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 Post subject: Newly Fabricated HI LIFT Mount Location
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:07 am 
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A while back I built my custom roof rack with mounts for my Hi Lift, axe, shovel and gas cans. I love the rack but I don't keep it on my kj all the time because it sucks a ton of wind. I wanted to keep my jack on my jeep all the time so I could use it whenever I need it but couldn't do that without the roof rack. I was looking at my spare tire the other day and with the rims I have now the spare sticks out quite a bit. I grabbed my hi lift and stuck it behind the tire. Sure enough it fit great. So I looked at the spare tire holder and saw that the top of it is kind of rounded so it would be more difficult to fab something up on top of it to mount the jack to. So I remembered the bottom of the spare holder is flat and would be a better fit for what I was looking for. So I took off the spare, flipped the holder upside down and remouted the spare. I stood back and the tire actually sticks out farther away from the kj at the top now because of the slight incline of the spare holder. The rear window clears perfectly, the bottom is more tucked in (ever so slightly better depart. ang.), and there is a bit more room for my jack. So I was off to Home Depot today to get it done. I bought what I needed and went home and finished the whole thing up in about an hour.

I had a some spare bolts that I took off when I replaced various things on my kj and they worked perfectly. I took a piece of steel flat bar (2"X12", 1/4" thick) and measured and drilled two holes in it for the bolts to hold the jack down. I took one of the bolts and drilled a hole in it so I could put a small lock through it to prevent anyone from stealing the jack. I took the flatbar and welded it to the spare holder and then welded the bolts in through the holes I drilled. I used some washers as well so that the heads had extra beef with them. I welded the washers and bolts all together and to the flatbar and then checked to see if it still fit and it did. I cleaned it up and painted it all black and remounted everything. I used washers and wing nuts to hold the jack in place and it works exactly like I had hoped. I can lock it and leave it and not have to worry about it.

I know that it ads unwanted weight to the rear door especially with my heavier tire and wheel, but I said screw it and I'll just be more careful with the door when opening and closing it. As far as the roof rack goes, I am going to mount the axe and shovel to the stock roof bars (still deciding how) and fab up something else to hold my NATO fuel cans. I will be selling the roof rack I think. We'll see.

I'll post pics ASAP and by the way, the whole thing cost me $1.12 out the door. :twisted:

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Here are the pics as promised, and The total project cost $5.32 including a two pack of small locks I bought to keep it safe:
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looks good 8)

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I like that -
one of the problems carrying it under the rear seat is that you need a lot of space to get the jack out

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This setup works perfectly. I thought it might jiggle a little or something but not at all. It doesn't move a millimeter, makes no sound when going over speedbumps or anything, and is really quick and easy to remove. My only concern is the extra weight on the door but it appears to be fine so far. It is only day one though. Anyway, this is a super cheap and easy way to mount a jack if you can weld or borrow one, and have the right bs on your spare wheel. I had the metal already and bolts, so all I had to do was buy some nuts and a lock. All the parts for this is $10 flatbar, $1 for the wing nuts, $1 for the bolts and a couple $$ for the lock. Cheap, easy and very efective. :D

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Did you try mounting it under the spare tire carrier? It lools like it would lay close to the bumper and be a little less conspicuous.

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Nice Job...
Looks great! 8)

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great job this is the idea for this forum
What a great idea way to go
I personally fit mine under my cargo rack where my rear seat use to be
But I like the rear door mount and no overhang on the edges to grab or catch things like the roof rack mounts

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Looks good :)

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FYI Does not work with stock rims :shock: Trust me I've tried :roll:

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Yeah, you need different backspacing than the stock wheels give.

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incubusmike wrote:
Yeah, you need different backspacing than the stock wheels give.


you could always turn the spare mount upside down (it bolts in either way)... this will give you more space at the top, i haven't tried this yet but it could work for stock wheels.

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incubusmike said that he flipped the spare holder upside down

plus the rims ...that gave him plenty of room

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Yep, upside down with stock wheels still wouldn't fit I don't think.

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Upside down with stock spare still wont fit :?

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I have an aftermarket extension mount (original owner installed) with the stock wheel / BFG TA KO LT255/70R/16 (never used) spare back there, and by the measurements, I would have no problem doing this. This is a great idea, regardless. Oh yeah, thanks, now I have to spend more money on a jack. :lol:

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ga_repoman wrote:
incubusmike said that he flipped the spare holder upside down

plus the rims ...that gave him plenty of room


ooops lol...

somedays the attention span of a goldfish...

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