Reference
Photography By: 
Hi Lift

by Eric Ammerman
Quadratec Staff Writer


So now that you have lifted your Jeep and gotten bigger tires, what happens when you need to change your tire either out on the trail, or even on your morning commute?

This is a question that never really occurs to most Jeep owners until they are standing there with a factory jack, and several inches away from lifting the Jeep high enough to remove that flat tire. Well fear not. We have thought about this problem and have several options for you to get the job done.

The first, and the most economical, is a factory jack base. This product provides a sturdy platform for your factory scissor jack and provides an additional, and more importantly sturdy, 3.5” of lift to get that wheel off the ground. It is also the smallest device as far as how much cargo space it takes up in your Jeep. In my opinion, it is a much better solution than simply stacking a few 2x4's under your jack.

The most common solution I see employed by those with lifted Jeeps, is the Hi-Lift cast iron jack (above photo). This 48" farm style mechanical jacks is not only a great way to lift your Jeep off the ground, but it also has several other functions—like using as a winch in case you get stuck out on the trail. Another reason this is the most popular jack around is pretty simple: it works. Not to mention that some variation of this off-road tool has been in use since 1905, so there has been plenty of time to get it dialed in. Another bonus to its longevity is that there are a whole bunch of accessories to make the jack work even more efficiently. These include an off-road base, as well as plenty of covers and mounts to your Jeep.

Similar to the Hi-Lift is the Smittybilt Trail Jack which is also a mechanical jack that includes a large base and handle isolator.

The newest entry into the off-road jack market is the ARB Hydraulic Long Travel Recovery Jack. While this one gets you the same results as the farm style jack, the ARB version gets the job done in a slightly different way. It has a 6061 T6 aluminum body with nine mounting locations for the adjustable hook, so no matter where you need to contact your Jeep to lift, there is a location in the right spot. With a lifting range of 6”-48”, and a maximum lifting capacity of over 4,000 lbs, you can trust that this jack will do what you need it to without breaking a sweat.

Finally, ARB also makes an inflatable jack for those who spend a lot of time in the sand, snow or mud. The Bushranger X-Jack inflates using an air compressor or your exhaust, and provides 8,800 lbs of lifting capacity and 30" of actual lift.

No matter which tool you decide to go with, you'll be much happier when you can get that tire changed and back on all four wheels to continue your adventure.

Top Jeep Articles

Blog
Jeep Slips Slightly In Latest JD Power Initial Quality Survey
  • Matt Konkle
  • June 19, 2019
New models can often mean new problems, says JD Power about brand's survey fall.
Blog
Average Jeep Gladiator Price Soars During First Sales Month
  • Matt Konkle
  • June 19, 2019
Fiat Chrysler's newest offering provides plenty of profit punch during May.
How-tos
Installing A Pypes Performance High Ground Clearance Exhaust With Street Pro Muffler
  • Scott Ammerman
  • June 18, 2019
High clearance perfection with a softer exhaust note makes this stainless Pypes exhaust kit the perfect match for either trail or daily driving.
IMAGE GALLERY
June 2019 Jeeps & Java
  • Matt Konkle
  • June 17, 2019

Hundreds of Jeep owners packed the area around Quadratec's West Chester, Pennsylvania headquarters Sunday, all to enjoy a special Father's Day Jeeps & Java.

Blog
FCA Sued Over Alleged Death Wobble Issues
  • Matt Konkle
  • June 13, 2019
New Jersey woman files suit in Michigan, claiming FCA misleading public about the seriousness of Jeep death wobble
Blog
What Are The Best Accessories For My Jeep Hardtop?
  • Scott Ammerman
  • June 13, 2019
Not everyone wears a soft top on their Jeep. Hardtops offer security and have a ton of great accessories available.
Blog
New Platform, Autonomous Driving Capability Rumored To Bolster Roomy New Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Matt Konkle
  • June 12, 2019
FCAs latest offering will utilize a new platform and extend its wheelbase when it hits the market later next year.
IMAGE GALLERY
June 2019 - Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival
  • Matt Konkle
  • June 10, 2019

Every year, the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival has a goal to be one of the biggest Jeep events in the country.

Blog
Fiat Chrysler, Renault Dance Towards Possible Merger
  • Matt Konkle
  • June 4, 2019
Companies appear headed towards a marriage that could fix problems each has in North American and European markets.