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post #41 of 55 (permalink) Old 04-10-2019, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thx Blue.
Unfortunately, I didnt properly research them at all, but i couldnt find any other vendors selling a 3/8" strut plate. Lesson learned. At least I got refunded via paypal.
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Thx Blue.
Unfortunately, I didnt properly research them at all, but i couldnt find any other vendors selling a 3/8" strut plate. Lesson learned. At least I got refunded via paypal.
That was the only thing that CB Engineering did in a timely fashion - they don't seem to have any problem blowing off their obligations to their customers.


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post #43 of 55 (permalink) Old 05-30-2019, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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So im about done prepping to head out to silver lake sand dunes here in MI for the Jeep invasion this saturday !
Just finished a few things thatve been needed.
Mounted a fire extinguisher, shovel, and my first aid kit in the back.

Ordered/installed Steel armadillo front shackle mounts. Ill add some review after i use them more and give John a chance to respond to a couple concerns. Taking the bumper/grille off was super easy.
The most obvious issue i discovered after re-installing the bumper cover with the shackles already attached... the factory tow hook openings dont allow enough room for hand access to the shackle bolt.
XK May-19 by J F, on Flickr

Nothing an exacto couldnt fix though.
XK May-19 by J F, on Flickr

Fabbed a flag mount from some scrap aluminum plate. Maybe shouldnt have put a hole through the bumper cover, but whatever, it was easy enough, and once i added the shackle mount and nut plate in the bumper it gave a nice quick mounting point that i couldnt pass up.
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I've had the shackle mounts on mine for a couple years, and I've found that the best way to get the bolts undone is to just carry a set of vice grips. The bolts tend to tighten up a bit while driving and there isn't enough room to get a good grip on the bolt otherwise.

You may also want to watch for rust on them. Unfortunately, on mine the finish started flaking off and allowing a little surface rust. There's more than enough metal so I'm not concerned about them rusting through, but I also live in California where rust isn't really a problem anyway.

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post #45 of 55 (permalink) Old 05-31-2019, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the heads up. Here in MI your car will rot out from under you in 20 years, unless its garage kept. Ill keep my eyes on it.


I also added a swing down tire carrier on the cheap... $45 (+ bike rack... )
Just bolted on for the trip up north.
Its not quite perfect, but holds my spare nice and secure until i solve the replacement for getting it back underneath without using the seized up cable winch. Plus still fits 2 bikes!
Started with this i found at a local trailer shop.
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Added a hole at 4.75" which is the hole to hole distance of our 5 on 5 pattern. And set 2 1/2x20 threaded rods in place nice and tight. Now dont flame me for the excess rod length i left hanging. These will be repurposed for the same duty under the rear of the jeep when i get around to it. There i need the full 8inches of length to get the tire mounted.
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Here you can see the only drawback... the wheel face doesnt touch the plate face, there is 2.25 " gap that i will be making a spacer to fill. I have the lugs tight enough to pinch the tire onto the bike rack vertical tube using sidewall tension. 10 mile test drive went ok.
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Pretty nifty use of a trailer spare tire mount
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Thanks drm.
After a few hundred miles and 6 hours of bashing around silver lake, it held up perfectly!
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I have found days and days worth of info using the search box here, always a bit overwhelming getting used to a new vehicle and all its little nuances. I can't wait to build this up though, hoping the budget allows for a reasonable pace.
Can you help a newb out? As with all forums, it pays to use the search function before sounding stupid. But every time I try searching, I get no results...literally zero. I’ve tried using general search terms like “3.7” and specific terms like “how to raise engine for 3.7 oil pan replacement”. I end up googling and trying to work my way back to the forum that way. Any help would be appreciated!
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Try being less specific? Im not sure why but sometimes i used to get the same result. Maybe there is something relating to the version of the site you are using such as Desktop or enhanced mobile? Either way, im not well suited to troubleshoot what might be goin on.
Or try the help section...
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Picked up a FlashpaqF5 3874 this past weekend. Definitely better drivability, but i havent tried many of the tune settings yet, only 87Perf. I dont see options for fog lights, or many other veh settings other than drivetrain related items. So far pretty happy with it.
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