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post #1 of 31 Old 08-26-2017, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Recommendations for Hi Lift style jack?

What are your recommendations for a Hi lift style jack for all around use? Home: pulling hedge stumps, etc, off road (on my Jeep YJ), emergency use, etc? There seems too be so many out there and in different configurations. I’ve never used one but want one that does it all, with a multitude of accessories to add/use at my discretion.

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post #2 of 31 Old 08-26-2017, 06:36 PM
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Just buy the Hi-Lift brand one, although overall I'm not a fan of those jacks. I carry a bottle jack in the Jeep and I use the Hi-Lift for pulling fence posts and the like.

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post #3 of 31 Old 08-27-2017, 07:45 AM
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Hi-Lift only!!! I have use it for many things, from lifting, to pulling, and clamping, and has never let me down. The knock offs are questionable if they last. Another plus is you can rebuild the Hi-lift if you ever have to. I inherited an old jack from my grandfather rebuild the mechanism and it has worked flawlessly.
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Definitely buy the Hi-Lift. What do you save with an off brand? $20?

I bolted mine to the top of my Tuffy Insta-trunk. The soft top still folds down over top of it.
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Thanks guys. It sounds like it's a Hi Lift brand jack for me.
Another question: What would be the best length? Will all the lengths fit my YJ?
I forgot to add, my Jeep is a 1991 YJ Renegade, really has no bumpers to lift from.
Where would I lift from? Or how would I use this jack on my Jeep?
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If you don't know how to use it or what it's for I would not get a hi-lift. They can be very,very dangerous and just because you see a bunch of jeeps driving around with one bolted on is not a reason to have one.

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I do disagree with people that say "They're Dangerous!!!!". All jacks are dangerous. Don't go into the possible pinch points when the vehicle is on a jack.... any jack....

If you don't have steel bumpers, then that is a very good reason to use a bottle jack instead. The bottle jack has access to the U-bolt plate which is a great jack point.

If you are interested in steel bumpers, then specific Hi-Lift jackpoints can be great add-ons which can make jacking much safer by stopping the desire for the vehicle to shift sideways.

There are also Hi-Lift jack add ons which can grip the rim with chains and hooks. This could be an option for you if you don't have steel bumpers. For changing a tire, you would lift the vehicle with the hi-lift, slip your jack stand underneath, let the vehicle down, change the tire, then repeat in reverse order.
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jbolty, Your kinda right?
I wanted it because I notice in all the TV off road shows, they show Hi Lift jacks on most Jeeps? I just thought this would be a great emergency tool? But after reading the post replies, I wouldn't know where to use it on my Jeep YJ Renegade? A bottle jack would be OK, but you would have to get under the Jeep. If I wanted to do that, I would use the OEM jack that came with my Jeep.
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That's the thing about the hi-lift. It seems like a must have as you see it a lot as essential off road jewelry. Then you get one and realize that it really sucks to use for the tire changing application. It unwieldy to use for just about anything. It CAN be used for a lot of recovery situations, but there is almost always another tool that will do it better and safer. Its just about useless on your renegade as it will only rip your body cladding off. I have one with most of the optional add on accessories and have never needed any of it. Ive seen them in use by others and it was always bordering on dangerous.

A GI folding shovel, a snatch strap, a length of PSP, and a "J" hook tow chain are the stuff that gets used the most in my gear
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Thanks very much for all of your guys honest input. At least I got my fuel line leak fixed, thanks to all you guys on the "Jeep Forum". I'm still trying to figure out my 1st & reverse gear shudder???? I want to do so much to my Jeep (restoring it), but until I find the shudder problem, I have to be patient. And to be honest, I've been contemplating selling it, God Forbid!!!
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Still haven't fixed the shudder?

How often do you drive it? Daily? Rarely?

Didn't you have an issue with a replacement fuel tank not fitting the skid plate, too?

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post #12 of 31 Old 08-27-2017, 10:59 PM
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I don't have a "Hi-lift" jack, I have a "Jackall" jack. It's the Canadian version of the Hi-lift. At least it used to be. It's made in China now. Mine is quite old, but has never failed me. But I think the last time it was used wheeling, was when an XJ lost his front drivers side spring. Yep, no limiting straps.It's also been used a few times to get a couple of D35's up off the ground when they broke their axle shafts. It'll get it up high enough to throw a log under the axle.


In theory you are supposed to be able to ratchet strap one to a tire of a D35, with a broken axle, and it'll keep the tire on. But I've never seen anyone do it.



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you mean like this?



don't have a picture from after the test fit with the handle and mechanism removed, but it does work.

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Yeah, that's it.

It looks good in theory, but did it actually work? Driving forward, the front part will want to push the jack down. It looks like that part is addressed. But what about the rear wanting to push the jack up?

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drove it out 4-5 miles like that. I think we wedged the jack handle into the spring or something to hold the back down; don't recall exactly.

Long story short, I have about 4 hi-lift jacks because people keep giving them to me after lugging them around for years and never using them. There have been a few times when it was just the tool for the job but mostly it's about jacking up the jeep and constantly trying to keep from having it fall over.


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