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post #1 of 18 Old 07-27-2005, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Best High Jack Lift

Im looking into getting a 48" High Jack lift and was just wondering what brands are best. Any info will help. Thanks.

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post #2 of 18 Old 07-27-2005, 09:16 AM
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Hi-Lift is the brand you want. its like a Warn winch, go with what you know works, especially when you really need it. also its a good idea to get the offraod base or make one. and if you don't have a winch, Hi-Lift makes a pretty nice recovery kit, that works with the jack.

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I would avoid any brand except Hi-Lift. The others are often imported from China (not all but... ) and I've seen a couple photos of cheap Hi-Lift knock-offs bent over double under the weight of a Wrangler.

Be aware that due to it being highly unstable, a Hi-Lift is only a tool of last resort and should not be used for just normal tire changing or lifting of the Jeep for working on it in the garage. My Jeep has 35" tires and 5.5" of lift and the factory jack still works fine for changing a tire.

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thanks for all your help
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You get what you pay for. Whenever I get around to working on the Jeep I fear I will drop a pretty penny on my lift kit, but cheaper may mean an embarassing tow off the trail because of a pebble in the road.

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The all cast iron 48" model is at Tractor Supply for $43 as I recall from last month. I believe thats the cheapest anywhere.

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I just picked one up from Harbor Frieght all cast Iron 34.95 after tax 48'' seems solid enough I jacked up the Jeep in the driveway yesterday with it to test it out no problems

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My cousin bent his while using his HF POJ Hi Lift knock off to jack up his Ranger. It bent into a bow shape! Just need some string & he can go hunt some cowboys! The only things I get from HF are non life threatening tools and tape.
There is a reason everyone (95%) have the real Hi Lift, it works, it's safe(r), it lasts (you could will one to your kids) and it is reasonably priced.
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True Hi Lift!

Mine is over 20 years old. It's not exactly straight anymore due to an episode of jacking up the back of the 3/4 ton and kicking it off the jack to get the rear out of some nasty ruts

Just painted it and it looks like new (if you don't site down the rail )

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My cousin bent his while using his HF POJ Hi Lift knock off to jack up his Ranger. It bent into a bow shape! Just need some string & he can go hunt some cowboys! The only things I get from HF are non life threatening tools and tape.
There is a reason everyone (95%) have the real Hi Lift, it works, it's safe(r), it lasts (you could will one to your kids) and it is reasonably priced.
+1 on only non-Life threatening items at HF. There a HF jack-stand thread on GarageJournal that is scary!

My 48" Hi-Lift is older than both of my kids (16 and 23) and I am sure one of them will throw it in the back of his or her truck and take it home shortly after I eventually leave this earth.
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Here's a good pic of a Chinese knock-off Hi-Lift. Don't ask me what he was doing with it on flat asphalt. I question what people are doing with Hi-Lifts anytime I see one being used except perhaps to pull a fence post out of the ground.
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The best use for a high lift is for pulling the handle off and trail fixing a broken tie rod or as a hand winch....The former is all mine has been used for.

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I suppose most all of us have one of these. Mine is roof decor. Unless we are maintaining a ranch fence, we should do the right thing and just recycle the steel. I'd like to see a computation of the cost of hauling the millions of these around for four decades. Let's see, they weigh what, 30 pounds? How many million of them? 5 million? Strapped to jeeps at 10k miles per year?

Let's face it. We have been very irresponsible in wasting all that energy. Oh, and some of us have lost fingers and broken bones.

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The best use for a high lift is for pulling the handle off and trail fixing a broken tie rod
that was the last use of a HL that i recall and was the fix/need on a trail. Though one could have a extra tie rod end too at less weight........

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that was the last use of a HL that i recall and was the fix/need on a trail. Though one could have a extra tie rod end too at less weight........
I carry a spare tie rod. Justifying carrying a heavy Hi-Lift because its handle can also be used as a temporarily trail repair of a bent tie rod is definitely a stretch.

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