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Hi Lift Newb

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by differential, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. Feb 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM
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    differential

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    Happy Sunday all!

    I have a 2012 Pre-runner (no lift or big tires), and have never had a Hi Lift jack. I've been shopping for a floor jack for the garage. I was hoping for something that's kind of portable that would also work for my wife's jetta.

    Anyway, Sears has a 2 1/4 ton floor jack on sale in a blow molded case for $49, and it will lift up to 15", which I don't think is tall enough for my tacoma.

    I was looking at the Hi Lift's. I like the idea of having one for emergencies mounted in the bed of my truck.

    My question, would it be ok to use a smaller size floor jack with a block of wood?

    On the Hi Lift jacks, where do you place them when jacking the truck? I saw on some videos that some folks use the bumper. Where would you do this on a stock prerunner?

    Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Feb 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM
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    I don't think a Hi-Lift is a good choice for a garage jack. If you don't have sliders or plate bumpers you need the Hi-Lift adapter (Lift-mate) that hooks into your wheels.

    For a garage jack I suggest something like this one: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200345429_200345429

    I have this model and it gets under my MINI which has 4" of clearance and has enough lift to get my truck off the ground.

    While I have used a jack and wood when necessary, if you are spending the money, spend it wisely and get a quality tool that will do the job you need.
     
  3. Feb 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM
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    maxamillion2345

    maxamillion2345 Go home if you don't like guns liquor and whores.

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    Harbor freight and some 4x4 blocks.

    You can get the lift mate for the hi-lift to lift from your wheel but theres no where else to lift from on a stock tacoma with a hi-lift. If you lift from the wheel you can't change a flat with it unless you pack around a jack stand.
     
  4. Feb 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM
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    Another option is to use the receiver hitch if you have one. I've never done it but its mounted to the frame and is solid...
     
  5. Feb 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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    maxamillion2345

    maxamillion2345 Go home if you don't like guns liquor and whores.

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    I've done it and it isn't very stable.
     
  6. Feb 13, 2012 at 6:40 AM
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    Guy I heard about used it to get out of deep ruts. Jacked it up by the hitch then pushed the truck sideways off the Jack. Not something id want to work under though.
     
  7. Feb 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM
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    maxamillion2345

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    If you want to use the hitch, this is the way to do it as far as I'm concerned.

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  8. Feb 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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    Thats not a bad way to do it. Or just put the Jack in the receiver.
     
  9. Feb 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM
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    This. We had the off road race car fall off on by doing this. Don't try it.
     
  10. Feb 13, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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    looks sketch enough with the shackle..

    i want a high lift. buddy and i used one to pull a stump out of the ground. never used one for a actual truck. they are very versatile. i need sliders.
     
  11. Feb 13, 2012 at 1:24 PM
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    I have sliders, and my bumpers are being fabed. But like I said, I wouldn't work under it using that as a lift point, but it would work well to get out of ruts if you were stuck in them. Just Jack it high enough to clear the ruts and then push the truck off the Jack. Jack tips over cause its already unstable and the tires are now out of the ruts. But to each their own.
     
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