Adding a Jack to your gamiviti rack
One of the most common questions we receive is “how can I bolt my Hi Lift jack to my roof rack?” So to help you solve this, we’ll take some time here to provide a few solutions, and hopefully give you a couple new considerations as well.
Option 1: Flat mount to your rack
You can use a variety of existing products and bolt them directly to your rack plates. Take a look at the “jeep hood” mounts, for example. Another mount is the 43219 Top Mount from Rhino, which we can get for you. This solution is one of the easiest ways to store your jack on your roof rack, but comes with the downside of using up that precious rack space, which could have been used for other gear.
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Option 2: Side of your rack
To preserve more of the space on top of your rack, you can also mount your jack to the side. Couple ways to do this… the DIY approach is to get your own bolts, spacers, and nuts, and simply secure those to the gussets of your roof rack. You’re on your own here, but if DIY is your thing then you will agree this is a very simple solution.
Another way to secure your jack to the side of the rack is to use a Rhino 43157 Combination Jack and Shovel mount. To do this you’ll need some different bolts, spacer washers, and fender washers than what comes with the kit, but we’ll include these for free when you order one from Gamiviti. Once installed, you’ll have a way to mount both your jack and a shovel to your Gamiviti rack.
Remember all accessories ship with your roof rack for free, so if interested in adding the Rhino Jack & Shovel mount just let us know when we are preparing your quote. Or to purchase one now, click the button.
Option 3: Separate the jack
Somewhat unconventional, but stay with us here. Separate the jack lifting mechanism, handle, and standard, then using multiple QuickFist clamps on the rack gussets, you’re able to securely mount the standard of the jack to the side of the rack. This position for the standard is sleek, low profile, and out of the way, while the handle and lifting mechanism stay inside the truck, ideally in one of your drawers. To run this we used a small tool bag from ATC, which contains the lifting mechanism, pair of gloves, optional pull pall, and a printed set of instructions. The handle is left separate. As we see it, this solution has several advantages compared to all other rack-mounted jack storage options.
Low key, almost out of sight- doesn’t advertise “look at me” quite as much as the others.
Low profile- doesn’t interfere with rooftop tents, or other gear on the rack that you need access to.
Critical functional jack components are stored out of the elements. So your pins, springs, etc. aren’t going to get rusty or caked with snow & mud.
Handle is already separated- let’s face it, you probably need a cheater bar more often than you need the jack, just one of the many alternate uses of the handle.
Fast to deploy- that standard will rip out of the Quickfist clamps in seconds. A minute later, you’re sliding the lifting mechanism onto it, then deciding which base you need to install. You’re likely ready to go, boning up on the instructions, long before you’d have your jack unbolted when using another system.
Safer- by cutting the weight of what goes on the rack almost in half, you’ve lowered your center of gravity. You are also at less risk of putting the jack through your back window, when you slip on the snow.
All that is required for this is a good tool bag, and 4 regular Quickfist clamps for the rack side gussets.