Gr8Dain's 4.0/aw4 swap from a 97 XJ

gr8dain

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Took it to the Leesburg Cars and Coffee. All went well. Shocker.

Then after yard work, I hardwired my GMRS radio. Previously I had it just plugged into my 12v outlet, but on the trails, I will need that for my trail camera.

For now the antenna that came with it is magnetically stuck to the roll bar. I used the ever useful zip ties to make sure the wind won’t blow it away. It may end up there permanently, it may not. So no surgery was done to run that wire. Man that antenna is small and hard to see.

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bigwalton

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Took it to the Leesburg Cars and Coffee. All went well. Shocker.

Then after yard work, I hardwired my GMRS radio. Previously I had it just plugged into my 12v outlet, but on the trails, I will need that for my trail camera.

For now the antenna that came with it is magnetically stuck to the roll bar. I used the ever useful zip ties to make sure the wind won’t blow it away. It may end up there permanently, it may not. So no surgery was done to run that wire. Man that antenna is small and hard to see.

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I keep mine in that same spot in the rear corner on my cage and I keep saying I’ll weld a small flat plate for it there. Wind doesn’t bother it, not enough surface area, I imagine :shrug:
 

gr8dain

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I keep mine in that same spot in the rear corner on my cage and I keep saying I’ll weld a small flat plate for it there. Wind doesn’t bother it, not enough surface area, I imagine :shrug:

Yeah, it seems small enough that the wind will slip by it. And it isn’t like I will be doing 100+mph. Even being towed it won’t
 

gr8dain

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I am going to be installing my Barnes crossmember/skid soon. And I am going to need at least 2 new mounting spots at the rear. Do they make nutserts that big? Will they work? My otger option is to drill straight through the top of the frame and put a very long bolt on each side. But I would rather not do that.

Just thinking before I start the install.
 

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I would not use a bolt to sandwich the frame. It will loosen if you don’t sleeve it.

I have some large weld nuts. I’ll check to see the size. They do make large nutserts too.
 

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I would not use a bolt to sandwich the frame. It will loosen if you don’t sleeve it.

I have some large weld nuts. I’ll check to see the size. They do make large nutserts too.

I was wondering about the lack of sleeving, but figured top to bottom would not compress like it would on the sides. But yeah, it was a concern. I am seeing nutserts up to 3/8”. I will see if that is large enough.
 

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I have 3/8” - 16, 1/2” - 13, and (I think) 5/8” - 11 weld nuts.

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Let me know if you want me to send you a couple of them.

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I did nutserts on my rearmost mounting point. They appear to be strong- but I also used studs instead of bolts for extra insurance.
 
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