Picked up the brackets. They turned out great!...excuse the greasy finger smudges.
These are from Motobilt (www.motobilt.com). They are a great design and I can't say enough nice things about Dan Dubose (the owner of motobilt); he has been great to deal with on these and some other products.
You can look back to previous posts about the Poison Spyder mounts that I was testing out. They are a solid mount, but had some design shortcomings. The Motobilt brackets pick up where PSC left off and created a great setup.
These brackets have a thin spacer welded to the backside down where it bolts on that space the mounts away from the windshield frame enough to run the wires down so you can get them behind the cowl. The PSC brackets don't have this which makes hiding the wires impossible.
These also go all the way down the side of the windshield to utilize the lower bolt hole where the PSC mounts come up short and do not use that bolt point. The design makes for a more complete look.
Like the PSC brackets, these are made with 3/16" steel and have a slight bend/break in them part way up to keep them as close to the windshield frame as possible.
Motobilt also offers optional lower light tabs for a nominal fee.
That came out great! Bet those lights turn the night to day!
Thanks! Yes, they really do. It's like daytime in front of the Jeep. I consider these lights a novelty for my Jeep. They are not completely necessary unless your Jeep spends all of its time on a ranch, but they sure are cool!
Originally Posted by bclark11
My new front bumper from MotoBilt came in yesterday, along with some universal light bar mounts for my 13" bars.
I am totally excited about this bumper. Dan DuBose is a wizard with the welder. I saw this bumper when I was ordering the light bar brackets and just had to have it. It fits my 'stubby' front bumper preference, and adds some style that mine does not have. It is all 3/16" plate and weighs gobs less than my current 1/4" plate bumper.
I will be adding the Genright trail stinger to it....glad I never got around to installing it on the current bumper!
I just ordered his fairlead mount to go with this. It is also 3/16" steel and mounts under the winch, so effectively, the winch mount is doubled up 3/16" steel.
Going to regear the stock axles. Ordered 4.88 gears and master install kits from Ten Factory as well as a set of their chromo rear shafts (27 spline....not adding a locker) for a little piece of mind. Staying with 27 spline, the stock shafts will make reasonable spares.
I really did not plan to invest any money into the stock axles, but with everything going on with the baby coming and house a couple months from being done, I really can't go crazy with full axle swaps, and I do want to drive/wheel the Jeep in the meantime.
It is possible that I will add an upgraded set of chromo stock splined front shafts, along with new u-joints as 'upgraded maintenance'.
Sounds like a reasonable plan. I like that bumper!
I would rather get an 8.8 going, but this 'polishing' seems like the better route for today. I know that going with chromos, but sticking with the stock 27 splines is only a partial upgrade, but adding a locker with 30 spline count was going to take it too far.
I dropped the bumper off in the shop this morning to have the trail stinger/winch hoop added. I still have the grille hoop, but I am not sure I am going to incorporate it with this bumper design.
In non-Jeep, but tow-rig/DD news, I added a 21" LED light bar to the F-250. I modified a Rigid mount to work with my brand of light bar.
Hey i couldn't find any where better to post this question so I figured I would just post it here. I have a jeep wrangler TJ and my resting voltage is 13.7volts is there any way to make my stock alternator charge my battery at a higher voltage?