The flags are typically a 5 foot fiberglass pole with a red flag attached to the top and either 1/4” or 5/16” diameter. While there are a number of different methods to mount the flag on an ATV, dune buggy, or side-by-side, mounting on a full-size 4x4 requires a little planning.
My recent visit to the Sand Sports Super Show provided an interesting, easy to mount quick-release system designed to simplify the process for mounting and dismounting whips with no tools and no trimming of shattered ends necessary.
Wash-15 Offroad has developed an anodized billet aluminum whip mount that will accommodate either 1/4” or 5/16” diameter whips. The whip is held in place in a groove with a mounting pressure plate secured with a wing nut. The recessed area easily accommodates shattered ends or frayed ends without cutting whips shorter. The mount has a bolt that fits standard 1/2 “ accessory mounts.
Well, my jeep doesn't have a 1/2“ accessory mount. So, not willing to let a fabrication opportunity go to waste, I dug through my scrape metal pile and found a short section of 1 1/2 “ angle iron. The chop saw quickly reduced it to a 2 inch section. Not liking pointed edges, I did radius the corners and provided a quick rattle can pint job. My fabricated mount is in the left of the picture.
While waiting for the paint to dry, I considered some mounting options. Yeah, I could have welded a tab on my tire rack. I opted to use the already semi accessory mounting spot where my CB antenna was mounted. As the surface I chose to use with an existing bolt hole was slanted, I did a have to bend the angle iron. Good thing I have a large vice….
While overkill, I did tap the mounting hole to accommodate the the 1/2 “ - 28 thread mounting stud. In addition to the ny-lock nut provided with the mount, it wont be vibrating loose.
The final mounting provides for a whip that is secure and does not interfere with the opening of the tire mount. Ready for the dunes….