I think that would end up being a big "air brake" if it's closed in the rear like that. The drag it would produce at highway speeds would be pretty substantial. Might be more effective to do a bottom plate, top plate and side plates.. with the front and rear being open.
That's a great idea. You think you can fabricate that? I've got a rugged Ridge mounting kit so I just need the part surrounding the light.
Hopefully KK's are welcome here... Just about done on this one, BIG thanks to BESRK for supplying me some of the parts and sharing his techniques. Everything is solid and rattle free. That plate location is temporary, it actually goes in the center of the bumper in a recess.
Hopefully no one is using 56k bandwidth haha. (Dust cap on hinge not installed yet)
Sorry for any delays in the PMs/Emails guys.. I'm currently in Cali teaching a few classes for the Army. My internet is kind of sporadic and it's tough for me to type on my cell with my fat mitts. I'll be back home next weekend and will catch up on all messages and forum business.
'80 CJ5 w/AMC360, T176, D44 w/Detroit 4.56, RE 4" YJ lift and 35s..
Eddie: I've scoured this thread again, after several years not looking at it, and haven't run into the question or an answer yet: Why that latch? I've been looking at my handy Destaco catalog, and it seems that if one were to use the vertical-pull 344R instead, mounted on the "side" of the swing arm tube rather than the straight-pull clamp on the end of the tube. It would fold down against the swing arm, and just not have the handle sticking out in the way so much. You would have to add a small piece of angle iron or something to aim it the correct angled direction, but that's not any more work than the mounting plate that is on it as it is. It just seems to me that it would end up as a "cleaner" installation.
Edit: apparently didn't scour it hard enough: found it about four or five pages back.