Sometimes just a little can be enough. Like when your high-zoot 4x4 is on the side of Interstate 5 with a bone-dry fuel tank and the nearest fuel station that sells diesel is 3 miles away. In cases like that you sure would appreciate an extra gallon or so of fuel, wouldn’t you? As I sat waiting for the auto club to come bail me out I was kicking myself for not sticking the UACJ-6D fuel tank before hitting the road. (For those of you who have vehicularly advanced beyond the 1940s, “sticking the tank” means measuring the amount of remaining fuel with an actual stick.) Functioning gauges? What are those?
Anyway, while I waited on the shoulder for the tow truck to save my bacon, I logged into Daystar’s website and ordered a couple different Cam Cans and roll bar mounts for two of my 4x4s I drive the most. Check out how you can add some dry or fluid storage to your 4x4 in an easy 15 minutes.
By now most off-roaders are familiar with Daystar’s Cam Cans, which can be mounted neatly inside most spare wheels. However, we are big fans of the company’s UTV and Roll Bar Mounting System. The roll bar system includes a Cam Can mounting plate, aluminum clamps, polyurethane inserts to accommodate 7/8-, 1 1/2-, 1 3/4-, and 2-inch roll bar diameters, and a single- or double-can mounting pin. The green Cam Can is the company’s standard fluid can and holds roughly 2 gallons. It includes a nice spout with a 3/4-inch nipple that accepts regular hardware store 1-inch tubing. The orange Cam Can is a Trail Box, which features a nice latch and holds whatever you want. You can order the pins, cams, and pretty much any of the kit components separately if you change your mind down the road.
Installation on your vehicle is really easy. Begin by screwing the cams onto the mounting plate with the included hardware.
Since the UACJ-6D has a 2-inch-diameter rollcage, we grabbed the largest poly camp inserts.
The polyurethane roll bar clamp inserts are split to easily install on your roll bar. The cam can plate mounts to the aluminum clamps, so before you cinch down the supplied stainless steel clamp hardware, loosely assemble the bracket onto the clamps to get the right spacing and orientation.
Once all the hardware is tightened down according to the instructions, you can mount your Cam Can securely to the bracket. There’s a hole in the end of the mounting pin for a lock or safety retainer. We just use a simple hitch pin. The UACJ-6D now has just under 2 gallons of spare, er, fluid (Daystar states that the cans are intended for nonflammable material). The Why-J carries non-potable water in the tan fluid Cam Can and a winch controller, a VooDoo soft shackle, and some spare zip ties in the orange Trail Box. More storage without eating up any interior space!