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I have been trying different ideas to mount my Hi-Lift. Well, I finally got my custom hi-lift mount done on the Xterra. This isn't for everyone as I had to drill 2 small holes into the crossbar, but I didn't see this as too big of a deal considering what we all do to these things. All parts were bought at my local ACE Hardware.

Anyway, here it goes:

The parts needed:

(2) 3/8" x 2.5" Bolts
(2) 3/8" Small Washers
(2) 3/8" Large Washers
(2) 3/8" Wingnuts
(2) 1" Tall x 1" wide angled rubber stopper.

Optional: Cable Bike Lock
Not required, but I highly recommend a handle keeper. Mine is from Daystar, conly cost 9 bucks from my local 4x4 shop. Otherwise, you will probably get handle rattling.


Tools Required:

Drill
3/8" Drill Bit
1/2" Drill Bit
#30 Torx Driver/Bit
1/2" Socket w/ratchet



Here is a pic of the parts:



An of course your Hi-Lift:



1) Drill a 1/2" hole into the middle of both stoppers. Here is the rubber piece with the hole drilled into it:



2) Next up, place your hi-lift on top of your rack, and line it up where you want to mount it. Mark on the crossbar through the lifting holes on the jack. This will make sure that your holes will be spaced properly.

3) Drill a 3/8" Hole where you marked:



One problem I ran into was that my bolt wouldn't fit in from the bottom due to its length. To fix this, the cross bar must be temporarily lifted Up on the side of your mount.

4) Using the #30 torx bit, loosen the crossbar mount:



When the screw is loosened, a bracket will drop down from below. When it is loose enough, rotate the bracket towards the middle. This will free the mount on 1 side.

5) Place the small washer on the one of the bolts, and while holding up the crossbar, place the bolt through the drilled hole:



6) Re-attach the crossbar, and tighten the torx screw and bracket back into place.

7) Take one of the rubber stoppers and screw/slide onto the bolt. In order to really get it tight on there, I used a 1/2" socket to tighten the bolt, while holding the stopper:



8) Continue tightening, until it is nice and snug, holding the bolt into place. You should now have something like the following:



9) Repeat steps for the other crossbar.

10) Place the hi-lift into place over your bolts:



11) Take the large washers, and place one over the each of the bolts.

12) Tighten the jack with the wingnuts. I used the socket to get it nice and snug to make sure it wont rattle.

13) I used the bike cable lock to wrap through/around the Hi-Lift and crossbar to make sure it stays put.

Here is the final product:







I just got done doing a moderately rated trail, and this thing didn't budge, make a peep, rattle, or anything. I am def. happy about this one, hopefully you guys will find it useful. For the most part, the jack is way out of the way, yet is easy to get to by standing on sliders, or in my case the rear driver door sill.


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i was thinking of doing this but to the side rails not the crossbars. is there any issue with the metal not being strong enough? oh and by the way under the rear seat where the jack is mounted there is a t30 screw driver designed for the roof rack as part of the jack so if you ever want to move them.
 

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I was actually amazed at how the rubber stoppers kill any and all vibration/rattling. It is like it isn't even there. My only problem might be the added clearance. The base of the jack adds about 2-3" to the height of the vehicle, and I am getting my lift stuff from PRG tomorrow. Depending on how high the Xterra ends up, I might have to remove the base when it is mounted due to my garage door. I think it will make it by an inch or so though..better wait on larger tires!
 

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irp88: haha, I didn't realize that there is a t30 driver in there. Guess I should have looked. I don't think there should be a problem with strength, the side look stronger than the crossbars, and those are plenty strong. The only thing about the side rails, is that it doesn't have a nice flat mounting surface, so stability might be an issue.
 

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I think this is a great idea!

One think to think about is sealing up the hole you drill into the factory crossbar. Maybe some water sealant around the holes could protect it from rust.

Great ingenuity!
 

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thats a great idea, maybe I will put some silicone sealant in around the opening. Of course, I only get 30 days of rain a year, and the rest of the time it is in the garage...
 

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I might suggest wrapping the mechanism up in a plastic bag of some type since it is going to live in the elements. The pins have to stay clean to work right or you might drop the truck if the lock in pin doesn't engage when it is 'walking'. If you have ever seen an older hi-lift, you'll notice that the new ones have gold anodized pins now, which helps, but a clean jack is a happy jack.
 

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SeXterraPA said:
One think to think about is sealing up the hole you drill into the factory crossbar. Maybe some water sealant around the holes could protect it from rust.
I thought the cross bars are aluminum? Even so, good idea, so as to not have water inside of them.
 

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As far as exposing the lift. Since it is so easy to take on and off, I might only put it on for road trips/camping, etc... Don't a bunch of people with the shrockworks rear bumper have them permanently mounted? Also, don't a ton of jeepers keep them mounted all the time? Maybe they keep them super lubed or something?
 

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The crossbars are aluminum.

I sort of did the same thing but with my own cross braces and wing nuts up top.
 

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You know, I was going to look for mounts that wrapped around the factory rack bars but this may work better! Good work!
 

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Nicely done!

For the money that's a great solution.

I'm still kicking around a couple of solutions, but none I'm happy with yet.
 

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Great idea!
 

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i have just succesfully mounted to my side bar so its on the side like a gobi rack. the setup is pretty much the same. if anyone is interested i can post pics and do a write up. its a great place. thanks for the idea cause i wanted to see someone do it first.
 
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