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48 or 60 inch HiLift

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by txbartman, Jun 22, 2001.

  1. txbartman

    txbartman 1/2 ton status

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    I am going to be getting a Hi Lift soon. Had one many, many years ago during my dark j**p days, and know it is the best. But, nowadays I see they have a 48 and a 60 incher. With 32's and a 4" lift and probably never more than 35's, do I really need a 60 inch jack? That's awful damn big for a guy that is only 5' 5"! What's y'all's experience? And if someones got one, how much does the cast 60 incher weigh?

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    I have come to the top of a 48 incher and wished we had a 60 a couple times. Especially when the jack sinks in mud or the truck is high centered on a rock and the bumper is starting out at 4 feet off the ground. JT
     
  3. HarryH3

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    Get the 60-incher. It'll do all the stuff that the 48-incher will, plus when you need "just a little bit more" it'll do what the 48-incher won't. [​IMG] It's not that much heavier than a 48, but it is harder to find a place to store it. [​IMG]

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  4. WakeBoard&4X4er

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    for the differance in price go with the 60 inch on. That is what i have and it will not be much more. Before you buy on at a 4x4 shop, call your loc. Tractor Supply store they have good prices on them.
     
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    If you get the 48" and if sometime you need the 60" you won't be happy. I got the 60" and I love it.
     
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    Are ya seeing a pattern here yet? [​IMG] [​IMG]

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  7. Emmettology 101

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    Yes, definately get the 60 incher!!!!!

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    Yes I think a pattern has formed, I have the 60.

    get the 60

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  9. Rob 85K5

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    I asked this question back in January and got a lot of the same responses. I don't regret the 60" for a second, I would also be sure to get the cast not the steel. Right now I store it behind the spare tire with the foot by the tailgate and ratchet strap it to the spare tire. The top clamp sticks above the bedsid by about an inch.

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    would you want a 4" "tool" over a 6" one???
    would you want a 2wd cause you dont use 4wd often?

    HELL NO. Buy it once and be done with it. It sucks when you're off camber, your jack is maxed out and your suspension droop is keeping your tire on the ground still. I almost maxed my 48" jack with my old toyota on 31's in sand.

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    I agree with every point made so far. The only thing I would add is to consider vehicle weight and the amount of flex in the jack. My 8000 lb Suburban would put one hell of a curve in the 60" jack when it was up near the top.
    David
     
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    60" cast iron! Love it...Just need to find a place to mount it!!


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    Always get bigger! I'm running 4 inches and am getting a 60 inch.

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    Another vote for the cast iron 60", it's just hard to find a place to mount it....

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    For all of you who need a place to mount a jack, i have a great place!!! I took 4 small L brackets and screwed them into the top of my wheel well on the inside of my blazer. Space them so that the jack will just fit in between them....like so _| |_. Do that combination twice. You can set the jack with the base pointing down behind the spare tire. I drilled a hole in the verticle part of the L brackets so that i could fit a bolt through both brackets and the holes in the shaft of the Hi-Lift. I use wingnuts to hold the bolt in place. That holds my Hi-Lift in place great, no rattles either. I am doing that with a 48", if you pushed it all the way to the tailgate, i'm sure you could fit a 60"

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    I have 32's 4 inch lift and the 48 inch jack. On flat ground it just barely gets the tire off the ground. If I had to do it again I would get the 60. There is a way around it. Chain. Chain the axle to the frame before you lift and then you don't have to lift as much. The higher you lift the more off ballance it gets so even if you have the 60 it's a good idea. It's the difference of jacking it 6-8 inches verses jacking it 30 inches. We wouldn't want you to be a 60 minutes victim!

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