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Unread 07-12-2013, 10:17 AM   #5116
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Stock steering shouldn't stop you from going wheeling! I'll even bring a spare if it makes you feel any better.
The only thing that's really holding me up is my back...but yeah, some backup steering would make me feel better, because I have this nebulous feeling in the back of my mind that the steering is what's going to go. No idea why I think that, but I do.

I guess this means that we need to round up Beasley and some grill-able meat.

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Unread 07-12-2013, 10:36 AM   #5117
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The only thing that's really holding me up is my back...but yeah, some backup steering would make me feel better, because I have this nebulous feeling in the back of my mind that the steering is what's going to go. No idea why I think that, but I do.

I guess this means that we need to round up Beasley and some grill-able meat.
I'm trying to convince him to go wheeling as well but he's being stubborn!
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Unread 07-12-2013, 02:06 PM   #5118
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I'm trying to convince him to go wheeling as well but he's being stubborn!
It's all that air-conditioning...and that makes NO sense because he's got a working cabin-air filter on his rig, which means that he can wheel URE in clean, cold, comfort. On another note, I managed to get the control arms greased - I had to find and then clean a grease gun, first - and I finished up a multi-day "Let's see if we can carry a kayak on this thing" test.

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As is evident, I threw a couple of foam blocks across the windshield frame and tied the bow off to the winch hoop on the front bumper. For the rear tie-down, I actually just placed a couple of 8" square sections of rubber matting across the twin top bows of the half cab and cam-strapped the rear of the boat to the C-pillars. To my surprise, the top is more than strong enough to support the boat being tightly cinched down; I wouldn't drive too far with it like this, but it's a damn sight better than not being able to carry one at all!
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Unread 07-12-2013, 02:30 PM   #5119
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Nice! I have a few ideas about a cross bar setup that could work. Just gotta figure out the front A pillar. I'm picturing some modified windshield pillar guards with the light bar tabs.
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Nice! I have a few ideas about a cross bar setup that could work. Just gotta figure out the front A pillar. I'm picturing some modified windshield pillar guards with the light bar tabs.
That's basically what I'm thinking of for a front support; A-pillar armor modified to hold a cross bar. Seeing as I'd like to carry more than one boat at a time, though, I'll have to go with a trailer.
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Unread 07-12-2013, 02:43 PM   #5121
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That's basically what I'm thinking of for a front support; A-pillar armor modified to hold a cross bar. Seeing as I'd like to carry more than one boat at a time, though, I'll have to go with a trailer.
I'm betting you could hold two kyaks comfortably, but yeah, more than two would require a trailer.
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Unread 07-12-2013, 02:47 PM   #5122
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Clean?? You talkin' crazy, Willis! I was thinking I should have taken a pressure washer and some degreaser to her before I started the install!
You clearly haven't gotten a good look under my jeep. Greta's undercarriage is pristine man
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I'm betting you could hold two kyaks comfortably, but yeah, more than two would require a trailer.
Only one; the flat portion of the top bows measures about 50" wide, which is plenty for a single boat in the vicinity of 30" to 36" wide, but nowhere near enough for two. Now, I could carry two if I built a bar that extends beyond the vertical plane of the A-pillars and also something that hold them at the rear, but this wouldn't be my first choice...and I'd rather the boats be down lower, anyway. That's why I'm leaning towards a Jeep tub trailer that's designed to carry two boats and some accoutrements; it'll be a long-range project, but I think I could manage one.

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You clearly haven't gotten a good look under my jeep. Greta's undercarriage is pristine man
Thank you, sir; I'll tell her you said so.
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I still have the spare axle and rims here , just build a multi canoe trailer and be done with it
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I still have the spare axle and rims here , just build a multi canoe trailer and be done with it
That would be cheaper, yes...but I have to be all matching and stuff. Besides, I want 35's on my trailer, too.
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Unread 07-12-2013, 07:54 PM   #5126
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Matching tires and rims on a trailer makes for an even better tire rotation approach. Which brings me to why I'm considering putting my spare on the front of my trailer. I have a much greater chance of tire damage when offroad than on road. And most of the time I go out to play in the woods, I am out camping anyway.
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Matching tires and rims on a trailer makes for an even better tire rotation approach. Which brings me to why I'm considering putting my spare on the front of my trailer. I have a much greater chance of tire damage when offroad than on road. And most of the time I go out to play in the woods, I am out camping anyway.
I'm sort of treating the trailer itself as simply being two extra spares...but putting a full one on the front of it is a good idea.

Today's Jeeping was pretty non-existent; I worked on spiffiing-up some canoes in hopes that I can get out on the water and do a bit of fishing.
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I'm sort of treating the trailer itself as simply being two extra spares...but putting a full one on the front of it is a good idea.

Today's Jeeping was pretty non-existent; I worked on spiffiing-up some canoes in hopes that I can get out on the water and do a bit of fishing.
Still sanding over here , let me know when your coming to pick up the canoe trailer parts
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Still sanding over here , let me know when your coming to pick up the canoe trailer parts
Well, damn it...I could have been doing that today!
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Nice work on the CAs! I spent the last week in Jamaica and having about 12 pages of catching up to do has made Monday much more tolerable.

And I concur with the previous statements regarding Greta's incredibly clean nether-regions. I bet it smells flower fresh under there.
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