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Unread 03-09-2009, 03:02 PM   #136
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I know I've posted it before, but I'll post it again.

Clamps are from McMaster-Carr. If you do a search on their site for "2 piece clamp-on shaft" you'll find em.
I have seen it posted before, but now that I am building my trail rack, I am seriously considering if and where I should relocate my Hi-Lift. I REALLY like your setup. I did go to McMaster-Carr and did a search and 1832 different selections came up. Think you could expand a little bit on the type of metal/sizes or perhaps a link?

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Unread 03-10-2009, 06:22 AM   #137
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I know I've posted it before, but I'll post it again.

Clamps are from McMaster-Carr. If you do a search on their site for "2 piece clamp-on shaft" you'll find em.
Northern AL...as in Huntsville area? I am...I need to get involved with a local club since I'm a lone jeeper in my circle of friends...
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Unread 03-10-2009, 01:02 PM   #138
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Yup, up in Huntsville. Shoot me a PM and we'll meet up.\

As for the McMaster site.

I got the search wrong. Try "two piece clamp on shaft collar" as the search string. You should see the 2 piece version as one of the choices on the right window pane. IIRC cage tube diameter is either 2 1/4 or 2.5". Somebody here can confirm I'm sure. Then the outer diameter is 1" extra (1/2" thick clamp x 2 'sides')

The key is to then drill tap it and fit a bolt in there. You can either shave the head off or thread the open end into the clamp once attached. You'll need some way to space it to make it secure and tight (hence the approach used in my setup).

I got this URL but not certain it will return what you want:
http://www.mcmaster.com/#shaft-clamps/=y07ym
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Unread 03-10-2009, 01:37 PM   #139
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I just got done mounting mine to my cowl area
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Unread 03-11-2009, 03:45 PM   #140
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I just got done mounting mine to my cowl area
can you open your hood with it mounted there without taking the jack off?
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Unread 03-11-2009, 03:49 PM   #141
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can you open your hood with it mounted there without taking the jack off?
haha: "jack off"

Seriously though:

I know on my setup, with the jack mounted to the hood hinges (not the cowl) I cannot put the hood against the windshield, BUT I picked up a hood prop for 20 bucks and it looks like I will be able to lean the hood there while the jack is still attached. Looks like in his case it would be the same situation.
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Unread 03-11-2009, 04:31 PM   #142
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just what is the attraction to a hood/cowl mounted jack? Seems the negatives would outweigh the positives. +: cool factor, accessibility, ??? -: limited hood range and possible damage to hood/paint in installation or removal. and front mounting will degrade the jack's mechanism, so when you REALLY need it, it may not work and someone has to go hunt up some WD40. IMO the rear mount is best and inside is even better, which offers a lower COG.

Is show more important that reliable performance?

Nothing personal guys, just wondering...

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Unread 03-11-2009, 07:25 PM   #143
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can you open your hood with it mounted there without taking the jack off?
Yea i can open the hood with it there, i cant open it all the way up with the jack on, but if i take it off i can still open it all the way. The stock prop that my jeep came with can still be used.

Yea it is out in the open and stuff there, but i will take it off every oil change that i do and grease it up and take care of any rust spots.

I dont understand what the worry is with banging up the hood taking it on and off. I guess on the off change that you did drop it, but i have taken it on and off a bunch of times now and i havent had any issues. Just reach you closer arm and pick up the bar then use your other arm and lift the heavier part.
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Unread 03-11-2009, 07:27 PM   #144
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I just got done mounting mine to my cowl area
i see where you bolted the mount to the hinges (but did you just drill and bolt up the other bolts closest to the windshield) im thinking about doing the same to mine!
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Unread 03-11-2009, 07:32 PM   #145
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i see where you bolted the mount to the hinges (but did you just drill and bolt up the other bolts closest to the windshield) im thinking about doing the same to mine!
I drilled all the holes, nothing was mounted to the hinges

Here is a writeup of how i did it, also for the lights

The Write-up

Or you can just go to http://www.offroadjunkies.net its on there homepage

check it out

If you want i have a word version just without the pics, send me a pm if your interested.
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Unread 03-14-2009, 05:50 PM   #146
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i like mine mounted on the hood on the tough stuff bracket.
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Unread 03-15-2009, 10:07 PM   #147
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Yea i can open the hood with it there, i cant open it all the way up with the jack on, but if i take it off i can still open it all the way. .
that's just my point. if u have to open the hood in an emergency to access an under hood situation-- like a fire-- or some electrical emergency, u can't fully open the hood, and this limitation in my opinion seems to hinder prompt engine bay access. I'd hate for an engine fire to engulf my rig because i could not fully open the hood to extinguish the source. function always wins over form.

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Unread 03-15-2009, 10:13 PM   #148
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I dont understand what the worry is with banging up the hood taking it on and off. I guess on the off change that you did drop it, but i have taken it on and off a bunch of times now and i havent had any issues. Just reach you closer arm and pick up the bar then use your other arm and lift the heavier part.
i dont see any issues if you sitting on flat ground but lets face it if your stuck, then odds are your not level, which would make it hard to get the lift off the hood, kinda like this pic
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Unread 03-15-2009, 11:37 PM   #149
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just what is the attraction to a hood/cowl mounted jack? Seems the negatives would outweigh the positives. +: cool factor, accessibility, ??? -: limited hood range and possible damage to hood/paint in installation or removal. and front mounting will degrade the jack's mechanism, so when you REALLY need it, it may not work and someone has to go hunt up some WD40. IMO the rear mount is best and inside is even better, which offers a lower COG.

Is show more important that reliable performance?

Nothing personal guys, just wondering...

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You make good arguments. Remember, they make hood props for TJ's so if you have one, the hood mount is not an aissue with getting/holding the hood open. Yeah you might occasionally want to take the jack off the hood to put the hood all the way back, but for a fire you could get in there fine.

I put the jack up there because I wanted it out of the tub. It's not really increasing the COG much compared to mounting it on the roll bar behind the seat. My jeep is a DD and I still use the backseat. I thought mounting it on the rollbar would interfere in putting my top back, as well as access to my little mini-trunk. So, it had to go outside. People who can keep it lubed shouldn't have problems. I'm hoping to make or buy some sort of bag to help keep it out of the elements, and maybe mount it on my rear tire carrier later...
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Unread 03-16-2009, 10:16 AM   #150
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I have mine mounted such that the back seat is still functional (when I have it in). My passengers have not hit their heads on it at all and it doesn't impair top up or down functionality.
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