I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: Hi-Lifts for $29.99!!
Buyer beware! I bought one of these jacks, thinking the same as you. It's junk, pure and simple. There is a reason the pic on the site isn't clear, and you'll see that if you order one.
The parts look very similar to the hi-lift, and may even interchange, but for $50 you can get the real thing.
The pins bend easily, and there are no bolts holding everything together, just pins. I replaced the roll and main pins with solid pins and bolts where possible. If you look at the pic, there is no top clamp, and the jack portion is straight across the "jaw", not curved up at the end. The base plate is cheesy, but can be strengthened easily enough with a metal plate. The whole metallurgy of the jack has pits in it and looks pretty bad.
I said, "Well, it may look cheesy, but it probably works the same".
I jacked up the Scrambler to change out the Swampers (needed them for a Zuki run), and while the jack went up fine, it wouldn't come down, no amount of lubing would help. No problem, just kick the jack over. Sure, then the jack got wedged between the Scrambler, which was back on all 4, and the ground, bowing the jacking post. I couldn't believe it. No way for it to move now. I had to get my REAL Hi-Lift (I bought this as a spare, multiple jeeps = multiple jacks, right?) and jack the Scrambler back up, then remove the fake hi-lift. I'd only go with a genuine Hi-Lift jack, not worth risking your life over if it fails. Just my opinion, but based on my observations and experiences.
Winter Harbor, Maine
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled!
It's a Jeep, Chevy, IHC kinda thing!