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Hi-lift Jack?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by WakeBoard&4X4er, Jan 4, 2001.

  1. WakeBoard&4X4er

    WakeBoard&4X4er 1/2 ton status

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    I have a 1991 blazer and i have no idea where to mount my Jack. The one that i got is the 5 foot, and dont think that is will fit behide the rear seat that good. I was going to mount is along the inside but i do not think that will work. If any on has bought the S.E.C. swing a-way tire mount? I was thinking about getting the one that can be used with a stock bummper, if I dont have to drill into my body. SO the back to the point of this post, Any one have any idea how to mount a 5 foot hi-lift jack? IF you want to see the truck that it is going on, it is at www.brettmcox.coloradok5.com . any help will be good!!!

    Thank all!!!
    Brett
     
  2. kpanza

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    I have a roll cage with kickers that go down to the back floor, so I just strap mine to the side of the cage tube. The base of the Jack rests on the floor, just in front of the tailgate, and the jack stays there good. You know, a Hi-Lift jack looks really cool on the bumper or roof rack, BUT they get rusted and so dirty, that they don't always want to work. Those jacks are very finicky about maintenance and lubrication, so if they are getting rusted and dirty outside, you might be having to constantly work at keeping the jack in good working order. They do sell covers, that is better than nothing I suppose. I knew one guy that used a cheap cover, and mounted it underneath, made some cheap brackets on the frame! It worked well, just make sure you cover it up and seal it from any mud, snow, rain, etc... Personally, I like it inside away from teh elements and easy to get to when I need it...
     
  3. bigjbear

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    Check out my site to see what I did. If want to keep your inside panels intact you could mount the steel behind them and omit the door. Before I did this I had it straped to two tiedown rings I mounted in the floor. Mine is also the 5' jack. Just double check the placement of the mounts or it may not clear the back seat arm rest (mine fits with no rubbing).

    Jim '80 GMC
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  4. WakeBoard&4X4er

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    can they mount on the rear bumper?

    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by WakeBoard&4X4er on 01/04/01 10:07 AM (server time).</FONT></P>
     
  5. HarryH3

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    Nice work! I think I would use some serious bolts to hold that jack in place though. A 60 inch Hi-Lift is a heavy mutha. That thing could shear those 1/4-20 bolts and become a missle in a bad accident. I'd use the fattest bolt that would fit, in at least a grade 5, along with some serious backup plates to keep them from ripping through the fender. Having a Hi-Lift spear me is not my idea of fun! [​IMG]

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  6. WakeBoard&4X4er

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    I do not know about mounting any thing on the inside, I would like to keep it as nice as passable inside. Did you have to remove your sidepanels ?bigjbear?
     
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    Hey Brett. Don't know if this'll help you out or not but....

    Shawn did an article on off-road.com about a hi-lift jack case. You should take a look. It seems pretty nice.

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.off-road.com/chevy/reviews/jackguard/>http://www.off-road.com/chevy/reviews/jackguard/</A>

    <font color=blue>"You call it clearance, I call it head room." [​IMG]</font color=blue>
     
  8. bigjbear

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    Harry: The bolts are grade 5, the mounts come fron Hi-Lift with 1/4-20, so thats what size I used. (BTW, you can get grade 5 & grade 8 hadrware from Lowes.) I had the same feeling as you about the whole mess coming loose and hitting my daughter (she's the one normaly in the back). I used the same thickness steel as what Hi-Lift sells for mounts. My main concern was the bed floor- it is the thinest steel in the whole mess. I havent seen any stress cracks in it-so far, so good. I think the bed liner acts as cushion and that will keep things from tearing.
    Wake: I removed most of the inside panel on the L/H side.I still have a small peice holding the stock ashtray and a 6x9 speaker. If you want to keep the stock inside panel you could remove the panel, install the steel bracing, replace the panel, then install the jack mounts, and bolt up the jack.

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  9. HarryH3

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    I'd be more concerned about it ripping loose in a front-end collision and coming right through the back of the drivers seat! [​IMG] 60 to zero in a few milliseconds would mean all the energy stored in the forward motion of the jack has to go somewhere.

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  10. Josh

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    I don't know how different the later models are interior-wise from my '77 but just slipped the jack behind the spare-tire bracket with the butt against the tailgate and used some U-bolts to hold it down.

    Josh
     

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