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Hydraulic jack recommendation

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by koenbro, Sep 21, 2022.

  1. Sep 21, 2022 at 5:22 AM
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    koenbro

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    Can anyone please recommend a hydraulic jack to carry in the car for wheel changes or general recovery? My 1Gen has OME with a modest lift (maybe 2") on 265/70 R16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracks.

    Found this one on Amazon, but wanted to tap into the experience of the forum. Are these any good? I can easily fabricate a wide base, and bolt it or weld it on.

    https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B09V96G3KP/?coliid=I3AQ6CQM5ZSRBI&colid=1RCTYAJM6SIGP


    Is there an air-pneumatic tall/long jack?
     
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  2. Sep 21, 2022 at 8:09 AM
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    5efvz

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    Pro Eagle jacks are often recommended but are $$$.
     
  3. Sep 21, 2022 at 8:43 AM
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    I just picked up a pro eagle recently, love it. Worth the $$$
     
  4. Sep 21, 2022 at 9:00 AM
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    I struggle a bit with the value proposition of the Pro Eagle jacks. Please help me understand in what way is it better. I am mostly interested in the bottle jack.

    The pro eagle will not work with a compressor so now I have to stock and carry along CO2 cartridges, although I already have onboard air. Why not not just pump it up by hand or use compressed air?

    Not impressed so far.
     
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  5. Sep 21, 2022 at 9:01 AM
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    The pro eagle is a regular hydraulic floor jack with big wheels, what jack are you looking at?

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  6. Sep 21, 2022 at 8:32 PM
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    The Amazon jack I posted is 4tons, weighs 18lbs and costs $128, whereas the 2 ton Pro Eagle is 52lbs and costs $530.

    I realize many builds are the Tiger tanks of off-roading, but I am more after a light and nimble truck. I don't mind paying for quality, but I still don't get the value proposition for 3x heavier, 4 times pricier, for half the capacity. I am sure I am missing something.
     
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    that's not going to work at all for your application. Take a tape measure and go out and measure multiple lift points on your truck right now. You won't find any that are 20" in height which is the minimum height for the jack in the link you posted. So you won't even be able to lift your truck in the driveway, much less with lower clearance due to a flat tire or two. Just grab a bottle jack from harbor freight for $30-40 that has a total weight in the single digits and you're good to go.
     
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  8. Sep 23, 2022 at 4:40 AM
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    KYB/Norco jacks are nice.... they have been around for decades, made in Japan.
     
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  10. Sep 23, 2022 at 7:38 AM
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    Yeah a HF jack (or KYB/Norco for hopefully better reliability) combined with the kit is probably the sweet spot. Thanks for the suggestion!
     
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  11. Sep 26, 2022 at 5:08 PM
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    Dislike the pro eagle (big, heavy, expensive for what it is) so I just carry the stock jack in the stock spot, and a 1ft long 4x4 piece of wood. I sinch my drill on the jack so it jacks up and down in a couple seconds.
    On bigger trips I'll bring my little 1.5 harbor freight aluminum jack.
     
  12. Sep 27, 2022 at 9:38 AM
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    I ended up buying a Toyota OEM bottle jack NOS. Waiting for delivery then will update with my experience.
     
  13. Oct 28, 2022 at 12:44 PM
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    I use the telescoping Toyota OEM bottle jack, with a wide base like you mentioned base for dirt use. Some people modify a hilift base (picture below stolen from the internet) but I've found a cut down/modified 2x6 works just as well if you don't have a hilift ORB around. I like it to come apart in 2 pieces for easy storage.

    upload_2022-10-28_13-39-47.jpg
     
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