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Old 04-04-2011, 10:10 PM
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Where do you mount your Hi-Lift jacks?

I'm new to Jeeping. Just bought a 97 TJ which came with a bunch of accessories, including a 4' Hi-Lift Jack.

There's a bracket which holds the jack, handle and shovel - just wondering where to mount it?

I'm currently running a hardtop, but that will be gone in favor of a bikini when (if) the sun ever comes out in the very wet Pacfic Northwest.

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Old 04-04-2011, 10:58 PM   #2
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first, welcome. secondly DO NOT mount it to your bumpers. it can (and will bend it on road) i would mount it to the roll bar after you run a bikini top, or just junk it a lot of guys dont really like the hi-lift's ive never used one but i carry a 4 ton bottle jack and oh well yeah my winch

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I mount my Hi-Lift to the floor in my backyard shed where it provides a home for the shed's couple of resident black widow spiders. Actually it just lays in there.

I stopped carrying my Hi-Lift years ago, I personally just never really needed it and it was just an unnecessary amount of weight. They certainly aren't needed for changing tires or the problems I run into on the trail.

If I ever need one on the trail, there will probably be 8-10 of them within 300 yards of me at any given time.
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Jerry, the Anti-Hilifter!

I have had use for it when a fellow Jeeper got stuck in a gully in TN. Slashed a tire BAD AND he was stuck. Used the hilift on his rig to get it high enough that he could get to the tire. There are uses, but for NORMAL tire changing situations, I use the bottle jack or my floor jack in my garage.

My hilift is mounted to the cage via some clamps from McMaster-Carr.


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They are great for situations like erickpl stated above. If you need to lift the jeep off of rocks or out of a gully or whenever the jeep is hopelessly stuck and you need to lift the body of the jeep. That said, I carried mine for years and years and never had a situation a regular jack or winch couldn't work the same so I quit carrying it. They can be extremely dangerous and the vehicle can easily move taking the jack, the jeep, and your legs with it. They would always be my VERY LAST resort for jacking up a jeep.
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