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    Been working on a hi-lift mount (again!)...seems every so often I try working on this project and get stuck and leave it alone as I don't necessarily feel a hi-lift is absolutely critical gear. But, I do think they can be useful, and it wouldn't do me any good sitting in the garage if I needed it. So, I think I have decent bracket system worked out to mount on my rear bumper given my limited fab skills and various clearances needed....so this would be its location, far enough to the passenger side to clear the tire, near the hinge on the rear bumper to minimize weight/torque on the hinge, and hopefully, not blocking the tail light too much....so that is my question: how do you all feel about taillight visibility? I might be able to squeeze the lift over to the driver side another 1/2" or so, but trying to leave just a bit of 'wiggle' room for differences that might occur with a different spare etc....


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    Jen looks thrilled. Visibility looks OK to me.

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    Looks good to me. If you are worried you could add a third brake light on the spare tire carrier.

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    Looks great! FWIW, it seems that when Hi-Lift jacks are mounted outside the Jeep you need to carry some spray lube to free up the dirt/grime that collects on the climbing arms and lift mechanism. Trying to use it dry/gunked up would be a major pain, or nearly impossible.

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    Yes, the pins and springs do tend to get gunked up... especially if it's left on all the time for DDing and winter roads with MgCl etc. When I carried it on the front bumper, I would only put it on for wheeling trips. The jack typically resides in the covered bed of my tacoma, and would just get moved to the jeep for wheeling trips.
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    It's very strange to see your jeep with a soft top on it. I didn't realize you owned a top for the CJ. Was the license plate previously mounted where the jack is going?

    Edit: of course your profile pic shows a soft top too, but I feel I never see your jeep in person with a top.

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    The grey top in the avatar is the old one that I replaced a couple years with the black one....the stitching was rotted out and tearing out along most of the seams. I re-stitched it with nylon thread/fishing line to hold it together for a few years, but when i came across the black one on sale reasonably cheap on CL...I bought it. I don't use the soft top in summer much unless Jen is along...I much prefer no top or just the bemini. Jen really doesn't like the wind etc when cruising at hwy speed with no top, especially if its cool to cold out. Typically the top comes off in the spring in May and goes back on in late Oct or so. Even when the top is on, I usually have the doors off and back window out unless the weather is just too much. I'd rather be cold, get rained on than have the top on.....
    License plate mounts on the face of the bumper just below where the jack is - it covered part of the Tomken lettering...and it can be easily move if needed. I just took it off to make it easier to figure out what I wanted to do...

    I made two different mounting bracket attempts - I kind of like the design/idea of the second one, but my fab skills aren't as good as needed make it - just getting too much warpage and distortion in my welds for everything to stay clean, straight and square that way I want it...after a few days of frustration I think I am done for now....hi-lift will go back in the truck (when i get that back from recall).
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