Yes. I run without a top most of the time. Due to a surgery I had to put my hardtop back on. I found that mine wouldn't fit on the back on roll bar with the hardtop. I had to get out the grinder and cut an angle on the top side to be able to slide it in. I have a 06 factory top on a 97 if that matters. Obviously it is no problem with soft top etc. I hope that helps.
Hmm... it looks like you got yours to mount on the top of the roll bar and I like that position much better than mine (under the roll bar). Would you mind either posting pics of your mount points for both sides of the HiLift for comparison or at least PM them to me? Thanks...
I'm still not 100% content with the mounting. I'm kinda concerned with it becoming a projectile during a wreck/roll over. Especially now with kid in the back. I did have to drill holes in the base and one to line up with the roll bar on the other side.
97 TJ 4.10s, 33s, 4" Clayton.
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I had mine mounted to the front of the stock bumper on my LJ, and I looked at it as "extra bumper". However, now that my LJ is my DD, I took it off and will be installing it in my CJ6, probably lenghtwise in the bed. I use mine a lot on the farm, mostly for jacking up tractors and especially for pulling fence posts. It works great for popping metal fence posts out of the ground with a short length of chain.
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well i have the steves fab. front and rear bumpers with the tire carrier and he already puts on the tabs to mount a hi-lift but the problem is, the jack blocks the license plate and i dont really feel like getting pulled over all the time for something stupid, so i decided to get some 2x2 angle iron and mount it up on the angled bars for the tire carrier.
I had mine mounted similarly to Reddirt (post #422).
It wasn't that much of an obstruction when I was trying to get stuff in/out of the tailgate. But obviously it gets in the way if you are trying to load anything in that is larger and won't fit over or under it. It also was kind of a hassle to lower the soft top and fold the loose material under the jack.
I took the jack out last year. I only put it back in occasionally if I think I'll need it.