to incorporate in my version 2 design.



Selling a kit for this on eBay isn't a bad idea, I'll give that some thought.

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