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How ‘bout this for some hack repair? I went to make more room for my twin sticks in case they were bumping the tub and causing the t-case to pop out of gear. Dremel came out to play. The “front” stick definitely hit the tub. The rear had some room, but I gave it some more. Then to clean it up and cover the extra size of the hole, black gorilla tape came out to play. Damn this Jeep is getting more hacked up. But i don’t care. As long as the twin sticks work right. And I have a metal blank to make a new cover if I care to in the future.

And I learned that my rear stick was not fully engaging. When I was testing things, I put the front stick i to high and then I noticed that the rear stick slid further back as well. Then I could put the front stick back into neutral and the rear stick stayed. I am hoping that has been my problem.

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Took it to the Leesburg Cars and Coffee. All went well. Shocker.

Then after yard work, I hardwired my GMRS radio. Previously I had it just plugged into my 12v outlet, but on the trails, I will need that for my trail camera.

For now the antenna that came with it is magnetically stuck to the roll bar. I used the ever useful zip ties to make sure the wind won’t blow it away. It may end up there permanently, it may not. So no surgery was done to run that wire. Man that antenna is small and hard to see.

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Should have tried to do this before I went to my club’s the show and shine, but thanks to A friend’s idea to air down the spare tire since I have an air tank if needed, I was able to mount the spare using two of the three bolts with the tire at 8 psi. I will be getting an extension to try in June. But this should work for now.

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Got new wiper blades. Went with 12” I found at Auto Zone.

Also painted the ugly spare I have mounted on the back.

Also drove it in a Memorial Day Flag Ride from Sterling, VA to Hillsboro, VA to Harvest Gap brewery. Not a long ride but some stretches at 60+mph. I am getting more and more comfortable with the Scrambler motor each drive.

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Now I need to do the rest of them. They look so bad in comparison now.

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Loaded it up on a friend’s trailer. Heading to Rausch Creek in PA tomorrow for three days of wheeling with a bunch of Scramblers. Fingers crossed that the new motor/trans and the 4:1 make things go much better for me than the past trips.

It is also the first test towing the Scrambler with the Ram. This should be fun.

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Wheeled it today. And it did great. I wish I had pics of me hitting the red obstacle, but I was focused on driving. But I am very happy with the motor, the trans, and especially the 4:1 transfer case. It crawled so nicely!

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Picked up a cage for the cab yesterday.

Set the cage into the cab. Had to remove the grab handle on the passenger side, and remove the knobs for folding the windshield down. No loss as they are stripped and I have to use the two little ones on the windshield anyway. Figured out how to secure the rear feet. Will work on the front feet later.

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Took the Scrambler out on the trails again this weekend as I was leading a group on Green and Blue level trails at Rausch Creek in PA. The Scrambler did great. It got super muddy though.

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Reinstalled the hard top or the first time since putting the cage in. Had to modify things a bit, including trimming the driver side door card to clear the cage post. I also freshened up the YJ doors with some “close enough” paint.

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