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A lot of people like the ARB jack. It's definitely safer than the mechanical hi lift jack. But the manual says long term storage should be verticle since it's hydraulic.

I think the mechanical ones are more versatile. Unless you get a sling setup for the wheels of your Bronco, you don't have many jacking points for any hi lift jack.

Ronny Dahl discusses the ARB jack starting at 13:30.


And then there's this short video.
The SFR rock slides have high lift jack mounts:

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That is great but for a wife's stamp of approval, it has to be a step. She is short.
They have a three inch ledge that I'm adding staircase tape to. I had my 5' tall 70 year old friend try it (w/o tape) and she said it helped her like a step. Otherwise, I'd look at things like RockSlide Engineering steps, which seem to be popular. Especially if you're going to lift.
 

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- I like the RSE slider steps. They are pricey but are good sliders, act as a static step, protect again mall crawling door dings and should help the kids get in and out as well.
- Skip or wait on the tailgate table. I don't have one but after reading many posts it seems they get little use after installation.
- Skip the hi-lift jack as well and go for a bottle or off-road floor jack if you think you need one. I have yet to invest in jack and just carry a 4x4 block for extra lift
- Napa sells a good off-brand portable air compressor for "cheap" that many of use use
- Take advantage of the nut inserts on the rear of the rollbar to mount the fire extinguisher
- Consider waiting on a spacer lift and going with some better coilovers instead. The Bilstein 6112's are adjustable and will provide the needed lift, better ride, are well received and budget friendly.
- Don't get caught up on the zomg your tie-rods will break and steering rack will explode as soon you go off pavement so you need to upgrade now! Save your money, unless you plan on doing some serious rock crawling. Instead, throw a spare tie-rod in with your recovery gear for cheap insurance. I have carried one for years and only needed one once and that was for someone else who we happened upon while off-roading (made that dudes f'n day). When the wife and I go off-roading we typically tackle rocks like these and still run oem tie-rods and racks. It is more about wheel placement, front locker use and knowing when not to go full skinny pedal send it mode.

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- I like the RSE slider steps. They are pricey but are good sliders, act as a static step, protect again mall crawling door dings and should help the kids get in and out as well.
- Skip or wait on the tailgate table. I don't have one but after reading many posts it seems they get little use after installation.
- Skip the hi-lift jack as well and go for a bottle or off-road floor jack if you think you need one. I have yet to invest in jack and just carry a 4x4 block for extra lift
- Napa sells a good off-brand portable air compressor for "cheap" that many of use use
- Take advantage of the nut inserts on the rear of the rollbar to mount the fire extinguisher
- Consider waiting on a spacer lift and going with some better coilovers instead. The Bilstein 6112's are adjustable and will provide the needed lift, better ride, are well received and budget friendly.
- Don't get caught up on the zomg your tie-rods will break and steering rack will explode as soon you go off pavement so you need to upgrade now! Save your money, unless you plan on doing some serious rock crawling. Instead, throw a spare tie-rod in with your recovery gear for cheap insurance. I have carried one for years and only needed one once and that was for someone else who we happened upon while off-roading (made that dudes f'n day). When the wife and I go off-roading we typically tackle rocks like these and still run oem tie-rods and racks. It is more about wheel placement, front locker use and knowing when not to go full skinny pedal send it mode.

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Thank you for the detailed feedback. The RSE steps I am nervous about as I know a guy personally, who had a malfunction on the trail and ended up draping them deployed over an obstacle. On the suspension you are probably right, I will wait and do a complete lift. However, I don't want to increase past a 35, as 37s are not easily accessible in a ready supply. However, if you click on "here" link, you will read a most impressive story on how things can go very bad in a new vehicle awaits. I understand it is overkill to reinforce the steering right away but it explains why I am so adamant about overbuilding. Overbuilding for maximum uptime is my objective.
 

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Jeep people will have you believe your tie rods are at risk as soon as you leave pavement. Not so.

People at Bronco Off Rodeo say they've never broken a tie rod. But then all their Broncos are stock, no lifts. They also advise keeping the front wheels straight if the front axle is locked. As BlueBronco says... It's a matter of knowing when to not lock the front axle and when not to give it gas. Learn to use finesse when off road, not brute force. Not as dramatic, but more likely to not leave you stranded.

If anything is going to break, I want it to be something that's easy to repair. Tie rods are easier to fix than a steering box.
 
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Jeep people will have you believe your tie rods are at risk as soon as you leave pavement. Not so.

People at Bronco Off Rodeo say they've never broken a tie rod. But then all their Broncos are stock, no lifts. They also advise keeping the front wheels straight if the front axle is locked. As BlueBronco says... It's a matter of knowing when to not lock the front axle and when not to give it gas. Learn to use finesse when off road, not brute force. Not as dramatic, but more likely to not leave you stranded.

If anything is going to break, I want it to be something that's easy to repair. Tie rods are easier to fix than a steering box.
I am in complete agreement with your statements on wheeling. I have never wheeled a vehicle with lockers only a rear LSD and open front. You are probably right and I don't need to add the 74 weld stage one kit but it is too late. I just don't have good luck so far in it should not break department.
 
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Completed:
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  • Icon Tie Rods.
  • Mabett door handle storage.
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One thing I have to say about this steer up grade. I makes your steer very tight and responsive. I over steered on the first lane change to say the least. I am glade the wife was not with me😁.

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