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I am relatively new to a jeep having bought it in september and i was thinking about if i ever get a flat or something happens where i need to change a tire. should i look into getting a hi-lift jack? right now i have 31's without any lift and i thought it may be difficult to change with an ordinary jack.
 

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High lifts arent the most stable things in the world for lifting a vehlicle.. But if your careful with how you place it and get a jack stand under your axle asap they are a good option as they can be nicely mounted on the outside of the Jeep. Look into a high lift jack offroad base to help with the jacks stability..
 

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Hi-Lift jacks are inherently unstable and are definitely not the preferred tool for a simple tire change. I even stopped carrying my Hi-Lift years ago since they are simply extra weight without me ever having much need to use them on the trail. In fact, I've only used mine twice in 15 years of offroading and neither time was it required or the safest way to have jacked up my Jeep. My Hi-Lift now lives permanently in a backyard shed.

Besides, the OE factory jack works fine for changing 35" tires, and even 37" in a pinch, no matter how tall the suspension lift is since you lift from the axle. Only tire height affects axle height.

Here's my factory jack lifting my axle with 35" tires, you can see it does so with room to spare. :)
 

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XJ's and ZJ's arent' the most difficult vehlicles to find in the yards. Im guessing if you found one that still had a stock jack in it those would work as well if not be the same ones used in the YJ's and TJ's durring there respective time frames
 

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I carry my stock jack, but there is a bottle jack in my garage that would be just as good as a replacement for $25...
 

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Unless I am out in the bush, flat tire results in phone call. That's why God created road side assistance. That and the fact that I have a wife.
That's a fantastic way to turn a minor inconvenience into a major hassle.

Just a couple of weeks ago, a middle-aged, able-bodied man had a flat tire in front of my house. I offered to change it for him. No way, said he. Called AAA. Three hours later, he was on his way.
 

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Not a problem here. I live in a town of 12k with a major interstate passing through and probably 3 tow truck services within a mile from my house. Sometimes it is best to NOT do something just because you can. If I had to be somewhere, I'll do what it takes. I don't use AAA. I use USAA and they allow me to call the service directly and then re-imburse me. This means the service gets paid pull price and not some discounted rate.

Missed three days of work last winter installing a battery in my wife's car....f-ed my back up. Could have had the local auto parts store do it for free. :)

I don't rotate tires, I don't do brakes, and I don't change oil even though I can and have many times. These services are just too cheap and the places need the business.
 

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I don't rotate tires, I don't do brakes, and I don't change oil even though I can and have many times. These services are just too cheap and the places need the business.
I've seen enough of these places screw up customer vehicles that I don't care if it costs me 3x as much to do it myself...at least I ensure it's done right. Or if something DOES get screwed up, I know exactly who to blame and don't have to hire an attorney to get it taken care of....
 

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s3nt3nc3d said:
I've seen enough of these places screw up customer vehicles that I don't care if it costs me 3x as much to do it myself...at least I ensure it's done right. Or if something DOES get screwed up, I know exactly who to blame and don't have to hire an attorney to get it taken care of....
Agreed. Last time I took a company truck to walmart I told them to use mobil one and they said they didn't have it and had valvoline that was "just the same" uh huh... Goodbye.
 

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Jerry Bransford said:
Hi-Lift jacks are inherently unstable and are definitely not the preferred tool for a simple tire change. I even stopped carrying my Hi-Lift years ago since they are simply extra weight without me ever having much need to use them on the trail. In fact, I've only used mine twice in 15 years of offroading and neither time was it required or the safest way to have jacked up my Jeep. My Hi-Lift now lives permanently in a backyard shed.

Besides, the OE factory jack works fine for changing 35" tires, and even 37" in a pinch, no matter how tall the suspension lift is since you lift from the axle. Only tire height affects axle height.

Here's my factory jack lifting my axle with 35" tires, you can see it does so with room to spare. :)
Agree x3. I've had mine since 98, and used it only three times Once on the trail, as a hand winch, before we got the electric 8k winch, to pull a fence post, and to lift the corner of my back porch for foundation work. My hi lift lives in the barn.
 
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