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Unread 09-10-2013, 06:49 AM   #346
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Looks great

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Unread 09-22-2013, 07:19 PM   #347
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very nice build! how does the 4cyl hold up with those 35s?
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Unread 09-23-2013, 09:01 AM   #348
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very nice build! how does the 4cyl hold up with those 35s?
Thank you! The 4cyl does perfectly fine. It's the stock gears that give it a hard time.
It actually does just fine around town, but you really notice the sluggish nature on the highway.

I have had new gears and rear shafts on order for over a month now. 5.13s would be perfect for the setup I have, but 4.88 was as low as I could go with the stock axles. Depending on how well these do, will help decide on the gears for the new axles on day.
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Unread 09-25-2013, 12:23 PM   #349
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The build looks great. I noticed you were selling the PSC mounts on craigslist. What are you looking to do with the bumper now that you switched?
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Unread 09-25-2013, 12:28 PM   #350
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What was it about the PSC mounts you didn't like? I ask because I just bought a set.
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Unread 09-25-2013, 01:51 PM   #351
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The build looks great. I noticed you were selling the PSC mounts on craigslist. What are you looking to do with the bumper now that you switched?
Thanks! I am selling the PSC mounts I have. There are still tons of people out there running the Rigid light bars, so someone will eventually have use for them.
Are you asking about my old bumper? You can have it if you want it. it's probably worth enough in scrap steel to buy a cheese burger for lunch! haha
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What was it about the PSC mounts you didn't like? I ask because I just bought a set.
The PSC most definitely do the job, but they have some short-comings....some of which I knew when I bought them; some of which I honestly didn't realize until I got the Motobilt brackets.

The PSC brackets do not capture the lower bolt on the windshield frame. They end flat, under the second bolt. This is something that bothered me more after I had them installed, than initially.

They also stop a couple inches short at the top of the windshield frame. If looking at these from an 'armor' standpoint (which they function as being 3/16" steel), that just creates an unprotected spot on the body.

They fit tight to the frame, which is not necessarily terrible, but they don't allow a solution for running the wires behind them. That does not leave you with a single clean option for running the wires. Running the wire through the door jam or drilling a hole to pass through the windshield frame is not 'clean' IMO.

The are also made only for a Rigid brand of light bar. This was not the end of the world for me, as I just used some thick rubber spacers between my import light bar and the brackets. If you are planning to run an import light bar, you will need to bridge a 1.25" gap.


The Motobilt brackets are better in my opinion because they follow the windshield hinge all the way to the bottom, which captures the lower bolt. It is not an issue of strength here, it is simply aesthetics.

The bracket goes all the way up to the top of the windshield frame for full coverage.

These brackets also stand off of the windshield frame to allow room to run the wires behind. They are slightly bent to follow the lines of the frame. It is not something you see, you just know it's there.

These brackets are designed for import 50" light bar width, so they match up perfectly.

Motobilt also offers the option of a simple welded-on lower light tab.


Considering they are the same price, the Motobilt just comes out ahead for me.
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Unread 09-25-2013, 05:18 PM   #352
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I already sent my PSC mounts to the powder coater, hopefully it's not a head ache for me.
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Unread 09-25-2013, 06:14 PM   #353
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I'd be more than happy to take it off your hands.
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Unread 09-26-2013, 11:30 AM   #354
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I already sent my PSC mounts to the powder coater, hopefully it's not a head ache for me.
I don't intend to sound too dramatic about it. There is nothing wrong with the PSC brackets, but after owning them, there are just several things I don't care for about them.

It's basically just one of those things where I started with the first option on the market, and then switched over as soon as I found something that fit my preferences better.....and the Motobilt brackets do just that.
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Unread 10-07-2013, 02:17 PM   #355
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Here is a current front shot with the winch mounted up again.


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Unread 10-07-2013, 02:19 PM   #356
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Our new baby girl was born on Sept. 27
She already has me wrapped around her fingers.

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Unread 10-07-2013, 02:50 PM   #357
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Congrats on the new addtion! You'll have her jeep'in in no time!
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Unread 10-07-2013, 03:44 PM   #358
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Unread 10-08-2013, 08:24 PM   #359
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Congrats! We have one on the way.
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Unread 10-09-2013, 07:26 AM   #360
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Congrats on the new addtion! You'll have her jeep'in in no time!
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Congrats
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Congrats! We have one on the way.
Thanks! I saw that on FB... CONGRATS to you!
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