Overdrive Switch Swap

One of the perils of not consulting the FSM on any job is taking a risk that might disable a perfectly good working function, like the over drive switch. When I replaced the transfer case shifter my initial thought was that the gear selector knob would have to come off in order to get the rest of…

Apex Roof Rack Hack 1.0

The Apex Roof Rack has served our adventures well, stowing cargo and being a platform upon which to mount two ARB awnings. But the drag knocks a mile-per-gallon off the Monty’s mileage. I drive 700 miles a week traversing the great State of Utah for my commute and need every MPG I can get. And I’ve always had…

weBoost

We recently added a weBoost Drive 4G-X to our rig thanks to Wilson Electronics who make the device, which happens to be a hometown export from St. George, Utah. It’s a cell signal booster (up to 70db) with an external antenna that amplifies tower voice and data signals. These signals are processed for broadcast inside…

Turn Indicator Fix

Out of the blue the left turn indicator won’t cancel, so I pulled the fuse and made my way home illegally. Don’t tell anyone. I disassembled the assembly and here’s what I found. After removing the stalk subassembly, inside the case I found what was left of a small black plastic pin stuck inside the…

Transfer Case Shifter

When I first tested this Monty it shifted into 4 and 4l without any issues, even the rear locker kicked in just fine. After purchase I took it out to wheel more aggressively to baseline its suspension and it wouldn’t shift into low range and that’s when after a bit of research I learned of…

Rear Door Mod

With the platform insert there aren’t many ways to stow flat rigid items and yet there are two that are indispensable to our travels, a folding step and a folding table. The step is used around the rig when packing the roof rack and it gives my dog a literal leg up in hopping into the back….

ARB 1250 Awning

Shade is a commodity like water where we amble. Trees are sparse in the land that we travel and we’ve depended on an awning for the decade we’ve been doing this. This is our third awning, our second ARB and I was surprised to find some improvements in the product when I slipped it out…

Apex Roof Rack

The Franklin Rack didn’t work out for our needs; too small, not rigid enough. It’s found a new home on my son’s Gen 3. I replaced it with this Apex Rack, a larger, more rigid platform with parallel vertical posts where a rear awning could be mounted. The rack builds with a lower base with a welded basket…

Sleep Platform and Drawer System

If you’ve been reading along on this build you know that there was a dog deck and a folding utility shelf installed, neither of which worked as well as I would have liked. Add to that one of the reasons I went with this 2.5 is its room to create a sleeping platform, and I decided to do a…

Hi-Lift Mount

Necessity being the mother that it is, the Hi-Lift Jack had to go somewhere else other than on the Franklin rack. I think it soiled itself when I lifted it up for a test fit. The next more likely spot was on the brush guard. I drilled a hole through the cross members of two…