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Old 10-15-2010, 11:16 AM   #1
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Hi Lift Jack Mount - Do It Yourself

After looking at the cost of the hood mounts on various internet sites I figured I could make one just as good if not better myself. I enlisted some help of a couple buddies and the rest is history. I just thought I would share to prevent anyone else out there from overspending for something that a hampster could put together.

1. 40"x2"x2" piece of anlgle iron (I picked up at Home Depot - $15) - Ideally you would want to get at least a 40" piece, however HD only had pieces that were 36"

2. 4 new 1 x 1/4 hex bolts for the hood latches (it could be 5/16, don't remember)

3. 2 new 1 1/4 x 1/2 hex bolts for attaching two pieces of angle iron

4. 2+ new 1 1/2 x 1/2 hex bolts for attaching Hi Lift to angle iron

5. assorted washers, nuts, and 2+ wing nuts for attaching Hi Lift

Steps:

1. Cut two 3" pieces off of the angle iron and attach them to the top of the hood latch with the four 1 x 1/4 hex bolts.

2. You need at least 33" of angle iron left over in order cover the hood from latch to latch. Attach the long piece of angle to the 3" pieces making a backwards "C" with the open part of the C facing the windshield.

3. Drill as many holes as you would like in order to attach the Hi Lift to the angle iron. I made 5 holes, and has you can see i have 2 bolts on the handle side to compensate for the extra weight at the stand end.

4. I also used zip ties to keep the handle in place as well.

Thats about it. Pretty simple if you ask me. Total cost was in the neighborhood of $30. My buddy and I used titanium drill bits which worked really well. Also, I would suggest buying some rubber pieces that would go between the iron and the jack as well as between the wing nut and the jack. I would also suggest painting the angle iron for rust protection. I just dry fit this, and plan on finding some part like that.

The only issue I can forsee is that i can't throw the hood onto the windshield with the mount attached.

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Old 10-15-2010, 01:08 PM   #3
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Cool! I'm gonna give that a try and i'll write back when I see how it works. Thanks.
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Old 10-15-2010, 02:01 PM   #4
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Looks good! I built my own mount as well after seeing how expensive those things are! I even mounted lights to it =) I mounted mine a little further forword so that I could still lay the hood on the windshield with no problems
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square eyes do u have pics u can post?
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looks good! nice job.
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Old 10-18-2010, 01:57 PM   #7
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I posted a couple up not sure if you can see em or not but I'll try again.
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seems like it would be annoying to get that on and off, scratching, and hitting the hood. i mounted mine to the rollers of my winch.
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:20 PM   #10
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It's not bad lol haven't had any problems taking it on and off, the problem with where yours is mounted is that it's really easy to catch it or smash it on something always better to have one of your most important tools on the trail up and out of harms way
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i havent had any problems yet, want to mount it to the roof just being to cheap, i also have the removable hoop for the front and when i go rocking (Rarely) i toss it on and it protects that for the most part
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I know how it goes lol I spent a total of 9 bucks for the steel and the bolts on mine =) I'm also very cheap when it comes to things like that =P

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