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Old April 11th, 2010, 12:18 PM
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Wolf Fab Rear Swivel/Clevis Tabs

This idea/project has been bouncing around inside my head for several years. I used .25 wall DOM tubing welded to 1" thick clevis tab. The tab was sectioned to allow more welding area. The whole thing slides into the rear jack holes in the cross member and is held in place by a DOM tube sleeve and grade 8 hardware. The bolt could be replaced with a hitch pin for easier removal. I greased it up before inserting (never mind the jokes) to keep rust out. Obviously this is only as strong as your rear crossmember!!
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Old April 11th, 2010, 05:55 PM
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Here's a shot of both installed.
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Old April 11th, 2010, 08:08 PM
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Nice idea, looks good.
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Old April 11th, 2010, 08:12 PM
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I think the bolt will want to pull through or deform the tube in the crossmember. Why don't you weld a cap on the end and thread it like a NAS rear bumper with a big 1/4in washer? At least I would think that you would want to put a washer behind the bolt.
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Old April 11th, 2010, 08:25 PM
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Not sure what you mean. On the back side of the crossmember there is a giant sleeve over the clevis tube that acts as the washer. It's held in place with a grade 8 bolt. The sleeve exerts the same amount of force on the back side of the tube in the crossmember as a washer would. These are designed by a Mech Engineer buddy of mine. The crossmember would fail before these do....
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Old April 11th, 2010, 09:26 PM
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Jonathan, how about making that rear sleeve ( where the pin comes through and the blot locks in place ) like a mushroom type to disipate force? I mean what is the thickness of that sleeve, and the diameter is hollow as the actual clevis tab comes in ( I know lubed .. you sicko ,-) ) so in essence all is pushing is the edge of the sleeve now.

Am I correct? do I make sense?
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Old April 12th, 2010, 05:53 AM
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I know what everyone is saying - either do a washer or a mushroom, but due to the design of the back side of the crossmember, the swivel would no longer swivel. The washer would have to be notched. A washer or mushroom will not dissipate amy more force than the sleeve. The same about of force is placed at the same point as the sleeve. But I'll take a look and see what options there are. I don't plan of making these for sale either.
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Surprising.. They look like a very neat and original set up. I am sure there are quite a few people out there that were interested and patiently waiting for you to put a price to them.

My input would have been to look at replacing the bolt with the pin set up you mentioned as it's quicker to install/remove. You could then put them on when you hit the trails and remove them when you're done. Maybe look at other jacking point type mounting locations like those fitted to some sliders or on ARB and other Bumpers? Maybe use a selection of collars of different depths or different pieces to suit the different mounting locations/types. Then you could have a quick mount multi purpose recovery point.

Why wouldn't you make them for sale?

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Old April 13th, 2010, 06:22 AM
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Why wouldn't you make them for sale?
Liability. But then I make roll cages for off road and race cars, go figure. I posted a posted a poll a while back and no one really seemed interested in them so I just made a set for me.
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Jonathan, I think it's an excellent idea and would sell well with a modification to satisfy all of us that don't like the bolt/sleeve setup. For me I'd like to see it done like the NAS bumper. Shouldn't be hard to get mushroom style washers machined if they are not already available. Otherwise a quick release pin to allow putting on as needed quickly (not that one nut is a huge issue, but it's all about perception).
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Charles, I think you need to take a look at them this Friday.
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What is that outdoor grill looking grid under your spare but above the skid plate ?
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Old April 13th, 2010, 02:49 PM
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Or a grill
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Ugh, I wouldn't grill on my step. Besides it would mess up the paint. LOL
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Ugh, I wouldn't grill on my step. Besides it would mess up the paint. LOL
Yeah, but haven't we all had fire in, on, or around our Rovers at some point???
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Old April 13th, 2010, 03:16 PM
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Frankie looks really HOT in person ( much better than the pics )

HOWEVER ( yeah yeah I know I am an a-hole )

Can't wait to see how much shit you are going to get on the trip if you toss some burgers in there

How do I know you may ask? Well I will be the one starting *LOL*
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Mmmh. I thought he was just kidding around about the grill.... Nothing like starting a fire right behind the fuel tank to get the adrenaline flowing. Maybe the plan is to back over it once it's just coals?

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