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your favorite MJ mods: functionality edition

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Doesn't have to be your MJ, but what's your favorite "useful" mod. 

 

I'm a big fan of the 3/4" plywood I bolted to the rear wall in the cab of my old 88.  I can easily attach all sorts of things to it now, for example the fire extinguisher and first aid kit.  :L: 

 

no pics of it though.  I covered it with speakerbox fabric so it really doesn't look much different than the normal rear panel.  just use your imagination :D 

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LED hood light strip I put under the hood and wired into a factory switch. That’s the only non factory addition I have. Provides a good light all on the engine bay. 

Con: strips crapping out. 

Driving lights. Nice to have some brighter lights on some poorly lit streets. 

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My Dakota seat swap, I got a center console, a 3rd seat, and retractable cup holders all in one mod.

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My ebay tool box. It's a simple aluminum box that I beefed up with 2 MasterLock hasps.

 

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It provides secure storage for tools and recovery gear outside the cab. It doesn't block my bed rails so I can still run my canopy. And it sits low enough that I can still slide my sleeping deck over it for camping trips.

Basically, it does everything I need an empty friggin' box to do, and it didn't cost $500+. Yes, I'm looking at you, Weather Guard!

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Slide in cup holder. 

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It takes a little room from the passenger seat but a car seat still fits.

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Cheap, easy, and beats no cup holder. Lol

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Definitely my 5k harbor freight winch on the front hitch. It has quick disconnects in case I want to take it off and it has been VERY handy in pulling people out of my mother's yard when they back into a swampy section during the winter. Also very handy for clearing our bushes in front of my house during renovations.

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the custom wooden tailgate i made that turns into a bed extension to hold stuff, its crude and ugly but works very well, if i only had time to sand it and paint it...

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Not sure it's necessarily a "mod" but adding the toolbox in the bed was definitely the biggest thing that made the truck useful for me.  Lockable and covered storage is huge for daily use.

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it is definitely a mod. :L:  I love mine!  all my offroad gear and spare parts have a permanent waterproof secure storage. 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Pete M said:

it is definitely a mod. :L:  I love mine!  all my offroad gear and spare parts have a permanent waterproof secure storage. 

 

 

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Speaking of functionality mods...what's the rail system you got in the bed there?

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galvanized Uni-strut (?) channel.  it's super overkill for bungie straps, but has plenty of holes for adjustability.  The C02 tank, towbar, and fire extinguisher (which is rechargeable/refillable and I carry for cleaning off mud, not specifically for fires) are mounted using the uni-strut clamps meant for pipes.

 

 

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edit: found an old image of how I attached it:

 

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2 minutes ago, Pete M said:

galvanized uni-stru (?) channel.  it's super overkill for bungie straps, but has plenty of holes for adjustability.  The C02 tank and fire extinguisher are mounted using the uni-strut clamps meant for pipes.

 

 

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edit: found an old image of how I attached it:

 

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Can you post a link to the build threads for your trucks? I would like to read more about them. 

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never actually made one for the 88. :dunno:  it was built long before we had the comancheclub.com website.  being head of CC, I should probably do that one of these days. :laugh:

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46 minutes ago, Pete M said:

never actually made one for the 88. :dunno:  it was built long before we had the comancheclub.com website.  being head of CC, I should probably do that one of these days. :laugh:

:nono:

 

:roflmao:

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come to think of it, I may have started one long ago.  if anyone can find it. :dunno:

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2 hours ago, Pete M said:

come to think of it, I may have started one long ago.  if anyone can find it. :dunno:

 

This one?

 

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nah, that's the new truck.  they were both built as red 88 Pioneers with a 2wd/4.0/stick drivetrain, but that particular one will be staying stock. :L: 

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neat.  looks like I made one but only for the later stuff.  :dunno:

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4 hours ago, thecodemonk said:

Speaking of functionality mods...what's the rail system you got in the bed there?

 

4 hours ago, Pete M said:

galvanized Uni-strut (?) channel.

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My local steel surplus calls them galvanized slotted channel bar.

I had done something similar to a Dakota a few years back.

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