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Old 04-11-2019, 04:18 PM   #21
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No. You need a sticker for any vehicle on Texas OHV land.

Edit: so to drive my f150 at a public ohv park like bridgeport... I still need to cough up $20.
I didn't see the edit part. So you buy the OHV sticker, that gets you into any OHV park. Then the park has a fee of $25 that is charged each visit. Sticker is good from Sept 1 to Aug 31 each year. Each OHV park has some charge, they need to pay the people that work there, keep the park running, etc.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:58 AM   #22
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Very handy but be careful.

Yep. Be very careful. Practice with the Hi-Lift and know exactly how to use it when it counts. Even when you know how to use it, don't let your guard down. Always assume it wants to kill you.

I've been in a situation where the Hi-Lift was the only thing that would get me out of it (spit out a front coil spring on a trail). I had the spring back in and was moving again in less than 15 minutes. Without it, I would have been stranded for a while.

I've also had it fail and my truck came crashing down next to me onto the rotor. Would have killed me if I'd have been under it, but I know better. I learned my lesson that day that the load rating is significantly decreased when you get towards the top of the bar.

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Old 04-12-2019, 11:44 AM   #23
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I am actually taking a class on recovery May 4.5 in the OHV park. Doubt I'll need to use one before then, I still am going into areas I feel I could make it back out. Sunday there are a couple others going, so if I do get stuck, I can at least hook up the tow strap and get pulled out if needed.
But yeah, agree it needs respect! Watched some YouTube vid's of good and bad experiences.

And DAMN Jared, that definitely coulda done a number on you.
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Old 04-12-2019, 01:04 PM   #24
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Dang. Never seen a bent one.

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Old 04-12-2019, 01:20 PM   #25
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Dang. Never seen a bent one.
They initially tried to blame it on user error. They told me that I must have had it at an angle or the load must have shifted. Neither of those was true. I blamed it on a defect, which they denied. After further research (reading the fine print in the manual), I learned about the load rating being dramatically less in the top 8 inches or so of the bar. So, shame on me for not realizing that sooner, and shame on them for not making that abundantly clear or putting an asterisk next to their load rating claims. It's still weird to me that they didn't suggest that as the problem right off the bat instead of trying to blame it on the other stuff. It's almost like they don't want people to know about that, as if it makes them less useful, but shit, that's reckless and dangerous to be anything less than extremely forthcoming about it.

But anyway, they sent me a new bar quickly for free with no shipping, and I still carry and use it. It's the only way I can get the front end suspension to droop enough to change springs or shocks.

I have limit straps now, so no more losing springs on the trail.
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Old 04-14-2019, 07:27 AM   #26
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I just don’t use the damn things. I’ve got an ARB jack block that lets me use my regular scissor jack.

I’ve thought about getting an X-Jack airbag for lifting my Jeep in more unstable situations. $250 but possible safer than any other option out there.
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Old 04-14-2019, 07:35 AM   #27
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Oh, so I also managed to screw up my soft top last weekend. I didn’t realize there was a release lever at the back of the top. So, while pulling it down, I ended up bending one of the support bars. I didn’t even put much effort into it. It folded pretty good.

So I used my finest redneck engineering skills for a quick repair with PVC and Gorilla Tape. I’ve got a new part on order, but who knows how long that may take.



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Old 04-14-2019, 06:07 PM   #28
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Yike's Sarg! At least the weather was nice today, no top needed!

Went out the the park with a couple guys from Soft Roaders FB group. Had a blast!

Few pics and vid's uploaded.
Pics: http://tinypic.com/a/fkz4t5/3

Vids: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxV..._as=subscriber
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Old 04-23-2019, 05:56 PM   #29
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Fortunately it was just a $150 part (the entire hinge assembly, not just the rod) and 30 minutes of my time. All good again.
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Old 04-23-2019, 06:01 PM   #30
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Fortunately it was just a $150 part (the entire hinge assembly, not just the rod) and 30 minutes of my time. All good again.
That aint too bad.

I wanna head out the the OHV park again, but it will be a few weeks out probably, definitely not this weekend. Need to plan on something and get a few of us out there.
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