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Installing a Gorilla 10,000 lbs. Winch on a Mitsubishi Montero

The most important part of a winch installation is choosing the right location for mounting. The front bumper area is the most logical choice, but beyond that, where in the front bumper area should it be located for the best access for use and the most protection from street and trail damage is the question.

As you can see pictured at right, I chose to mount the winch as low between the frame rails as possible without protruding below. I chose this location for several reasons. First, the finished winch install will not inhibit airflow to the radiator. Second, this location allows for a much cleaner looking installation and retains the use of the factory front bumper. Third, mounting in this manner makes it much more difficult for someone to steal.

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Versatile Hardmount Onboard Air System - With proper preparation, designing and installing a versatile onboard system that looks as good as it performs can be quite rewarding. Using common parts, this article walks through a well-designed OBA system which integrates well with the vehicle, while maintaining options for future expansion and uses beyond airing up tires.

Portable Onboard Air Installation - This article describes an onboard air setup that is inexpensive, versatile, and portable. If you your 4WD is a daily driver and you don't want to permanently give up the space required for an OBA system, and you want to keep your A/C compressor, this will give you great ideas on how to build your own portable OBA system.

Tips for improving the Dana 300 transfer case - If you're rebuilding a Dana 300 transfer case, there are several easy and very effective modifications you can make at the same time: add an oil level sight tube, add FWD Hi-Range capability, replace the pressed-in vent tube, and replace the stock hex head bolts which can damage the case.

Nuts and Bolts about Fasteners, Chapter Two - Nuts - In this installment of our discussion about fasteners, we'll travel into the boring but equally as critical properties of nuts and washers. We'll show you the different types of nuts that are common to our assemblies and modifications. 

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Mud Truck? Yes. Show Truck? HELL NO! - Dave Niles' Chevy Pickup is built to play in the mud in a most serious way. With a Dana 60 front axle, Detroit Locker equipped 14 bolt rear, cut 44" Boggers on the back, 44" TSLs on the front, a big block, Turbo 400, divorced NP205, and a flexy suspension, Dave is ready for just about anything he might find in a mud bog.

Rockstomper Rock Rods - Rockstomper makes extra heavy duty tie rods and drag links for many applications, but their Early Bronco steering links are available with bracketry to mount them over the steering arm, improving strength and location relative to stock.

Ford Telescoping Towing Mirrors - Ford's optional mirrors stretch out to the sides to provide much better side and rearward visibility, while retaining all the electric adjustability and manual fold-away features of the stock side mirrors.

LockRight Install on a Dana 80 Hybrid Rear Axle - Finding traction-aiding differentials is difficult for Dodge's biggest rear axle, which is a hybrid that uses Dana 70 axles shafts mated to a Dana 80 differential. PowerTrax makes a LockRight that adds traction to this super-heavy duty off-highway platform.

Torque Converter Lockup Switch for Late Model Automatic Transmissions - Many manufacturers use a locking torque converter on automatic transmission-equipped vehicles for better highway fuel economy. The on-board computer controls a locking solenoid, and this article describes installation of a manual switch with the same function for off-road use, specifically on late-model Mopar trucks like the Dodge Ram.

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4x4Wire features different types of project vehicles ranging from extreme four wheeling/rock crawling projects to mild trail rigs.

Project BRYJ - Bryan Archambeault's Project YJ is the Jeep his parents never wanted him to have. It is impractical, but a load of fun. Built for Sierra rocks were it sees repeated abuse.

Project Invasion - Project Invasion is a 1975 Jeep J10 pickup that is being built to accomplish two goals. During the week, the truck will be a work truck to drive around town. During the weekends, the truck needs to be ready to hit the high mountain passes for camping and exploration. The major goal for this project is to get the truck ready for the Ouray 2002 Full Size Jeep Invasion, so the project is named after the event.

Project FleXJ - Don't get me wrong, the XJ is a great off road vehicle that can do amazing things with minor lift and tire upgrades, but when it comes to hard core wheeling they are passed over for a myriad of reasons. But despite all the pitfalls, for some reason I felt I had something to prove when I decided to go hard core with an XJ.

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Project Pieces and Parts

Project Pieces and Partsby: Terry Howe

Project Pieces and Parts has been a long and changing project. When the project began, I wanted to make a nice streetable CJ-2A that would perform well on the trail, but near the end I wanted to build a hard core rock crawler. The change in direction created some changes in the project in the middle of the project.

The reason for the change in direction was the slow death my '81 CJ-7. I'd been wheeling my CJ-7 harder and harder over the past eight years and the damage was very hard to keep up with. I finally decided it would be easier to scrap the CJ-7 and focus on the CJ-2A. With my energy focused on the CJ-2A, I knew I could make it a great rock crawler.

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Introduction - Considering only the condition of the Jeep, parting it out is the most reasonable thing to do. The only thing that prevents me from doing just that is its heritage.Damage Report - A complete disassembly of this flat fender revealed several problems that were not immediately apparent. The biggest problems are with the tub and the frame.Frame and Bumper Fab - Fame and bumper fabrication for the Jeep Tech Editors CJ-2A Project Pieces and Parts. Ideas on building a stout flat fender frame and bumpers for a minimalist.Frame Boxing and Gusseting - The frame work for Project Pieces and Parts wasn't done after simply chopping up and splicing together the '73 Commando frame to flat fender specifications. There was still a large frame crack to fix near the front spring mount, the splices to reinforce, body mounts to build, and some frame boxing to do.Pieces and Parts Suspension - Since this project is called "Pieces and Parts", you can't expect anything to be normal and this is true for the suspension. The suspension is not radical, but it is practical and should perform well.Ultimate Offset Pumpkin Dana 44 - Rebuilding a '71 CJ-5 Dana 44 for a Project Pieces and Parts. This axle is the best factory rear end for any '41-'71 short Jeep.Dana 30 Disk Brake Conversion - Terry Howe does a disk brake conversion of a drum brake Dana 30 for Project Pieces and Parts. Everything you need to know to swap disks on your '72-'76 CJ with drum brakes. This article also explains why the Dana 30 is a good low buck axle upgrade for '45-'71 CJsBuick 231 V6 Swap - Project Pieces and Parts finally gets the fired up with a Buick 231 V6 sitting on engine mounts from Advanced Adapters.TH350 for Project Pieces and Parts - The Turbo 350, aka TH350, automatic transmission is a stout 3 speed automatic transmission. It has been used in various GM cars and trucks over the years. Because it is a reliable, common, and short transmission, it is probably the best automatic transmission to swap in a short Jeep such as a flat fender.Pieces and Parts Transfer Case - Project Pieces and Parts gets a Scout 80 Dana 18 transfer case. The Scout 80 Dana 18 is a small hole Dana 18 with the big intermediate shaft.Pieces and Parts Overdrive - A Warn Overdrive from a Scout 80 for Project Pieces and Parts. The Warn Overdrive does not shorten the rear driveshaft and it provides a 0.75:1 gear reduction in all forward and reverse gears.Tunnel Cover - Fabricating the shift linkage bracket and tunnel cover was an entire weekend of careful cutting, bending, welding, and drilling. The work was worth it, I got the clean look I wanted and I maximized floor space.Dual Batteries for Project Pieces and Parts - It is always a challenge fitting things into a flat fender; fitting a dual battery system into Project Pieces and Parts was no exception. A dual battery system insures that there will be plenty of cold cranking amps to start the Jeep up even after a fairly long dead pull with the winch.Durabak Bed Liner - For Project Pieces and Parts, Durabak not only provides a tough, skid resistant finish, it hides body work. Applying the product is easy, and the finish is outstanding.Work - Body work for Project Pieces and Parts is more of a matter of turning dents and swiss cheese into some sort of usable body. Hours and hours of MIG welding, Bondo, and sanding result in nice body panels.Shooting Color - Anyone will tell you that the key to a good paint job is the prep work. Body work on a Jeep is something you need to strike a delicate balance between looking good and not wasting a lot of time.Off-Your Rocker Corner Guards - Project Pieces and Parts gets rid of some ratty corners by installing Off-Your Rocker Corner Guards. These corners aren't poseur aluminum cover-ups, these corners are heavy duty steel diamond plate.Pieces and Parts Electrical - Wiring up a Willys CJ-2A is no simple matter. I had two stock wiring harnesses and both were beyond recovery. The cloth insulation on the wires just doesn't last 50 years or more. I recently parted out a rolled '77 CJ-7, so I decided to use the wiring harness from the CJ-7 on the Willys. It worked pretty well and saved lots of time and money.In Cab Winch Controller - An in cab winch controller, hard wired to your winch, will increase the reliability of your winch and make it more convenient to use. A hard wired winch controller will avoid winch failures caused by a damaged plug or a controller wire wrapped around a tire. It also means your winch will be ready to use without digging out the controller.Pieces and Parts Brakes - The stock brakes on a CJ-2A are frightening by modern day standards. They use a single cylinder master cylinder that has no redundancy and small drums all around. I wanted to have a dual cylinder master cylinder and disk brakes up front. I also wanted power brakes because I was planning on running an automatic transmission.Pieces and Parts Steering I - The Ross steering that is stock on a CJ-2A is basic manual steering. Because there are several moving parts in the linkage, it has a reputation for being loose. I wanted to convert my CJ-2A to Saginaw power steering.Pieces and Parts Steering II - When I swapped a 4.3L Chevy V6 in to replace the 3.8L Buick V6, I had to rework the intermediate shaft. The Chevy engine mounts are in the middle where as the Buick mounts are in the front of the engine. The only way I could clear the engine mount was with a three u-joint intermediate shaft from Borgeson.Tube It Out! - There are many ways that tubing out portions of your four wheeler can improve it's off road performance. It can improve departure and approach angles, allow more engine cooling, and allow larger tires with no lift. It also looks cool.Quick Jeep Dana 44 Spindle Nut - If your Jeep has half ton internal hubs, chances are you have the three piece spindle nuts. The inner nut sets the tension on the bearing, the lock washer slides down the slot on the spindle and a pin on the inner nut goes in a hole in the lock washer, and the outer nut holds it all in place. Sometimes, you get lucky and that lock washer slides right down and the pin in the nut goes right in a hole in the lock washer, sometimes it doesn't. Some Ford Dana 44s use a self locking spindle nut that does not require aligning the pin and makes installation much easier.Slamming Gears - An easy modification to the Art Carr cable shifter can make it a quick gear slamming shifter for any automatic transmission. Sometimes, the ability to get into reverse fast can save a roll over.
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