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Unread 11-04-2013, 06:34 PM   #886
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Here's what I did for "Disco Keepers"
No more Whiskey Tango zip ties/rope/wire holding them up when out on the trails.... My welds aren't the prettiest, but they hold up. (sorry for the dirty pics - this is post trail use - and a little more mud than should be up there for picture's sake)
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1/2" x 2.5" hex head bolts, welded to my front tow hook brackets.

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they're not there any more as i'm not running my tow hooks any more.
(its the tow hook brackets those are welded to)
Worked real good though.
Thats fantastic! That is EXACTLY what I had in mind. Great minds.

Only thing is, I too dont have those brackets, and my tie-in brackets for the Dirtbound bumper dont really land where I can weld the hanger to it. Ive been out here staring at it, having a beer and sorting out my options.

I can either:

A: weld plate steel to my tie in brackets, and bring the back off the brackets far enough to weld the hanger pin on. This will give me a good base to weld off of, and make it a removable ordeal so if something should happen to this rig (God forbid) in the future, it will make transfer of mods to a donor easier. Thats prob thinking too far ahead though.

B: find where I want the pin to go on the rail, then plug and stitch weld a small plate on that area to give me a solid welding surface to burn the hanger onto.

Either way will work I believe, A is a bit more "modular" of an approach, B is a bit more "its a damn pin, quit overthinking it" approach.

Ill have a few more beers and ponder this. I am open to criticism.

Thanks for keeping tabs on me over here NW99XJ, your input is always helpful. I feel plenty competent in most of the build projects I work through but there are times another set of eyes/opinions are very handy.

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Unread 11-04-2013, 08:35 PM   #887
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why don't you just weld a bolt onto the frame rail up and out of the way? Its not like these hangers will be holding a lot of weight, and if you ever get tired of it, just cut them off with an angle grinder
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Unread 11-04-2013, 09:02 PM   #888
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why don't you just weld a bolt onto the frame rail up and out of the way? Its not like these hangers will be holding a lot of weight, and if you ever get tired of it, just cut them off with an angle grinder
Thats kinda the plan, but I guess Im overthinking things. I just know I get rowdy sometimes and bounce this thing around. I just dont want the damn thing flopping around and tearing a hole in the rail.

Side note: had too much beer. Should prob reanalyze this all in the am.
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Unread 11-05-2013, 08:42 AM   #889
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Thats kinda the plan, but I guess Im overthinking things. I just know I get rowdy sometimes and bounce this thing around. I just dont want the damn thing flopping around and tearing a hole in the rail.
I over engineer EVERYTHING.... gets me in trouble at work most times.
I just keep hearing the words of my old engineering professor in my head....
"Keep It Simple Stupid"
Really there's virtually NO force on the swaybar, and most of the mass is taken up by the bushing mounts anyways while its disconnected. Even with my crappy welds and a Home Depot bolt, my set up held thru numerous wheeling adventures. Hell....those damn bolts are STILL on those brackets. And I BEAT on em a couple times getting them out to do the bumper.

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Thanks for keeping tabs on me over here NW99XJ, your input is always helpful. I feel plenty competent in most of the build projects I work through but there are times another set of eyes/opinions are very handy.
Hey no prob man,
You got a good build goin on, and I dont mind helping other's out by sharing my OWN experiences. I cant tell you how many times I've had a nother Jeeper over at the house and we just sit there and point at stuff and BS about different ways of doing crap to the Jeep.... lol
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Unread 11-05-2013, 04:40 PM   #890
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Thanks for all the insight everyone. Looked at it with a clear head this afternoon and noticed the rail is double layered in that area. I went ahead and welded the pins straight to the rail, seems plenty strong for the application. Ill get pics up shortly.
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Unread 11-05-2013, 05:34 PM   #891
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Hangers done:

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Unread 11-05-2013, 05:57 PM   #892
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professional grade! I think that setup looks better than my RC disco's
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Unread 11-05-2013, 06:00 PM   #893
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Nicely done sir....now go get 'em dirty!
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Unread 11-05-2013, 07:18 PM   #894
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very nice!!!
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Unread 11-05-2013, 07:21 PM   #895
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Thanks for all the insight everyone. Looked at it with a clear head this afternoon and noticed the rail is double layered in that area. I went ahead and welded the pins straight to the rail, seems plenty strong for the application. Ill get pics up shortly.
I don't suppose there's much movement(flex) between the front of the rails, but if a person were to pin the discos up too tight, could it break them?
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Unread 11-06-2013, 09:21 AM   #896
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I don't suppose there's much movement(flex) between the front of the rails, but if a person were to pin the discos up too tight, could it break them?
After looking at it I dont believe it will be an issue. Not much load on the hangers.

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professional grade! I think that setup looks better than my RC disco's
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Nicely done sir....now go get 'em dirty!
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very nice!!!
Thanks a ton! Im real happy with the overall result here, already had a couple people ask what brand they are lol.

Heres a short clip of the disconnecting process. Pretty painless.
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Unread 11-07-2013, 08:57 PM   #897
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Did a little trail maintenance behind the house today, getting more and more done all the time. Also got to put my disco setup to good use. Disconnect was a breeze, and reconnect went pretty smooth, had to grab bumper hoops to rock it a bit til it was level. Still was a super quick job.

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Unread 11-08-2013, 06:19 AM   #898
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Do you have spacers on your wheels? I don't remember your tires sticking out that far.
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Unread 11-08-2013, 07:52 AM   #899
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Do you have spacers on your wheels? I don't remember your tires sticking out that far.
Nah, just the same Cragars Ive been running, 15x8 4" BS. I dont take many straight on shots of the Jeep though, so all the angled pics could make it look narrower than it is i guess.
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Unread 11-09-2013, 08:38 AM   #900
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I may have missed it, but what type of threaded rod did you use for your disco's? (size/ type - zinc coated/ stainless?) 1/2" Heim's?

I picked up some 2" x 5" x1/8" box tubing to make a winter bumper project.
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