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  2. Arno

    Is CB usage common?

    A CB is a well worth investment if you wanna go off-road, and you will use it. It good for keep in touch with the group, call ahead of you stuck etc. On a few to many occasions my CB helped me out of trouble Midland is doing a few smallish size ones that does everything you need from a CB, and at a cheap'ish £75
  3. UKTJ

    Aftermarket Wrangler Bumpers

    I'm not sure that is right, I think it is the date of the modification that is relevant.
  4. UKTJ

    Aftermarket Wrangler Bumpers

    I am no expert, but I suspect the "offroad use only" caveat is being applied because the bumper in question is not certified as safe and does not carry an "E mark". Therefore it is not, as far as I know, legal to sell it for onroad use. Chances are nothing bad will happen to you unless you end up involved in a serious accident... unless... If ypu are involved jn one and somebody gets seriously hurt no idea of what the consequences are.
  5. TimC

    Aftermarket Wrangler Bumpers

    I agree with digger. It’s a bit of a vague area and often it just depends on who is doing the MOT as to whether they think it will pass. I think basically it’s ’no pointy or sharp bits’ there are some Mad Max bumpers out there that are a bit close to the mark but many people on here, myself included, have fitted after market steel bumpers with no problems at all from insurance, police or MOT. I am fairly sure the ‘for off road use only’ disclaimer is just so the supplier can try to wash their hands of it should anything go wrong. One of the guys who used to be on here was fitting a steel front bumper to his KJ a few years ago and was part done and unfinished when he had it MOTd, he told me that to get it to pass he cable tied a length of plastic guttering to it and they reckoned that was fine . Not sure about the relationship to the vehicle year, you look at a Land Rover Defender front bumper it’s basically just a flat length of steel. I have heard though that a ‘loophole’ if you want to call it that, is that it’s fine to have a steel front bumper if it is a winch mount…….even if it doesn’t actually have a winch mounted.
  6. digger

    Aftermarket Wrangler Bumpers

    Aha, cheers OT, memory (old gits any way!) is not always best! My XJ was a ''98! However I would still dig into the latest info or buy the bumper elsewhere. We are given a lot of baloney everywhere these days, in the best interests of back protection!
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  8. otruk

    Aftermarket Wrangler Bumpers

    I did build my own front bumper for my TJ and any vehicle post 1999 had to comply with EU regulations and type approval etc. However prior to 1999 it seems you can build your own, followed the same route with our campervan re towbar.
  9. Mike WK2

    Aldermaston Saturday 16 October

    We have a couple of hour run as well, got to be done to get the tyres dirty
  10. digger

    Is CB usage common?

    Thanks very much to all for lots of good info. I'll take a look at your various kit at Aldermarston as you suggest and go from there!
  11. digger

    Aftermarket Wrangler Bumpers

    Hi, don't take my word for this you must do your own research! About 6 years ago I was planning to build my own front bumper for an XJ. A 'friend' suggested this was not legal and it would not pass an MOT. I did a bit of digging. I spoke to an inspector of MOT garages who was a friend. He said it was rubbish. However you were not allowed to have any sharp, rough, protruding surfaces etc and if you did it would be a fail. I had a free legal advice line with my insurance so I rang them as well. They confirmed in a similar way but said you could possibly face a claim against you if someone you drove into made a claim against you, if you had made it your self. They also said that in this world of litigation lots of companies put in all kinds of clauses the sole purpose of which was to try and protect themselves against legal action when they were providing goods or services. However in real life these clauses would have to be tested in court to see whether they were worth the paper they were written on! At the end of the day you were just a layman buying an item from an expert, small print or not!
  12. digger

    New Member Intro

    Hi, re the axle I'm using. V is correct in guessing that it came from an XJ. I had been trying to find a Dana 44 for over a year with no luck other than one which was unsuitable in that I would have had to spend a lot on it to use it plus all the other work.My research suggested there was little difference between Dana 44 and Chrysler 29 spline for what I want. By chance a couple of months ago I came across an XJ which had been stood in a field for years with a terminal engine which was being scrapped that week.It was a 2.5l manual petrol and seemingly low mileage. It had a corporate (29 Spline ) Chrysler 8.25 rear with 4.10 ratios which happened to be what I wanted. Off came the diff covers to have a good look and the axles came out for a sensible price! The rear will be a complete replacement once rebuilt and the front Dana 30 diff etc I shall rebuild into the one in the existing YJ axle. So far I've stripped both axles and have started on the Chrysler, cutting off perches(and welding up nicks ) , cleaning ,painting etc. I thought the whole process might be of interest so I'm taking pics etc and in due course will do a write up. It will be quite a long process as I work slow, short hours these days! Thanks too to V and others who told me about the water sand blaster attachments. I bought one on EBAY. It works gr8 but would be better I guess with amore powerful PW (mines a Karcher K4) as it was a bit slow! I just had a bit of power sanding in odd places after. V , I am interested in why you fitted an alloy flywheel. Was this not a lighter flywheel? I have fitted /lightened many flywheels to release RPM in motor racing but my thoughts for the 4.0l would be to increase the weight so as to up the torque at the bottom end!
  13. doodle

    New Member Intro

    Welcome and yep been there with the trans issues- 2001 TJ here. had it rebuilt, running a centre force clutch and flywheel, running amsoil fluid not mopar and have zero issues. As long as it has the correct additives i dont think there is an issue if you run after market oil. TBH there are thousands in the US that run various oils and yet dont have issues.
  14. eastbournesmiths

    Aftermarket Wrangler Bumpers

    Having now done a lift kit, added rough terrain tyres and a few other mods I am looking at changing the giant lump of a plastic bumper that sticks out the front of the JK. Looking on Buzz and Jeepey websites all aftermarket bumpers are shown with the wording "sold for off road use only". I like the look of the 10th Anniversary Rubicon bumper best and even when this is a Mopar official part (as advertised by Buzz for a JL or Gladiator) it still includes the off road use only clause. As this is my daily driver does this mean fitting such a bumper prevents me using the JK on the road and will result in an MOT fail or not getting insurance? On eBay Kitt Tuning in Romania produce an adapted version of the Rubicon bumper which some sellers claim to be UK spec and adds an end section to the bumper which fills the gap between the top of the bumper and the fenders (as on the stock bumper). I have tried to find more clarity on what constitutes a road legal aftermarket bumper for a JK but cannot find anything definitive and are even more confused with issues such as airbag crash cans (whatever that means?) Any advice from JOC Members who have already changed bumpers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Peter
  15. V

    New Member Intro

    Because it is a Mopar product, you are most likely to find it at a franchised Jeep dealership parts counter. Don't be tempted to use any oil that claims compatibility. This also applies to the NSG370 6-speed. I have seen the Mopar oil on Amazon, but it is often out of stock. Franchised Jeep dealerships in the USA are forbidden from exporting parts to customers. However, there are many independent Mopar parts specialists in the USA that will ship to the UK. I haven't used any for a long time, the company that used often 20 years ago ceased trading a while back. One UK supplier you could try is Lighthouse Jeep in Diss, Norfolk.
  16. Hi , I would like to help with things like this. I have a bit of a health issue at mo and whilst I book up everything I can, I may have to pull out at last minute. Which rules me out at present from responsibility. However I would like a bit more information re what's involved eg what criteria do 'leaders' have to meet in order to qualify as one?
  17. Depending on dates, I could help.
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  19. Cheers chaps. Will need to firm up a few details first and then liase with group leader volunteers for dates. Watch this space I will be in touch
  20. spookie the aardvark

    Aldermaston Saturday 16 October

    Go on ........................... Do it .................................. You know you want too
  21. spookie the aardvark

    Is CB usage common?

    I think all you need is an SWR meter and lead but it's been a good many years since I used one. To be honest I just normally stick all the bits in the Jeep and link them all up. As the saying goes "Let God sort it out" I am sure the big brains will be able to give you all the advice you need to set everything up Plenty of choice around for different radios, I went for small one as space is a little limeted in a WG but it is very much an individual thing
  22. spookie the aardvark

    Is CB usage common?

    Hi Digger, as everyone else has said CBs are a great idea for staying in touch when out and about I have the same radio that V mentioned - Midland M5 - really small and easy to find somewhere to fit it and all the controls and display are on the mike. As the 1st photo shows mine is located down on the tunnel just forward of the drivers seat. Power cable unclips, ariel unscrews and the radio just pulls out of the holder if i want to hide it or, as in second photo, when i had to take the drivers seat out to get the carpet up after flooding the footwell at Summer Camp The 3rd photo shows my ariel which is a springer - which as the name suggests has a spring at the bottom allowing it to bend if you catch a branch when off roading. Never had a problem with it. It just screws into the mount so is easy to take off if I want though it stays on all the time. The only time I would take it off would be if I had to go into multi story car park as otherwise I would end up looking like a four wheel drive bumper car Please feel free to have a look at mine at Aldermaston
  23. UKTJ

    Is CB usage common?

    Really helpful replies, thank you to all who have contributed. Sounds like I will look to get a CB in my Jeep. I am thinking about one of the super tiny offerings, I have looked online at the President Bill or Midland M-Mini USB. I like the USB socket on the Midland. The President Bill comes with two brackets, one a traditional one and one a quick release one perfect for removing the CB on a regular basis. One thing I don't quite understand yet is the tuning of the aerial, looks like an additional bit of kit is needed for that.
  24. I might be able to do it …as Tim said depending on dates and how many days on the trip
  25. UKTJ

    New Member Intro

    Very interesting post. No transmission issues, but I suspect the TJ has spent all its life in 2wd on road. In terms of the transmission oil, is there a good UK source? A quick online search has not given me an answer.
  26. TimC

    Is CB usage common?

    All my CB gear is completely removable including the ‘fixed’ rig in the cab. As V says you can fit an aerial with a mag mount or a gutter mount or bonnet mount without having to drill anything. You can have a look at my setup at Aldermaston if you like.
  27. Hi Stu, depending on dates and if I can make it without clashing with other commitments I’m willing to do a group lead if you need. Let me know if you think I can help out. Are you thinking a day, or a couple of days with camping?
  28. V

    Is CB usage common?

    A CB rig can be made completely removable. They usually come with an under dashboard hanging mount that is just a bit of folded sheet metal with two hooks formed that engage with two thumb-wheels on either side of the rig. Undo the thumb-wheels and the rig should slide off the mount. If the power lead is wired up to a 12v accessory plug for a 12v lighter socket that makes it easily removable. If the antenna is screwed into a 6" diameter magnetic mount, the mag mount can be plonked onto the bonnet or steel roof and the lead run into a side rear window or door for easy removal. My rigs have always been visible, in the TJ and XJs. I guess CB radios are so niche that the average crook probably thinks they are not worth knicking.
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