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Having a Hi-Lift with you on trail is a must, from swapping spares to getting your rig up off a rock, it is a multipurpose tool that can be used to save the day in hundreds of ways. The only downside to having your Hi-Lift with you in your rig is that it is a big metal object that you have to find or make space for somewhere. Lucky Hi-Lift makes some good solutions.
Bolting your Hi-Lift down somewhere that it can live full time so that you do not have to handle it every time you want to take your rig out wheeling is a great idea but you also need to keep a few things in mind. Hi-Lift makes a hood-mount kit for the Jeep applications but I have always been a little concerned about putting it there because if you are out wheeling and manage to break the mounting hardware or the mount itself, you know have a loose and heavy piece of metal sliding around on your hood or possibly coming through the windshield. The other concern is in the case of an accident the last thing you possibly want is to send your Hi-Lift flying forward like a missile. The other options out there include tube mounts that you can use to mount it to your bumper or what I commonly suggest, mount it to your roll cage (if you have one). This keeps the Hi-Lift inside the vehicle so it does not face the elements or get stolen off your vehicle and you always know exactly where it is and can easily access it. The only thing you need to do is make sure that you mount it in a position where a hard drop off a rock or an accident cannot send the Hi-Lift into the back of your head. From there depending on what vehicle you are driving there are a selection of application specific mounts and some very smart DIY locations and ideas that you can find online with a quick search.
Your Hi-Lift is a key ingredient in the mixture of off roading, I strongly suggest everyone to own one and never wheel without it. But make sure that you mount it somewhere smart and safe to keep it dry, out of the sway and most importantly where it cannot come loose and hurt someone. Give us a call or swing by to see all the options we offer so that you can get out there and enjoy.
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