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Old 06-10-2010, 10:56 PM   #1
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Highlift jacks, useful or useless?

I see some rigs with highlift jack mounted on them. These rigs seem really nice to be using these jacks. I witness what these jack can do and most of the time they do damage to the vehicle (rock crawlers that are pretty bang up anyways). So I ask, do people actually use these jack on there rigs?
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:56 PM   #2
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Re: Highlift jacks, useful or useless?

The "Search" button is your friend...

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Old 06-11-2010, 08:00 AM   #3
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Re: Highlift jacks, useful or useless?

Beyond using a Hi lift as a jack, you can use it as a come-a-long, a vice/clamp, and use it to straighten bent things.
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:35 AM   #4
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Re: Highlift jacks, useful or useless?

Yes, you need to be very careful in using them but if you've dropped a tire in a deep rut or hole, you may be in a position where you can't get a bottle jack under the axle. I've never had to use mine but I won't want to be without it.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:24 AM   #5
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Re: Highlift jacks, useful or useless?

The main function of my highlifts is to sit- I've managed to stay out of situations where I might need them, which has been an active goal of late. However I used one just the other day on the van to get some clearance for my battery project, and I used to use them all the time when getting stuck was fun, back in my Jeep Cherokee days.

Still, I have yet to devise a mount for the van, even though I have a separate hi-lift ready for it when I do.
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Old 06-11-2010, 03:32 PM   #6
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Re: Highlift jacks, useful or useless?

I'm not a big fan. The weight and lack of jacking points of these vehicles made me give up my high lift. Made perfect sense with my 3000 pound willys jeep, but I don't want to be anywhere near a high lift picking up ten thousand pounds.

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Old 06-11-2010, 11:07 PM   #7
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Re: Highlift jacks, useful or useless?

I have used my Hi-lift several times to help with the weight ratio. I usually place in under a bumper to get some weight off the axle so that I can place a bottle jack under the axle to change a tire. I have used it as a come-along, or bend distorted metal. believe it or not I have used it in my profession to extricate people out of mangled cars after being involved in a wreck.
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