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Old 02-15-2014, 10:55 AM   #1
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Hi-Lift jack questions

I'm getting ready to buy a Hi-Lift jack. I see that they offer three products with the most popular being the cast and steel and the all cast types. For the $10 difference, I've decided to go with the all cast type.. But what size do I need? I have 33" tires on a 4" lift, so will the 42' jack be sufficient or should I get the 48"? Also, where is the best place to mount it? I won't be leaving it on my Jeep, just tasking it me when I go off road. The hood mounts won't work for me because I'd have to carry a stepladder in order to get it down. I have tube bumpers, so was thinking of using u-bolts to latch it on when I go out. Has anyone ever done this? The fancy tube adapters that Hi-Lift sells are $65, almost as much money as the jack itself. Does anyone sell bracket mounts that allow you to mount it to the wheel wells behind the back seat?

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There's lots of threads on mounting locations, mines mounted in the garage on the floor, I rarely take it with me and it is highly dangerous to use a high lift for changing tires. My factory will raise my Jeep with a 4" lift and 33's high enough to change a tire.

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There's lots of threads on mounting locations, mines mounted in the garage on the floor, I rarely take it with me and it is highly dangerous to use a high lift for changing tires. My factory will raise my Jeep with a 4" lift and 33's high enough to change a tire.
Lol. Who wants the extra weight? My tiny bottle jack works just fine and fits behind my seat.
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There's lots of threads on mounting locations, mines mounted in the garage on the floor, I rarely take it with me and it is highly dangerous to use a high lift for changing tires. My factory will raise my Jeep with a 4" lift and 33's high enough to change a tire.
That's good to know. I don't have the factory jack, just an empty spot in the engine bay. Maybe I will just look for a replacement. Thanks for that bit of information.
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Lol. Who wants the extra weight? My tiny bottle jack works just fine and fits behind my seat.
I have a bottle jack for my horse trailer and it must weigh 25 pounds, so I don't think it would save that much on weight. And it won't reach my frame unless you set it on blocks.
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I have a 48".

Carrying it with you all the time is up to you. It came in handy from time to time. I used it to bend my front bumper out of my wheel well after sliding into a pole in the snow once.

I used to lay it across the rear wheel wells behind the factory family roll cage. Right inside the tail gate. Then ratchet strapped it in place so it wouldn't become a projectile in an accident. Worked well.
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Oh. And definitely do not use it to change tries. I sent my yj into a set of shelves in my garage once learning how to use the hi-lift.
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:15 AM   #8
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The 42" should be just fine. And definitely worth it ... one of the best, most important tools I've added. I carry mine all the time, but also have a smaller jack for use around the shop.
The custom mounts are cool, but if you're creative, you can fab your own pretty easily - the bar has holes all thru it and bolts down easy - bumper, behind seat, etc...
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At this point, it would almost be cheaper to buy a Hi-Lift jack than replace my missing factory jack. The factory jacks on eBay are expensive, dirty and rusty, and I'm not sure they would be any safer to use than a Hi-Lift.. The video on the Hi-Lift site demonstrates how to use the jack safely, i.e. chocking the wheels and keeping your head away from the jack handle. I'm still trying to decide what to do.
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At this point, it would almost be cheaper to buy a Hi-Lift jack than replace my missing factory jack. The factory jacks on eBay are expensive, dirty and rusty, and I'm not sure they would be any safer to use than a Hi-Lift.. The video on the Hi-Lift site demonstrates how to use the jack safely, i.e. chocking the wheels and keeping your head away from the jack handle. I'm still trying to decide what to do.

Throw caution to the wind, send your jeep into a set of shelves....


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Go to an auto store, get a bottle jack, throw it behind your seat, or in the back, anything. Do not use a hi-lift to change a tire. This is a recovery jack, not a daily use jack.
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Throw caution to the wind, send your jeep into a set of shelves.... Just sayin. Go to an auto store, get a bottle jack, throw it behind your seat, or in the back, anything. Do not use a hi-lift to change a tire. This is a recovery jack, not a daily use jack.
Ok Nate, I'm hearing you loud and clear, I will get a jack that's more appropriate for changing a tire, that's really all I want/need it for at this point.
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Ok Nate, I'm hearing you loud and clear, I will get a jack that's more appropriate for changing a tire, that's really all I want/need it for at this point.
Thanks, i mean, it's no skin off my nose if you do use a hi-lift for your tire changes. Im just trying to relate experneice. I thought the same way when i got my hi-lift. People told me i was wrong, i didnt want to listen. I figured if i was careful i'd be fine, they were all just too paranoid.


I was wrong. :P
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Also, the YJ scisor jack isnt bad. The one that came from the factory. I know guys that refuse to use it though. It works, i used to use it for all of my garage work. it's not a great jack though. I actually stripped the threads on mine i used it so much. I went to a local jeep boneyard and got a replacement. The guy there told me he only used those things in emergencies.

A bottle jack doesnt take up a lot of space, and its really a better jack.
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Also, the YJ scisor jack isnt bad. The one that came from the factory. I know guys that refuse to use it though. It works, i used to use it for all of my garage work. it's not a great jack though. I actually stripped the threads on mine i used it so much. I went to a local jeep boneyard and got a replacement. The guy there told me he only used those things in emergencies. A bottle jack doesnt take up a lot of space, and its really a better jack.
I really appreciate your concern. I actually just found a scissor jack in the garage that must have come off my daughter's 91, so I cleaned it up and put it in the hood mount. It should work if I ever need to change a tire when off-road (otherwise I have AAA). My daughter lives in another state now, so I don't think she'll care.
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:31 PM   #15
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I've taken the hi-lift handle to the head once.... Lesson learned. I also helped a friend flip his bronco II over after he flipped it on its side off a retaining wall while doing a solid axle swap... Good times
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:37 PM   #16
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I can honestly say my hijack has saved me quit a bit. Never actually use it for tires but has got me out of a few mud holes and kept me from flipping into another. But it's all in the eyes of the beholder
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:09 PM   #17
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Well, as a woman (and an old one at that), I'm mainly trying trying to make my jeep off-road ready. I don't plan on doing anything extreme, just trails, and I don't plan on going anywhere alone, I just want to be prepared and be able to change a tire if necessary. It sounds like there are other reasons for having a Hi-Lift, so I may consider investing in one at some point, but for now I feel better just having the little factory scissor jack stowed under the hood.
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:24 PM   #18
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I have never had to use my Hi-Lift but it is there if I ever need it. I would not recommend mounting it on the hood if you trail ride. I had mine hood mounted until a tree limb got caught on it and I now have a ripped hood. Mine is now mounted in the rear.
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I think a good quality bottle jack will do you just fine. A 2x12 cut to fit the bottom will give it a better footprint if you're in soft ground. I totally agree with Nate, A Hi Lift is for recovery only. I would never change a tire with one.

That being said, I'm a huge supporter of Hi Lift jacks & the proper use of them. Mine has saved me numerous times & paid for itself the first time I used it. I'll never go out on the trails without it.

You might pick one up in the future, they do come in handy.
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I have a 48" hilift I've used it several times but I use my bottle neck if I am able to
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I usually only take my 60" hi lift when I'm out on the trail. Other than that, I just have a bottle jack in the back.
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Hi Jack

Is it safe to put this heavy jack on the side of the Safari rack on the roof or it has to go on the backside of the rack .
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I see them bolted to the side of a safari rack all the time. I don't have a rack, so I can't see the build quality. In the end if you think it's safe go for it. If it's sketchy, mount it somewhere else.
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I kept both jacks in my Jeep. I've had to use my Hi-Lift several times already, it's an invaluable tool.

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