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Old 01-14-2019, 08:10 PM   #31
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I’m not an engineer, but while it may be possible to hook the wheel accessory to a shackle, I’d still be concerned about Aluminess recommending against using a hi-lift jack with their bumpers, i.e. the shackle may be able to handle the load, but can the bumper that the shackle is attached to handle the load?
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:13 PM   #32
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My bumper is all steel, not Aluminess. I do have the same concerns, but my shackle mounts are pretty beefy. Not ideal for sure but just wondering if it was nuts or possibly an option. I’ll probably get one bc as Dave mentioned they can be handy regardless.
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:40 PM   #33
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The time I saw someone using 1 hi-lift attached to a bumper shackle looked pretty unstable from what I saw but sometimes you got to do what you have to. In the pic of Steve lifting the wheel, I was so worried the base was going to slip out. The top of the jack might have ripped through the side of his van and broke a window. Very difficult for one person to lift but it worked well. There is an aftermarket stand that has cables and a large footprint base plate that is supposed to help with stability but don't know well it works.
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:46 PM   #34
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Thanks Dave, I’ll check it out.
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:52 PM   #35
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I’m thinking we could probably put together a “recovery discovery get together”, and share what we know works and what we know does not work with each other. A one day, hands on recovery expo if you will...

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I’d be down with that. Be fun to get around and share thoughts with another GM van owner too. What’re your thoughts for changing a front tire on a lifted IFS? The factory jack may work, I haven’t tried it. I can tell you my Powerlift with built in jackstand won’t go high enough from the front frame crossmember.
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There is an aftermarket stand that has cables and a large footprint base plate that is supposed to help with stability but don't know well it works.
Safe Jack sells one. They now have a different type as well. This review of it is good. When we did the Bill Burke class he said he didn't care for it and would not endorse it.

http://www.exploringoverland.com/ove...lift-jack.html

Safe Jack now offers this:

https://safejacks.com/collections/hi...tabilizer-legs
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Safe Jack sells one. They now have a different type as well. This review of it is good. When we did the Bill Burke class he said he didn't care for it and would not endorse it.

Transform your Hi-Lift jack ‚ÄĒ Exploring Overland

Safe Jack now offers this:

https://safejacks.com/collections/hi...tabilizer-legs
Yes that's it. Not sure if it's good or bad but I just know a Hi-Lift is kinda like a chain binder, they can really hurt you if you don't give them much respect.
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Iíd be down with that. Be fun to get around and share thoughts with another GM van owner too. Whatíre your thoughts for changing a front tire on a lifted IFS? The factory jack may work, I havenít tried it. I can tell you my Powerlift with built in jackstand wonít go high enough from the front frame crossmember.
There are some frame holes that could be utilized to secure the IFS system with a weight rated strap and hook. -So when the vehicle is raised the suspension does not expand.

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Aha, good call on that. I hadn't considered limiting the suspension drop. I'd still be nice to just raise it and lower it in the event of a tire change without having to strap up the suspension but definitely a good option/idea. And thanks!
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