With roots in the Australian outback, ARB stakes its claim as a leading provider of aftermarket components and accessories for 4WDs and other off-road vehicles. And one of the accessories that ARB offers is the jack mount. Designed around ARB's line of Hi-Lift off-road jacks, the ARB jack mount provides a mounting point from which the jack can secure itself against the bull bar during recovery.
In this review, we put ARB's jack mount through its paces.
- High grade steel construction
- Designed to mount directly onto the bull bar
- Mounting brackets slotted for adjustment
- Can be secured with a padlock via a hole in the carriage bolt
- Set includes mounting hardware and instruction manual
Things we liked
- The jack mount is made from the same heavy duty materials found in ARB's jacks. ARB's Hi-Lift jacks are designed to take a lot of punishment, and the jack mounts are not an exception to this. Each set of mounts is made of thick welded steel that's durable enough to support a huge amount of weight yet also malleable enough not to break apart from the tension.
- Can be fitted on a wide selection of bull bars. Provided that your bull bar is not custom-made, the ARB jack mount is almost guaranteed to fit most modern bull bar designs.
- Comes with all the necessary hardware as well as compact six-point wrench, so the set basically has everything needed to install the mount onto the bull bar. We still recommend using a standard box wrench, however, as the wrench included in the kit is a bit unwieldy and rough on the hands.
- An extra slot in the carriage bolts lets you slip in a padlock for added security. Hi-Lift jacks are pretty expensive, so it's only right that you are given some means to protect your investment.
Things we didn't like
- The mount is compatible only with ARB's Hi-Lift jacks. Though it is possible to use this mount for other jacks of similar design, we can't guarantee a secure mounting if you try to use this mount on a jack other than that from ARB.
- Can only be used with a bull bar. The mounts are designed to bolt on directly to a bull bar, and installing this on any other part of the vehicle will not also guarantee a secured mounting for the jack.
The bottom line
Though it has a fairly specialized use and requires certain specifications to be met in order to be used properly, the ARB jack mount performs well where it is needed the most. It's definitely essential for those who own ARB off-road jacks.