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Last Post 01 Mar 2014 11:40 AM by Benny Benson. 180 Replies.
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Benny Benson
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10 Nov 2009 07:33 AM
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Well I just ordered a winch bumper for the jeep so I figured I'd start a build thread. I went with a Rugged ridge XHD "stubby" bumper www.ruggedridgeoffroad.com/xhd/jeep-bumpers.html   I like it because it is a modular design. I can add the side wings later if I want. I'll post up some pics when it gets here...



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19 Nov 2009 09:02 AM
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I got the new bumper and my winch put on over the past 2 days. I really like the look of the stubby version of this bumper on the Jeep. If I want I can order two extensions for the sides to cover the tires and a hoop to go over the winch. It wasn't a hard install just unbolt the stock bumper and mount the new one...


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19 Nov 2009 11:05 AM
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Very nice Benny.


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19 Nov 2009 11:50 AM
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Can I have a Corona?  Looks like you only needed 3 to finish the job.

Nice bumper!



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19 Nov 2009 01:18 PM
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Have you thought about a roller furling (sp?) for that winch rope?  If not, I'll trade you my 2000 Tacoma straight across for that old beater Rubicon . the Taco comes with a nice, nine year old roller furling!

Dale

p.s. I'm envious!!!!



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19 Nov 2009 01:42 PM
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nice toy


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19 Nov 2009 02:24 PM
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I have a new milemarker roller fairlead that is all black and looks spiffy but it came with a military hydraulic winch for a HMMWV and doesn't line up with the hole in the bumper very well....oh well. As for the corona..we lost power all night last night so I had to make room for the milk and tonights dinner in my Edgestar fridge. I ran it all night on the portable jumper pac and only used about 25% of the battery.



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19 Nov 2009 02:57 PM
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I think it needs a Benny Benson pain job :+)



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19 Nov 2009 06:03 PM
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Posted By Dan Cronin on 11/19/2009 5:57 PM

I think it needs a Benny Benson pain job :+)



 

That is hawt!  I think I found my next rig!



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19 Nov 2009 07:44 PM
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i like the simple stubby design. not huge and flashy but it does everything you need very nice. that black is sexy



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19 Nov 2009 07:49 PM
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Looks good Benny. You just like the stubby because it reminds you of your Trooper. :) The stubby w/ the wings and A bar on their web page looks pretty sexy. I'm not sure I could resist, but functionally, what you have works just as well.



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20 Nov 2009 06:34 AM
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I'm not going to miss the tow bar brackets that were welded to the trooper...my knees wont either.


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20 Nov 2009 07:02 AM
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whoa - who's gray market 2dr rangie is that?


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20 Nov 2009 07:18 AM
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I can't remember his name. He was with us on Peter's Huckleberry run. I'm pretty sure he's a member of the PCRC. I do remember he said it was a '72? and it's a diesel..It was sweet, definetly had a lot of history..



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10 Dec 2009 07:49 AM
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Well I sold off the last remaining spare parts for the Jackaroo and used the money to buy a leveling kit for the Jeep. I went with the Teraflex leveling kit. After putting on the bumper and winch I didn't like the front end sag. I don't plan on lifting this thing and this kit seems to be a simple soulution to level the jeep out. It comes with 4- 1" spacers for the front, 2-1" spacers for the rear and new front sway bar end links. I think I'm just going to use a 1" in the front and see where that puts me.

www.northridge4x4.com/proddetail.php

Also I'm going to plug Northridge4x4 out of Bremerton...Awesome place for Jeep stuff. He has blazing fast shipping. I ordered the kit on monday and had it on Tues morning...I don't think I could have drove up there and bought it any faster...And unlike the other Chain 4x stores he seems to have the stuff in stock..not just for show in the front room.

As soon as it warms up a notch I'll get it put in and some pics up.


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10 Dec 2009 07:54 AM
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Also commenting on that flat black JK...turns out that is a vinyl wrap that that guy put on.



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15 Dec 2009 01:16 PM
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Did my own version of a Nascar pitstop today. I had 2  hours before I had to pick my daughter up from school. I decided I could do it so I went out and put the leveling kit on the Jeep. Finished with 15 minutes to spare, Whew! I like the way it looks and one added bonus, by lifting the front of the Jeep, it actually cut a little of the wind noise from the roof rack. This was a very easy install with minimum tool usage.

 


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15 Dec 2009 09:04 PM
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*insert sound of air wrench*
Nicely done!


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21 Feb 2010 11:50 AM
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I got tired of grinding on the trailer today and decided to tidy up the garage. I found the ski rack that came with my Jeep which I was going to sell, but decided to try something. I attached a couple of quick fists to it and would you look at that....sweet trail tool rack! and for free.  It's lockable and comes off easy so I can leave all the stuff attached when I pull it off. For now all i have is a shovel but the hooks on one side will hold a dirty recovery strap pretty well.


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09 Mar 2010 09:54 AM
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Finished the install of the ARB high output compressor this morning. It was a very easy install with the hardest thing being,  finding the spot to mount the switch. I'm just waiting now for the Air hose kit to come from the guys at ARB and I'll be set.


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