John Stewart

Wire up an in cab winch remote... it's easy!

While 4-wheel'n a couple of months ago, a friend of mine had to winch a broken rig out of a predicament.  Maneuvering his rig in place, we un-spooled his winch, hooked up to the stranded rig and prepared to winch him up over some rocks.  Only problem was that he couldn't find his winch remote cable which was buried under mounds of camping gear in the back of his Jeep. The solution to this problem would have been to store the winch remote cable in an accessible location, making it easier to retrieve.  Another solution is to hard wire an in cab winch remote switch. This way you can control the winch from inside the cab and not have to worry about locating the winch remote cable.  Sure, there are times when having the cable available is handy, but for those those other times, an in cab remote switch is mighty useful.

Wiring up the remote switch is as easy as, well, wiring up a couple of wires.  I'm running a Warn XD9000i winch.  This winch uses a 3-pin connector for the cable remote.  I'm sure those winches with a 5-pin connector would be just as easy to wire up.

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IronBull Bumper for the Dodge

Ironbull Bumper Mounting Bracket

Well, Vendor B claimed their bumper would fit all models and years of Dodge trucks.  After a brief phone conversation with Jesse, I ordered an IronBull Bumper rear bumper for my Dodge 1500.  Their products are built to order and have about a 3 week lead time for delivery.  After the obligatory waiting period, I set out to do the bumper swap expecting a couple of hours effort to have the new bumper installed.  Well, it didn’t quite work that easy.

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Project FleXJ

True Old Sluice
True Old Sluice
Rubicon

I had a very capable 4x4 XJ, locked front and rear, 5.5" of lift and 32" Swamper radials. We had done almost every 4 and 4+ trail in Moab, and the Little Sluice and True Old Sluice on the Rubicon; so why was I not satisfied with this very trail worthy Cherokee? Maybe it was pride, or perhaps stupidity, or maybe the fact that I kept hearing about XJ owners dumping their grocery getters for more hard core rigs. Whatever it was, something inside me knew there was hard core potential in the XJ and it needed to be exploited.

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Diamondback Truck Cover

Diamondback Covers offers a unique truck bed cover that provided secure out-of-sight storage and that ability to provide extra flat-surface carrying capacity.  And, it offers options for the odd height situations frequently encountered.

For starters, the covers is a standard diamond-tread aluminum cover.  Except, there are two hinged sections connected by a stationary crosspiece.  Together, the cover can support loads up to 1600 pounds while maintaining secure storage.

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On-board Air - yet again...

By all measures, the most effective (and most expensive) is the converted air condition pump used to provide high volume air.  The market leader for these is Kilby On-Board Air providing a complete system for about $1200.  MaxAir 4.0

The CO2 tank, popularized by PowerTank, are effective and relatively inexpensive. Power Tank is the original high performance CO2 air system for offroad use. I have used one for a number of years with satisfactory results.  Yes, the regulator can “ice-up” and, yes, you need to periodically re-fill the tank.  And, in my case, space to mount the tank and carry a load of camping equipment was becoming a problem.

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