How to Mount Anything Anywhere Using Quick Fist Clamps 1


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.

DIY Mounting Scissor Jack Inside Engine Bay Using Grip Fist Clamps
I used the ‘Original’ size quick fist which is good for 1″ – 2 1/4″

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.

DIY Mounting Scissor Jack Inside Engine Bay Using Grip Fist Clamps
First up was to make sure the clamps fit the jack. Little snug but they should work just fine.
DIY Mounting Scissor Jack Inside Engine Bay Using Grip Fist Clamps
Holding the jack up in the spot I found in the engine bay. I used a pencil to make some marks around the outside of the clamps. I then took the jack out of the clamps and held them back up inside my marks so I could mark the hole to drill.
DIY Mounting Scissor Jack Inside Engine Bay Using Grip Fist Clamps
After marking and drilling two holes (being careful not to go to far with the drill bit and dent the outside sheetmetal from the inside!) I inserted two 1/4″ rivetnuts.

Don’t know what a rivetnut tool is?
Check out our other article here: What is a RivetNut / Nutsert tool and how do I use it?

DIY Mounting Scissor Jack Inside Engine Bay Using Grip Fist Clamps
So this size quick fist clamp is technically made for a #10 machine screw. I didn’t have any on hand so I hogged it out to 1/4″ with a carbide burr which only took a second. There was still plenty of meat leftover as the diameter difference is only 6/100ths.

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

DIY Mounting Scissor Jack Inside Engine Bay Using Grip Fist Clamps
Here is a picture of the clamp bolted in. I put the rubber tabs up so I had more leverage pulling them towards myself instead of pushing away.
DIY Mounting Scissor Jack Inside Engine Bay Using Grip Fist Clamps
Boom! success.
If you look closely you can see I put some rubber weatherstrip on the bottom of the jack foot. This was purely preventative to make sure the jack didn’t vibrate on the fender and get annoying. I don’t think that will ever happen though because these clamps grab on tight.
DIY Mounting Scissor Jack Inside Engine Bay Using Grip Fist Clamps
Close up of the jack inside the quick fist mounts with them latched.
DIY Mounting Scissor Jack Inside Engine Bay Using Grip Fist Clamps
Here you can see I took the jack handle and put it in around the jack. It just happened to fit between the windshield washer reservioir and the firewall. I put some scrap rubber hose around each end so it wouldn’t rattle. Also put a velcro cable tie on it to keep it from coming out.

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

Conclusion

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!


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