Jack for GQ Patrol

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 13:04
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Hi, Can anyone reccomend a jack for day to day use on SWB GQ Patrol? Just bought second hand vehicle, but no jack present.. Cheers, J.
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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 13:13

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 13:13
Jeremy,

I am not sure about the GQ but whatever you buy make sure it will fit under the car and jack it up when the tyre is FLAT. I come across a lot of people who have flash jacks but they try them out when the tyre is pumped up.
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 13:24

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 13:24
Here, here - some very sound advise.

I had a hydraulic jack supplied with my 80 series as the original was missing. It worked fine when I tested it and it looked a similair size to the original. But sure as eggs didn't fit under the axle with a flat tyre!!! Lucky I had the trusty old Hi-lift along at the time - saved digging a hole in rocky ground to fit the jack under.

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Reply By: Member - Roachie- Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 14:27

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 14:27
Jeremy,
It's always gunna be a problem....you need a hydraulic jack that'll fit under the axle when the tyre is flat (so it needs to be sort of squat when in the "down" position); BUT it must then be able to raise the bloody thing high enough so that you can get the new, fully inflated tyre back on.
I have a 6tonne rated LION hydraulic as well as the standard Nissan jack and a high lift jobbie too. I reckon I might ditch the 6tonne one and opt for a 12 tonne squat type, just need to check out how high they lift up to.
Don't go for a cheap scissors type though.
Good luck
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Follow Up By: JeremyS - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 15:13

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 15:13
Hi Roachie, So you think a bottle jack, garage jack or Hi lift would do the best job? Tyres are 31/10.5/R15.. What type are you using? Hi lift would be the most versatile yeah? Cheers, Jeremy
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie- Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 15:40

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 15:40
Jeremy,
In my opinion the high lift jack is not suitable for tyre changing duties. The reason are.....

1)you have to do a lot of jacking of the body (under bullbar etc) to get to the point where your suspension is fully taken up, before you start to lift the wheel off the ground

2) once you do get the corner of the vehicle high enough off the ground so you can remove the tyre, the vehicle can become quite unstable and easily fall off the jack.....not pretty!!

If I'm just changing/rotating tyres in the driveway, I tend to use the hydraulic jack as it's a bit quicker. I don't think I've ever had to change a flat tyre out in the scrub in over 500,000klm of driving.....(maybe on the side of the road, but not on a gnarly bush track etc).

One other idea I pinched off another bloke was to carry a good sized jacking plate. Now it needed to be light and I needed to be able to put it somewhere out of the way. I also tend to go through floor mats under my feet REAL quick................
SOLUTION.........
Piece of 6mm thick aluminium chequerplate cut to the approximate shape of the drivers footwell. (rectangular with a couple of ends cut @ 45 degrees. Sits under my feet ready to use for jacking....& guaranteed not to wear out under my size # 10's
Cheers,
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 16:05

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 16:05
He's got big feet (#10's) as well as a big head Des Lexic. LOL
I use a squat hydrolic and the original toyota jack and a jacking plate, covers me for tyre changing.
High lift jack for recovery of the toyota, HEY its never been used. LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie- Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 16:59

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 16:59
Pesty said......"HEY its never been used"

That's cos he never goes off the bitumen!!! LOL

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Reply By: JeremyS - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 15:50

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 15:50
Excellent advice, thnx for that.. i like the plate idea too.. Happy truckin!
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2004 at 00:09

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2004 at 00:09
Standard GQ jack lifts mine up enough to fit the 34 JT's.

I can measure it tomorrow if you need
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Follow Up By: JeremyS - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2004 at 08:22

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2004 at 08:22
Is that a bottle jack? J...
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