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    My Triton has Ironman suspension and bigger ATís, so its standing pretty high, we have a farm jack but want another option if need be, what type of bottle jack would you guys recommend"?

    Main reason is if wife needs to change the wheel the High lift jack is a process and heavy to get off its mounts etc.

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    The problem with a bottle jack and a 4x4 is: The extension is too short. When you have a flat. The jack is normally too high to fit under the lowest point. When it does fit, it does not lift high enough to get the wheel off the ground. You have to use a 2 stage process. Lift put a block/ tresle underneath and lift again with the Jack on a block and then when you lower, you hope it is not too high.
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    Carry one of those caravan leveling ramps as well as a bottle jack. Get a bottle jack that will just fit under the jacking point when the flat wheel is on the leveling ramp. If you then get a puncture drive up the leveling ramp and then place the bottle jack in position. Jack up, change the wheel, lower and off you go.
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    I carry one of these permanently in the 3rd row seat storage well of my Pajero

    Know it is a bit of an expensive option, but if you have a flat tyre at nighttime somewhere on a lonely road, speed is of the essence! When at home, I can take it out and use on my lighter cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieterk View Post
    The problem with a bottle jack and a 4x4 is: The extension is too short. When you have a flat. The jack is normally too high to fit under the lowest point. When it does fit, it does not lift high enough to get the wheel off the ground. You have to use a 2 stage process. Lift put a block/ tresle underneath and lift again with the Jack on a block and then when you lower, you hope it is not too high.
    Get a 2 or 3 stage bottle jack to overcome the above problem. I got one from Midas a few years back
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    A compact 2 ton trolley jack is available from most spares places and will solve any flat tyre jacking requirement. Easy to use and I've carried one wherever I go for over 20 years.

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    Default Re: Which tyre jack.

    Whilst reading this thread, I realised that I'll have to get myself a trolley jack as the standard scissors jack is now too small.

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    Get a second hand Toyota bottle jack, they are mechanical.

    I had a hydraulic bottle jack but due to vibration and that I stored it on it's side the seal failed.
    More peace of mind.
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    I bought a 5t 2 stage bottle jack. You need gym to lift it, but it ticks all the boxes. Plus a nice chunk of scaffolding plank as a base.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    I bought a 5t 2 stage bottle jack. You need gym to lift it, but it ticks all the boxes. Plus a nice chunk of scaffolding plank as a base.
    Jelo is your ground clearance standard or lifted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    I bought a 5t 2 stage bottle jack. You need gym to lift it, but it ticks all the boxes. Plus a nice chunk of scaffolding plank as a base.
    Great if you have a Mercedes Unimog, Samil or Ratel as your vehicle. But my trolley jack can just get under the rear axle of my vehicle with a flat on a dirt road.

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    There is 300mm clearance under the average axle tube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfh View Post
    Get a second hand Toyota bottle jack, they are mechanical.

    I had a hydraulic bottle jack but due to vibration and that I stored it on it's side the seal failed.
    More peace of mind.
    The toyota jack is getting alot of mentions on the various forums - will contact toyota for pricing, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    There is 300mm clearance under the average axle tube.

    Much less when the tyre is flat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raider4x4 View Post
    The toyota jack is getting alot of mentions on the various forums - will contact toyota for pricing, thanks.
    I'd just go to a scrapyard, it'll be 90% cheaper.
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    Mobijack makes a two stage bottle jack MOB2000, I think 2 tones. Plus a 32mm chipboard base for stability. Works on the Amarok
    http://www.mobi-jack.co.za/bottle_jacks.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raider4x4 View Post
    The toyota jack is getting alot of mentions on the various forums - will contact toyota for pricing, thanks.
    I had a 1998 SFA DC Hilux (when I was still in my forties) with the jack you are mentioning. When fully laden, it was a serious battle to get the vehicle off the ground with that crank-handle, especially that first bit, and needed some digging first. I would not advise that screw mechanism jack for a woman.

    After my first trip struggling with it, I replaced it with a fluid bottle jack, then bought the small trolley jack after I had a flat wheel on a tarred suburban road, and no digging was possible.

    As said, just get the small trolley jack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    There is 300mm clearance under the average axle tube.
    Less when the tyre is flat. With a 235/85x16 (Defender tyre), the diameter is about 800mm. Clearance is about 350mm to the axle tube. The tyre height is 200mm. Subtract this and the axle tube clearance drops to 150mm. Calculate it differently - 16" rims have a radius of about 200mm. Subtract the radius of the axle tube.

    Got the Tshirt with this one when I packed a 5t bottle jack from the workshop when I reconditioned my HiLift jack. Got a puncture on a tar road, luckily not too far from home. I could not get the bottle jack under the axle and had to phone home for help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KobusDJ View Post
    Much less when the tyre is flat.
    I've never seen a trolley jack higher than 200mm
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    I've never seen a trolley jack higher than 200mm
    Edit: Didn't realise you meant retracted height.
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