Page created: 6-Jun-06
|Technical: Discovery I|
Hi-lift Jack Brackets
I originally hadmy hi-lift jack mounted flat on the deck of the roof rack but, in order to free up space, I later decided that I'd like to move it so that it mounted on the side of the rack instead. This also had the advantage of making the jack more easily accessible from the ground. Originally, I planned to use a commercially available set of brackets but because the rack is made of cylindrical tubes I struggled to find any that I could make fit. So I decided to make some.
a hi-lift is a rather heavy piece of kit, I wanted the brackets to be
strong. My starting point therefore, was some 30 x 4mm flat steel bar,
from which I cut two lengths and bent into neat 'L' shapes. After
painting with primer and Smoothrite, these were clamped to the rack with
6mm U bolts. To these main
brackets were bolted two stainless steel 'top hat' shaped brackets that
in turn carried the 12mm stainless steel mounting bolts for the jack
itself. These brackets act as spacers to allow for clearance between the
jack mechanism and the top rail of the roof rack. The jack was then held
in position on the mounting bolts with two large wing nuts.