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  1. jscherb

    Exogate / MORryde Tailgate Reinforcement + Savvy Tail Lights

    Thank you. People often ask me why I didn't paint the trailer to match the Jeep. Which Jeep? I've got 3 Jeeps and they're all different colors, so I decided on safety yellow to make it more visible on the road. The tan camper top does match the Safari Cab hardtop on the JKU though. I...
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    Exogate / MORryde Tailgate Reinforcement + Savvy Tail Lights

    Thank you very much. A final detail for the camper shell - gas struts on the side hatches. I have an extra window on hand for the front hatch, but I don't think I'll install it, I haven't made a final decision yet. I've been waiting for a good heavy rain to test for leaks. Got a...
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    Exogate / MORryde Tailgate Reinforcement + Savvy Tail Lights

    When I decided to install a MORryde reinforcement and HD hinges on the tailgate for this trailer it wasn't for a large spare, although if I need to carry a separate spare for the trailer I could bolt up a factory spare carrier. I don't plan to carry a large spare on the tailgate, but I do plan...
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    Who makes heavy duty storage bags?

    Overland Outfitters (https://www.overland-outfitters.com) has HD canvas+leather bags, this one hangs on the back of the seat: A few other examples... Compressor bag: They also have a tailgate MOLLE panel for the TJ (this photo shows their JK version) and bags to go with it. They also...
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    Looking for a 35" spare tire cover in spice

    I don't sell anything, I just design things. But several years ago when I designed what I ended up calling the "Tactical Spare Cover", I turned the design over to Retrofit Offroad. They still seem to be listed on the Retrofit web site...
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    Looking for a 35" spare tire cover in spice

    Got a sewing machine? Spare covers are a pretty simple project. Here's one I did in Coyote tan: In addition to the MOLLE grids, I added a pocket that fits inside the recess in the spare wheel, this video shows one I did in ACU camo: My son's idea was to turn the MOLLE grid into a...
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    Canvas Tool Wrap Comparison

    Nicely done! Now that you've learned a bit about the sewing machine and successfully completed your first sewing project, I expect it won't be long before you're designing new fabric Jeep accessories and sewing them from scratch.
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    Adding Accessory Switches: Auxbeam 8 Gang Switch vs NiRider 6 Gang Switch vs DIY Dual Switch Panel Mod

    The relay control box will not be a meaningful source of voltage loss. You should be more concerned with the wire you use to connect things. For example, 8 feet of 16 gauge copper wire will lose about 1/3 volt at 5 amps: I always use a voltage drop calculator when I'm planning wiring...
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    Exogate / MORryde Tailgate Reinforcement + Savvy Tail Lights

    Yes it could be that the back half of my trailer started out as a YJ, although here's a photo of a TJ on which the top hinge is misaligned a bit perhaps to clear the bolt head - both yellow lines are parallel, the bottom line aligns with the bottom hinge and the top line doesn't. This isn't my...
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    Exogate / MORryde Tailgate Reinforcement + Savvy Tail Lights

    Yes, please post photos of your off-road camper, I'm sure lots of people will want to see it. Don't worry about comparing your work to that of someone who is "not normal". I'm not sure what "not normal" means - when my sister calls me that it's not a compliment but I'll try to to take...
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    Exogate / MORryde Tailgate Reinforcement + Savvy Tail Lights

    I'm installing a MORryde tailgate reinforcement (a.k.a. Gr8Tops Exogate v2) on a Jeep-tub trailer to implement a one-piece barn door for a new fiberglass camper top on this trailer made from the same molds as the LJ Safari Cab hardtop. Since this installation is on a trailer made from two Jeep...
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    Factory bumper mods

    I ground 45-degree chamfers on the edges to be welded to provide good penetration for the welds. I only welded it from the back side to keep the front side looking good, so the chamfers were only on the back side (the non-visible side of the joints).
  13. jscherb

    Factory bumper mods

    I did these drawings as part of the design process for the pickup. The center step section is made from 1/4" steel plate, welded together. The factory bumper has a section cut out of it that's the same length as the step, and the bumper sections attach to the step section with bolts. I...
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    Factory bumper mods

    When I was building my Wrangler pickup, I wanted a factory look but I also wanted a step bumper, and I needed a factory-looking place to mount the license plate, so I modified a factory bumper into a step bumper. This would also be a good mod to allow a large spare to sit lower on the...
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    The LJ-8 hit a milestone today

    Thank you. My top is homemade, and I designed it with the features I thought a proper Jeep top should have, such as the removable hard sides/roll up soft sides. The good news is after I completed the construction, Gr8Tops licensed the design and put it into production, so you can buy one...
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    The LJ-8 hit a milestone today

    Thank you. Of the three Jeeps I have, the LJ is my favorite. If I could only keep one of them, the JKU would go in a heartbeat and the 2006 Wrangler pickup would go next but I would hang on to the LJ. I'm working on a Jeep-tub trailer project with a camper top based on an LJ Safari Cab...
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    Adding Accessory Switches: Auxbeam 8 Gang Switch vs NiRider 6 Gang Switch vs DIY Dual Switch Panel Mod

    I use a fuse tap in the panel behind the glovebox for switched power. A good one to use is the radio circuit. You can run a wire from a fuse tap in that position to the Auxbeam switch panel. The Auxbeam switch panel doesn't require a lot of power, but for people who want to power larger...
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    Adding Accessory Switches: Auxbeam 8 Gang Switch vs NiRider 6 Gang Switch vs DIY Dual Switch Panel Mod

    For those who prefer relays to solid state switching, Auxbeam offers a 6-gang switch panel that uses relays: Last summer Auxbeam asked if I would review that 6-gang panel, which I agreed to do so they sent me one to test. I posted a detailed review here...
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    The LJ-8 hit a milestone today

    The Ouray Hot Springs pool is a must do stop when we're in the area. A few weeks ago I got out my Colorado trail books and maps to think about planning an off-road expedition for this summer. As I was going through the books I was reminded of how many of the trails I've done over the years...