One last question! Do you guys know how to easily mount the jack diagonally to the spare tire? Is there a write-up on here that someone has already done? I can't seem to find one from the search. Everyone seems to usually mount it on a roof rack, their hood, or their bumper.
I've got mine mounted to the hood. The only problem with that is that it's noisy on bumps because the jack base rattles. If you can find a way to mount it vertically on the rear bumper so it rests on the jack base, it will be quieter. I also have lights mounted up high, and the jack reflects a little bit, but it's not that bad. You can check it out some evening if you want.
The difference between stupidity and ignorance. Ignorance is doing something wrong and not knowing better. Stupidity is knowing better, but doing it anyway. Don't be stupid!
IMHO do not waste your money on a hi-lift. I can change my 37"s all day long with the stock bottle jack, anywhere on the trail! Since your stock it makes it that much easier. And please God forbid you mount that thing to the hood. A hi-lift is not an accessory! I have one and it stayed in the garage for so long I forgot I had one, now it's mounted to my trailer....only because I found it when I moved.
But if you must....this is the only way I like that has secure mounts
Ehhh, honestly, it didn't even really dawn on me to call and see if anyone wanted to cruise by. LOL I just kinda knocked it out. Spent most of Sat out there and a few hours yesterday afternoon out there. I think I kinda over did it on Sat and was getting a bit goofy screwing things up at the end so I called it a day before I wasted tubing. I think I need to limit the length of days out there cause 10 hours out there just is too much.
Wow! Thats some seriously impressive fab skills. Nice job Khris!
Should've checked my fab ego at the door this weekend and I'd have gotten a lot more accomplished but even so I still made a decent amount of progress. I didn't throw away any tube either with screw ups so that's always nice too. I fought with that first roof/a-pillar tube for a few hours trying to get it to sleeve into the existing down bar at the rear of the cab and finally I threw in the town and took the easy way out. I'm not sacrificing any strength with what I ended up doing to get it to fit though so it's all good I suppose. I've got 2 more semi difficult tubes to figure out tonight or over the next couple evenings and then I'll get going on the rear wall (c-pillar), b-pillar down tube and roof bars. I then will get all the gussets figured out and then the roof will get cut off so I can do all my welds and pop it back into place. I'm guessing maybe 2 weeks or so and the cab cage for the most part will be done at this point at least. I'll still have to do seat mounts, steering column stuff, pedal assembly mounts and harness mounts but at least for now I think a majority of it will be done and then I can move into the engine cage area and get it on it's feet. My goal is to basically have all the cage work done by the end of August. Then I can pull the engine in early sept, plate, weld, build motor mounts and drop it back into place. Then that gives me Oct to get the cab setup.
We REALLY REALLY REALLY want to try and have the truck running for the first weekend of Nov. It doesn't have to be 100% but at least good enough to go bounce around in. I'm not 100% sure if we're going to make it cause I still have a rear axle to swap in there also. I think it's going to be tight but that's our goal. First weekend of Nov there's an event down in Laughlin that I'm taking my prerunner to for sure and hopefully the race truck also in support of the make a wish program. The city of Laughlin is covering the travel expense and rooms for all of the local Make a Wish kids and families and the local desert race series is having a joy ride for the kids. Basically they're marking out about a 5 mile loop and the kids will be able to ride in everything from stock bug class race cars to trophy trucks depending who shows up. It should be a great time and we'd really like to get the race truck to the event. Like I said though, worse case my black toyota will make the run 100% for sure. Although I do have a weekend's worht of stuff to deal with on it also. It's been 4 years since they did this Make a Wish ride and from what I've heard the last time around was absolutely amazing and it seems like something we want to be a part of since we're lucky enough to have these toys to share with the kids.
Also...don't mount.it.to a vertical surface on a bumper. What happens when you back up and bump into a rock or tree? There goes yer jack if.you were moving with any momentum. Also, I used to drag my bumper alot out at places like logandale....wouldn't want to rip my jack off.
lastly in my years of owning jeeps I have never had to use a hi lift? I've only ever seen one used on a trail once.
We used the high lifts quite a bit on the rubicon trails and dusy ershim along with big bear trails back in the day. I haven't seen anything in the vegas vicinity though that would require one other then a flat tire change which honestly is one of the sketchiest things to do with a high lift IMO. Floor jack is about a million times safer and those little aluminum racing jacks are light weight and affordable these days as well as small enough to typically pack.
I have a hi-lift jack and I have never used it aside from testing and lubing. It is completely unstable and I would only use it as a last ditch effort if the bottle jack would not work. With that said, the hi-lift jack has many other uses besides lifting the car esp when you are in a pinch on the trail.