HighLift or Bottle Jack?

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I have been kicking the idea of adding either a HiLift jack or a bottle jack that will be tall enough to jack up a stock Rubicon. What is everyone's take on the HiLift with stock factory steel bumpers and rock sliders?





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The scissor jack works that comes with your Jeep. I've changed a tire 100 miles from nowhere in the middle of nowhere.
 

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I have been kicking the idea of adding either a HiLift jack or a bottle jack that will be tall enough to jack up a stock Rubicon. What is everyone's take on the HiLift with stock factory steel bumpers and rock sliders?
If I had to choose between the 2, another vote for bottle jack, it’s so much more compact than the hi-lift and way more usable lifting from the frame or axle. unless you are using the hi-lift as a manual winch in a sticky situation, which needs another conversion kit, I don’t ever see a need for it.

If you want to go for hi-lift, make sure you actually have jack points on your Jeep for it, such as steel bumpers or wheel straps, (I’d avoid the rails since it’s body mounted) and that you won’t mind making scuff marks on it after using it.

Otherwise, sorry to say it but most people carry the hi-lift just for the looks and never actually use it, the whole ‘pretentious thing’ fades away after a while so just buy something useful instead.
 
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I have been kicking the idea of adding either a HiLift jack or a bottle jack that will be tall enough to jack up a stock Rubicon. What is everyone's take on the HiLift with stock factory steel bumpers and rock sliders?
Like others, I too vote bottle jack it’s so much easier to pack with you. I would recommend a “ Y” attachment for it to use under the axle tube. I carry a 12” long piece of 2x12 for a base. Around here the biggest issue is keeping the jack from sinking into the sand instead of lifting the Jeep.:facepalm:
 

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I have been kicking the idea of adding either a HiLift jack or a bottle jack that will be tall enough to jack up a stock Rubicon. What is everyone's take on the HiLift with stock factory steel bumpers and rock sliders?
If you need to lift a wheel, to get it out of a rut for example, a HiLift Jack and Lift-mate work well on any sized tire. It won't work for changing a tire. It can also be used to lift at the bumper.

The HiLift is also useful as a come-along type of winch for moving your Jeep or getting a tree off the trail. Obviously an electric winch would be better, but at a cost.
 
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The BOTTLE JACK is a great idea as an easy carry problem solver, but !

I've been using HiLift Jacks for over 60 years and have found the HiLift Jack can/will be an ENDLESS addition for your use and will solve problems no BOTTLE JACK will do !

I'd have to recommend both for any extended off-road use, plus if you tow an off-road trailer--the HiLift Jack is a real GODSEND-

Good luck

W.E. JIMBO
 
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Thank you for everyone's advice, I will play it safe and pick up a bottle jack, I know the scissor is great I just don't trust them. I am still recovering from a full knee replacement so my mind is working overtime from boredom and dieting to get this new jeep out on the trails.
 

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Thank you for everyone's advice, I will play it safe and pick up a bottle jack, I know the scissor is great I just don't trust them. I am still recovering from a full knee replacement so my mind is working overtime from boredom and dieting to get this new jeep out on the trails.
Good luck in your recovery! Been there. Don’t go shopping while on pain meds :).

I was talking about this very question with my hubby. He had a high lift jack for his JK, but recommended the bottle jack for the above reasons. It’s on my list.
 

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I have been kicking the idea of adding either a HiLift jack or a bottle jack that will be tall enough to jack up a stock Rubicon. What is everyone's take on the HiLift with stock factory steel bumpers and rock sliders?

Buy a Unijack, its a combo of bottke and jack stand, it can lift really high and are very safe.
 
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So my game plan is bottle jack say 20ton? then down the road I'll get the 48" HiLift and mounting kit that will store it up on the roll cage so its out of site. Hope I never need it but it'll be an option if I do.
 

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Does the 20t go any higher?
Most things with weights that high are going to be running 40s (fire trucks, heavy equipment)
 

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I am looking at jacks for my JLUR as well. I saw one suggestion on getting a Unijack. Are there any specific bottle jacks that are suggested or recommended? I saw mixed reviews on the Unijack but I do like the concept. I’m guessing a 4000 lb bottle jack would be enough to handle a tire change on a JLUR.
 

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