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    The Lone Ranger โ€“ Ugly Gas Tank Skid

    Just a simple frame around the BII tank: Slap some ยผโ€ scrap plate on the bottom that I had laying around: Then I promptly ignored finishing the skid and just wheeled it like that. Even with it hanging down kinda low, it was very rare for me to tag it. When I did, it was usually when climbing ledges/waterfalls. A few of those waterfalls put me at such an angle that the gas tank was still in danger when I…

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    The Lone Ranger โ€“ Ugly Exo

    Let me start out by saying that Iโ€™m no pro when it comes to bending tube or making cages, so donโ€™t copy my design or work, or else it might kill you. That said, the last exo I built (for my now defunct XJ) held up amazingly well to the abuse I threw at it so I donโ€™t doubt that this cage should survive my abuse. Also, as this is built out of 1.25โ€x.120 wall DOM, it might be better…

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    The Lone Ranger โ€“ Sliders

    Iโ€™ll start off by saying Iโ€™m not real happy with how these turned out. I wanted to go ahead and cut out the rockers to get a bit more clearance, but wound up leaving them lower to make it easier for the wife to get in and out. Weโ€™ll see how I like them after my first trip out, but for right now theyโ€™ll do. Since Iโ€™m cheap, I started out with some drop 2x5x1/4 wall tube that was a…

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    The Lone Ranger โ€“ Belly Skid

    In my XJ, I had actually spend some time making a โ€˜contouredโ€™ transfer case/tranny skid. That resulted in decent ground clearance, but also meant that I always wound up high centered on one of the nooks of the skid. So this time, I gave up some clearance in order to have a flat belly. The net result is that I only lost about ยพโ€ and I now have a stupidly stout (and heavy) skid. This thing pretty much threw weight…

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    The Lone Ranger โ€“ Rear Bumper Air Tank

    The rear bumper isnโ€™t anything special, Just some ยผโ€ wall 4×5 that Is capped off to be an air tank in the future (If I remember my measurements right, its about a 4 gallon tank size) . I took the center section to work and milled a hole for the receiver mount. After that was completed, I burned on the end caps and receiver: And burned on the truck: At this point I started playing with the side tubes some.…