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Unread 04-12-2012, 12:31 PM   #31
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"rather than using a bolt that could fall out and get lost when the nut is removed."

No, that's why the first 2 or 3 nuts go on. They serve 2 purposes, to keep the bolt in place with or without the jack mounted; and to put some space between the jack bar and the horiz. tubing so the rubber handle keeper fits. The lockwasher keeps the wingnut tight and the wingnut is so you don't need to dig out a wrench.

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Unread 04-12-2012, 02:38 PM   #32
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mvigo-what is the tab for that is runnig up @ a 45 deg. angle behind the round mounting plate? Did you add it or did Warn?
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Unread 04-12-2012, 03:56 PM   #33
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"rather than using a bolt that could fall out and get lost when the nut is removed."

No, that's why the first 2 or 3 nuts go on. They serve 2 purposes, to keep the bolt in place with or without the jack mounted; and to put some space between the jack bar and the horiz. tubing so the rubber handle keeper fits. The lockwasher keeps the wingnut tight and the wingnut is so you don't need to dig out a wrench.
Ahh, of course, you explained that first time around...the clean look thing then...
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Unread 04-12-2012, 05:50 PM   #34
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Grinding the welds flat isn't something you have to do but it sure makes it look more finished.
Jim, besides the finished look I was also interested in how good my welds are in terms of penetration and defects. They looked pretty good...

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Mvigo, I think I just get you. Pretty sure his idea with the threaded rod is nearly identical to renegade's idea with bolts and washers...he just plans on welding in the rod (on both top and bottom of the mount bar) so it extends vertically rather than using a bolt that could fall out and get lost when the nut is removed. Additional benefit of this plan could be a nice clean look, no bolt head and washer on the bottom side of the mount. My hijack bumper mount uses the same concept, but they are lug studs that were pressed in rather than welded.
EXACTLY! I will still use washers, lock washers, wing nuts etc...I am trying to find a 1/2' 13 course pre fabbed knob that could be used instead of wing nuts but the biggest I have been able to find thus far has been 3/8". And, my jack handle isolator from Daystar works perfectly as a rubber bushing so I plan on buying one more.

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mvigo-what is the tab for that is runnig up @ a 45 deg. angle behind the round mounting plate? Did you add it or did Warn?
THX Doug
it came that way from Warn...it is meant to hit the rubber stop on the tailgate...

Didn't get any work done today, too busy with bees. I have the rest of the parts needed to complete this little project and I am hoping to finish up tomorrow.
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Unread 04-13-2012, 03:17 PM   #35
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I was able to finish up the fab part of the tire carrier. I cut down my threaded rod to 4 1/4" length, dropped it in the 1/2" hole I drilled, welded it on the inside of the square tubing as well as the top of the horizontal bar and I believe it is going nowhere. The picture shows the Hi Lift jack mounted to the tire carrier. I also drilled the holes I will need to attach the Quick Fist clamps for the shovel. I roughed the surface up with red scotch brite and applied a coat of primer sealer. I elected not to use an etch primer because I didn't want to ruin any of the powder coat finish with over spray. When I get to a complete frame off down the road, everything will get a new coat of finish anyway. For now, this should suffice. Paint and finish is all brand new to me and I figure this is an easy item to experiment with. I have read plenty of threads and watched videos but nothing compares to just doing it. Feel free to critique away, I have thick skin and that is one facet of why I started this thread to begin with, learning from you all. I also welded in a hook that will be used for my onion sack/trash bag when on the trail.

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Unread 04-13-2012, 03:40 PM   #36
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Mike did you cap the ends of the horizontal tube? Great work my friend.
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Unread 04-13-2012, 03:51 PM   #37
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Mike did you cap the ends of the horizontal tube? Great work my friend.
Great question...and the answer is no for now. Warn caps there ends with rubber/plastic grommets and that is what I am on the hunt for. If I can't find them then I will weld in some caps. I am hoping I will find them because that hollow, horizontal bar makes for some good storage of long, skinny "stuff" we all tend to carry around.
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Unread 04-13-2012, 05:25 PM   #38
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Nice work... that turned out great! Mcmaster.com has some plastic end caps up to 4x4. http://www.mcmaster.com/#push-on-caps/=h3dh9s What size square tubing is that?
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Unread 04-13-2012, 08:56 PM   #39
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Nice work... that turned out great! Mcmaster.com has some plastic end caps up to 4x4. http://www.mcmaster.com/#push-on-caps/=h3dh9s What size square tubing is that?
2"x2"...thanks for the link
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Unread 04-13-2012, 09:21 PM   #40
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Mike... this is awesome! In on this. Something to share with Bill...
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Unread 04-13-2012, 10:44 PM   #41
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Scott...

that was a fun day and we will be running the 3rd Annual this Summer. Last summer we had 6 families make the trek down into Rubicon Springs for a picnic/swim. It was great watching Bill break his Jeep so that he could just upgrade/improve it...
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It was great times!!! I really want to go again, but I might not make it this year. We have tentative plans to go to Hawaii, but with airline prices through the roof, that may not happen!!! Shoot, I may not even be done with my Jeep by then anyway... too much work, broken wife (Knee surgery), busy kids... Don't they know how important Jeeps are?!?!?!?

Scott... at least it has round lights, right???

Mike, I like the addition to the tire carrier!!! That will come in handy!!!
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It was great times!!! I really want to go again, but I might not make it this year. We have tentative plans to go to Hawaii, but with airline prices through the roof, that may not happen!!! Shoot, I may not even be done with my Jeep by then anyway... too much work, broken wife (Knee surgery), busy kids... Don't they know how important Jeeps are?!?!?!?

Scott... at least it has round lights, right???

Mike, I like the addition to the tire carrier!!! That will come in handy!!!
It was hard to choose the winner, Bill! Of course, you KNOW, I had to go with the CJ. After all, it is Mike's thread!
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Unread 04-15-2012, 01:31 PM   #44
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one reason why I can't get to all of the CJ upgrades I need to complete, namely finish painting the tire carrier...too busy installing honeybees in client's backyards...



a photo of an installed hive in a client's garden...

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Unread 04-15-2012, 01:37 PM   #45
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California bees have solariums?? I think it is a good thing to be too busy at work these days. Congrats, Mike. I hope the bee venture is very succesful. You doing anything bigger than personal bees? Commercial stuff too? You gonna spin the honey? What about Nitadoulas (sp)?
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