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Finally finished up the last few things on this DIY project today. I would say its a very easy project - finding the materials may be the only hold-up to some.

Not wanting to pay $80 or more for a hi-lift mount (which is more than the jack) and having my jack bouncing around in box and denting it, I thought it best to find another way to mount the hi-lift. Having some UHMW laying around from my body lift, I figured it would make a great material for using against the utilitrack. Some crap metal, left over UHMW and $5 in bolts/nuts later...




So, I got some 1/4" plate, punched some holes into it, welded one bolt from the back and painted them up. I used 1" by 1" block tube about 2.5" long on top of the bolt - this will be what the jack sits against.





Then I bought some spring nuts to use inside of the Utilitrack. Here you will see I have the mounting bolts with a variety of nuts to use for hoilding the jack afterwards. I wasn't sure if I wanted to use double nuts, nylon nuts, or wing nuts....I eventually went with wing nuts. if they don't hold well, I will go to the nylon nuts




I used some Loctite inside the spring nuts, just to help hold them a little better




The spacing of 2" blocks, 1/4" plate, and 1" tube is the perfect distance to hold the jack away from the Utilitrack (I compared the measurements to eglaisi's Fabworks holders).





And here it is, installed. Took about 15 minutes. Don't forget I have a long box so it looks small in there.



 

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Looks awesome. Do the spring nuts slide in the track easily when loosened?
the spring nuts simply push into the utilitrack sideways and then you turn them to hold against the utlitrack. they stay in place while you tighten the bolt up. they work perfect
 

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Looks good Ian.

Throw some lockwashers behind the wingnuts? That's what mine has.
good idea - i wondered about doing this afterwards, as i had to grind a few washers to fit inside of the jack. i'll see what i can find
 

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thought i would throw up an update - been taking the truck up really bumpy logging roads all summer long, a few 4x4 excursions, and this holder is still tight with no wobble or shifting. i was expecting something to be loose, but its holding up great
 

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I see what you mean, my tire mount and your jack mount are very similar in design, great minds i suppose. great job and write up on yours too.
 

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Four years later and this system is still holding up perfect. The jack never moves, I've had it off a few times when needed and it comes off and goes on easy, without ever loosening off. This is one of my favourite mods thus far.
 

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I thought you were making and selling these for $15. Cause I was looking for a paypal address to send money to.

And I take it the track has not bent from the weight of the jack when wheelin hard.

My bed is pretty dented up from where I store my jack.
 

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I thought you were making and selling these for $15. Cause I was looking for a paypal address to send money to.

And I take it the track has not bent from the weight of the jack when wheelin hard.

My bed is pretty dented up from where I store my jack.
Nope, no damage at all. In fact, I tie things down to it sometimes. I remove it every year and thoroughly clean and lube the jack, then tighten it back up with no worries. No dents, no damage at all.
 

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I like the idea, not going to use it for a jack. But it has many other application possibilities. Thanks for sharing the info.
 

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Be nice if some welder came up with this for sale, like to get a set for the for floor tracks, for a 36" Hi Lift
 

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I appreciate that Zebra as I saw the thread a year or so ago hoping to do this winter just never got around to it seems there's always something more pressing on list of things to do
 

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Very nice...I have a source for some free unistrut and spring nuts so I may build something similar to mount my Hi-Lift on the front of my bed behind the cab of my Desert Runner.
 
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