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Chris & Sarah and myself took an impromptu trip out to Horseshoe dam a few weeks ago since they were releasing water.











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last weekend it snowed a bunch here in AZ, even in the edge of town!

this was just off Bartlett Dam Road last Thursday morning when it first started:





and the next day in the edge of North Scottsdale:



then yesterday it was 77* here - i love Arizona!
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i've been thinking about getting a low-profile rear bumper sometime soon but there are a couple things i wanted to address first...

1) i've got my back-up camera mounted to the rear bumper now, just below the spare tire. i could certainly attach it to a different bumper in the same place, but it isn't high enough to provide an optimum viewing angle anyway.

2) the factory license plate location is susceptible to getting ripped off with narrow rear bumpers. i've always wanted to move my license plate to the spare tire anway (just for the look), but then it would get covered up when running a bag for trash.

so i made a new movable mount for the license plate, rearview camera, and third brake light:



most of the time it just looks much like your typical spare-mounted license plate holder.



but if i'm on a multi-day trip and using my current alternative to a Trasharoo, i can easily move it to that bag.



the back of my little mount has 2 very strong neodymium magnets.



those magnets stick to the upper two extended lug nuts holding the spare on, which are from the Teraflex license plate & 3rd brake light relocation kit that came with their Alpha tire carrier.



then on my trash backpack, i have a couple strikers for the magnets to stick to (mounted on MOLLE speed clips). there's also a little rubber spacer to make sure the plate sits more upright.



so far i've tested it extensively on washboard/bumpy trails while attached to the lug nuts and it did not move. i've yet to test it attached to the bag though. i'm slightly concerned about what will happen with the bag whipping around at freeway speeds, but i could always add a third magnet.

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stuff i already had:
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Genius!
Always enjoy seeing things from someone else's point of view. I've been wanting to do a trash bag but didn't want to cover up the camera.
This is very clever.
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Genius!
Always enjoy seeing things from someone else's point of view. I've been wanting to do a trash bag but didn't want to cover up the camera.
This is very clever.
thanks!

agreed about seeing other people's solutions - i get tons of inspiration looking at other folk's posts!
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March Madness in Kingman was an awesome event!

overall Gadget did decently on some fairly hardcore trails! we had to stack a couple times, but she never needed to be pulled or to use that new winch.

big thanks to Wayne (stockjeep) for leading trails, Christian (ChrisD) for posting/sharing the event on this forum, George (Number7) for his excellent spotting, and to both Diane (dzJeepChic) & Christian for the following photos...


Serendipity:






Sleeping Princess:






Moss Wash The Hard Way:




Christian also took this video of Gadget doing the first waterfall on Serendipity:

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...pHSGl0c1pWOUh3


the 3 days took their toll though, got a little carnage...

some new fender scrapes including this one:



bent the tie rod:



more abuse to the rear bumper, and sadly a dent in the tub:


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Fixed it for ya. You ran Sleeping Princess not Secret Pass.
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Fixed it for ya. You ran Sleeping Princess not Secret Pass.
thanks, yeah - must not have been awake this morning all the way
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i gots me a quality pre-owned rear bumper!

it's the Crawler Conceptz Skinny Series JK Rear Bumper with Hitch & Tabs, which i had already been considering. this one cost me $225 and a quick drive down to Oro Valley.



unfortunately it wasn't skinny enough to work with my Teraflex tire carrier that positions the tire much closer to the body. of course i only realized this after doing the required frame and crossmember chop!



the tailgate was 2" from closing after putting on the bumper - doh!

first i tried moving the tire to the uppermost position on the carrier, meant for a 37, but i was still a good inch from be able to close the back door.




fortunately with not too much invested, it didn't take me long to decide to just cut into it!



...and start fabbing.



i didn't plan well enough as i should have cut that lower piece as a trapezoid, but instead had to weld a couple little triangles into the corners.



plenty of room to still go to a 37 eventually:






anyone that knows me at all knows i don't do logos on my rig, so this had to go too:



all filled in:



i'm also planning to extend the ends a bit and make them wrap around the sides to better protect the tub's corners.




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I think it came out awesome!
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