Anyways, i just drilled the two pins that insert into the mount, and put a cotter pin through
so cheap, and so easy.
Our '98 came with that from the factory!!!
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98 TJ SE
RE 4.5SF with 3.5 springs & Tera QDFTs
Super 35 & Detroit in back w/4.88s
33x10.5 BFG KM2's
Cobra 75WXST w/4' Wilson Antenna
(1) Rubber Ducky
Way to go.
Much better take off angle.
How about some cj shots.
Wish I had some - it's still in pieces! I'm in the middle of a frame-off, the frame repair work is finished but it's too cold to POR-15 it so it's stored in the shed until it's warm enough to coat. In the meantime I'm going to rebuild the T-150 (cheap kit from Novak - why not) and finish up a few odds and ends on the motor (rear main seal, etc). And keep searching for a steel tub at the right price!
Here's a close up of the clamp, but that's all I got. The welds were done outside and before I spent a thousand hours burning CJ-5 frame so they are a bit rough, but they're strong enough for this. There are 3 passes, the top one is a bit spotty (used it to fill in low spots).
The clamps are Rock Hard 4x4 (the guys that make the bolt in cage), other than that just a piece of tubing bent to fit and I cheated & bought a tire mount plate for like $5 at the PA Jeep show, it was 5/8" thick and pre-drilled I figured I'd put that much into drill bits and grinding wheels if I cut my own!
If you were wanting more visibility, you could possibly turn the mount upright and hold the tire horizontally, that way you would have storage under it and it shouldn't be much higher than the rear seat. It would stick out over the tailgate and you would lose part of that 16" or so that you said you gained.
I thought about doing that, but decided I wanted to be able to run the tailgate since I usually have tools and stuff in the back when wheeling and didn't want to risk loosing anything.
What I plan to do for "over the road" use is build a rack to go over a tonneau cover that I can mount my tire onto. That's going to use two side rails just above the tub (welded to the roll cage but removable with bolted flanges).
My father-in-law made some holders for my Hi-lift jack. It's scrap stainless steel from his work all welded up on graveyard shift, Cost = $0.
Only downside is that it gets frequent mud baths, but what else are you going to do with a 60" hi-lift.