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Re: Hi Lift Pros/Cons and preferred placement

Thinking of making it an optional accessory. Tethering it in the cargo hold or rack when I'm doing serious wheeling and leaving at home otherwise.

I am interested in exploring the pneumatic options too.


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Thinking of making it an optional accessory. Tethering it in the cargo hold or rack when I'm doing serious wheeling and leaving at home otherwise.

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I was on a trail in Moab a few years ago with a group of FJs and one guy broke a front axle. He had one of those air bags from ARB or another company. He placed it on a blanket and used his air compressor to blow it up and then they stuck the tire/wheel under the FJ when it was high enough. It seemed to work pretty good. You just have to watch for any sharp rocks or sharp edges on the vehicle that could puncture it. It was big, but not too bad as far as packing it away. You can also use the exhaust to fill the bag.

I've gotten by using my stock Toyota jack and a few 2x6 chucks of wood about a foot or eighteen inches long for changing tires on the trails which is all I've ever had to do. I've had to jack the axle up and block it and then take the jack out and screw the top of it out and then lift it again to get it high enough a couple of times, but it's always worked okay for me.
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Re: Hi Lift Pros/Cons and preferred placement

I've used my 1-1/2ton compact floor jack on the trail more then anything. The hi lift hasn't been used at all but it's there if needed
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Re: Hi Lift Pros/Cons and preferred placement

It's a great tool for your recovery arsenal and it can be dangerous when used improperly as others stated. Living in the rust belt requires additional maintenance unless you can afford an all stainless version, if one exists? Finding a convenient place to mount one is another challenge. I fabricated a hidden front receiver so I could swap my winch from front to rear when needed, but normally leave the winch in the back. I decided to fabricate a HI-Lift jack mount that slides into the front receiver. The lift sits parallel to and right up against the front bumper above the lower grill. It's easy to get to for removal and adds elements of strength & fear to the front end. The only down side is it gets pelted with salt and debris, so the paint is completely gone. I'll have to break it down & repaint it this spring, but it's there if ever needed.
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I was going to link the hydra-jack as I think they are kinda cool. The way it adjusts seems kinda chintzy though. Has it given you any problems?
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As has been mentioned already, they can be useful, but they can be dangerous and costly too. If you get one then learn to use it. People have smashed fingers and hands from them "kicking" back. One incident was posted here years ago which I can't find now showed a guys thumb split open and about twice the size as it should have been when it was smashed between the handle and the body of the jack. They can also slip and smash doors or other parts of your vehicle too. People on here in some of the threads have mounted them on their roof racks, some along the bottom of the front of the back seat, and some on rear bumpers or swing outs that were set up to hold one, some also have them mounted on the bar on their ARB front bumper or it can be mounted on the bar of a similar style too.

Plenty of accessories out there for them to use depending on the job being done. Base plates for mud/sand, hooks to lift a wheel, adapters to let it be used on sliders, etc. Make sure you have it setup so that it doesn't slide such as when on a rock base or say pavement. Put something like a rubber mat so that it can grip and not slide out. Maintenance is something that is overlooked too. Being mounted out in the weather can mean that water, sand, dust etc. can get on it and gum it up and if steel or part steel cause rust so keeping it clean and lubed so that it works and lasts is something that's needed. There are covers for them or sacks too, but even then you need to check them as the jack can rust if any moisture gets inside the bag. The last thing you need to have a situation where you need the jack and it won't work because it's rusted and gummed up. Just some things to think about.

I've used them with my Dad many years ago and with friends too. Dad moved mobile homes as a second job and we would use them to slide the tongue of the home sideways to gain access or get it into place when parking it if the truck wouldn't fit. We used it on our backhoe too. My friend used it on his property to stretch fence, move sheds, etc. A great tool when used and respected.

I rushed out and bought one back in about 1990-95 sometime as I was starting to take my new pickup off road and, well everyone had one. I've still got that jack and it looks just like it did the day I received it from UPS. That's because it's sat in the corner of my living room ever since then. I've never used it once. I haven't needed it in all the trips on back roads or to Moab that I've done over the years. I've been strapped out of stuff and my stock jack with a couple of foot long 2x6's has worked good enough to change tires with. It's probably going to be worth a fortune sometime as an antique and worth even more since it's in perfect condition. My relatives might make out pretty good on that.



Here's a few threads on the Hi Lift. There are probably more under different terms such as mounting or something too.

Toyota FJ Cruiser Forum - Search Results for hi lift jacks usage fj cruiser


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