I have 48" Hi-Lift Jack and spent sometime trying to figure out a good secure location. Now I have seen the mounted to the bumper, tire carrier, under the hood, and to the roll bar. All of these left the jack either open to the elements, to theft, submerged in the water, or pinned between the bumper and a rock. Since I had the Insta-Trunk installed I realized that I had a nice flat surface that the jack could lie on. I did have to take off the base to install it here, but I just threw it in with the rest of my recover gear. I also saw that I could run a 1/2" x 2" Carriage bolt down through the jack and the top of the Insta-Trunk. I secured it below with a wing nut. The carriage bolt catch the edge of the holes in the jack bar, instant theft deterrent. Now I could lock the trunk and leave the jack right where it was. I did find that you need a rubber pad under the head to keep it from rattling to much, and another on the roll bar where the top clevis is close to just to prevent scratches on the roll bar. I do need to make a cover for the head to protect the back of the seat and the head from the elements. I always carry a rebuild kit with the rest of my gear, because you never know when you might have a problem with it.
1/2" x 2" Stainless Carriage bolt
1/2" Wing nut
|1. Remove the jack foot and place the Jack on the top of the Insta-trunk and position the head so that it is just inside the bevel of the door lock assembly.|
|2. The bar should be about equal distance from the edge of the body on both sides.|
|3. Mark a spot in about the center of the jack and drill a 1/2" hole. I touched up the hole with a little bit of paint to prevent rust.|
|4. Insert the 1/2" carriage bolt through the top.|
|5. Install the washer and tighten up the Wing nut.|
|6. Now all you need to do is find a place for the foot to go. I found that it fit inside my recover box, but you could also place it under the passenger seat by the factory jack, or underneath the insta-trunk in this case.|
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