Dodge Cummins Diesel Forum banner

1 - 15 of 15 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
35 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Looking for suggestions for an offroad jack. I do quite a bit of remote western hunts and will be basically off-grid in Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming for the entire month of November. So the truck will be packed with gear and I'd prefer not to have to rely on unpacking the interior to get the factory jack with make-shift spacers (truck has 3" lift + 37" tires). Normally I take my floor jack with me, but its so big, heavy and cumbersome that its a pain in the and eats up crucial bed space. Is there a jack that would fit this type of criteria that is as compact as possible? Any suggestions would be much appreciated
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,660 Posts
what about a HiLift/farm jack? as for bed space, I've seen several awesome redneck engineered ideas, like a custom hitch carrier that holds a farm jack plus extra fuel and water. could make something just to keep it latched to the hitch and handy for an emergency.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14,783 Posts
Hi-lift jacks are what you see on most hardcore offroader vehicles. And a lot of aftermarket bumpers have hangers for that specific jack too.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
796 Posts
With the heavy motor we run, use a floor jack. Here is my set-up. Harbor Freight 2.5 aluminum jack mounted on a skid with mount. Hi Lifts are sketch on the front of our trucks and you need heavy duty jack points. Custom bumpers and such.




Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,471 Posts
I say hi lift also. With 2 lengths of strap it doubles as a come along. Most importantly you can jack up a vehicle as high as possible, then push it off to one side to get out of a rut or hole. 2-3 of these jack and push events can move you truck 6 feet to either side for better traction or to get you off a high center. Use the hitch receiver in back , or a length of heavy 2” strap can go to the frame for a sturdy lift point in front.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
35 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
I really like the idea of the Hi Lift, but I'm just not seeing the hard points on our trucks (2014) to use? Other than the rear hitch, I'm not sure where I could lift from on the front or sides. I have a Warn Ascent bumper, I don't want to mess up the bumper as it houses and protects my winch, but could I use the Hi Lift to jack from one of the Warn tow hooks on the front? Ideally I'd like to find a hard point on the sides so I only have to lift the tire I need. That LM-100 might be the ticket, just don't want to mess up a wheel in the process.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,660 Posts
I was going to say, there are other ways to use a Hi Lift than on the bumper :thumbsup:

Chase - realistically, you're not going to want to jack up your truck directly on the side. you can't do that with a floor jack. I'd use a front tow hook in a heart beat to get the truck up enough to change a tire in an emergency.

you could consider adding a front mount receiver on the truck. heck, you could use it to mount the jack on. or even just put one of those carrying baskets on it and put your floor jack and extra beer in it.

all ideas
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
796 Posts
Hi Lifts have their uses and are very helpful. If your main purpose is to change a tire though, floor jack with a skid. Lifts the tire off the ground fast. With a Hi Lift, you gotta lift a lot more and droop the suspension. Unless you use that tire adapter thingy. No thanks
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
149 Posts
Guns don't kill people, Hi-Lift Jacks do.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,378 Posts
Hi Lift Jacks are too Dangerous for me

Guns don't kill people, Hi-Lift Jacks do.
You're better off with a good bottle jack rated for your trucks weight. Easier to store and a heck of a lot safer to use. Bring a base of some kind to set it on and a tarp to lay on when you place it. Hi Lift Jack Jacks are inherently dangerous. I've had several near misses.
and hate using them. They seem to be determined to kill you or at least damage your vehicle. Watch a few Youtube videos before you buy one.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,660 Posts
Lifting up a heavy object and getting underneath it is the inherently dangerous part.

Any tool can be used wrong. It's not like stuff hasn't slipped off of bottle jacks, or floor jack seals haven't failed, or jack stands have been used improperly. Otherwise, no one would say "Bring a floor jack or bottle jack and something solid to place underneath"


I assumed OP was adult enough to decide what was safest for his application. After all, he's getting underneath it to do the work at the end of the day.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,897 Posts
The Hi lift type jacks require that you have an aftermarket bumper, or a place to secure it to, but even then if you used one on an OEM bumper it would probably destroy it.
 
1 - 15 of 15 Posts
Top