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Old 11-11-2007, 02:29 PM   #1
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Hi Lift jack and mounting

Looking to add a Hi Lift jack to the van's arsenal. Which version do you recommend, the 48" or the 60"?

Now here is the trickier part, where and how to mount it? Van has Reunel bumpers front and rear if it matters, rear currently has no tire rack or box, but I'm working on a potential Aluminess box for it. Prefer a low profile mount if possible.

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Old 11-13-2007, 07:30 PM   #2
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underneath?

I'd be curious if anyone's mounted a high-lift jack hidden away underneath their van? I don't have custom bumpers, and like the idea of using some of that copious space I see under my van.

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Old 11-13-2007, 08:40 PM   #3
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I haven't figured out where to mount mine yet. I'd go 60" if you find the room...

Under the van seems like you're as likely to pull out a hunk of rusted metal as a jack in a year, unless you get some kind of tight storage container that fits the jack.

I know guys in the Jeep world who will take the Hi-Lift down to it's component pieces and arrange them all under the hood- a practice I never understood because when I need a Hi-Lift, the last thing I want to do is root around undoing and assembling things.

I think it needs to go somewhere you can monitor the degradation (oil and clean occasionally), somewhere easy to get to- whilst teetering on two wheels or sunk in mud up to the gunwales, and also somewhere where you won't mind putting it away after it's coated in mud and grime from getting you out of that last situation...

So if I ever figure out *where* that is on my van I'll let everybody know, but I'm really hoping someone else with a little more genius has (or will) figure it out first.
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:02 PM   #4
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Those are some good points, jage. I hadn't thought about a case -- but a Google search shows that someone else has...

This looks interesting: http://www.jackguard.com/

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Old 11-13-2007, 09:07 PM   #5
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Has anyone here actually used the hi-lift jack to raise the van enough to change a tire?

I doubt that the 48"er would do it. I really don't think any of them would work without the wheel lift accessory. In that case a 48"er might work. You will need to carry a jack stand, too, and not a wimpy one.
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:14 PM   #6
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Based on what Jeffery is asking I'm thinking a practice run in the driveway is in order before expecting to have the Hi-Lift work in the field... proof of concept and all.

Also I usually throw the spare under the vehicle before jacking and then the bad rim and tire before taking out the spare, so the vehicle always has something else to come down on besides me.... and of course that doesn't exclude then using the jack stand.
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:14 PM   #7
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Oh and the 60" give you an extra foot to work with when you're using the jack as a come-a-long, which makes a big difference when you need it (can't winch backwards!)
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Old 11-17-2007, 09:06 AM   #8
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I've said this before and I'll say it again, I've used a hi-lift jack with no problems to change a tire (in the dirt I might add). I do not use the wheel lift. I do not use a jack stand (I dont crawl under the van either). YOu do not even need to keep the axel from droping but it helps. I do use the "bumper sling". I would strongly reccomend not putting the jack under the van. When the van is burried in the sand, mud etc how will you get the jack out?
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I've wondered the same thing as Geoff. There must be a good way to store it under then van, if maybe just the rail/upright piece. I've got mine in a vinyl bag that would keep it mostly clean. I still haven't figured an easy way to carry it though. Maybe just some PVC?

You can winch backwards. I guess there was a demo at the last rally. Jonathan was explaining it to me when I picked up my van. I guess it involved 5 snatch blocks, and looked like it would tear the van apart, but it worked. I get a brain bleed thinking about, but you can do it apparently. They guy from ARB did the demo. He actually lives around here. I think I'm going to have to see if I can get him to explain it.
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Yeah but who seriously would carry 5 snatch blocks?
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