The Old Man (60) DIY build, Silver Bullet

Jondrew

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I am using the Ready Brake Elite tow bar with the loops. It was a pain in the ass because the loops are too high and tight to the bumper but Ready Brake (NSA) made custom tow loops at no extra charge. I know the Blue Ox works because another person I know has them, but Max3 told me they were changing the loops a few months back to an upgraded loop which should avoid tow bar clevis issues. Make sure you get the new ones, and yes it's the only options for Jeeps with winches that I found. The loops are fine, a little tough to install just because of limited access to the bolts internally, but do the loops BEFORE any winch plate. Once you install the winch though and put the bumper back on it's hard to get to those 4 inside bolts because the winch is in the way, but it can be done with some patience.

Yes you have to cut the bumper and skid plate, unless the new model tow loops don't require the skid plate to be cut. It wasn't hard, but I did go buy a Makita grinder cut off wheel tool at Home Depot for this. It has come in handy on numerous projects though. Max3 customer service is great by the way.
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Late thought, the winch is already there.

Rusty’s winch plate will work with the BlueOx tow plate (they say it won’t, but lots of examples here in the forum of people who have done it and I’ve see. One in person) but I prefer the Maximus loops. Plus the the Maximus loops act as recovery points.





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Loving it!! Doing a great job
 

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How noticeable are the Topsy Products brackets on the back of the top? I'm interested in them but your pictures make it look like they really stick out. Maybe it's just because your pictures are up close.
 
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How noticeable are the Topsy Products brackets on the back of the top? I'm interested in them but your pictures make it look like they really stick out. Maybe it's just because your pictures are up close.
In my opinion you don't see them at all. I don't even know they are there and I am picky. Now maybe with a lighter colored top they would show a little more.
 

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Beautiful build! - More pictures and videos please, especially in action!
 

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Next moved on to A Pillar lights. Installed the Mopar A pillar brackets 82215427, then the Mopar 82215385AB 5" LED pillar lights. I added Lightronic M10 stainless locking nuts on the lamps to the bracket, sure they can take the mount and light, but there is no security for the pillar bracket bolts. I guess I could go under the hood and JB weld the bolts, but what if I need to remove. I will just shoot first and let them see the real light.

Install is super easy. Running wires is super easy, but again I have the aux light switches and ran these wires only under the hood to hookup. I did solder the wires and heatshrink unions. Those Mopar wire clips are crap. I do bitch about some of the quality in these units, but I can tell you one thing they do good on, it's grounding points. Jeep has ground points all over near the fusebox and relay box. Their wiring ease is top notch.

If anyone wonders these are bright and a flood, very wide flood. I angled them a little too the side as I like to see what's around me not in front, plenty of other lights for that.
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Did you have to take the wiper cowl up to get the wires under the hood or did they just slide in the seam? I saw instrustions one guy did that required taking the wipers off and lifting the cowl.

Also, is there rubber insulation between the body and the mount?
 

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