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A hi-lift jack is a great piece of gear to have in your arsenal since it can get you out of trouble in a jiffy. However, they don't nickname it the Widow maker for nothing. I have personally BARELY escaped serious injury from one and would rather only use it if ABSOLUTELY necessary.

Another option is the new exhaust jack from ARB called the X-Jack Bushranger. Despite the fact that it sounds like a bad porno movie, the Bushranger is extremely easy to use. I can tell there is going to be some snickering as I write this so let's simply call it the X-Jack from here on out.
http://www.arbusa.com/exhaust_jacks.php


Since I know the folks at ARB, they asked me to review it and post my findings to the Xterra community so here we go!

Please note: I wasn't stuck nor did I have a flat tire. This write up is for instructional purposes only.

The carry bag is durable and sports tough carry handles so you don't drop it when you are carrying it to help out a buddy. Let's face it, you never get stuck right?!! :compress:






Okay, now where in the hell are my sunglasses! Seriously! Notice the hefty black spiky feet on the bottom of the X-Jack for stability.



AWESOME! They included a beer bong! Attach the beer bong hose to the X-Jack.



Dang... it actually ISN'T a beer bong


This is really where the cone attaches.



Turn on the truck and start filling up the bag with tasty, tasty fumes.



One of my pit crew.... WAAAASAAAAAAP!!



The cone is a bit tight on the pipe so you will want to hold it in place for a better seal.



The X-Jack also has handy valve stem incase you want to fill it up with a compressor. We gave it a whirl and it did great!



Now the truck is fully lifted and stable enough to change a tire, stack rocks, or toss annoying kids under there for traction.



The deflating process is pretty simple. You simply turn exhaust hose valve at the bag and the fumes escape. It's best to face away from the fumes as they escape or you may be destined to lose your teeth, wear a wife-beater, and crave Pabst Blue Ribbon. No offense to you exhaust huffing, toothless, wife-beater wearing, PBR drinking folks out there.


The bag itself is made of extremely thick material that is puncture resistant. Just think of a thicker version of a high end river raft and there you have it. The bottom material that makes contact with the ground is thicker than the rest of the bag. For added piece of mind, you can put a floor matt in between the bag and the frame to all but eliminate the possibility of a puncture.

Having worked with another exhaust jack in the past, X-Jack is far easier to put back in it's carry bag for transport.

Where can you get one you ask?
The cheapest I have found one is $216.99 at Central 4WD.
http://www.central4wd.com/category.aspx?page=id|34875

More expensive than a "widow maker", but it definitely has its place in sand, snow, and any other terrain that is uneven or soft. It's also a great option for those of you that aren't cool enough to have rock sliders to use a hi-lift on :blackeye:
 

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nice writeup. funny commentary! haha.
ive seen these in the magazines before, but never actually seen anyone use it. looks pretty easy to use actually. does it get warm when using the tailpipe to fill?
 

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driver X said:
nice writeup. funny commentary! haha.
ive seen these in the magazines before, but never actually seen anyone use it. looks pretty easy to use actually. does it get warm when using the tailpipe to fill?
No.. the bong errr I mean CONE is pretty thick. It never heats up enough to need an oven mitt.
 

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Nice to see pics of it in use. Was looking at that awhile ago but didn't think
it would do much. Beats pulling out the jack and the attachments and making
sure the jack is in a good lift point especially if you're in a hurry.
 

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mosi said:
You simply turn exhaust hose valve at the bag and the fumes escape. It's best to face away from the fumes as they escape or you may be destined to lose your teeth, wear a wife-beater, and crave Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Hey...I resemble that remark!?

Cool write-up!


Rob
 

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I like the idea. However, I always wondered what you'd do if you had larger tires, or a longer travel suspension for that matter...
 

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pretty cool, I have seen this in jeep mags for a while now but thought it was kind of a joke but seeing it in action makes it look a lot better.
 

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Great write-up. Its nice to actually hear from someone our happy little community who has actually tried the product out for themselves. But I have to say, I still laughed about the name the whole time I was reading!
 

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syndicate said:
I like the idea. However, I always wondered what you'd do if you had larger tires, or a longer travel suspension for that matter...
It's definitly enough for our trucks. It was only inflated maybe about 2/3 of the way or so. They are supposed to give you 31" of lift.
 

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winterules said:
How long did it take to lift the truck using the exhaust hose .
A couple of minutes... roughly. The speed depends on if you have someone in the truck giving it more gas.
 
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