Car Help: Jack Mount DIY Installation
Travelling with your vehicle heavily loaded will stuff that you cannot leave behind can be quite a hassle. But you can take out some of the things from the cabin, and have it safely mounted outside your vehicle instead. One such option is by having a reliable jack mount or jack mounting kit. Jack mounts come in various types to be able to cater to different types and sizes of jacks. And because they install pretty straightforward, you can set up even a hi-lift jack mount to your vehicle's rear with the aid of a simple do-it-yourself installation guide.
Difficulty Level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Flat-head screwdriver
Step1: Prepare the new jack mount. Disassemble the hi-lift mounting kit should its parts be already assembled when you had your hands on it. If not, make sure that the kit is complete, including the mounting bracket, upper and lower mounting plates, bolts, washers, and spacers.
Step 2: The next thing to do is to remove the hinge covers of the rear tailgate, and you will need a flat-head screwdriver for that. Gently pry the hinge covers with the screwdriver, starting at the side of the hinge until they go off. Remember to be very careful in removing the covers in order to prevent the clip that's on the back of the cover from getting cracked.
Step 3: Remove the hinge bolts with the aid of a wrench. Note that you must take the hinge out one at a time so that the tailgate does not fall off. Unbolt the one at the lower tailgate hinge first.
Step 4: Install the lower mounting plate, and make sure it is secured by spacers. Also put flat washers on every bolt, one under the head and another on either side of the spacer. But, do not fully tighten the hinge bolts yet. Take note that the mounting bracket should be installed along with the lower mounting plate.
Step 5: Mount the upper mounting plate. Just as with the lower mounting plate, it also needs the upper hinge undone by removing the left and right bolts. After positioning the mounting plate, secure it with the hinge bolts and spacers. Do not fully tighten these bolts as well.
Step 6: Rotate the bracket that's at the base of the lower mounting plate to vertical position. After which, rotate the upper mounting plate horizontally. Make sure that they are properly aligned with the holes of the upper right tailgate hinge before tightening the bolts. Also tighten the bottom hinge bolts at this point.
Step 7: Install the jack. For the safety of your jack, lock it in to position with the use of the bottom knob. Secure it by sliding the rear of the base under the tab of the mounting bracket. Also ensure that the rubber pads get a good grip of the jack's vertical beam by closing the top swing arm.
Installing a jack mount kit can take 15 to 20 minutes to complete. However, vehicles with tire carrier at the tailgate will need a few more minutes to complete the process.