Zorba's JeepI don't really know what the trouble was with this thing - it was supposed to fit over two of the bolts that hold the hard top on. As can be seen in the first two pictures, it didn't fit. I don't know if this was because of a difference between 1997-2002, vs the mid life refresh for 2003-2006. *SHRUG* Adding to the confusion is the fact that Hooke Road only makes this for the passenger side, not the driver! I'd put one on each side if they made the mirrored version. However, Hooke Road advised me that they are thinking of discontinuing this product altogether - so get yours while you can!
Rear Storage Tray, GMRS Radio
"Hooke Road" storage tray, trial fitment.
Too tight, won't fit here...
Was supposed to bolt up into the slot (left), new hole drilled.
Ornamental cutouts didn't make this side panel any stronger!
Aluminum angle pop-riveted in place - much stronger now.
Bolted up. Pair of support legs help hold the inboard side.
Like the other end, no way were the original slots
going to work, so I fabricated a solution. See text.
Tray in use.
Added Harbor Freight rubber pad to reduce rattles.
Jeep wave - with a Hamsa!
"Jeep" now painted to match, although this will be lost when I get a winch.
But by making an "L" bracket and drilling a couple of new holes, I was able to get it to fit just fine. As can be seen above, I also added a some angle inside to make it stronger - the one side had quite a bit of flex, which was made worse because of the gratuitous "crossed swords" cut-outs. Why does everyone who has a plasma cutter or water jet machine think cutouts are wonderful? They usually weaken things...
Read on for the next part!
GMRS radio mounted on adapter plate from "Hooke Road".
Reprised from above, note the magnet mount GMRS antenna on the front fender.
Earlier, soldering PL-259 connector onto antenna coax.
Power pigtail with filter plugs in series with the CB radio
power feed, and splits off the power for the GMRS radio as well.
This filter completely eliminated the ignition noise in the CB!
UPDATE: The above lashup worked perfectly as originally installed. However,
I later installed a 25 watt Retevis Ham Radio, relocated this GMRS, and
extended the power wiring. I had to beef up this pigtail from 18 to 14 gauge.
GMRS install now complete.
Not quite like parking next to another Jeep, but we'll give the "Hummer" honorary status!
Brand new Jeep branded "Trail Rated Kit" by Warn...
Nice, but it sells for $195 at Jeep dealers, I paid $63/shipped!
Good thing too, because I found this Warn M8000 winch the very next day!
I think it'll get this "dually" out of any trouble it might get into!
The story of this wagon can be found here.