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Old 04-21-2014, 12:31 PM   #1
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Power tongue jack and Suv hatch

Has anyone ever seen or had their power tongue jack rotated 90 degrees to allow the suv hatch to open? I seem to have the need to do that..... basically the switch and motor assembly would need to be facing the drivers or passengers side, instead of forward.
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:00 PM   #2
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I have the need to rotate my power tongue jack 90 degrees to clear my suv hatch door to open. Anyone ever do that? It appears to be mounted with just 3 bolts to a plate on the frame, I would need to re drill the bolt holes to rotate 90, but just looking to see if anyone has any pointers before I go taking it off and drilling.
Many electric jacks can just have the head rotated while every thing else stays in place. Check your manual or go online to see if yours can do this.
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I was able to rotate the motor head 180, to clear my truck's tailgate.
It's an UF 3500 jack.
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I haven't taken it apart to see how to do that. Is it just a friction clamp under the plastic covers? Or should I just take the covers off and see myself since I don't remember the make and model.
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You should be able to unbolt and turn the unit and rebolt facing the side.
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it would help if you posted brand and model of jack.
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:21 PM   #7
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Fic-3500 just got home to snap a pic.


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I was able to rotate the motor head 180, to clear my truck's tailgate.
It's an UF 3500 jack.

What's the procedure for rotating it 180 degrees ? I have interference with the SUV lift gate
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I may be missing something, however why can't you turn the whole jack 90 degrees where it comes through the A frame and re bolt?
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I may be missing something, however why can't you turn the whole jack 90 degrees where it comes through the A frame and re bolt?
Well we could. It's a 3 bolt pattern so we would have to drill new holes in the flange. We are trying to avoid that so it's less intrusive, so if we can unscrew a few motor or gearbox screws and rotate there, it would be a cleaner look.
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