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Preparing the Gladiator
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jeeptruck
Sat May 17 2008, 04:49PM

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Getting ready for this weekend at ure, put on this tow hook. if you look closely you can see the backing plate inside the frame rail. What do y'all think should be good right?

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk79/grahambaucom/IMG_2401.jpg

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk79/grahambaucom/IMG_2400.jpg

[ Edited Sat May 17 2008, 04:59PM ]
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n3pht
Sat May 17 2008, 05:19PM
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Looks ok to me how much surface area is there at that spot ?

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jeeptruck
Sat May 17 2008, 09:33PM

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I am not sure exactly what you mean. the frame is pretty narrow there, about 2 inches, so the backing plate is narrower than that but not by much.
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gogogadgetbiker
Sat May 17 2008, 09:50PM

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I personally hate that style of hook, I am sure it will be fine for this weekend but you should come up with something else.

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NC-Fordguy
Sat May 17 2008, 10:30PM
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gogogadgetbiker wrote ...

I personally hate that style of hook, I am sure it will be fine for this weekend but you should come up with something else.



X2.....

I have a similiar set-up on the front of the Bronco. I'd like to have something else

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jeeptruck
Sun May 18 2008, 10:34PM

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Eventually I need to build a bumper with big a$$ clevis hooks on the front and space for a winch, but it is not in the budget right now. Hopefully in the future I can have a bumper build thread.
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jeeptruck
Wed May 21 2008, 09:25AM

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Well I have been working like a dog on my truck trying to get it ready for this weekend. I have changed my oil, replaced a wheel cylinder, tweaked timing&idle, replaced damaged spark plug boot, had a drum machined, replaced thermostat, replaced fan belt, bled and adjusted brakes, and removed, repaired, and reinstalled my seat. I still need to install the boot around the shifter, and get all my tools together.

After this trip I probably won't feel like working on the truck for a while. I feel like a mother nesting before giving birth.
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mud4me
Wed May 21 2008, 01:22PM

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It sounds like you have really pulled your truck together. How about the spare tire?

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NC-Fordguy
Wed May 21 2008, 02:37PM
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Look forward to seeing it on the trail

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jeeptruck
Wed May 21 2008, 02:42PM

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No joy on the spare. It took a extra week to come in because of the narrow size. It will come in this week but I won't get it until next week.

Does anyone no how strictly enforced the traffic laws are down in URE? I don't have anything covering my rear wheels right now. Should I rig up some mud flaps or something? Here are some links showing the back of my truck. It would not be too hard to get some flaps on there but if I do not need them I rather not. what do y'all think?

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk79/grahambaucom/IMG_2415.jpg

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk79/grahambaucom/IMG_2414.jpg
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mud4me
Wed May 21 2008, 03:28PM

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It's not URE that could be the problem since many OHV's have rubber out past the body it will be the drive down there. Since I see dually's and such driving around frequently w/out beds you should be just fine. Just stay behind the coach on the way down.

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jeeptruck
Wed May 21 2008, 09:53PM

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I hope so, I have been fine riding around Raleigh, even passed a few police cars.
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jeeptruck
Thu May 22 2008, 09:20AM

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Last night replaced a coat hanger exhaust hanger with a real one, replaced a broken fuse link for my radio (gotta have tunes), and started installing shifter boot. I need a new rubber boot, the old one is FUBAR.

Now just waiting for a brake adjuster lever to come in at car-quest. It supposed to be in @ 12 on Friday. Confounded rare jeep parts!
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