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schism 06-09-2011 10:37 AM

Jack Question
What Jack do you use for changing tires off road?

The crappy stock scissor jack broke on first use (blew tire off road, on a hill, jack slipped and completely bent the threaded bar)!

So I need a new jack and I am trying to determine what my best option is. I have been told a good option would be a good bottle jack and to carry around a piece of plywood to have a good surface while off-road. Anyone have any better suggestions? If bottle jack is the way to go, what brand would you suggest?

Sorry for the silly questions, just don't want to get stuck with a broken jack in the middle of the Ozarks again!

Peepers 06-09-2011 10:49 AM

I carry a 3 ton bottle jack with a 14"x14" piece of plywood for a base, and some RV leveling blocks to lift the jack up higher so it can reach.

bamajeeper 06-09-2011 11:47 AM

If you are on trails often, you may want to invest in a HI-LIFT jack. Great for high centers on the trail. Can be used for winching too. But definately get a bottle jack too.

VolForce 06-09-2011 11:58 AM

A good bottle jack is the best and provides the most safety, make sure you get one large enough (dont know if you are lifted or not), and like Bama said, a hi-lift is good for many things but it has it's drawbacks as well.

schism 06-10-2011 10:09 AM

Thank you everyone, most definetly getting a good bottle jack and a piece of plywood kept in the jeep.

I may consider a Hi Lift later on for recovery. Have a winch mounted, but I am sure the day the winch gives in I will be grateful for the Hi Lift, versus the long walk to get help, as I usually jeep alone (I know, not recommended, I just don't know anyone in the area yet).

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