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Old 06-12-2019, 01:01 AM
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I have the typical RCI 2162 fuel cell behind my rear seat. It holds fuel as it should, but that is all it is good for in that location. I was hoping to lower it through the floor so it was flush with the bottom of the frame, but my muffler had to live in that space. With the long arm links there was just no other place for a decent sized muffler. I have virtually zero storage. Do what you can to keep your fuel in the factory location.
For me, and from what it sounds like @ROGER B too, I want to retain the rear storage area. Even if I don't use the rear for seating, I want to be able to store gear, tools and supplies in there for longer road trips.

Unlike @ROGER B though, I will likely make a swing down rear carrier to keep the tire out of the interior. No sense trying to stretch the inside out and then save all that precious inside storage area to then turn around and kill it with a spare tire!

Genright has a great option - but just like the fuel tank, it's apparently filled with gold:







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I really like the tire carriers that get the spare up high and angled along the sloped back of the cage...

But I also like the Brennen Metcalf thought process of just bringing a spare tire in the bed and stuffing it with gear like tool bags/rolls, etc.

Honestly I've been leaving the spare tire/wheel on the trailer for most wheeling excursions.
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:07 AM
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I really like the tire carriers that get the spare up high and angled along the sloped back of the cage...

But I also like the Brennen Metcalf thought process of just bringing a spare tire in the bed and stuffing it with gear like tool bags/rolls, etc.

Honestly I've been leaving the spare tire/wheel on the trailer for most wheeling excursions.
A lot depends on what is available to you. If it's just a local trail, even just carrying a plug kit and leaving the spare at home is a viable option (assuming you have a buddy on the trail with you). We sometimes do this on small group rides (a few people bring spares, assuming similar lug patterns and size, one person brings the Hi-Lift, etc).

However, being out west and close to the Rockies, with a big desire to hit up all the popular trails in the west with hundreds of miles between myself and the trail, means I need to be able to be self-reliant. I could trailer the Jeep up, but for me that's kinda like trailering a Harley to Sturgis and feel that the trip to the destination is part of the fun. I'd be more inclined to build an Off-road trailer that I can load up with supplies and gear and leave that near camp (which seems like I may end up doing that too).

That's a good idea just to bring just a tire, assuming you have a reliable way to change one (or have beadlocks)...
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I agree, you should definitely keep that fuel tank as close to the factory location as possible. I had also considered using a fuel cell behind where the rear seat would go, but I just can't see myself losing that much of my YJs already limited storage space. I'm also considering Genright's swing down tire carrier, but I'm still not over the sticker shock after seeing that price tag. I'm also not sure how functional it would be for me, most of my wheeling involves a road trip of some kind and the swing down carrier makes accessing the storage area more difficult. Hopefully you can find one super cheap in the classifieds if that's the route you decide to go.

Your Jeep is looking great, and this thread has given me some ideas for my own build!
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I agree, you should definitely keep that fuel tank as close to the factory location as possible. I had also considered using a fuel cell behind where the rear seat would go, but I just can't see myself losing that much of my YJs already limited storage space. I'm also considering Genright's swing down tire carrier, but I'm still not over the sticker shock after seeing that price tag. I'm also not sure how functional it would be for me, most of my wheeling involves a road trip of some kind and the swing down carrier makes accessing the storage area more difficult. Hopefully you can find one super cheap in the classifieds if that's the route you decide to go.

Your Jeep is looking great, and this thread has given me some ideas for my own build!
A local YJ friend of mine has a homemade version of the Genright/PS fold down carrier. If you're in the back area a lot, it can be a challenge to drop and then lift the carrier - certainly a two-handed, deliberate operation. You also need a bit more space than you would otherwise to clear the arm. That being said, it isn't as bad as I was expecting - but again that is relative to how often you expect to be back there.

I like my Bestop carrier for the simplicity and ease of use. It also has the smallest tire-to-body clearance of any carrier I found. I may be able to modify the Bestop to fit a 37"+ tire, but I think I'd have to space it out quite a bit, which adds leverage and increases the likelihood of dragging it on obstacles behind me. I won't know what direction I'll go, but it will be a result of "need" - for the time being, I'm very happy with the Bestop carrier. My other option when I wad decided on a carrier would have been the RockHard 4x4 bumper and mount (which has the advantage of adding a small rack and storage for longer trips).
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I ended up picking up a 1999 Dodge 1500 with a good running 5.9L and 46RE. Just like my W150 Project, I think it's best to install a "placeholder" engine to work out any bugs in the electrical or fuel system BEFORE trying to break in a new motor. For the price ($500, to which I think I'll be able to recoup $400 back!), this seems like an excellent candidate to fill that role...



The garage has been pretty packed these last few weeks - a few weeks ago I picked up a D60HD rear to replace the too-large and too-limited-in-selection D70 in the Dodge. I then rebuilt and regeared the D60HD (plus added a TrueTrac and all new brakes and bearings) before swapping in place. Just this past weekend I finished rebuilding and regearing the front D60 in the Dodge as well, plus converted to crossover steering while I was down there. Everything came out great and I'm ready to move onto body work and interior.

This means the garage will be relatively "open' for the foreseeable future. With that, I'm thinking I can get some time next weekend to get the garage all cleaned out and reorganized (it's been a mess just parts collecting). I can go through the parts left over from the older Dodge axle and motor swap projects, plus clean out my Jeep project/parts bins as well and I can then wheel the SuperDuty axles into the backyard. This should give me plenty of space to start pulling apart the motor/trans from the new Dodge parts truck. A quick refresh (oil pump, quick touch up with black engine enamel, new plugs, etc) and she should be ready to drop into place in no time.

The timing here is extraordinary because...

On Father's Day, my wonderful Mrs. suggested I go ahead and order the MetalCloak Overline Fenders I've been eyeing up. The Free Shipping and 10% off pushed me over the edge and I picked up the fenders and a set of 6" powder coated flares to go along with them.



I just got a note from MetalCloak saying they were estimated to be 2 weeks out. The timing will be perfect, since I'll be coming back from a trip to Texas where I'm meeting a friend and picking up a set of 6" MetalCloak rear flares and mounting kit.

So, with an open garage I can pull the engine/trans and get the MC fenders primed and painted. Seeing how the front end will need to get torn apart anyways, it just makes sense to do it all at once! I'm thinking of starting the swap at the end of July and hopefully having it all buttoned up by the end of August. In theory, it should go much faster than the swap in my W150 as there will be no need for a custom fuel system (the YJ system will support the Magnum engine) and wiring upgrades will be minimal (with no cruise control or A/C, it's a whopping 11 wires!). Realistically, unless I run into a true hard stop issue, I can have the swap done in a solid weekend, but will plan for it being down for a month just so I don't feel like I need to rush anything. It will also give me time to schedule a few hours at the exhaust shop and send the axles off for trimming if needed.

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