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Old 08-10-2015, 04:15 PM
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Is a Hi-Lift jack worth it?

I just installed a 2.5" lift on my YJ, and now I'm considering purchasing a Hi-Lift jack for emergencies.

My issue is I'm not exactly sure where I'd want to jack up my Jeep. I got my rear bumper w/ tire carrier from craigslist and the bolts didn't line up, so I drilled through my frame to install the bumper.

Lately the bumper was kinda bouncy/shaky during driving, so I had the bumper welded to my frame. Do you think its sturdy enough to hold my Jeep in the air?

Also, if I were to mount it to my hood, how concerned would I have to be about the winter conditions messing up the jack/mechanism?

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Old 08-10-2015, 04:23 PM   #2
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you don't want to use a high lift jack to change a tire,or to use while working on the jeep. they are unstable for that type of work... Go to get a nice aluminum jack 1.5-2 tons and call it a day.. harbor freight has them on sale all the time...

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Old 08-10-2015, 04:26 PM
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Thank you! I'll stop by HF on my way home from work!
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I have their 1.5 ton.. got it with a coupon for around $60. Lifts the jeep and the tahoe just fine... always use safety jacks of course if doing any major project.
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I have the HF 1.5 ton "racing" jack and I'm completely happy with it.
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:12 PM   #6
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IMO, hi lift jacks are pretty worthless. They do nothing my winch & bottle jack can't do. I think they are more dangerous than helpful. Just my opinion though.
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:56 PM   #7
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My Harbor Freight Aluminum floor jack has been great, well worth the purchase price. Be sure to pickup a magazine or mailer for the 20% off coupon.
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I use a 20 or 50 ton bottle jack on the trail. Its easily tall enough to reach. It also works great on the towrig. The few times I've used the Hi-lift offroad it was very handy. If at least one person has one on the trail you should be ok. Be sure the Hi-lift is well greased and you know how to use it.
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learn how to use the hi-lift as a trail tool. Can be very helpful. I would, however, look into some of the accessories that make lifting your vehicle with the jack safer - like a lift mate.
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A hi-Lift jack is like any tool. Having it is important and knowing how to use it is equally important. Attached photos show how I mount mine. Two 3/8 muffler clamps, (about $8.00) and it is out of the weather. I carry a small tool box with tree straps and chains and clevis'. There are other doo-dads that help to make it handier. Check out online catalogs. Not any where as handy as a winch, but not any where as expensive as a winch. NEVER get under a vehicle when it it only supported by any jack.
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:35 AM
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Thanks for the input everybody! I think I'm gonna just pick up a nice bottle jack from Harbor Freight and call it a day. I don't do much wheeling here in Buffalo (unfortunately) so I really only need this jack in case of changing a flat tire.
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Changing big flat tires on Jeeps sucks. I just carry a plug kit and an air compressor with me now. My back thanks me, ain't no way I'm carrying that those tires lol... I too have a bottle jack on board with a 4x4 block of wood underneath, also have the stock scissor jack just in case.
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Makes for a good decoration. lol If you don'y mud much.
Check out my pics in bio. I have never had to use it. Been out plenty of times.
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I've used mine as a clamp, a spreader, a pry bar, and a bead breaker, I've used the handle as a breaker bar when slipped over the handle of a ratchet, and a tie rod reinforcement in a pinch.

very handy tool if you don't just think of it as just a jack


keep it out of the weather and well lubricated to keep it working as it should..mine's mounted to the rear bars of the cage and wears the neoprene cover to keep it clean when going topless
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I own one, only in the Jeep when in off road. Use it around the property as a tool more than I have ever used it as a jack. Tool worth having.
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I bought one a couple months ago. It made installing the new body bushings a lot easier. The alternative was a floor jack and precariously stacking 2x4's to reach the floorboard.
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I bought one 35 years ago, when I discovered (the hard way, duh) that the stock bottle jack from my Datsun wouldn't reach the lifted axle. But I use it more often on farm equipment than on vehicles. Actually, as far as I recall, I most recently used it to help load and install a hot tub...
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I bought one 35 years ago, when I discovered (the hard way, duh) that the stock bottle jack from my Datsun wouldn't reach the lifted axle. But I use it more often on farm equipment than on vehicles. Actually, as far as I recall, I most recently used it to help load and install a hot tub...
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