American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Hi-Lift/Pull-Pal Mount

I remove my American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Hi-Lift/Pull-Pal Mount when I’m not using it.  I didn’t always. My first one got bent when I forgot to take the Hi-Lift off the Jeep and took it through a car wash. One of the brushes got tangled in the Hi-Lift and pulled the bracket out of alignment. When I used to leave that one on the Jeep all the time, the “U” bolts and powder coat got rusty… rain and winter conditions (road salt) do a number on metal car parts. So, this is my second one; I made the decision with this new one, that when I’m not using the Hi-Lift, I would remove it. To install it’s simply 2 “U” bolts and 4 bolts.  It’s a very easy process and only takes about 5 minutes.  Removing it and saving the powder coat makes sense considering the time and ease of the install.

This mount is a great place to store your Hi-Lift/Pull-Pal.  I do not have a Pull-Pal, and sadly, storing the Hi-Lift is always an issue.  You want to have it in a secure location as it is very heavy and in an accident can do a lot of damage if it went flying.  Having it outside the Jeep is a great spot for two reasons: 1.) After using it, it might be muddy or dirty and you don’t want to drag that inside the cargo area, and 2.) You don’t want to have to dig around the Jeep when you need it quickly.  I once had it mounted on the bottom of the roll bars in the cargo area, and that was good location – easy to get to – but I would bring mud and dirt inside the cargo area.  

I also just bought a Grypmat tool tray from Amazon.  This has a ‘sticky’ bottom finish without being ‘tacky’. It stays in place when put in odd positions and on odd surfaces, i.e. fenders and tires. Using this has made working on the Jeep so much easier by allowing me to throw wrenches, bolts – you name it – in places where you usually can’t put them within reach. Just don’t forget about it if you’ve put it atop a tire or other unusual place; you don’t want to run it over!

Published by Expedition Team. Overland

As a Boy Scout Eagle Scout, camping, camp fires and maps have always been a passion. After getting my professional carrier established as a Boeing 737 Captain for a Major US Airline, I was able to get back to my routes of playing in the woods, mud and building things. I got my first Jeep in 2012. It was a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ, I did not modify it, and it had many mechanical problems, as I was a novice, and not mechanical, I sold it for a new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. In 2014 I installed an American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) 2.5" lift with Kelly Safari 35" tires. In 2015 I continued my build with AEV front and rear bumpers, snorkel, skid plates, and off road lights. Up until now, I did off-roading at the local Southington Off Road Park, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania, and Badlands Park in Indiana. was an outstanding resource and I was able to make life-long friendship. In 2015 I did my first big trip with the jeep, first we stopped in Ouray, Colorado. We had two days of trails and did Imogene & Engineer Passes. I left part of myself in the San Juan Mountains and my want to return has been strong since. After Ouray, we went to Moab, Utah for Jeep Jamboree. Moab is "Jeepers Paradise". Endless miles of trails, from dirt roads to the most extreme, Moab offers endless possibilities for the Jeeper, hiker, mountain biker, everyone. Since 2015 I have returned to Moab in 2017 & 2019. In 2018, I traded in my 2013 JKU Sport for a 2018 JKU Rubicon Recon. I did this drastic move, because I was at the point in my build where I needed to upgrade my axels. I made the very difficult decision and striped as much as I could from my 2013 Jeep to move to the new jeep, as they were both the same style of jeeps; JKU's. I spent the spring and summer of 2018 to build my jeep. I once again installed an AEV 3.5" lift, 35" BFGoodrich KO2's and AEV front and rear bumpers. With this build I wanted to move from the "Rock Crawler" to an Overland build. I can still do all the difficult trail of Moab, Rubicon Trail, but also the fire roads and cover many miles full of camping and off road gear. With Overlanding in mind, I have build a cargo platform for my ARB 50q Fridge, and specific loading of the camping gear. Where is the Future? Buying an Earth Roamer and exploring as much of the country as possible? Thats a goal, but I hope in the coming years to get a roof rack, roof top tent, and then doing more Expeditions though Appalachian, Rocky Mountains, desert of New Mexico and Arizona, and the National Parks west of the Rocky Mountains.

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