|08-04-2014 10:51 PM|
So long as the rock rails are bolted onto your frame you can definitely jack em up that way. I've been doing a lot of reading on them and you can change a tire with a hi lift so long as you use them safely and correctly (don't get between the handle and rail, use jack stands, use a larger foot base if necessary)
Also depending on which model you get it can be used as a clamp. Look up some videos on YouTube it saved me a ton of time
|08-04-2014 09:50 PM|
|08-04-2014 09:43 PM|
|08-04-2014 07:47 PM|
|cdeslandes||I believe it's safe to jack at the front bumpers, as long as it's right at the frame extensions.|
|08-04-2014 06:37 PM|
Got my 60" Hi-Lift jack about 24 years ago. It's been in three different 4x4's over that period.
Used it once off-road, to lift the front of one of my rigs up out of a deep rut. Very useful for that. Otherwise? Not so much. I've used it around the house a few times to tug and lift things. They deserve respect. Can get off-plumb and topple pretty easily, sending everything crashing down.
Potentially useful? Sure. A must-have? Probably not, not for me anyway. I carry a shovel too, and rarely have to use it. Most frequent used hand-tool I carry is a bow saw, for clearing fallen logs from the trail.
|08-04-2014 12:00 PM|
But think about it: the rock rails are designed to take the whole weight of one side of the Jeep, if necessary, without crushing and allowing body damage. So it makes sense they would be fine as a jacking point.
I also have the wheel-lift adapter, but of course that's useless if you need to change a tire. But that's something to do with the stock jack anyway. If you're on mud or some sort of terrain that isn't conducive to using the stock jack, well, move the dang Jeep! It's not like a flat renders the thing immobile.
|08-03-2014 09:36 PM|
|bmwchicken||I have a 60" Hi-Lift for sale if anyone is interested. It's brand new, never used, still in the box. Let me know!|
|08-01-2014 03:06 PM|
|08-01-2014 02:34 PM|
I am not an expert but I have only seen two sizes - 48 and 60. I went to my local offroad shop when i wanted to get Lunatic one for his birthday. He is lifted and on 37s. They said the 48. Another issue with the 60 is that limits mounting options.
I do not believe it would be a good idea to jack the whole weight on the rails but leave this to others who know more than I do.
|08-01-2014 02:23 PM|
I have a question that can be related to Chomperz's question:
Can I use Hi-Lift to jack up my stock Rubicon by the rock rails doing something like tire changing?
|08-01-2014 02:01 PM|
Noobie question here... I feel silly for asking, but I'm gonna throw it out there anyways...
How do you know how high of a jack you need? Simply by how high your Jeep is?
|10-10-2011 10:44 AM|
I've been using a HiLift for over 40 years and I've ALWAYS kept them inside and either booted (snow/mud/dirt) or wrapped--
About 6 months ago, I gotta HiLift "JACKGUARD" and it'a a black case that encloses the jack and makes strapped storage easy and allows you to carry it anywhere with one hand--kinda like a gun case/w handle-
|10-10-2011 10:23 AM|
|CG3||I think it's rather like insurance. If you have it, you most likely won't need it. If you don't, you'll need it for sure...|
|10-10-2011 09:30 AM|
|zaitcev||I only used my Hi-Lift for recovery once, after being high-centered. I still have plastic bumpers, so I drove its nose into wheel spokes, then threw rocks under the raised wheel until I was able to roll off. The question is, is the jack worth it? Well, I also carry a spare tire and never had to use it, so I suppose Hi-Lift was more useful than spare, for me.|
|10-10-2011 05:54 AM|
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|10-09-2011 11:04 PM|
|off a cough||
Although you might think they look cool, just don't bolt the thing on and carry it back and forth to work every day. It's heavy and just going to burn gas.
|10-09-2011 10:57 PM|
|Car123||So buy a Hi-Lift would be a good idea?|
|10-09-2011 10:36 PM|
|10-09-2011 10:32 PM|
P.S. Hi-Lift is hazardous if you do not follow instructions to the letter for the reasons of being tired, drunk, or complacent.
|10-09-2011 10:28 PM|
|jk'n||A foot square piece of plywood under the jack helps in the soft stuff.|
|10-09-2011 10:24 PM|
|10-09-2011 10:24 PM|
|jkaufman_95||I was totally against them. But my mind can be changed. They have a lot of valid uses. I might have to get one. They also make a spreader tip for the top that can be used as a vehicle extraction device which is cool.|
|10-09-2011 10:21 PM|
|jk'n||If you are out in the middle of the woods and need to change your tire, I wouldn't want to try it with the stock scissors jack. I would go with the high lift. I wouldn't ever be putting any part of my body under the jeep though while it is jacked.|
|10-09-2011 10:16 PM|
|CG3||I have a buddy that got himself high centered on something... he used his high lift to jack his toyo up and shove it off the lift about 3 times... voile' - no longer high centered...|
|10-09-2011 10:12 PM|
|Car123||haha jimbo thats awesome!!!!!!|
|10-09-2011 10:10 PM|
|off a cough||
Never use a hi-lift to change a tire unless conditions prohibit any other possible alternative.
The hi-lift is good to get you over an obstacle, esp if you're high-centered or something. It can be used to tweak your Jeep a little one direction or the other to get around a tree. There are a number of creative uses and it can save you.
I've never needed mine. I had it bolted on my TJ for years. It was extra weight and the paint has flaked off from road salt.
I'll clean it up and figure a way to take it with me when I need it, and leave it at home the rest of the time.
Or better yet, remember that you generally only need one for an entire party of Jeeps running a trail together...
Let me repeat, though, don't change a tire with a hi-lift.
|10-09-2011 10:05 PM|
|jk'n||Jimbo, you've done it again. Who'd a thunk?.....an anchor! Let me add that to the many uses of a high lift. I'm impressed!|
|10-09-2011 10:05 PM|
|Redsand||it would be a pretty crappy day but you can use it as a winch, but it wouldnt be fun|
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