|As you can see the radio is not the stock radio that comes with the TJ. It is the one they use for the Grand Cherokee. I got the dealer to do the swap before I drove it off the lot.|
|As you can see the Alpine 6 disk changer is small enough to fit in the stock console. It is bolted to the side of the console which is bolted to the floor. I have a perimeter alarm system. If they want it they are welcome to take it. I never close it since it is so easy to pry open. The insurance will take care of the rest.|
|Excellent bass sound, tight and crisp. Built in 80 watt amplifier
by JBL. As you can see it is not long but taller than most. This gives me at least a
little room to the left. You will note that the soft top is down and tucked all the way
I hooked it up with quick disconnects so that I may take the box in & out any time I need more room for anything.
|I know there are other makes out there that will do the job. I purchased the Currie because of the look and low profile of the bumper. It keeps my 35 tire high and the swing out tire carrier is very sturdy. The picture looks a bit distorted due to the close up lens and that is what makes the tire look a bit big as compared to the vehicle.|
Warn Electric HS9500i
|I use to have a Mile Marker hydraulic winch. There are pro and
cons to both and I wish I had the pros of both. The hydraulic is the best winch for
durability, dependability when pulling all day, making long pulls and being in a suction
type stuck. It will not overheat, drain your battery or fry your alternator. I was using
it extensively here in the swamps while marking new trails. I've since retired from
mudding after spending some serious cash on my last build up. My buddies here in Florida
are upset but they understand since they also have traveled with me to the rocks. They
agree with me that deep water, sand and mud is a slow killer of vehicles.
Having said all of this... I switched to an electric for only one reason, speed. The hydraulics are awful slow. For pulling they are ok, but what I'm talking about is the winch assist factor. When your wincing up a hill and your tires grab and then you slip again the electric will keep up as it automatically increases in speed when it senses a no load factor. This helps as you will not out run you cable in most not ALL cases and keep taught when you slip again. Since I mostly only rock crawl and pull other guys only but a few times it is more than enough for me.
You have to have equipment the works best in the type of terrain your doing. If I would have continued to also do the local terrain I would have kept the Mile Marker. That is why the winch was sold the next day without a problem around here. Had it for 3 years and never let me down. Still have the stock battery which I know it will sing any minute with my new Warn.
Old Mile Marker pics are below:
On the bottom left you will see the hydraulic solenoid being the brain of everything. Power wire connected to breaker gets hooked to power source which only draws 2 amps.
|I replaced the stock Tie Rod after I took a nice hit from Mr. Tree Stump. I purchased it from Rubicon express because they had the Chrome-Moly which is five times stronger than stock. Other places had the same but only the rod by itself and did not come with the heavier end links like the one from RE.|
|Centerline Hellcats 15x10 with 4" back spacing.
Strong wheel and we both liked the looks. We have received a lot of complements. On the
left are my street wheels and I have the same on the right with bead locks for when I am
on the trail.
Super Swampers SSR 35x14.50x15 tires. World of difference off road from what I had and not bad at all on the road. I do have to say that my BFGs never let me down for 3+ years. I used to air down to 10psi, now I air down to 6psi with the SSRs.
|ABOVE: Cobra 75 WX-ST. I bought this model due to the size and low profile of this CB. Everything is in the mike. As you can see above. The silver box to the right is laying against the wall held by a plastic wire tie, no screws or drilling. Does not get in the way of the glove box at all. I only use this CB for the trails. I thought I was going to have to mount an external speaker but it was plenty loud. When I speak through the mike I do not take it out of the holder and everyone seems to hear me loud and clear. I plan to purchase another silver box for $28 and put it on my van. After this all I have to do is disconnect the mike and move it to the other vehicle. I remove the CB when not on the trails.||BELOW: I ran the antenna cable down the tire carrier, across the top of the fuel tank, up through the grommet on the left rear wheel well that the factory wiring runs through, along the factory harness on the left hand side inside the tub to the rear of the door opening, across the floor under the carpet ending behind the glove box. I got this idea from Sam Houston.|
Here you see the Tomken gas tank cover. This was purchased after I dented the gas tank on one of the trails. The picture on the left is taken looking up from in front of the cover. Simple installation using the existing upper bolts to install the brackets.
Teraflex makes this steering protector. I did not wish to make the same mistake that I did with the fuel tank by getting it dented. Three bolts hold this bracket. From the side view picture you can see how close and protected it is.
|I purchased the Mopar skid plate originally. When I did my lift
the front drive shaft dropped and would hit the bracket that holds the skid plate that ran
underneath the drive shaft and attached to the front left lower control arm bracket. I
shopped around at the time but could not find another skid plate that would fit. There
were a few after markets but they would only fit if you had a tranny drop which I did not
have or was about to do.
On you left you will see that I had the skid plate modified and welded a round bracket over the shaft instead of underneath to allow me more clearance. I lifted the vehicle and tested that the shaft would not hit on the upward travel. I also welded two steel strips along the sides and on thick piece across the middle for strength. I had taken a previous hit which bent the plate.