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nakman 02-25-2013 12:47 PM

Transporting your Hi Lift jack
 
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Let's discuss some ways to safely & effectively transport a Hi Lift jack.. what setups do you think work well, and which ones don't work so well. Be sure to give consideration to how easy it would be for you, or someone else, to remove your jack when it's actually needed. Also what maintenance implications are there relative to your storage choice.

What have you got?

Maybe we should start with a picture this time... discuss :D

FJBRADY 02-25-2013 12:53 PM

I carry mine in the front of the truck above the winch. Access is two wing nuts and it is usable.

When not in use the hi-lift holds a can of beer safely and conveniently while working on the truck.

subzali 02-25-2013 12:58 PM

In my stockish FJ40, I have stored my 4' Hi-Lift in a couple different places. One is spanning the width of the tub behind the front seats, and the other is my current favored location ratchet-strapped lengthwise along the driver's side fender.

Neither are very accessible, but I have not found that on the trails I've been on that quick access is very important.

I thought that to have it inside would help keep it clean, but in an FJ40 everything gets dirty anyway, and it would probably be better to keep it somewhere where I see it more often and can get to it to clean it easier.

I would mount it the way Ricardo and Martin have theirs mounted if I had side steps...

nakman 02-25-2013 01:07 PM

In my 80 my favorite place was also on the rear wheel wells, I used the holes left behind by the 3rd row brackets to attach it with bolts. I took a 60" high lift then cut it down to 57" to get it to fit there... worked well but as you say wasn't that fast to dig out, as it was usually buried. Plus I would have had to dig out the base from the tool drawer in back, which brings up another issue- if you have to open up a swing out to remove your jack, make sure you're not stuck with your back end against a tree or something. But at least it was clean in there, and I liked where the weight was. And it made for a cool divider for gear behind the back seat, in front of the drawers.

On my 100 I still don't have a good spot. I have tried a few roof rack locations but don't like any of them, and am paranoid I'm going to slip and put the jack through a window. I tried on the bull bar across the two top light tabs, but don't like how it's in my field of view all the time, and how easy it is to bump into. If I had a swing out I'd likely go that route, but I don't, so alas it's leaning up against the wall in the garage right now.

corsair23 02-25-2013 01:11 PM

Both the LX and the 40 have spots on the rear bumper designed to carry the hi-lift jacks so that is where I put them, when I carry them :hill:

I bought a bag for the larger one that I carry on the LX to help keep it clean. They also make these cool neoprene covers that help keep the working bits clean but are a lot easier to put on and take off than the full cover/bag.

FJBRADY 02-25-2013 01:13 PM

When I had my FJ cruiser I had it mounted on the side of the roof rack. I did not like that position because I too thought I would drop it through a window. I think the best place for it is on the rear tire swing out standing upright.

subzali 02-25-2013 01:17 PM

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Originally Posted by FJBRADY (Post 227767)
... I think the best place for it is on the rear tire swing out standing upright.

That would be my ultimate location as well :thumb:

http://www.man-a-fre.com/parts_acces...45jul92012.gif

RicardoJM 02-25-2013 01:24 PM

I've been carrying mine here since September.

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...racket_010.jpg


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Originally Posted by subzali (Post 227764)
...I would mount it the way Ricardo and Martin have theirs mounted if I had side steps...

The lack of side steps should not be an impediment. I'm sure we can fabricate something to take the place of the side step.

Hulk 02-25-2013 02:18 PM

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Originally Posted by RicardoJM (Post 227772)
I've been carrying mine here since September.

The lack of side steps should not be an impediment. I'm sure we can fabricate something to take the place of the side step.

Works great unless you lay your 40 on the passenger side.

Yeah, I did that with my 40. Yoder was there.

DaveInDenver 02-25-2013 02:23 PM

On top of the bull bar when primarily 'wheeling.

http://www.armbrusterweb.com/tripsfo.../page75_15.jpg

Most of the time it lives hanging on the driver's side bed rail (lower left of photo) opposite the shovel and ax. Out of the elements and more theft-proof, but tough to get out when the truck is packed with stuff. Handle doubles as broom storage for sweeping out the camper.

http://wildernest.armbrusterweb.com/...s/page13_3.jpg


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