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Unread 01-28-2012, 06:32 PM   #1606
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That looks awesome Eddie! When I get my tax return I want one with the new style pin. Keep up the great work Eddie.

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Unread 01-28-2012, 09:22 PM   #1607
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Has been a few years since I made any substantial changes in the design but I've been messing with something for a couple weeks...

It's always kind of bugged me to use a "hitch pin" for the swingarm locking pin. They do the job but just look kind of "cheaper" than I'd like. A while back, I started making DIY Fire Extinguisher Mounts using a "Spring Loaded Pull Pin".

From the moment I opened the package and put the first one together, I thought about using them on the swingarm.

So.. I ordered a "lockable" pull pin (locks in the "up" position) with a 1/2" pin and the longest barrel body I could find, and came up with this setup. I've used it on a few bumpers already and really like it. You can lock it in the up position for quick opening/closing of the swingarm.. or you can leave it in the down position and it will lock automatically after going up a short ramp. This will eliminate the pin from dragging all the way around on the old washer setup I used previously.

Here's the barrel body welded to the swingarm. I cut a small spacer on the Plasma Table to provide a little bit of "standoff" for the pin.. so the knob doesn't hit the swingarm..


I cut the combination "positive stop/lock" from 3/8" plate on the plasma table. Maybe I'll call it "J-Lock"..


Here's the pin body when removed from the barrel body.. all you have to do for assembly, is screw this thing in. No more roll pin/hitch pin/spring, and grinding the tube for the hitch pin.. this thing is slick..


Here's how the pin swings into place.. it hits the "J-lock" and begins to ramp up..



Once the pin goes over the top of the ramp, it drops down (spring loaded) into the slot to lock the swingarm open. At the same time, the barrel body hits the back of the "J-Lock" to provide a positive stop.. helping to prevent bending the pin in case you swing the arm open a little too aggressively.


Overall, I think it looks better, won't scrape up as much paint, and is easier to figure out.. than my previous hitch pin setup.
Where did you order the spring loaded pin from?
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Unread 01-29-2012, 06:27 AM   #1608
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Unread 01-29-2012, 04:20 PM   #1609
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can you make a grill hoop for a tj like this
i would like one like this
also price shipped to me
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Unread 01-30-2012, 05:54 AM   #1610
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can you make a grill hoop for a tj like this
i would like one like this
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If I had a TJ in the shop, I could measure it out and bend one.. but I don't expect any Jeeps in the shop in the near future.. probaby for at least a month or more..
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Unread 01-30-2012, 09:48 AM   #1611
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If I had a TJ in the shop, I could measure it out and bend one.. but I don't expect any Jeeps in the shop in the near future.. probaby for at least a month or more..
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Unread 01-30-2012, 10:21 AM   #1612
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Eddie,

Your new design is brilliant. Your old hitch pin was extremely effective, but yeah, this is a little "cleaner". Both the old design and the new one look great.

How exactly does this pin stay in the locked (up) position?
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Unread 01-30-2012, 10:37 AM   #1613
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Love the new pin design! Glad I waited on one of these. Hopefully in March after tax return I can finally get one.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 05:51 PM   #1614
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Eddie,

Your new design is brilliant. Your old hitch pin was extremely effective, but yeah, this is a little "cleaner". Both the old design and the new one look great.

How exactly does this pin stay in the locked (up) position?
Jeremy, it's kind of hard to explain but really simple in design actually. There is a small roll pin that goes thru the main pin.. about 1/2" down from the knob. On the top of the big hex nut, there are 2 sets of machined slots (90deg from each other). Rotate to one slot and it allows the pin to slide all the way down. The other set of slots is only about 1/8" deep and keeps the pin in the "up" position.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 07:05 PM   #1615
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Unread 02-01-2012, 10:38 PM   #1616
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You know.. I trust my life to my work (having built my own rear frame, suspension work..etc.) but I hate to put other's lives in my hands. I've had enough of that in the Army. All I want to do now is relax, melt some metal together, grind it into shape, and enjoy the finished product. If I can make a few extra bucks on ths side.. all the better (and trust me, with the price of steel, it's not easy to clear much profit building 1/4" thick bumpers#. If, god forbid, someone tows with one of my bumpers and there is a mishap resulting in damage, injury, or <gulp> death.. I'm finished. I would probably lose everything... #not to mention the poor victim!#. So, officially... my bumpers aren't for towing.. the receiver is for "recovery use only."
Hi Besrk, beautiful work, looks great. I'll look for you at Rousch Creek. I like the video of Tellico. The last time I was at that trail slick rock, there were a lot less rocks. I went a few times, did you ever stay at "Hanging Dog" camp grounds? The years I went there, 1989/1992, Awsome mountain climbs.
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Got them all painted and installed today! Was good seeing you and Rob on sun... we need to hang out more!




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Unread 02-03-2012, 05:31 AM   #1618
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Hey Rick!! Niiice! Was good hanging out on Sunday.. it really is nice to break the routine once in a while. Sometimes, Rob and I will get in a groove and hardly speak to each other all day.. just welding and grinding..
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Unread 02-03-2012, 10:06 AM   #1619
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More pics of that front bumper please! Maybe one from the side to see how tall it is and how far it sticks out in front?
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