"Mighty CJ" U-Bolt Plates
Q: In the article "Mighty, Mighty CJ" in the March '05 issue, I noticed Cody Waggoner's Jeep has some custom axle/spring U-bolt plates. Then in the article "Panamint Valley Days" in the April '05 issue, a Toyota Land Cruiser on page 33 has the same U-bolt plates. Can you tell me if there's a place I can order these, buy the specs for them, or receive some close-up pictures so I'm not reinventing the wheel? Lately, I have been spending more time trying to build/improve things for the Jeep and less time 'wheeling. Any help would be great. Thank you.
A: Mike, Cody built the U-bolt plates on his CJ himself, with some guidance from Jason Bunch of Tri County Gear. However, Con Ferr [(818) 848-6993, www.conferr.com] offers a similar product with its shock U-bolt skidplates. Another option is a U-bolt flip kit, such as that offered by Rock Equipment. The Rock Equipment kit uses steel plates and square U-bolts to move the threaded ends above the axle so rocks or other obstacles won't damage them. Kits are available for Dana 30 and Dana 44 front axle applications and Dana 35, 44, and 60, and AMC 20 rears. For more information about this product, contact: OK4WD, (908) 454-6973, www.ok4wd.com.
Looking For A Twin-Stick
Q: You had a very informative article about T-cases and shifters in the March '05 issue. I have a friend who's looking for a twin-stick for his Jeep Dana 20 transfer case. The Bronco guys make them, but I don't think they'll fit the Jeep case. Do you have any sources?
A: Scott, Yes we do. After a bit of searching, we discovered a link on the Novak Conversions Web site that led us to Don's Repair Shop in Rockwell, North Carolina. There we found Don's Twin-Stix-20, a true Jeep Dana 20 twin-stick shifter offering rear-only 2-Hi and 2-Lo, 4-Hi and 4-Lo, and front-only 2-Hi. Don's Twin-Stix kit is not a bolt-on system and requires disassembly of the transfer case, but it's said to offer a straightforward installation using the included instructions and shop manual. The kit works only with Jeep CJ-style front bearing retainers, which are interchangeable should yours be different. For more information about Don's Twin-Stix-20, contact: Don's Repair Shop, (704) 279-4697, home.alltel.net/ezduzit/twin20.htm.
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