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Old 04-27-2010, 02:16 PM   #1
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Hi-Lift Jacks

After the little dilemma in DV with Cellular-Steve I now think a Hi-Lift jack is something I want to have, but I have a few questions. I read through the archives and understand there are several options other than a Hi-Lift but in Steveís situation the Hi-Lift was about the only thing that got him out of the jam he was in. A bottle or air jack would not have worked IMO. The Hi-Lift worked well but his van is much lighter than mine.
My weights last time I checked:
Total = 11,080
F axle = 4,320
R axle = 6,760
LF = 2,340
RF = 1,980
LR = 3,340
RR = 3,360

One member made the comment he was barely able to get the wheel off the ground while lifting off the bumper but Iím not sure I want to use it for that unless itís my only choice.

SoÖ.
<<Will the heavy duty model lift my axle or am I asking for trouble?>>

<<What size should I get if buy one? Any advantage of the 60Ē over the 48Ē?>>
I understand where lifting the bumper would require the tallest jack.


SMB can mount it under the front bumper.
<<Mistake?>>

Itís heavy and difficult to remove/install mounted there plus I donít know what it will do to the air flow if any. It sets up high so Iím not really worried about hitting it and if I sink to a point that I canít get it out, I still have a winch.
Iím resisting mounting above the fairlead because it blocks the license plate and the fog lights, plus because the SMB kit mount sticks out so far, it causes trouble for me when parking the van at home. Mounting on top of the bumper is possible but I would rather not have it there for ďlooksĒ reason. My back bumper has a pull pal and large equipment box in the way but if there is a way to sneak it in back there Iím all ears. Also, Iím open to any other suggestions or views.

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Old 04-27-2010, 03:09 PM   #2
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Re: Hi-Lift Jacks

Dave,
I mounted mine on the front bumper and you can also mount it to the top tube of your bumper as well. There not that heavy so issues there. If you want to see what it looks like, check out my gallery and see how it looks.
Also go to YouTube and watch Bill Burkes video on HI Lifts great info for all users.
Smart choice,
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Old 04-27-2010, 05:41 PM   #3
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Re: Hi-Lift Jacks

someone here build a very cool mount
will have to hunt

i think i gotta get one as Wilson has no winch only a wench

what say you all?

(i mean after all Dave is getting one
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Old 04-27-2010, 05:55 PM   #4
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Re: Hi-Lift Jacks

I'm looking into getting a Yakima Mega Warrior basket for up top. Yakima sell Hi-Lift brackets to put it on the side of that.

In the middle of moving right now, but if/when I pull the trigger I'll post pics and a review.
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Old 04-27-2010, 08:06 PM   #5
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Re: Hi-Lift Jacks

I've seen some folks drop em right in the middle of their hoods... That's probably not for everybody though. =)
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:33 PM   #6
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Dave ,
I have used the Hi Lift Products for over 30 years and have had nothing but good results , the key to it's use is to think your situation out as I know that you do and proceed slowly . If you purchase I would recommend the 60" (Extreme) as it will give you a little more utility and get their base to stabilize in sandy or off camber situations as well as the following accessories
listed in the order of importance . Lift Mate , Bumper Lift ( for use on your shackles ) Fix It Kit
and the Handle Keepers ( I hate rattles ) I would also suggest a very heavy duty 2,000 lb.
6 to 8 foot Ratchet Strap to be used when your situation warrant's the securing and limiting of
travel on your front suspension ( go to www.rimrockmtn.com ) and see Jack Straps . I didn't purchase their's I made my own . I use to use a short choker chain but have found the strap a better alternative .
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:45 PM   #7
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Dave,

I built some brackets for my Hi-lift jack. Check it out in this picture. Tomorrow I will take some close ups and explanation of what I did. Let me know.

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Dave ,
I used the Yakima Mounts on the front bumper as suggested by Blackeye and been very pleased with
the function .
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Dave,
I mounted mine on the front bumper and you can also mount it to the top tube of your bumper as well.
Cheers
Canít put it where yours is. If I close my gate where itís parked, I canít walk by the van to get into the house and if I get the 60Ē it would block the fog lights. Steve mounted his on top but I really donít like the way it looks. I mean it doesnít look bad but mounted under the bumper looks better. Iím gonna have to factor how many times I would even have to use it. Usually I can ďrigĒ my way out of a situation using my winch and the numerous snatch blocks and slings I carry.

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someone here build a very cool mount
will have to hunt.
Seems I recall a nice rear bumper mount and I do remember someone that had one attached to the spare. Maybe I call Dave @ Aluminess.

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I'm looking into getting a Yakima Mega Warrior basket for up top. Yakima sell Hi-Lift brackets to put it on the side of that.
I have a large rack up top and have enough weight up there already so canít do that. Its got to be mounted on one of the bumpers somewhere.

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I've seen some folks drop em right in the middle of their hoods... That's probably not for everybody though. =)


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Dave ,
If you purchase I would recommend the 60" (Extreme) as it will give you a little more utility and get their base to stabilize in sandy or off camber situations as well as the following accessories listed in the order of importance. Lift Mate, Bumper Lift ( for use on your shackles ) Fix It Kit and the Handle Keepers ( I hate rattles ) I would also suggest a very heavy duty 2,000 lb. 6 to 8 foot Ratchet Strap to be used when your situation warrant's the securing and limiting of travel on your front suspension. I use to use a short choker chain but have found the strap a better alternative.

I used the Yakima Mounts on the front bumper as suggested by Blackeye and been very pleased with the function.
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I agree Greg. I think it was Veg Hed that said he almost ran out of Jack lifting the bumper during a flat. I do plan to get the accessories youíre discussing. Right now itís where to put the thing. I think Steve had the tall one. Like I said, it canít stick out any further than the fairlead cover and I really do not want to give up my front plate. You got a pic in your album?

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Dave, I built some brackets for my Hi-lift jack. Check it out in this picture. Tomorrow I will take some close ups and explanation of what I did. Let me know.
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Woody, is that a 60Ē jack? I like that mounting spot the best but I think your 08 style bumper is different than the 06 bumper. Also, I donít see a fairlead on your bumper. If I had a hawse fairlead things would be different. Still, I would really like to see how you mounted it up. It looks like it sits higher that the others Iíve seen. Maybe I could squeeze it in and as long as it sits flush to the bumper, misses the lights, and doesnít protrude any more than the Warn fairlead cover that would work. I know I talked to you about it some time back. Was it a post?
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:38 AM   #10
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Dave,

I will take picts. and explain what I did. Its a 48" jack. My license plate is bolted on to my Warn winch cover and I used a bungie cord to hold the cover on tight.

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