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Old 12-14-2012, 09:41 AM   #31
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I think my PO must have lost and then swapped in a different bottle jack in mine.. It barely lifts my 31's and the base is so small if I'm on sand or gravel it just pushes it into the ground. Its worthless
The factory jack has multiple sections, it will even lift a 37" tire off the ground if you extend it up all the way. Some don't realize it will go as tall as it does simply because they haven't put enough effort into learning how to use their jack. And the basics of offroading say that you simply need to carry a small piece of plywood to be placed under a jack if you're wheeling on mud, gravel, sand, etc. I have been carrying a 12" square of 3/4" plywood for those types of trail surfaces for 15 years.

Here's a picture of the factory jack lifting my 35" tire with probably 3" of clearance under the tire.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:37 PM   #32
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...so what part of a bottle jack is "unsafe?"
I guess what my thinking was, that a bottle jack (usually) has a small point of contact and narrow base. The PO said his contact point was the size of a quarter.

I was merely suggesting, that a safer alternative would be a sturdy floor jack, one with a large cup or area that would hold more of your Jeep.

I didn't get that the PO was looking for a jack for out on the train, but maybe I'm wrong.

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Old 12-18-2012, 11:19 PM   #33
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I think my PO must have lost and then swapped in a different bottle jack in mine.. It barely lifts my 31's and the base is so small if I'm on sand or gravel it just pushes it into the ground. Its worthless
you're doing it wrong.

there's also the Land Rover bottle jack option. ~$5 at your local junkyard. lifts ~19" high.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:42 AM   #34
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With most bottle jacks you can extend the height by unscrewing the top of the jack. Turn it till it reaches the jack point then start pumping. As Jerry mentioned you should put the jack on a board so it doesn't sink in the ground or sand.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:45 AM   #35
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Here is what a cheap bottle jack can do...luckily it didn't damage me or the axle....

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I actually now carry my floor jack with me, yes its a pain but it actually fits nicely in the back between the tailgate and rear seat...
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:25 PM   #36
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I actually now carry my floor jack with me, yes its a pain but it actually fits nicely in the back between the tailgate and rear seat...
I did that in my Grand Cherokee for the longest time, floor jack and a bag of my "most used on jeep" tools.
It liked to randomly need things replaced in parking lots, but I guess thats what 240,000 miles will get ya

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