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I have just mounted a Hi lift holder onto my spare wheel and was wondering what size jack I should buy.
I plan on getting a 4" lift and running some 35x12.5x16 tyres. Would a 48" jack be enough or should I go for the 60"?

48" fits better with no under/overhang.
60" sits just below rear bar or above roof rack...
 

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^^ what he said in regards to length. The patrol ass end is a bitch to jack up especially when offroad and off camber.
 

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Thanks guys, a 60" it is.
I plan on getting an accessory pack with it that includes a baseplate, jack handle watchman, bumper lift & wheel lift kits...
 

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if think you will ever use it to winch get the longest one you can carry.
 

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sorry boys. dumb question time. in regards to the strap that goes to your wheel, does't this defeat the purpose if your going to change a tyre? probably a simple answer to this but couldn't get my head around it.
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sorry boys. dumb question time. in regards to the strap that goes to your wheel, does't this defeat the purpose if your going to change a tyre? probably a simple answer to this but couldn't get my head around it.
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Yup. I reckon 90% of people driving around with a highlift jack 1) don't know how to use it and 2) don't realise that they can't actually use it on their vehicle. Wheel straps also pose a grave danger to your body panels and windows if it slips and falls inward.

Not to mention your own body parts etc.

edit: one funny event, watched some blokes use a high lift on their ute tray. Tray was alloy. Boy did it get bent and none of them realised haha
 

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lol @ Yom & the aly tray - been there, seen that :)

@ Trav - you should only use a high lift for wheels as a last resort due to the instability of them.
what a wheel "hook" lets you do is lift the one corner you might need to track build or whatever under it, without first having to lift suspension travel etc first (just one possible example)
 

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ah cool. cheers for that. not so stupid after all then.
 

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sorry boys. dumb question time. in regards to the strap that goes to your wheel, does't this defeat the purpose if your going to change a tyre? probably a simple answer to this but couldn't get my head around it.
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Yep it would if used for that purpose... but IMHO people who use a Hi lift to jack a vehicle to change a wheel have either a death wish or want to present the paramedics who attend a new and unusal challenge.

Hi-lifts are first and foremost a recovery tool, and a pretty dangerous one at that as they are inherently unstable. The plus side is they are pretty versatile if shown how to use them correctly.

Probably (at an absolute last resort) the safest way to change a tyre would be to use a Wheel Strap to raise the vehicle the minimum amount (as that negates the suspension travel) needed to get something under the axle such as a log or whatever and drop the vehicle, remove the jack, remove/replace wheel, refit the jack and lift it a few Cm's and pull the support out and lower.

Whatever anyone does please NEVER get within range of the Jack post or handle, under the vehicle or between a vehicle and a tree/rock/bank if the vehicle is on a Hi-lift. When/If they topple off the Hi-lift the vehicle can easily move a half metre or more, seen it happen a couple of times over the years and it is pretty goddam scary when it happens :rolleyes:
 
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