I want to make sure that I’m pretty well prepared for any trouble I get myself into along the way. My dad and I installed a few things over the past couple months to get my Jeep in top shape. Here’s a quick rundown of what we have done so far.
The first thing I installed was a high lift jack mount. I also got a high lift jack. These are pretty handy to have around. We even went the extra mile and put the tailgate hinge covers back on (not easy).
Then we installed a hitch. You know. For pulling trailers and such. It’s also one more recovery point I guess. It does lower my departure angle, but I can live with that. If it’s a problem, I can remove it. It’s four (very long) bolts.
Next, up: CB radio! You can’t have a Jeep without one of these, right? I went with a Cobra 75WXST, a spare tire mount for the antenna, a two foot Firestik antenna, and a four foot Firestik antenna. The two foot is so I can get into and out of the garage. The four foot will be on when I hit the road. I also have a heavy duty spring to give the antenna a bit more flex power. The trickiest part of this was running the cable, but it wasn’t too bad.
I wanted a bit of light storage and installed this Bestop RoughRider Black Diamond Tailgate Organizer. It was pretty straightforward and is cooler than I initially thought. It’s designed so you can remove and carry each bag if you want. I don’t think it can handle much weight so I have lighter and softer stuff in there like a recovery strap and some toilet paper.
For miscellaneous storage, I got an inexpensive tool bag to keep D rings, an extra flashlight, a hammer, some wire, extra bolts, duct tape, and some other stuff. I also picked up the Shop Tool Roll and a nice camp blanket from Adventure Tool Company when I was at a Ham Radio class. They are both amazing and well worth the investment.
The most recent thing I installed was a big ol’ winch. This sucker took us almost all weekend to put together properly, but now I’m pretty familiar with every bolt on the front of my Jeep.
Just checked the Roughrider bags on amazon.ca… Sad… It’s US$73 on .com, which is CDN$96, but is for sale for CDN$126 instead… Blame Canada…