So, I was wondering after watching to much YouTube is there a need for a high lift jack today? How many of you have and carry one? Have you actually used one? Have you seen it go wrong? What have you learned about it?
I think there is a specific use for a high lift jack, but many of the original uses can be done with something else. Like a winch, or a bottle jack, etc.
I do currently carry the same one I have had for over 20 years now, but have not used it about 15 years.
I have used it to lift tires to stack rocks, used in garage to lift truck to work on axles and I have used it as a post puller for fencing.
I did get hit in the eye brow with the handle once, requiring 6 stitches. Funny story ask me about it sometime.
I did learn that if you are trying to jack up a tire to remove or stack rocks, it is best to strap the axle to the frame. This moves the axle up before your flex runs out.
Anyways - Continue to carry or ditch for other things. What do you think, will you ever stop carrying it? Was it the traction boards of history?
While I understand their value, I personally don’t have one. I opted for an off-road kit from Safe Jacks a few years ago instead. Everything is risk/reward, and I’ve personally never come close to needing a hi-lift. Their downsides don’t seem worth it for the type of driving I do. These days, even when you look at the folks who off-road professionally and drive gnarly, insane terrain (e.g. 4WD Action), none of those folks use Hi-Lifts anymore for safety reasons. I also know people who use them and swear by them, and that’s fine too. I optimize for safety and reducing weight.
I have one and carry it. I don't currently have a way to lift the 80 without it, there are many different ways as Gino mentioned but thats it for me for now. For me carrying a spare tire without the highlift would defeat the purpose of the spare.
They are dangerous. You have to go into using it knowing that. Im pretty lucky that my rear 4x4Labs bumper has two highlift points which add some safety to any rear lifts.
I have also used it to straighten out a ARB bumper that was partially crumpled (not officially recommended ).
Until there is another solution, I'd rather have it on the trail than be stuck.
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I have one, but have never used it. I bought it not knowing how to use it and not sure I was going to need it. This was when I first started building my rig and made a lot of mistakes. Not prioritizing my needs and going for what was “cool”.
Zeb called me out one evening, so the next morning we did a snow run where I had to learn to use all my recovery gear, and learned what was essential.
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