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Old August 13th, 2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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Default alternative to carrying a hi-lift on a buggy?

I don't really want to carry one of these on my buggy. I have no good place to put it, and they're huge, heavy, and another thing to rattle.

I don't really see many buggies carrying them, but I assume they all keep a means to change a tire with them. What is everybody carrying instead? One of my friends just drives up on a tree, rock, or whatever until the flat tire hangs, then he changes it.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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Airbag. If you carry a compressor or a power tank.

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Old August 13th, 2012, 05:27 PM   #3
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Old August 13th, 2012, 05:29 PM   #4
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I might as well just get a hi-lift as one of those.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 05:35 PM   #5
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How about one of these? They work awesome!
http://www.tractorsupply.com/powerbu...-stand-1160455
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Old August 13th, 2012, 05:39 PM   #6
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What about one of those ARB air bags u connect to the exhaust hose?

http://www.arb.com.au/products/arb-r...uipment/jacks/
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How about one of these? They work awesome!
http://www.tractorsupply.com/powerbu...-stand-1160455
Never seen anything like that before.
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Its cool. We use them all of the time offroad. Size of a standard jackstand as well!
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Old August 13th, 2012, 05:45 PM   #9
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What about one of those ARB air bags u connect to the exhaust hose?

http://www.arb.com.au/products/arb-r...uipment/jacks/
That's a sweet idea! although you're completely screwed if you have an exhaust leak AND a flat
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What about one of those ARB air bags u connect to the exhaust hose?

http://www.arb.com.au/products/arb-r...uipment/jacks/
Obviously I could be concerned about it popping. I never get flats in the sand, but always in the rocks.
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My tool kit always has my ryobi 1/2" cordless impact, last year I took a factory jeep bottle/screw jack abomination and welded a 3/8"" drive 7/16" socket to the little slot deal the factory jack has on it. The impact with an adapter and the jack make lifting/lowering tires/jeep FAST and simple. A 6"x6"x10" chunk of pine gives me plenty of height. All of the above fits in my 12"x12"x24" tool box.

Best of all its cheep and easy to replace if lost broken (except the impact but a regular 3/8 drive ratchet would work fine.

I keep $100 worth of tools in my heep when I wheel (excluding impact) and Im yet to be presented with a broken part on the trail/camping I can replace.

Yes I'm a cheep bastard that spends as little money on things like this as possible!
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My tool kit always has my ryobi 1/2" cordless impact, last year I took a factory jeep bottle/screw jack abomination and welded a 3/8"" drive 7/16" socket to the little slot deal the factory jack has on it. The impact with an adapter and the jack make lifting/lowering tires/jeep FAST and simple. A 6"x6"x10" chunk of pine gives me plenty of height. All of the above fits in my 12"x12"x24" tool box.

Best of all its cheep and easy to replace if lost broken (except the impact but a regular 3/8 drive ratchet would work fine.

I keep $100 worth of tools in my heep when I wheel (excluding impact) and Im yet to be presented with a broken part on the trail/camping I can replace.

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I'm thinking a scissor jack is a pretty good idea too. Small, light, lifts pretty high. Thanks for the great idea. That's a great reason to keep a cordless impact on board.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 06:06 PM   #13
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I'm thinking a scissor jack is a pretty good idea too. Small, light, lifts pretty high. Thanks for the great idea. That's a great reason to keep a cordless impact on board.

The impact makes short work of just about anything, best $100 I have spent on tools in the last 5 years. With the lithium batts It has more balls then my craftsman impact at 110 psi.

The only thing I don't like about the jeep scissor jack is that in a precarious situation there easy to bend. The grand Cherokee jack I have is only 1.5" shorter than a scissor jack at full length and its half the size when compressed.


I don't know how far away you are but I have a few of the bottle jacks lying around if you need one.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 08:37 PM   #14
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My dad has a 20 ton porta power which I have borrowed a few times. It is actually a fairly expensive one with many attachments. It fits in more spaces then a hy lift jack while giving tons of lifting capability.

I imagine it could be used in a recovery to get someone out of a rolled rig and into someones truck in a pinch also.
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How about one of these? They work awesome!
http://www.tractorsupply.com/powerbu...-stand-1160455
I've carried one of these for years now and it's awesome. A high lift has its purpose but for changing a tire it sucks, especially on a rig with lots of travel, so then your stuck chain binding the axle to the frame. Not with the jack/jack stand combo. Plus it has a nice big flat base for sand and snow.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 10:19 PM   #16
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How about one of these? They work awesome!
http://www.tractorsupply.com/powerbu...-stand-1160455
Yup that's the jack our group uses its great! Its base is stable enough that I feel comfortable to work underneath a rig on the trail with it, unlike a high lift.
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just run Maxxis tires, you don't even need a spare

I use a high lift to change tires inthe pit, but I can put the high lift right on the axle tube.


I carry a small scissor jack and wooden block for a spacer for long races
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Thanks for all the ideas everybody.
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Any type of small scissor or bottle jack works well. Make it kinda modular for easier storage. Make a stable base, then you have the jack itself, and then also what I like on a bottle jack is to make a slip-on top to make it safer. A piece of tube that slips on over the top of the ram, with a U shape on it to hook nicely on an axle tube or frame rail or body tube, etc.
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Any type of small scissor or bottle jack works well. Make it kinda modular for easier storage. Make a stable base, then you have the jack itself, and then also what I like on a bottle jack is to make a slip-on top to make it safer. A piece of tube that slips on over the top of the ram, with a U shape on it to hook nicely on an axle tube or frame rail or body tube, etc.
I have a little pce of 4" pipe i think ill make a little cradle tonight! Great idea
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