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Old 06-28-2018, 04:42 PM
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Novice question: bottle jack storage?

Jeep doesn't have a scissor jack under the hood. But I have this small 8 ton bottle jack from Harbor Freight. I've read conflicting reports on storing it on it's side, but the manual says nothing about keeping it upright. Could I just strap this guy under the hood? Will the heat ruin it...? Otherwise I'll just ebay or wrecking yard an OEM jack.

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Would a bottle jack even lift your jeep high enough? I would test that out. Why not just get a hi lift? I wouldn't want to risk not having the means of recovery.

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I have a bottle jack under the pass seat in my truck at work and there is a oily stain underneath it from it laying on it's side. I have no idea how long it's been like that (not the truck I started out in) but I am guessing that it doesn't work anymore. That being said I have a 20 ton bottle jack attached to the roll bar standing up of course.
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I'd get a scissor jack and a 12" square piece of 3/4" plywood.
The Hi Lift jack is a poor method to lift a Jeep to change a tire.
Depending on what you find in a junkyard, Harbor Freight has a 2.5T scissor jack for $35.00.
I bought a used stock YJ jack and bracket along with the other jack tools locally for $20.00. My whole jack and tools was missing along with the bracket when I bought my Jeep. I think I got a bargain.

If your Jeep is lifted a piece of 4X4 and a piece of 2X4 will come in handy.

NEVER get under any vehicle when supported by a jack alone.

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Would a bottle jack even lift your jeep high enough? I would test that out. Why not just get a hi lift? I wouldn't want to risk not having the means of recovery.
A highlift is probably the least useful and most dangerous item that new jeepers seem to always think they need... I have two that stay in my barn for use at home but will never take one on the trail...
A bottle jack or scissor jack is far safer and more than capable.
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Thanks guys. So I'll just get a scissor to go under the hood, save the bottle jack for at home (and yes, I have jack stands!).
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I personally wouldn't trust my factory scissor jack. I do have both. Hi lifts are dangerous no doubt, but that's why you need to understand what makes them dangerous. I have a cover for mine to keep it lubricated and am looking for the base attachment for added safety. Keep your hands and head away from the triangle of course.
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Even a Wiffle ball can be dangerous in the right hands.
Knowing your abilities and the nature of the item you're using is imperative.
A Hi-Lift jack has it's uses on the homestead and on the trail. I have one for each. I've never used my jack on the trail (nor my winch for that matter).

If you're high centered in snow or on a log a winch might get you off. If you don't have a winch or a good anchor point, the Hi-Lift might do the job. You can use the Hi-Lift as a come-a-long, but I prefer a wire come-a-long a lot more.

The best bet is go out with experienced 4 wheelers and learn what works and what doesn't work. Listen to the older folks and use your best judgement. On the trail, it's a long wait for help. The wait seems even longer when you're in a lot of pain from a poorly though out stunt.

See my #4 post.

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Ah the hi-lift jack lol.
You guys are taking me back to my “young & dumb” days.
I remember once I aired down a tire to low (popped of the bead) on the trail & was changing the tire with a hi-lift jack.
Needless to say I wasn’t paying attention & in a moment of “hold my beer & watch this” I let go of the jack handle & it wasn’t locked= the handle flipped up, caught me under the chin & took me off my feet. I was seeing stars lol.
Anyway On topic,
My Jeeps all came stock with a bottle jack mounted on its side under the hood in the tool tray.
It’s no where near high enough to lift a Jeep with 33’s or bigger though (I doubt it would be enough for even 31’s.).
For tire changes a scissor lift is probably a better bet.
For trails I still use a hi-lift. And for service I use a regular jack.
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The factory yj scissor jack has no problem at all w 35's... add a small wood block and 38's are a non issue

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