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Overland Journal – Edge of the World – Hai’s Pictures


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Photo Courtesy of Hai Nguyen of www.overlandphotounlimited.com

Edited by Yusuf Gorgec (a.k.a likes2jeep)

Overland Journal – Edge of the World – Day 3

Overland Journal – Edge of the World – Day2

Overland Journal – Edge of the World – Day1

Install Video – JKU Max Roof Rack by Sharpwrax

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JK/JKU MAX

Additional Gear Required
DRY LUBE or similar – ESSENTIAL for stainless steel bolts
Wire coat hanger – To assist chasing cables if optioned

Tools Needed
13MM SOCKET/WRENCH OR RATCHET RING SPANNER
6MM + 5MM ALLEN KEY and RUBBER HAMMER. Note that it is best to use a ball head allen tool.

NOTE
Rack is 90% put together off the Jeep then lifted into place.

TIPS
1. ALWAYS USE DRILUBE ON STAINLESS BOLTS. It’s a waxy type stick.
2. All bolts and nuts should have a washer. Some have a spring washer.
3. FINGER TIGHTEN FIRST. DOG UP TIGHT AFTER RACK IS ON JEEP.
4. Always tighten the nut and hold the bolt head firmly
5. Layout a blanket or soft fabric for working on powdered parts
6. Be careful not to scratch your Sharpwrax logo!
7. GO SLOW
8. IF AN ANY ACETAL HOLES DON’T MATCH UP to allow a bolt thru (The tolerance is very very small!), DRILL OUT ACETAL TO 9MM, 9.5MM OR 10MM… WHATEVER IS THE MIN YOUR NEED. DON’T DRILL THE ALUMINIUM. BEST TO PROTECT YOUR POWDER COAT.

INSTALL STEPS
1. Rear frame. The frame has two sections. The sloping arm is at the rear of the Jeep.
2. Place blanket down. Fit acetal rods into tubes on one of the frames with slotted groove downward. Use 60mm socket head bolts. Nyloc nuts on hidden inside of frame. Always fit an M8 washer to all M8 nuts and bolts. Always apply Drylube to bolt thread.
3. Fit the second frame. Finger tighten bolts.
4. Turn frame over upside down on blanket with legs facing upward.
5. Bolt on REAR soft top mounts.
6. If rear mounts are optioned with hinges use included hardware and bolt together as picture A and B. This shows the rear mounts as correctly positioned right and left looking from the rear. Note 1. The under dual nut plates have the welded nuts slightly off set being closer to one side of the nut plate than the other. This narrower side fits on the inner tub edge. Note 2. There are very thin nylon washers installed. These are important to the smooth operation of the hinge. Note 3. The acorn head nut on the INSIDE of mount.
7. Fit front mounts to front frame arms.
8. Turn frame over.
9. Place tray on to. Note the tray is designed to have holes all line up one way. There is a front and back.
10. Put a twist of Drilube into all the counter sunk holes.
11. Bolt tray in place using 5mm allen key with flat washer and nylok nut.
12. JEEP INSTALL
13. Remove windows. Release rear soft top quarter panels.
14. Be sure you have removed the mount nut plates!
15. Carefully lift rack onto Jeep.
16. This should be a no drill install. Align the rearmost hole on the tub to the rear nut plate hole. If hinges are fitted this will also be the most rear hole.
17. Front mount hole should align to existing tub holes.
18. When your all bolted up to the tub pull each arm firmly outward and firmly tighten up tub bolts. This pulls the inner mount edge snug up to the inner edge of the tub. Consequently the outer mount will sit 5mm – 8mm away from the outer Jeep panel.
19. Tighten all frame and tray nuts.
20. WINDOW TRIM.

View the window trim video on the youtube Sharpwrax channel

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3Bzpjg-s9I)

There is a link to the channel on the web site home page bottom right on the bully spike pic! This video show the marking and drilling required. I have found though that I can obtain a tighter and neater fit completing the trimming. Note that the diagonal cut is inward TOWARDS the mount.
21. Don’t stress on trimming your tub strips. During my years of testing I replaced my nylon strips replaced by a motor trimmer. Cheap and good as new if you wish to return your window trim to stock.
22. For really dusty conditions optional full dust seals will be available soon.

Thank you for purchasing Sharpwrax. Stay in touch. Hope to see pics of you wheeling with your Sharpwrax loaded up. Please send them!
Keep Jeepin,
Steve

Moab ’15 Adventure – Metalmasher

Second day, we got to the Metalmasher Trail. It was a dusty 22 mile drive from highway to trailhead. Thats why we had to use our bandanas to cover our mouth and nose. This is a hardcore trail for high clearance, locked and loaded rigs. 2 main obstacles are Rock Chucker and Widow Maker. I tried Rock Chucker and failed. I decided I definitely need more lift and 40s :) Widow Maker was easy with the winch anchor bolted on the rocks. Just tie your line and go :) There are a few scenic areas where you could see the highway down below or watch the million year old mountains. When we got to the overlook, Dillon and I decided to climb on the rock on the left which looks like an eagles head. I wanted to stand on the eagles beak. Dave took a picture of me and Dillon. I think this might be the most craziest and adventurous pictures I got taken in my life.

Moab ’15 Adventure – Steelbender

After our last year Moab 2014 trip, we decided to go back to Moab this year for more fun. Dave, Dillon, Ron and I was getting ready for this trip for almost since we left Moab last year. This time we rented a house in between 4 friends. It was much better than camping in freezing cold :)

The first trail we picked was Steelbender. We were tired from the road we have driven in 2 days from Vancouver, BC to Moab, UT. So a trail like Steelbender with moderate difficulty and being close to town was a perfect choice. When I say close to town, the trail literally starts right at the edge of the town where the housing ends.

The 2 big obstacles on Steelbender is The Wall and The Fall. We somehow missed The Wall but The Fall was exciting. It was a big ledge which drops almost 7 or 8 feet high. When you touch down if you are too close to right side, nothing will stop you to drop another 14 feet :) So slow and the spotter are the key words. The rest of the trail is full with lots of ledges, some sandy canyon driving and 2 water crossings. One at the beginning and one at the end. The second water crossing follows with 2 big ledges and a skyscraper high rock. This rock has pictographs on it. We tried to estimate the drawings. My estimate for the story on the wall was “Dogs are good pets. They protect man from evil creatures by biting their legs” or something like that.

This trail is definitely not a stock jeep trail. Lockers and high clearance would be recommended.

Hut Lake 3 Wheelin’

Lately I have been having difficulty to find time editing my videos. Life gets on the way. This one is actually from summer 2014. We had a great trip to Hut Lake in a small group of 3 jeeps. There were a lot 3 wheeling involved so I though that would be a good name for the video. Enjoy!

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