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Old January 25th, 2015, 08:08 AM
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Emergency jack - what do you have?

what do you guys use for an emergency jack, something you keep in your defender all the time?

just for changing a flat when you're out and about...
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Old January 25th, 2015, 08:53 AM
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While not a Defender owner, I'd say the best jack is still the LR bottle jack (assuming its the metal not plastic version). Day in/day out that thing just works and does the job.
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Old January 25th, 2015, 08:53 AM
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I have a hi-jack.
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Old January 25th, 2015, 09:00 AM
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I use LR bottle jacks.
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I have a hi-jack.
I hope you also have a ratchet strap...keep in mind thanks to the Rovers articulation & axle droop, a hilift will in many cases lift the body up - while the axle stays nicely planted on the ground. But if you ratchet strap the axle to the frame before hand it'll lift it up.

That said - you'd be much better off with a bottle jack. I went for the one with the jackstand built in:
http://www.amazon.com/Powerbuilt-640.../dp/B003ULZGFU
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Old January 25th, 2015, 09:11 AM
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That said - you'd be much better off with a bottle jack. I went for the one with the jackstand built in:
http://www.amazon.com/Powerbuilt-640.../dp/B003ULZGFU
that is a nice setup
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I hope you also have a ratchet strap...keep in mind thanks to the Rovers articulation & axle droop, a hilift will in many cases lift the body up - while the axle stays nicely planted on the ground. But if you ratchet strap the axle to the frame before hand it'll lift it up.

That said - you'd be much better off with a bottle jack. I went for the one with the jackstand built in:
http://www.amazon.com/Powerbuilt-640.../dp/B003ULZGFU
Funny you mention that. I have that exact ratchet strap.

PS- That bottle jack is pretty cool. Never saw one like that before.
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I use AAA Roadside assist...unless I'm in California, then I call Briggs. Seriously...I have a Hi-Lift, but knock on wood others have used it more than me. I haven't used it once in the 4 years I've owned it. I haven't had a flat in the 34 years I've been driving. Slow leak maybe but no flat.

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I hope you also have a ratchet strap...keep in mind thanks to the Rovers articulation & axle droop, a hilift will in many cases lift the body up - while the axle stays nicely planted on the ground. But if you ratchet strap the axle to the frame before hand it'll lift it up.

That said - you'd be much better off with a bottle jack. I went for the one with the jackstand built in:
http://www.amazon.com/Powerbuilt-640.../dp/B003ULZGFU


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That said - you'd be much better off with a bottle jack. I went for the one with the jackstand built in:
http://www.amazon.com/Powerbuilt-640.../dp/B003ULZGFU
Jason,
Are these well made ? I'd like to get one but haven't had much luck with the seals in cheap jacks.
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While not a Defender owner, I'd say the best jack is still the LR bottle jack (assuming its the metal not plastic version). Day in/day out that thing just works and does the job. r- Ray
X2 light, quick, small and safely fits the axle.
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Are these well made ? I'd like to get one but haven't had much luck with the seals in cheap jacks.
While the reality is they certainly don't "make 'em like they used to", and I agree and have had the same issue with jack-creep on modern floor jacks & bottle jacks. This Powerbuilt seems to be so far so good, but that's also one good thing to have the built in feature of the jackstand. Even if it has creep, it'll rest on the jackstand instead of dropping to the ground.

The downside is, it's bigger than a standard bottle jack - but the combo is worth it IMO. And at $52 shipped to your door, I'd still rather have this than a Rover bottle jack that'll set you back more than that even on eBay for a good used one.
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It would be great to track the sale of something here after it's posted...I'll bet a dozen guys ordered this after the post!
yeah exactly. i think we may have a winner here...
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I dont mean creep, I mean doesn't even lift the truck. The reviews on Amazon are pretty bad, ie first use jack oil spraying all over. There a tractor supply near me I guess I'll check one out there. Need something for the 7500# f250
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That powerbuilt jack is bad as if its reliable
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That powerbuilt jack is bad as if its reliable
Fine. I'll make my own combo jack.
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I dont mean creep, I mean doesn't even lift the truck. The reviews on Amazon are pretty bad, ie first use jack oil spraying all over. There a tractor supply near me I guess I'll check one out there. Need something for the 7500# f250
I got a pair from TSC and have used the shit out of them at home (to bulky for the in truck duties). I have been very happy with them.
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Fine. I'll make my own combo jack.
I believe he meant Bad Ass not Bad As...the beagles must have him on edge this morning.
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I believe he meant Bad Ass not Bad As...the beagles must have him on edge this morning.
ah, right. ok cool. i guess i'm on edge this morning too. thanks for clarifying.

i'm ordering this thing then i'm ordering a pizza.
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I got a pair from TSC and have used the shit out of them at home (to bulky for the in truck duties). I have been very happy with them.
While $52 shipped isn't bad, if anyone lives near Tractor Supply for $40 you'll save yourself some coin:
http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/stor...%3B-jack-stand
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