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Old 07-09-2014, 12:15 AM   #1
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Hi-Lift Jack Question

Can an SMB (home build) with stock bumpers be jacked up from the bumper? If not, from where would I jack it up, assuming that the stock type jack is not tall enough to lift it from a frame rail.
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Can an SMB (home build) with stock bumpers be jacked up from the bumper? If not, from where would I jack it up, assuming that the stock type jack is not tall enough to lift it from a frame rail.
Though some don't recommend it, I've jacked mine up from the axle or diff many times, but I don't leave it there long, and I do use jackstands to support it under the frame. If I had to do this on the road or trail, I would just be fast and careful I suppose.

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Old 07-09-2014, 09:11 AM   #3
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Re: Hi-Lift Jack Question

Hmmm. OK. I suppose that makes sense. I hate to travel with jackstands, but may have to until I have a way to use a hi-lift or something else.

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Re: Hi-Lift Jack Question

Hi-Lifts make great trotline weights, or they can be used for ballast... much heavier than bilge water
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:31 AM   #5
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Re: Hi-Lift Jack Question

I (and others on the forum) use the three ton combo jack /stand... but still need a bottlejack to get the first few inches in a fully-flattire situation. This thread discusses much of the issue

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Re: Hi-Lift Jack Question

My primary use is to raise a wheel if I get it high sided or stuck in sand/mud. Lift the wheel, put some rocks or whatever under the tire and then lower it. Try getting a bottle jack under the frame when you are buried up to your axles.



I also carry a 3-ton jack for other situations.

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My primary use is to raise a wheel if I get it high sided or stuck in sand/mud. Lift the wheel, put some rocks or whatever under the tire and then lower it. Try getting a bottle jack under the frame when you are buried up to your axles.
Agreed. I was basically talking about home or side of the road repairs. If I get buried offroad I'm screwed anyway. I have 2 bottle jacks but no winch and no hi lift. If I did a lot more offloading I would address the issue somehow. I like the Hi lift idea because you can store it outside bolted to a bumper or something. No other jacks with lift height enough for 4x4 vans store easily inside.

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Re: Hi-Lift Jack Question

I use the same stuff than Tapatio.
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My primary use is to raise a wheel if I get it high sided or stuck in sand/mud. Lift the wheel, put some rocks or whatever under the tire and then lower it. Try getting a bottle jack under the frame when you are buried up to your axles.
Agreed. I was basically talking about home or side of the road repairs. If I get buried offroad I'm screwed anyway. I have 2 bottle jacks but no winch and no hi lift. If I did a lot more offloading I would address the issue somehow. I like the Hi lift idea because you can store it outside bolted to a bumper or something. No other jacks with lift height enough for 4x4 vans store easily inside.

I also refer to home/sideofroad. I haven't been buried up to the axle since, well, high school maybe. I try to stop diggin' when I feel 'er goin' down, but have no experience with western landscapes or rock crawling. I have, on the other hand, had experience with the asswhoopin' a Hi-Lift can issue.
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I have, on the other hand, had experience with the asswhoopin' a Hi-Lift can issue.
I was wonderin about that!
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