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Unread 12-27-2010, 07:51 AM   #1
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Default X-Jack or Hi-Lift?

So far Ive got the requisite straps and shackles to cover the basics in off road recovery but am looking to add to this gear with a jack of some sort. Ive got a small lift and larger-than-stock tires as well as sliders so a Hi-Lift would work and seems like a good value for the money. However, it seems like there are a ton of accessories you need to buy in order to make this jack useful to its full potential. On the other hand, the X-Jack is a ready to go system, albeit a bit more money. However, this system seems a lot more versatile, not to mention lighter and more compact. How would you guys spend your money?
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Unread 12-27-2010, 08:06 AM   #2
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I have a hi lift and like it for its winching ability more than anything. Off camber sliding sideways while winching foreward, hi lift is really nice to keep the truck straight. The xjack is cool but spendy.
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I vote for a Hi Lift for the money,The X jack is most useful in soft conditions (ie) sand,mud and snow.... is a nice piece of gear,but pricey.
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Unread 12-27-2010, 12:07 PM   #5
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Get both. You can't really compare them one to one but if you had to choose one absolutely must have I'd say the Hi-Lift. It's more versatile than the X Jack although some of that depends on the terrain you'll be in. In soft sand/silt then the X Jack is going to outperform. It will never allow you to winch on it though as the Hi-Lift can be called to in a pinch.
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Get both. You can't really compare them one to one but if you had to choose one absolutely must have I'd say the Hi-Lift. It's more versatile than the X Jack although some of that depends on the terrain you'll be in. In soft sand/silt then the X Jack is going to outperform. It will never allow you to winch on it though as the Hi-Lift can be called to in a pinch.


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Get both. You can't really compare them one to one but if you had to choose one absolutely must have I'd say the Hi-Lift. It's more versatile than the X Jack although some of that depends on the terrain you'll be in. In soft sand/silt then the X Jack is going to outperform. It will never allow you to winch on it though as the Hi-Lift can be called to in a pinch.
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But I would keep the X-Jack on your list. I've used it to help folks with flats in sand and uneven terrain on almost every trip I went on this year. The Hi-Lift can be used as a hand winch, jaws of life, and a wood splitter, all of which can be very handy on the trail; but if the terrain gets soft, you can't use it as a jack - that's where the X-Jack comes in...
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I have both. I bought the Hi Lift first and waited for a deal on the X-Jack. Found a new one on Craigslist
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Unread 12-27-2010, 09:45 PM   #11
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On the topic of air jacks, Cruiserhead (James) posted a thread of a similar type exhaust inflated jack. Here

A company called Chandler Products offers the Titan Air Jack which sells for almost half of the cost of the ARB X-Jack.
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Unread 12-27-2010, 10:22 PM   #12
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On the topic of air jacks, Cruiserhead (James) posted a thread of a similar type exhaust inflated jack. Here

A company called Chandler Products offers the Titan Air Jack which sells for almost half of the cost of the ARB X-Jack.
I had a Titan and it is built about half as well as the X-Jack.
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Hi lift is pretty stable when you got the hi lift base
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I had a Titan and it is built about half as well as the X-Jack.
Virtually everyone I know who purchased a Titan jack had a failure - you get what you pay for is almost always true. The ARB X-Jack is designed better, and manufactured from superior materials.
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Hi lift is pretty stable when you got the hi lift base
I would guess you might not have to use it when the jack was very high - the instability of the vehicle when up high makes the Hi-Lift wobble even on it's off-road base, even on relatively firm ground. I'd be very nervous, even with the base, in sand or rocks...
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Besides the stability problems with the Hi-Lift, the 4runner is very heavy, put on sliders, skids, big MT's, spare tire and trail gear and it is heavier still, I just put on sliders and did the hi-lift test on them in my flat garage. It was crazy heavy to lift, after just getting it off the ground I stopped.

I can't imagine I would want to use my hi-lift on un-even terrain. I have used the jack-mate accessory. And somehow I feel it better for me to jack from the wheel. I think it is because there is less weight to push up jacking up the wheel than jacking from the sliders or bumper.

With the X-jack it is possible to stand away from the truck while it jacks up, and if it fails somehow or does not succeed lifting the truck well it goes back down. With the Hi-lift, if something goes wrong, it smashes your truck, smashes your face, smashes you fingers.

But the X-Jack doesn't look as cool strapped in to the top of you roof rack.
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---------------> But the X-Jack doesn't look as cool strapped in to the top of you roof rack.
The trick is to position it upright in the tailgate window so everyone can see the logo on the case!
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