It was time to find a place to install the Hi-Lift 60” X-TREME Jack!
I was finding there was plenty of easy and affordable mounting kits for the stock roof rack, however if I wanted to hang it from the ARB rack we were going to have to spend some $$. Not yet ready to toss down $40-$90 for mounts, especially when the money should go to something more appropriate (like Gas, beer or ammo).
I decided there was a quick and easy answer to solve this issue. The ARB roof rack has smaller diameter tubing than the stock FJ racks making a majority if not most of the aftermarket tube clamp type mounts not possible to use. However it does have ten large support columns that run from the bottom to the top tube. With the size of these crossbars it is obvious that a couple holes drilled into two of them would not affect the strength of this stout roof rack. All it took was a few items most people may have laying around in the garage.
A couple nuts and bolts, some washers and wing nuts,
A tape measure or square, punch and hammer,
and a drill and bit.
To keep the bit from traveling, I marked the spot deeply with a punch. I then drilled the first hole, placed the bolt and washer on then snugged it up tight with the nut.
I stripped the jack down so it was just an I beam, this way I could easily place it on to the bolt to make an easy reference point. I took a measurement on the first point to use as a guide so the rear would be parallel with the top bar on the rack. I marked where the second hole needed to be by placing the punch throw one of the holes on the Jacks I beam.
I made the mark a little deeper and drilled the hole for the last bolt.
gave the stripped down Jack a quick test fit and then...
Put it all back together and tested it all out!
For more information about the ARB roof rack check out ToyTec Lifts!