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Old December 1st, 2015, 06:45 PM
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Which Hi-Lift?

I'm thinking about getting a Hi-Lift and am wondering if I should get the 42" or the 48", full cast or steel cast mix? It will most likely be stored inside of my 97 SW. thanks
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Old December 1st, 2015, 06:49 PM
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How much lift, tire size, what kind of wheeling, kit (i.e.: sliders/bumpers), how much experience - both wheeling and with a Hi Lift, as they can be extremely dangerous!?
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Old December 1st, 2015, 06:55 PM
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6 inches can make all the difference in the world..in my opinion bigger is better..
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After using galpin's chinese farm jack for years, I bought a 48" hi lift xtreme recently.

It works well. I didn't think the lifting mechanism would be better on the Hi-lift than the generic Chinese farm jacks, but the genuine hi-lift has a shorter throw and definitely a higher quality feeling action.

The xtreme has a powdercoat which wears away quickly and starts to show surface rust very soon after purchase.

Not sure what the difference is between the full cast and the cast mix, but if my generic jack was any indication, it doesn't really matter, at least for occasional off-road use.

My rear crossmember is 25" from the ground and the 48" is the bare minimum I would use. The 42" would probably not lift the truck very far.
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Old December 1st, 2015, 07:40 PM
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Old December 1st, 2015, 07:58 PM
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I had a 48" hi-lift when I was in high school. It really sucked when I was stuck and ran out of lift with it. When a tree fell on my truck and landed on the Hi-lift, I bought an all cast 60". I eventually sold that with a roof rack years ago and just recently bought another 60" all cast. I think the XXXXTTRRREEEEMMMMEE one looks kind of lame, I prefer the classic look, although the top clamp on the extreme is definitely nice.
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Old December 1st, 2015, 08:00 PM
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go big because if you ever use it to pull/winch, you'll want as long a bar as you can get.
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Old December 1st, 2015, 08:14 PM
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Definitely the 48". My next HiLift will either be a 60" or the 52" from SmittyBilt.
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Old December 1st, 2015, 08:26 PM
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Honestly years no a decade or more ago when everyone was starting to off road the D1 and Defenders here Hi lifts were the trendy thing to bolt on to your truck.

Honestly bolting it on to your truck was the most use most of them ever got. They are extremely dangerous as one person found out up in Canada. Also they are naturally unstable.

Its not something I take with me these days.
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Old December 1st, 2015, 08:56 PM
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Definitely the 48". My next HiLift will either be a 60" or the 52" from SmittyBilt.
What?
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48" steel. Make sure you are taught how to use one by someone that knows what they are doing.
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I find the hi-lift indispensable. I use mine all the time but like any tool you need to know how to use it properly. I have the all cast version, been using the same one for 15 years.
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The Jack All Defender jacking point adapter is handy to have as well

http://www.johncraddockltd.co.uk/ser...tor-90110.html
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Or more local. http://www.roverparts.com/Parts/TR30
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What?
What what?
Sorry, its actually 54".
Get the biggest you have space to keep, IMO.
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Old December 2nd, 2015, 12:19 AM
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What what?
Sorry, its actually 54".
Get the biggest you have space to keep, IMO.
Concur. I got a 60" 'EXTREME' which as others have noted looks nice new but rapidly shows wear. I cut a few inches off the bar so that it would fit across the floorboard of my D1 and I keep it inside a case to protect it. Having previously spent time rebuilding an externally mounted piece of expo jewelry due to it suffering from exposure to the elements I'd echo the comments about protecting the mechanism.

Learning how to use it safely is time well spent, they are a useful tool that has many applications but I also think its the most dangerous tool I carry and use it only when necessary.

Kinda like a hand grenade.
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Old December 2nd, 2015, 06:55 AM
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What what?
Sorry, its actually 54".
Get the biggest you have space to keep, IMO.
I was confused because you said definitely the 48" which I thought was the smallest. I just looked on the site a realised they also offer 36" and 42". 48" would be the absolute smallest to get.
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I've got a 60. Never really used it. Always end up using a bottle jack instead.

The 60 is a pain as it is pretty big and heavy. However it does have the extra reach if needed.

Best bet is to store the bar on the outside of the vehicle and then store the mechanical portion inside. I've seen a bunch of hi-lifts not work on the trail simply because the owner left it bolted onto the exterior of his truck forever and it rusted to crap. That really sucks.
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I have a 48" and is saved my ass a number of Times. Bottle jacks don't always work. You may not need it often but if you need it once that's all that matters.

I would say go no shorter than a 48".
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