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Jacking It!

It being the Jeep....

Seriously, I have no experience with a "Hi-Lift" Jack and was looking for some help. I've got a Finish Line West rear bumper coming and probably will go with the Smittybuilt SRC in the front if that matters/helps. What is the proper "jacking" points for these types of bumpers...for simple tire changes?

Also want to eventually pick up the Poision Spyder sliders...can you lift from there?


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PS I hear having big tires is bad?

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I've jacked mine from the factory rock rails, rear hitch d-ring and the d-rings on my Rugged Ridge bumper.

BTW Big tires are bad.
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For changing tires you are better off using a bottle jack under the axle. Depending on where you are, it's usually safer and a lot less work than dragging the hi-lift out.
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BTW Big tires are bad.
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I was wondering if hooking into the d-rings would work....I guess Hi-Lift makes the attachment with the hooks on it for that purpose? Thanks!

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For safety and proper use, hi lift has a series of videos on youtube that are worth checking out:

http://www.youtube.com/user/hiliftjacks

Regarding jack points... obviously it differs depending on mods, but I've got 2 built in point on my warn rear bumper, I've jacked from the rock rails, and my front LOD stubby as well (although I didnt really like the positioning I had on this).

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Hey thanks for the link....that was helpful.

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I've jacked mine from the factory rock rails
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Done it plenty of times and haven't had any real issues. Be sure to make sure your Jeep is stable and won't move, thus causing the jack to either fall out from underneath the Jeep or slam into the side of it causing damage. Hasn't happened to me but I did come close to having the jack push into the side of my Jeep once.

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It being the Jeep....

Seriously, I have no experience with a "Hi-Lift" Jack and was looking for some help. I've got a Finish Line West rear bumper coming and probably will go with the Smittybuilt SRC in the front if that matters/helps. What is the proper "jacking" points for these types of bumpers...for simple tire changes?

Also want to eventually pick up the Poision Spyder sliders...can you lift from there?


Thanks guys (and gals)

PS I hear having big tires is bad?
~ Joe's YouTube link to manf how-to videos is a *great* place to start.
~ Strap the jack so if it does kick out it doesn't fly and hit you.
~ Shackles are a good attachment point.
~ Make sure to strap the axel (or run a bottle jack/rock/something under the diff) so it doesn't just continually droop as you jack.
~ I am a fan of putting the spare under the frame rail so if something bad happens, the vehicle would land on it and give some room.... I'd hate to have my mellon squashed by a accident.


Regarding those PS sliders.... I don't see why not, BUT.... I was with a guy last weekend that we had to use a jack on and he didn't want to use the PS sliders... he was afraid to damage them. Something to keep in mind.

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If you are changing a tire it is best to jack from the axle of course. I think many don't realize how unsafe a hi-lift really is, and should be used minimally.

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This catches faster then the clap in Thailand! LOL
Gosh those were the days....standing in line for the old penicillin shot and hoping they would not report you to your CO. Sorry was drifting again..What was the question about oh yeah jacking up with a hi-lift. Just be careful.

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Thanks again folks.... I hadn't really thought about the complications (risks?) with the Hi-Lift but I guess at some point it could be necessary...so Thanks again...Damn I Love this Site!

...even if it caused me to spend all my money and now they tell me I'm going to have a bent axel.....shiioottt

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If you are changing a tire it is best to jack from the axle of course. I think many don't realize how unsafe a hi-lift really is, and should be used minimally.
I think most people don't realize that a Hi-Lift jack is not meant for and should not be used for changing tires. You have your stock jack that came with the Jeep for that. Hi-Lifts were made to help get you out of tough situations like deep mud and whatnot. Heck I think they usually come with a paper that has a disclaimer on it stating just that.

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I was wondering if hooking into the d-rings would work....I guess Hi-Lift makes the attachment with the hooks on it for that purpose? Thanks!
I just flip the d ring up, loop a rag through to protect the powder coat on the bumper and fit the tongue of the Hilift in the d ring. Those hook things Hi-lift makes are for hooking on your rims, which is absolutely useless if you plan on changing your tire. My 4' Hi-lift will get me up just enough to lift the tire at full droop if I don't feel like fooling with tying off the axle (assuming my swaybar is connected).

I disagree on the safety issue... I think these jacks can be very safe if you pay attention to what you're doing, use them within the scope of their design, and have a rudimentary understanding of physics (especially gravity). If the jack leans too far it will fall. Make every effort to jack on level ground. Chock your wheels, remember there is no e-brake in the front so if you're raising the rear of the vehicle chock the fronts extra well.

If conditions aren't ideal, i.e. not perfectly level ground, a second pair of eyes is a good idea. The worse the situation, the more you'll want a spotter. Whether you subscribe to the "use it almost never" school of thought or the "use it every chance I get" school, it's still a good idea to practice with it in your driveway until you get the hang of it. The time to learn how to operate your jack is NOT when you're out on a trail with a flat. Be prepared-- become comfortable using the tool so that you will understand how and when it is best used.

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I use a ratchet strap to secure my axle close to the frame. Then when you jack up the jeep, the suspension doesn't droop so much, Works great actually.
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