High Lift Jack

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 06:36
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Hi

I am picking up my 99 ST Patrol today just one question. I used to have a hilux and when I needed to use my high lift jack I just put it under the tow bar or bull bar to lift her up and change a wheel. I don't have a bull bar on the ST yet and I am not sure if putting it under the tow bar is a safe option?? Can someone shed some light on this for me?

Thanks
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Reply By: Big Woody - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 06:46

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 06:46
Mate,
High lift jacks are too unstable for changing wheels. I don't believe there really is a safe option.
Carry a trolley jack for safe jacking.

Brett
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Reply By: Troll83 - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 07:21

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 07:21
Thanks for that but in every situation where I had to change a tyre I was either on the beach or on a slope of some sort where a normal jack is not long enough and I don't have room for a trolley jack. The big wheels make it imposable for the normal jack to reach.
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 07:29

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 07:29
G'day,

just remember to chock the other three wheels if you are using a hi lift on a slope, and of course, keep everyone away from the jack, and your head out of the wheel arch. With the normal jack in those situations you may be able to use a decent size block of wood which not only acts as a jacking plate, increasing stability, but can give result in your normal (bottle ?) jack being able to reach the jacking point.
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Reply By: Troll83 - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 08:13

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 08:13
Thanks for the replies so far, but what do I do for the front...coz I can use the bar on the back to get the back up but coz I don't have a bullbar yet on the patrol can I buy a extension for my high lift jack to stick in under the sides or something like that.....or would I be better of in getting one of those blow up jacks that runs off the exhaust?? I have heard allot of people swear by them but just don't know how save they are
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 09:15

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 09:15
There is a product in the US called 'Lift Mate' it hooks to the wheel slots, so to change the front wheel you lift the rear on the same side & vice -versa. Do a search on this site & you will find a link to it, or Google 'liftmate' as your keyword.
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Follow Up By: ev700 - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 20:33

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 20:33
Shaker,
Have you tried one?

From the site I googled to, it looked as though you use it to get the subject tyre to the right height; put a stand under and remove the Lift Mate to change the wheel. Lowering would require re-use of the Lift Mate.

But maybe I'm confused.

EV700
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Reply By: Davoe - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 22:21

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 22:21
I have used a hi lift on a few occasions like when bogged or hung up NEVER TO CHANGE A TYRE That is not what they are for. get hub lifters, trying to jack from anywhere else is a waste of time and you are not really stuck anyway coz you wont get the elevation anyway coz of the wheel travel
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Reply By: muzzgit (WA) - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 01:43

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 01:43
Yes. Using hub lifters with a hilift jack means you need to chock the axle to remove the hilift jack so you can remove the wheel but is a good option.

Changing a tyre while the car is up on a hilift jack is asking for trouble IMHO
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Reply By: Troll83 - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 06:22

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 06:22
Thanks....what about those air jacks are they any good??

Regards
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Reply By: MrBitchi - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 09:02

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 09:02
Exhast jacks are a great peice of kit. Never leave home without mine.
Still wouldn't rely on it to support the vehicle while changing a tyre. Would always chock something under the axle as well.

Both these types of jacks are designed as recovery equipment, not meant for changing tyres.

Cheers, John.
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