best replacement for original 1995 YJ under hood jack?
My old OEM jack finally broke, and I have been risking it too long without something under the hood. I have a hi-lift, but frankly the thing isn't right for normal roadside changes.... I just need the ole under the hood one.
I notice it's not easy to find the old jacks, so I was wondering if you guys had any bright ideas of a good, inexpensive, and worthwhile replacement jack that would fit under the hood, or someplace out of the way?
I am so over the hi-lift. Especially as I was about to actually mount it and my neighbor said it was an obvious drag on mileage..... with gas prices, looking cool isn't as fun as it used to be. =)
A block of hardwood and the stock jack is fine. The axle goes higher at a rate of 1/2(newTireSize-OldTireSize) 28" to 33" only takes the axle up 2.5 inches. Just grab a block of hardwood and keep the factory jack. I'm just saying it has nothing to do with lift high, only tire size. You jack up the axle not the body.
Fantastic info. Joker Chief is doing me a solid and sending his. I cannot say how thankful I am for this forum. Love you guys * MAN HUG *
Bottle jacks for sure. Very cool... I figure I can squeeze JC's in easily. If not, bottles it is. Or a lovely drive out to yosemite with a stop in Ripon. =)
There is also a port-o-power which is the ultimate in portable hydraulic bottle jacks with a billion accessories. I just inherited one from the local NG unit in Stockton and it had three boxes of attachments. It'll do everything that a hi lift and bottle jack can ever do. Well, I don't think it's a great winch but it's better than pushing by hand.
Just as a personal note: when it comes to tools, our group will share them instead of everyone having an incomplete set. The xj guys usually have the most room and have to carry the most spare parts so if there was something you need on the trail you wouldn't feel like a lone wolf, you rely on the capacity of the pack. We also stagger our field medical supplies front middle and rear along with enclosing the less capable rigs inside those with winches.
For $250 you can own one of these! As long as there's no sharp/pointy objects under your Jeep (which I'm sure is very rare out on the trail) you're golden!! Light, compact, easy to store... what more could a Jeep'r want!
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