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Unread 11-17-2013, 04:37 PM   #1
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Lifting a WK2 with a Hi-Lift jack

..you know I've been kicking around the idea of getting the RR roof rack kit. While researching on their website, I noticed they sell an attachment for a hi-lift jack and that got me thinking.

Where would you even put a hi-lift to lift a WK2???

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Unread 11-17-2013, 06:13 PM   #2
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You can get the wheel attachment and lift from a wheel.
You can lift from the hitch.
Or you can lift from the rock rails if you have aftermarket ones installed.
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Unread 11-17-2013, 06:36 PM   #3
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Kinda sad you can't use a highlift on a stock jeep anymore, oh well
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Unread 11-17-2013, 08:07 PM   #4
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What about the MOPAR rock rails? I'm installing those this coming weekend....
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Unread 11-18-2013, 06:00 PM   #5
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I haven't tried it but the mopar rock rails should have no issue as a jacking point. You'll want to do something with the top of the jack so it doesn't tip in...

Or don't get stuck ;-)
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Unread 11-18-2013, 10:07 PM   #6
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Kinda sad you can't use a highlift on a stock jeep anymore, oh well
Why? A Hi-Lift has pretty much no use on a rig (other than to be dangerous), in 6 years I have used mine once. and that was only because I dropped both rear coils at the same time.

Rather use the stock bottle jack or an X-Jack. Faster and safer.

Using one on the rear hitch might cause an issue with the rear bumper cover depending on clearance, same with the rock rails. The jack might sit a bit too close to the body for comfort.
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Unread 11-19-2013, 08:04 AM   #7
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No argument there - they are scary to use. Especially since most people store them on the outside of their Jeep and they barely work when in good condition, add a weathered hi-lift to the picture and they hardly work. A can of grease should be standard issue with each hi-lift
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Unread 11-19-2013, 11:53 AM   #8
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Well none of the stock Grands or even XJs were able to be lifted with a high lift unless they had rock rails. Only Jeeps with separate frames (Wrangler only for a long long time now) could be lifted with out some kind of rock rails.
When I use my floor jack at home I fabbed up a couple of wooden blocks from 2x6s that I put on the saddle of the jack, that keeps it from dinging up the frame where you can use a floor jack. I'd like a lightweight but strong scissors jack that could be used for the same purpose, maybe you could run it with a rechargeable electric impact gun for lazy folks LOL....
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Unread 11-19-2013, 08:18 PM   #9
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Why? A Hi-Lift has pretty much no use on a rig (other than to be dangerous), in 6 years I have used mine once. and that was only because I dropped both rear coils at the same time.

Rather use the stock bottle jack or an X-Jack. Faster and safer.

Using one on the rear hitch might cause an issue with the rear bumper cover depending on clearance, same with the rock rails. The jack might sit a bit too close to the body for comfort.
I'm not talking about in a garage on a concrete floor, I'm talking about in the woods, in knee deep mud. A scissor or bottle jack probably wouldn't cut it. Kinda why its a "hi-lift" jack.
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Unread 11-19-2013, 08:32 PM   #10
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If you're “knee deep” in mud with a WK2, a Hi-Lift won't do anything either lol

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Unread 11-19-2013, 09:17 PM   #11
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If you're “knee deep” in mud with a WK2, a Hi-Lift won't do anything either lol

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Haha, I know. I've never wheeled anything with much plastic on it. But they are handy and it would be possible to use it as a winch if you had hooks
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Unread 11-26-2013, 03:58 PM   #12
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Hi-Lift Lack LM-100 Lift-Mate. $35 item that allows you to lift from the wheel. (I had lift points welded onto the frame of my old Isuzu Trooper in South Africa, but not a good option on a new GC!)
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Unread 11-27-2013, 09:37 AM   #13
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Even with rock rails, I would think the handle would hit the doors -- which wouldn't be good. It would be for "looks-only", and that would be silly. Buy a 6t+ bottle jack.
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