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    Default Trick for long arms

    Here's a good trick for you guys with long arm suspensions, or any rig that has a lot of 'droop' to the axle.

    Sooner or later, while on the trail or road, you're going to have to change a tire, or swap in your spare axle shaft.

    If you have really oversize tires, that little bottle jack that came with the Jeep isn't going to work to well. (the jacks that come with the JK's sucks anyway!)

    If you have a suspension that really droops, using the Hi-Lift on the bumper isn't going to get the tire off the ground.

    Or can it?

    After finding myself doing this two Saturdays in a row:




    And wrangling a cheap ratchet strap to hold the axle up, I decided to do this.

    Grab four 1/4" hooks from the hardware store. They don't have to be the spendy ones, the cheap dollar each ones will work.

    Cut the hook to it's flat across the back, then weld one hook to the axle, and one to the frame or unibody.

    I welded the lower hook to the sway bar pin bracket: (note the upper hook in this pic. I had to relocate it to above the coil spring, becuase it interfered with the swaybar)



    And (since this is on my XJ) to the unibody above the coil spring 'bucket' at the top:



    Now all you need, is a chunk of chain about a foot 1/2 long to throw in your tool bag (you may already have a small chain in your recovery gear)

    When jacking the Jeep up to change the tire, stack rocks or change an axle shaft, just hook up the chain between the hooks:



    And jack up the Jeep. The axle comes up, and you're not running the Hi-Lift all the way to the top.

    This not only keeps the jack mechanism lower on the bar, it keeps the Jeeps COG lower, and helps keep things stable by keeping the opposite tire on the ground.

    When planning the hook placement, make sure that the tires, swaybar and steering components all clear, and nothing gets bound up.

    Also make sure that the chain will be clear of things (brakeline) when attatched.

    And as always, be safe when using a Hi-Lift, and jacking up a rig.

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    Really clever idea. Heck I am on a 2" BB and hate how much jacking it takes with the high lift to get the tire off the ground. I think I am going to do this to my jeep. Thanks!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob View Post
    Really clever idea. Heck I am on a 2" BB and hate how much jacking it takes with the high lift to get the tire off the ground. I think I am going to do this to my jeep. Thanks!!
    No problem! Actually had the idea for a while, finally got around to doing it!

    I was watching my buddy Smiley wheel his buggy. When he got hung up, he would wrap a chain around the axle and tube frame, jack it up, and stack rocks.

    I thought: "There has to be a better way!" Especially since most rigs don't have tube frames like a buggy to wrap a chain around!

    Well, when I broke an axle shaft during the ice races, I used a ratchet strap. It broke 3 times. (you can see it laying in the 2nd pic down) lucky for me, the tire was still on the Jeep! (also why the tire is under the long arm in the 2nd pic, for stabilty in case the new strap broke)

    I'd rather be safe than sorry! And to help keep weight down, I don't need to have both a bottle jack and a Hi-Lift now, just a chunk of chain.


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    i just use my suckdown winch...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 91YEEPER View Post
    i just use my suckdown winch...
    Actually been thinking about installing one. Only real time I've needed it has been in Moab (be real nice on Potato Salad Hill!)

    So, for the 9-10 days a year I might need it, I haven't done it. I haven't even mounted my Warn winch on the XJ yet, becuase winter isn't over here.

    The amount of salt they put down on the roads is attrociuous!

    But I do like that idea, they work great on linked or long arm rigs with a lot of articulation.


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    HB- That's pretty good, mind if I add that to my rig? I'm pushing 27 inches of travel so this would REALLY help me out. Went by Ace hardware today and picked up some farm impliment paint in allis chalmers orange (same color as my jeep oddly enough), so I can match everything I add.
    The hooks will blend in perfectly...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RocDoc21 View Post
    HB- That's pretty good, mind if I add that to my rig? I'm pushing 27 inches of travel so this would REALLY help me out. Went by Ace hardware today and picked up some farm impliment paint in allis chalmers orange (same color as my jeep oddly enough), so I can match everything I add.
    The hooks will blend in perfectly...
    27" of travel? thats more than most trophy trucks... how did you calculate that?

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    Nice idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 91YEEPER View Post
    27" of travel? thats more than most trophy trucks... how did you calculate that?
    I'd have to ask the guys that ran the RTI ramp last time I was on it. From flat, I can lift one tire 27 inches straight up before the other tires start to come off the ground. Which isn't much when you think about it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RocDoc21 View Post
    I'd have to ask the guys that ran the RTI ramp last time I was on it. From flat, I can lift one tire 27 inches straight up before the other tires start to come off the ground. Which isn't much when you think about it...
    thats not how measuring travel works. flex and straight travel are 2 different things.

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