hi lift jack on roof rack

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 17:40
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I am interested to know if anyone who does offroad work in a gu patrol has had any trouble with carrying one of the hi lift jacks on the roof racks. I have the kaymar shovel/jack holder bracket but the jack seems to be quite heavy. My concern is damage to the gutters while travelling over corrugations. All up there is about 120kgs on the roof rack. Any help would be appreciated.
Mark W
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:14

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:14
Mark,
I don't have a GU but I do a lot of travelling in a 4WD. Why do you want to carry a high lift jack? Like you said they are 120kg of steel that will never get used. Have you ever tried to lift the front wheel off the ground.

I have only had a 4WD for the last 16 years and have never had to use one so the need to carry one has never come up.

There will be a lot out there that will have other ideas so they might be able to tell you have to carry a high lift jack.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Member - KG (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:20

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:20
i think he meant 120kilos in TOTAL on the roofrack...

if your hi lift weights 120kilos i think you over specced :)

cheers,

Kent
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Follow Up By: mark - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:25

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:25
Sorry Wayne i meant total weight on the roof is 120kg
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 20:22

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 20:22
wayne, we use hi lift jacks often there is not muck effort to lift the wheels up when using a hub lifterand you dont need to lift them to the sky just far enough to get the bog boards under. However in answer to the post no doubt about it the less weight up top the better
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Follow Up By: Gajm (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 09:05

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 09:05
Davoe, whats a "bog board"?
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 12:34

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 12:34
a bog board is 4 planks of wood to chuck under your wheels after you have jacked it up to assist in getting out of a bog
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:59

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:59
Mine is bolted to the LHF of my roof rack and has done tens of thousands of ks. as I quite often just leave it there.
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Reply By: joc45 - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 20:55

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 20:55
I've done heaps of kms with the jack bolted on the roof rack of my GU (across the rear) with no probs. My question is where can you effectively hook the jack under the GU without bending something? I only have a bull bar (no points to jack) and the super-tough standard plastic rear bumbers. Are there some add-ons which don't require the fitting of an aftermarket rear bumper?
Gerry
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie- Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 21:55

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 21:55
Gerry,
On mine it's not a real worry as I do have an aftermarket rear bar with side cut-outs for the hi-lift. However, other vehicles I have seen have had extensions welded to the rear of their towbar pointing backwards (they look like square exhaust pipes); or you could use the box-hitch, but spare wheel could be in the way.
I know what Wayne is getting at though, I've never had to use mine in any "real-life" situations and it's probably just 12 kgs of dead weight that I could probably leave at home.
Cheers,
Roachie
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Follow Up By: V8troopie - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 00:57

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 00:57
Mine fits behind the bull bar on a home made bracket. Its low enough mounted (on the chassis beams) so it does not interfere with the airflow to the radiator. I do take the base plate off - this is permanently fitted to a large wooden base - and store that separately on the bull bar.
The jacks 'workings' have a stout cloth bag over it so mud and dust does not get flung into it from the wheel.

Klaus
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Reply By: Troopie - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 08:13

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 08:13
Heya
I can't really answer your question re. the risk to roof guttering - like others have said - the less weight up there the better - but the racks are designed to carry a certain amount of weight.

I use my highlift to change wheels when necessary. I have front and rear bars so attachment isn't a problem. Also - I carry mine mounted on one of the spare wheel swing away carriers - so to get at the spare I have to remove the highlift anyhow - might as well use it. I find it's quicker and easier than clambering around underneath - although you do have to lift enough for the suspension to droop far enough to get a wheel of the ground.

It's also surprising how often I find myself using it for other things also. Just on the weekend I used it to put a bend in some frame I was tinkering with.

Cheers
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Reply By: rolande- Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 08:47

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 08:47
Mark,
GU gutters are rated to 200kg's. Roof rack would depend on which type. My three rola commercial racks are rated to 150kg's. If you contact manufacturer they should be able to tell you the rating, but as above, lots of weight very high on vehicle not the best. Hope this helps
Rolande
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 12:44

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 12:44
Rhino actually sell Hi Lift Jack brackets for their Roof Rack Bars, so it must be ok otherwise they would'nt risk the liability.
But I just carry an exaust jack, can't be bothered lugging around a hi lift jack and getting points welded onto the chasis, carrying a block of wood to put under it, geeez, carry enough crap as it is.
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