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Unread 11-25-2015, 10:08 AM   #1
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Jacking CJ5

Guys I have a new to me CJ that has a 6 inch lift. Needless to say the 18inches to frame means I can't get my jack under there or use my jackstands. What about under here where the shock attaches to the mounting plate and then put a jack stand to the right under the axle? Is this ok and what people normally do? I have a hi-lift that came with the jeep but have never used one.. Thanks

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Unread 11-25-2015, 10:19 AM   #2
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This is what I was talking about
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Unread 11-25-2015, 10:43 AM   #3
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That is what I use.
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Unread 11-25-2015, 10:45 AM   #4
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A floor jack would be a lot easier, and safer, than using a high-lift in this situation.

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Unread 11-25-2015, 10:45 AM   #5
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That is what I use.
Me too...

Get a good jackstand.
I like this style:
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Unread 11-25-2015, 04:50 PM   #6
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Spring under with springs that seem pretty flat, shackles that are close to stock length. I don't see 6" of lift there, but if you say so...

A hydraulic bottle jack under the spring pad should work fine. Always use jack stands if you're working under the Jeep. Even a cheapo hydraulic floor jack from Wal-Mart should work.
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Unread 11-25-2015, 05:15 PM   #7
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I use 6-ton jack stands just because they are taller than 3-ton stands...

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Unread 11-25-2015, 05:27 PM   #8
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Be careful with the Highlift jack, they will bite and bite hard! You should mess with it some before you need it to see how it works. They are very unstable when used for jacking-up a vehicle and can easily be tipped sending the vehicle slamming to the ground. When under pressure keep anything you care about (hands, arms, head, face, etc.) out from between the handle and the frame of the jack. They handle will fly up quickly and forcefully if your hand slips off of it. When lowering the jack once weight is off of it the traveler can drop suddenly to the ground so keep feet out from under.

A Highlift jack is a very useful tool but, must be used with extreme caution. For general duties such as changing tires or positioning for work definitely go with a bottle jack or floor jack under the axle.
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Unread 11-25-2015, 11:23 PM   #9
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My high lift stays bolted to the CJ, it ain't going anywhere near lifting for maintenance.

I use a trolley jack and wooden block (12" square by 2" thick teak) just where you are pointing if I want to do one side or under the diff if I want to raise it evenly. In the workshop it is axle stands under, on the trail it is wheel and tyre under the frame but I never let my hands or legs or far worse my chest under a vehicle that can drop far enough to cause injury.

One useful variant on a lifted CJ is to jack it up, take the wheels off and lower it down to close to the ground. It makes working in the engine bay so much easier.
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Unread 11-25-2015, 11:28 PM   #10
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Thanks guys for all the replies.. I haven't officially measured the lift its what the previous owner told me...
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Unread 11-26-2015, 05:34 AM   #11
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I carry one of these I got at Tractor Supply. Wide stable base can be used on soft ground, built in jack stand, plenty of lift with my 35" tires, nice cradle for under the axle tube unlike a bottle jack. It's always the first jack we use while out wheeling, the High Lift jacks only get used for breaking beads on tires when needed, they are death traps.


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Unread 11-26-2015, 06:16 AM   #12
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If you are planning to do a lot of wrenching on your CJ, you really should get one of these.

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Unread 11-26-2015, 06:53 AM   #13
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I use a piece of scrap end round stock of steel for both a backing block for hitting objects with a hammer and use it as a spacer for the floor jack when jacking things that are too high.
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Unread 11-26-2015, 07:18 AM   #14
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I carry one of these I got at Tractor Supply. Wide stable base can be used on soft ground, built in jack stand, plenty of lift with my 35" tires, nice cradle for under the axle tube unlike a bottle jack. It's always the first jack we use while out wheeling, the High Lift jacks only get used for breaking beads on tires when needed, they are death traps.


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That's pretty cool looking, does it really work as good as it looks. Going to investigate.

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Unread 11-26-2015, 07:35 AM   #15
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Works very well. I use it everywhere. Its very stable and secure.
Had it for about 3 years and its the only jack I have now. I think it was only $29 when I first bought it, the price has gone up some.

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