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Old 01-02-2013, 08:35 AM   #1
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What's the best type of jack to use for BL install?

As the topic states, what is the best type of jack to use to lift the body to install a BL? I currently have a dreadful 3" BL and a 2-3.5" suspension lift. I would like to replace the BL with one that is only 1.25", but I'm not sure what type/size of jack to use. I've even debated pulling my Jeep in to our warehouse on the weekend and using our forklift...but that seems a little sketchy...

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I don't know the answer but the forklift idea doesn't seem like the best ha. Might work but just sounds like a bad idea.

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I just used my highlift on the side with some wood to distribute the weight a bit
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A 2x4 along the rocker guards (from the back of the front flare to the front of the back flare) and a floor jack.
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I used a cherry picker and hooked itnthe the roll bar
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:18 AM   #6
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I used a floor jack with a length of 4x4 piece of wood between the tub & floor jack to create the additional lift height required.
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As the topic states, what is the best type of jack to use to lift the body to install a BL? I currently have a dreadful 3" BL and a 2-3.5" suspension lift. I would like to replace the BL with one that is only 1.25", but I'm not sure what type/size of jack to use. I've even debated pulling my Jeep in to our warehouse on the weekend and using our forklift...but that seems a little sketchy...
If I had a forklift I trusted and room to use it, that would be my first choice. Scoot the forks close to each other, lay a sticker across the ends that is about 18" long, and put that right on the formed body mount channel between two body mounts. Lift carefully making sure you don't forget the one under the grill and you should be fine.
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I use a length of two 2x6s screwed together. It gives a wide 'footprint' and is quite stable by essentially being a 4x6.

If you lift near the body mount just in front of the rear tires, you can jack it high enough where you can access all five mounts (each side at a time). You only have to move it to do the other side and the grill.

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