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Unread 01-31-2013, 11:11 PM   #1
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Default Easy Hi Lift Jack Mod

This mod is nothing original and is apparently a standard item on the Extreme series of jacks. I happened across a Bill Burke video about the mod and went.... dang!

Hi Lift jack baseplates use a big cotter pin to hold the base on. It can fall out at the wrong times if the halves are not bent back.

All I did was to run a 1/4" drill through the baseplate hole that the cotter pin goes through. I deburred it and lightly filed it to make it smooth. I bought the captive wire pin at Lowes but other hardware stores have them too.
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Cool find, not had an issue with the cotter pin, but this looks like a better setup.
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I have an extreme and just figured the captive wire pin was how they all came! Makes it nice for removing the base, which I do when the jack is on my roof rack to make it more aerodynamic.
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And I thought they all came with the cotter pins, LOL. Hi Lift has no plans to offer the captive pin on the other models of the jack.
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I have an extreme and just figured the captive wire pin was how they all came! Makes it nice for removing the base, which I do when the jack is on my roof rack to make it more aerodynamic.
Not just that, but reduces the source of rattles on the roof a lot
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apparently some folks also replace the cotter pin on the handle of the jack
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I've had mine that way since I bought it 10 years ago...

The handle makes a great cheater bar in a pinch and removing the baseplate is useful if you ever have to use it as winch, in addition to making storage easier.
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