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Unread 05-17-2011, 03:23 PM   #1
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Hi-Lift Offroad Kit a must have?

...if you don't have a winch? found one plus the base for a hi-lift jack all for $45, pretty much new.

i don't have a hi-lift yet, but i'm going to go pick it up, cause the base for the jack is about $35 alone.

anyone ever winch themselves out with one? their video of how its done looks like a long hard process, but i'm willing to to if no one is around to pull me out.

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Unread 05-17-2011, 03:32 PM   #2
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Is English your first or second language?

Regardless it is a good deal. You will get mixed reviews on them though. Some think they are worse than cancer and some people claim to have even made breakfast with them.

BTW:

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...0&oq=High+Lift
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i only speak one language, why?
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Unread 05-20-2011, 11:33 AM   #4
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Bill Burke shows how to winch with a HiLift without the offroad kit in his recovery DVD. He uses a synthetic winch extension line IIRC.

If you get the offroad kit, you will need a 25' 3/8" grade 7 U.S. MADE transportation chain with hooks. It is heavy and they are around $70 shipped IIRC.

I've used mine twice. Winching with a HiLift is neither quick nor easy, but it can be done. Here's the only one I took a picture of:


You will want a 60" HiLift and will wish they offered a longer one.
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if your looking for an affordable way to recovery, might i recommend a used winch?

between this setup (which is a good deal) and the chains and straps and whatnot, your better off shopping for a which you can afford
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I'll add that, when I eventually get a winch, I'm keeping the HiLift set-up. Winching from the front is not always the best option, and is sometimes not even an option. Also, If you're really hung up on an underwater, hidded-by-loose-mud stump that has already bent a lower control arm, you will need the HiLift and a winch -- yes, I make getting stuck an art form.
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The Hi-Lift can be a great tool. Jacking, winching, stablizing, etc... My buddy was busted on Moab Rim last year. We had to rebuild his rear D35 right there. There was no other way to get out. We used two Hi-lifts, one bottle jack, and one scissor jack to stablize the Jeep the best we could and went to work.
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wow that is scary
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Unread 05-20-2011, 07:28 PM   #9
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Scary to say the least. We wedged enough rock under the front end to stabilize it, used one HL to lift the rear, one to support laterally, and the bottle and scissor under the spring perches for redundancy. When things break, you are in a bad spot almost by definition. You must fix it to get it out or in places like Moab Rim...pay for a helicopter lift?
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