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Hi-lift Jack General Safety

A Hi-lift jack can be dangerous and cause serious injury if not used correctly. Before using your Hi-lift jack please follow the following general safety instructions and read the user manual before use. Do not allow anyone who has not read the manual, and/or does not understand the requirements, use the jack.

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• Do not allow bystanders around the jack or under the load supported only by the jack.

• Inspect the jack carefully before each use. Ensure the jack is not damaged, excessively worn, or missing parts.
• Check the climbing pins to make sure that they are not worn or damaged.
• Check the steel standard bar to make sure that it is straight and that nothing is blocking the steel standard bar holes.
• Do not use the jack unless it is in good clean working condition.
• Do not use the jack unless it is properly lubricated.
• Using a jack that is not in good clean working condition or properly lubricated may cause serious injury.

Chock and Block (Stabilize)
A chock is a wedge for steadying an object and holding it motionless, or for preventing the movement of a wheel. Chock the wheel opposite the end being lifted.

When you block a load, you secure and support a load that is being lifted. The block(s) or stabilizer(s) should have a weight capacity that is greater than the weight of the load which is being lifted. Do not use the jack to support the load.

You can download a copy of the manual here jack_instructions.

Hi-Lift Jacks – What Are They?

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Hi-lift jacks, some time refereed to as farmers jacks, are rugged, highly versatile jacks that puts you in command of situations requiring lifting, pushing, pulling, winching, and clamping. Although light in weight and easy to maneuver, the Hi-Lift Jack offers a rated capacity of 4,660 lbs (2114 kg) and a tested capacity of 7,000 lbs (3175 kg).

Hi-lift jacks are designed to help you survive in the most demanding situations – whether you are in the Moab desert canyons, the Welsh Mountains, the Amazon jungle, or simple off roading a Hi-Lift jack is a must have piece of equipment. With a full-range of specially designed accessories, the Hi-Lift jack is just about the most versatile piece of off-roading/farm/auto recovery equipment you can buy.

All thought the hi-lift jack is a very useful piece of equipment, it can also be very dangerous if not used correctly. Please ensure you have read and understand the instructions provided with the jack. Alternatively you can download a copy here. jack_instructions

After You Have Been Offroading

After you have been off roading in your 4×4  there are some general maintenance checks you should perform to keep you vehicle in top running order.


First step after offroading is to wash off dirt and mud from your vehicle. Make sure you clean your windscreen, windows, mirrors, number plates and lights after leaving a offroad centre of leaving a greenlane and joining a main road. This if for your safety and other road users.

If you have a large amount of mud on and under your vehicle you should give your vehicle a good clean ASAP as loose dirt and mud can be dangerous to other road users, even more so for motorcycle riders, as mud on roads can be very slippy. Using a jet wash at the first service/petrol station you pass after your offroad session is good practice.

Clean your Radiator! When driving through mud and water a build put of dirt on your vehicles radiator can lead to over heating and damage to your engine. Clean your Radiator ASAP to save your engine.

If your vehicle is a diesel you are fairly safe to pressure wash under your engine bay and wash any dirt that has gathered in the engine bay. If you drive a petrol, be careful when cleaning your engine as electrical system on petrol engines and water don’t mix. if you plan to pressure wash it then do so carefully and from a distance. It is also a good idea to leave the engine running while you do this. Be careful of any air boxes or intakes you have inside the engine bay. Once you have cleaned in your engine bay give all moving parts, throttle cables,  clutch cylinders  steering columns and any wiring connections and spray with WD40 (or similar  to keep them clean, lubricated and to help them dry.

Clean Your Brakes! Dirty on your breaks is not only dangerous it also adds to brake pad ware. Dirt on your breaks is like rubbing your brake pads with sandpaper. Clean off your brakes ASAP.

Check Your Fluids

It is good practice to check all your fluids in your vehicle. It is even more important to do so if you have been through deep water or wading as water may have found its way into your fluids.


  • both diff oils
  • transfer box oil
  • gear box oil
  • power steering
  • break
  • clutch
  • engine oil
  • CV joints

…and change if required.

Grease nipples

There are several grease nipples on your vehicle that you should grease up with a grease gun. The main areas are on your prop shafts. With a grease gun grease up any grease nipples.

Inspect for damage

While you are cleaning your vehicle, have a good look round and inspect for any damage that may have occurred while offroad.

Keep your vehicle safe and in good running order and it will be ready for your next outing and you will have years of fun!

Land Rover Defender 90 Rock Crawling

This is a video taken by myself back in 2008 of one of our members (Tony) rock crawling his Land Rover Defender 90 and North Yorkshire 4×4 Off Road Centre, often refereed to as Robin Hoods Bays.


Tonys Land Rover Defender 90 had the following modifications, and at this time was testing a pegged and locked rear diff for Big Dog Engineering (also a member of our community).

Steel Module Wheels with Offroad Tyres

2 Inch Lift on Pro Comp Springs
Plus 5″ Rough Country Shocks
Cranked Rear Arms

Pegged Rear Diff With Detroit Locker

Various diff guards and steering guards