We all have that ‘thing’ that we don’t know where to store in our vehicles. Whether it be a fire extinguisher, shovel, lug wrench, rifle, etc. In my case I needed to relocate my scissor jack. Quick Fist clamps to the rescue! Rubber clamps in just about any size to mount just about anything.
Hey everybody. This one is just a simple trick, but it was super handy for me. Through one of my prior projects – removing the rear bumper on my Suzuki Vitara and deleting the sheetmetal vents, I got rid of the spot in the trunk where the factory jack sits. I didn’t want it to take up space in my toolbox, so I started hunting and found the perfect spot in the engine bay. I needed a way to mount it though, so after some googling I found Quick Fist Clamps.
In this case I am mounting a scissor jack, but the same techniques and parts can be used to mount flashlights, fire extinguishers, hi lift jacks, tools, spare parts, etc.
About Quick Fist Clamps
These clamps are legit. They are made of super heavy duty rubber. Each clamp in this size can handle 25lbs! They have all kinds of different sizes though and I hear they are also working on releasing some roll cage clamps which sound awesome.
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Tip: When building a vehicle especially for offroad situations where you might be far away from tools, it is a good idea to use a common size fastener.
I used 1/4 – 20 bolts on almost all of the accessories I have added and therefore can take a lot of things apart with nothing more than a 7/16″ wrench/socket
Other size clamps available
There are many different sizes of clamps from quick fist for just about any size you can think of with safe working loads from 13lbs to 150+ lbs
The mounting location of heavy objects and tools in vehicles is important for both accessibility and weight distribution. Being able to mount this up front allowed me to move some weight from the rear to the front. Not a big deal for one or two things but if you need to mount something that weighs 50lbs it starts making a difference really quick. This is the same reason I don’t really like putting heavy stuff on roof racks because it can significantly change the center of gravity of a vehicle.
Hope this helps. Now YOU, go outside and work on something!