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Thread: Learned a new use for a hi-lift today!

  1. #1
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    Learned a new use for a hi-lift today!


    Not long after I bought the Disco I had a bullbar fitted...like most of us.
    I also attached 2 rated recovery hooks along the upper surface of the bar. MASSIVE MISTAKE!
    I didn't realise that fitting the recovery hooks there compromised the airbags... a big no no and also, even a light weight snatch recovery would cause substantial distortion to the bar.
    Well the ineveitable damage to the bar has been annoying me for ages so today, I decided to remove the bar and try bashing the bejesus out of it to get it straight again...all to no avail.
    I started looking around the garage and spotted the until now unused 'extra jaw' on my Repco hilift jack.
    Not being a big user of this bit of my gear, I just wondered if I could make it do what I needed......
    With Mrs Wardy holding the bar as it rested on the main lifter, I bolted in the extra jaw in line with the top flat bit of the bar (I'd already removed the hooks), with a bit of rubber in between, and operated the handle... it worked like a very large and powerful vice.....MAGIC!
    Now the bar is straight again.... well not perfectly, but much better than it was, and the spotties are now re-aimed oh, and one other thing, I gave the winch fairlead an good going over as well.
    What a great sunday.
    50mm lift, nice soft springs, 33" muddies, Polyairs, ARB Bar, Lockers x2, winch, CDL, LED Driving Lights, Light Bar, cargo barrier, reco'd, reco'd and then reco'd transmission, it just never stops does it?

    Live life fully, you only get one chance!

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    Yep we've used ours for just about everything but recovering

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    Wait till yours has been used so many times that it doesn't want to go back down after lifting. How do you get the vehicle off the jack? I hear you say.... well this is why you have 4WD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbs-IIA View Post
    Wait till yours has been used so many times that it doesn't want to go back down after lifting. How do you get the vehicle off the jack? I hear you say.... well this is why you have 4WD
    Thats how i get them off every time.... kick it off.....

  5. #5
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    Sounds like a productive days work Wardy.. well done
    Mark

    Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most

    2012 SDV6 SE D4 with some stuff...
    2003 D2a TD5...gone...
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    used as a tyre bead braker.

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    Ah so thats how i take the bend out of the ARB bar i bought for my rangie for a slab, will have to give it a go.
    MY08 TDV6 SE D3
    98 TDI AUTO SE DISCO - 3" toughdogs, koni's, M8000 and bar, 265 MT's and still adding !
    2003 Dingo offroad camper trailer
    1998 Triumph Daytona T595
    1974 VW Kombi bus
    1958 Holden FC special sedan

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    I used one once to fit the sheeps-foot skin to a drum road roller. Makes a passable winch too, I've heard. I wouldn't trust my old jack to do either of those jobs now, though, but it still works......just.

    Dan.
    69 2A 88" pet4, 74 3 109" pet4, 68 2B FC pet6.

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    fence strainer
    removing star pickets
    removing tree stumps / roots

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    Hut lifter

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