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Help with OEM Tubular Chrome Sidestep hardware

I am at a loss and need some direction.

I inherited my dad’s 2012 unlimited sport. Love the fact it is SO analog. Complete opposite of my daily driver. I upgraded the 16 inch steelies with OEM Sahara take offs. Part of the package was a set of 2016 OEM Sahara side steps complete with brackets BUT missing some bolts.

Brackets line up perfect. I have all of the 6M hardware for the back of the mounting plates at the pinch weld. I cannot for the life of me get a bolt to fit in the factory “nuts” that exist in the underside of the floor pan

I have been to 2 different dealers. Both say there is NO kit and none of their manuals give any size for the 6 missing bolts. I have made 2 trips to Fastenal too.

I gently cleaned out the holes to accept bolts. Have tried the 8m. Too big. It won’t bite as it is exceeds the diameter of the hole. 7m Tries to bite but it is a smidge too small. It slides in. Tried standard size too. Either too big or too small. Frustrated beyond anything at this point.

Any suggestions? What am I missing?

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Is it beneficial to run dual stabilizer or single on jeep TJ 4" lift on 35’s

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Targeting Bonefish In The Keys With Capt. Randy Towe



It used to be that Key Largo and Islamorada were the hot spots in the Keys, but over the last ten years, the Lower Keys and Key West have been the place to consistently catch them. Whatever area you fish, you want to have favorable conditions which are a good incoming tide with a lot of current. Keep in mind that in the Keys there’s a different body of water on either side of every island, so there’s an incoming tide from the Atlantic and an incoming tide from the Gulf of Mexico, and a lot of times they differ so that you can fish the incoming tide on the Atlantic side and then run into the backcountry on the Gulf side and fish the incoming tide there.

On the incoming tide, the bonefish come out of the channels and up onto the flats to feed. As the water levels rise, the fish push up shallow to take advantage of the shrimp, crabs and worms that are exposed with the incoming water.

The key to bonefishing is in the water level—too much water and you can’t see them or they’re in the mangroves, and too little water and they can’t get up onto the flat. What you want is 8 to 15 inches of water on top of the flat. Tide is critical and the windows are small, so you want to time your bonefishing to stay the most amount of time in that perfect level of water.

Sometimes in the middle of the day when the tide is high, you’ll find bonefish mudding in three to five feet of water. It’s not your traditional dark looking mud, it’s more of a dusty, off-color to the water. If you see that discoloring of the real clear water, you want to stop and either blind cast or look for fish.

Remember that when you’re dealing with current, it’s like a conveyor belt, so the mud you’re seeing is actually behind the fish. Bonefish feed into the current, so if you’re looking at a mud, you’re looking at something that had already happened. You want to look ahead of it to see the fish.

Good baits are a small 1/8-ounce brown jig, a live shrimp or a quarter-sized blue crab. If you’re going to use the shrimp or crab, you’ll want a 1/0 hook. You can break the tail off the shrimp and thread the hook through the tail, and then back into the body of the bait to make it weedless. If you’re using a crab, you want to hook it in the corner of the shell, and then break off the other corner to add scent to the water. You can also break off the claws and some of the legs so the crab can’t burrow into the sand and hide.

I fish them on seven to right foot 10 pound spinning rods with a 4000 size reel and 10 pound monofilament line. You want to have a reel that holds at least 200 yards of line. If you use braided line, you want to use a monofilament leader, because bonefish have excellent eyesight. I like the eight foot rods when there’s a lot of small mangrove shoots in the water, because it gives you a little extra height when you need to get around them.

You don’t want to cast directly onto the fish. Cast ahead of them 15 to 20 feet and let them swim up to your lure or bait. Bonefish have an outstanding sense of smell, and they’ll come from 10 feet or more to find that shrimp or crab.

The average bonefish in the Keys these days is four to five pounds, with a 10 pounder a big fish and anything larger a jumbo. When someone hooks up on a bonefish, that’s the time to get the camera out and get ready for when you get it to the boat, so that you can grab the fish, take a picture and get it back into the water quickly. You want to handle the fish as little as possible and release it so they live to repopulate the species and fight again another day.

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Latitude Margaritaville coming to South Carolina in 2018

A new development geared toward retired Parrotheads is set to be built on a roughly 2,700-acre site on U.S. 278 in Hardeeville, SC.

“This is something that we have been working on and looking forward to for months,” Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams said Thursday. “It’s so exciting and a great compliment for the city and for the region that (the developer) chose us.”

The project — called Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head — is a partnership between the Jimmy Buffett-inspired Margaritaville brand and Florida-based developer Minto Communities.

The community will be built on the site of the southern portion of Hilton Head Lakes, which the developer has purchased, Minto senior vice president William Bullock said Thursday.

The Hardeeville location will be the second Margaritaville community. The first, in Daytona Beach, Fla., broke ground in March, according to a news release from the developers.

“We look forward to creating another port of paradise for those looking to live a life of fun and relaxation on the shores of South Carolina,” John Cohlan, chief executive officer of Margaritaville, said in a statement.

Bullock said the developer did months of consumer research, and potential residents surveyed overwhelmingly selected Florida and South Carolina “as their top two choices” for a Margaritaville community.

“We are very confident in our location choice,” he said, citing the proximity to airports, highways, shops, and the beach. “The great weather doesn’t hurt either,” Bullock said.

Plans for the 55 years-and-older Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head call for the construction of about 3,000 homes, a 290,000-square-foot retail center, and amenities such as a pool, fitness center, and tennis courts.

A variety of floor plans will be offered and home prices will start at around $200,000.

Construction is will start this summer and a sales center is expected to open early next year. “We expect the first residents (to be moved in) by the end 2018,” Bullock said.

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TJ Reverse

Hey Mates,

Just wondering if anyone could tell me if the reverse gear on a 2004 TJ Wrangler Automatic is computer controlled?



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Dispatch Reveal Details for New Album ‘America, Location 12’

Five years have come and gone since the latest release from jam-band funk-reggae sensations Dispatch. With plenty of success and longevity already under their belt, the Middlebury, VT based trio have high expectations to meet on their latest effort America, Location 12 to be released June 2 via Bomber Records LLC featuring 11 new tracks.

Following periods of hiatus, Dispatch released Circles Around the Sun in 2012 -– their first album in over a decade at the time. The album charted at No. 24 on the US Billboard 200 Charts upon its release and featured more of an acoustic, folk-driven feel and less reggae accents but still held up the classic Dispatch sound. The historically independent tripod comprised of Chadwick Stokes Urmston, Pete Francis and Brad Corrigan released their first single from the forthcoming album on February 10 entitled “Only the Wild Ones” -– an acoustically progressive track with a moving and contagious chorus.

[Related: Dispatch Release New Single, Announce US Summer Tour]

Recently, the group also offered up several more additional tracks that have been made available via online streaming services and iTunes pre-order to support the release of the new album including “Curse + Crush,” “Begin Again” and the rock-driven “Skin the Rabbit” –- an exquisite addition to the Dispatch catalog and perhaps one of their best tracks ever written. The rugged, guitar-driven intro immediately hooks and transitions to the well-built chorus daring the listener not to hit the repeat button upon its conclusion.

Guitarist and vocalist Chadwick Stokes recently provided some additional insight behind the album in its entirety, after having recorded a vast majority of the tracks at Panoramic House, a studio located on the coast in Stinson Beach, CA:
“When the fog permitted, we could watch the sun set into the sea – for two East Coast kids and a mountain boy, this is a spiritual thing… we were able to sonically stretch out in a way we never had before. We saw an opportunity to sing songs about issues that were of a real concern to us socially. Everything feels like it’s coming to a head. If we can be a band in today’s climate that brings these issues up in a non-traditional way, then that’s really fulfilling for us.”

Pre-order your copy of America, Location 12 on iTunes today by clicking HERE!

Dispatch – America, Location 12 Track list:
Dispatch-America-album1.) Be Gone
2.) Only the Wild Ones
3.) Curse + Crush
4.) Painted Yellow Lines
5.) Skin the Rabbit
6.) Midnight Lorry
7.) Begin Again
8.) Rice Water
9.) Windylike
10.) Ghost Town
11.) Atticus Cobain

America, Location 12 Summer Tour:

Dispatch are no strangers to playing in front of large crowds. Their farewell show during their at-the-time-hiatus in 2004 drew 110,000 fans in Boston and was labeled as the largest independent music event in history by Rolling Stone – throughout the years, the band has continued to tour sporadically and also sold out shows at Madison Square Garden in 2015. To keep efforts steady in support of the new album and to the delight of their fans across the world, Dispatch will be hitting the road throughout the summer across 16 states within June and July with support from Guster – also featured on select dates will be Jake Shimabukuro, Esme Patterson and Marco Benevento. The band will then take a quick breather and hit the road again in September with Current Swell for a run of European tour dates.

Check out a full list of tour dates below for Dispatch and snag some tickets if you can — the show promises to be jamtastic and a highlight of your Summer!


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Listen: Dispatch – “Only the Wild Ones”

Listen: Dispatch – “Skin the Rabbit”

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Thoughts on mounting power inverter under hood?

My older ’14 Sahara JKU I had previously had a built in power inverter and I kind of liked the feature for being able to hook up a coffee pot and hooking up my air compressor to air the tires back up after going off road. My new JK doesn’t have one so I picked up a cheap ‘portable/modular’ one from Harbor Freight. I could just pull it out and hook it up as needed, but would like to be able to just store it under the hood. It seems to fit perfectly on top of the fuse box cover when the hood closed.

Any concerns with mounting it here as far as heat or other? Keep in mind I would just keep the modular cables for the connection to the battery in my Jeep in my jumper cable bag, and would only connect them as I needed the Inverter.

Also it doesn’t really come with any mounting options, so I was just thinking maybe Velcro to secure it to the mounting spot. Would the heat loosen up the Velcro causing it to move around?

Anyone else had any experience with doing it this way?


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Brand New Bumpin Uglies Single feat. Ted Bowne of Passafire

Bumpin Uglies are back with a scorching new single called “All In Stride” featuring Ted Bowne of Passafire. The brash reggae rockers out of Annapolis, Maryland also brought in the horns from Tropidelic and production from Howi Spangler of Ballyhoo!, for a brighter, fuller sound on the track. Bumpin Uglies frontman Brandon Hardesty also revealed to The Pier new info regarding the band’s next album.

Less than a year removed from their last full-length, Keep It Together, Bumpin Uglies have expanded from a trio to a quartet, adding Chad Wright on keys. The rest of the band is made up by the aforementioned Brandon Hardesty (vocals/guitar), Dave Wolf (bass), and TJ Haslett (drums). Bumpin Uglies music is a back-and-forth between reggae songs spiked with punk-rock, and acoustic folk ballads. But the songs almost always involve some combination of story-telling, life lessons, and unabashed self-deprecation.Bumpin Uglies New Single

“All In Stride” is about taking the good with the bad. Hardesty explains his mindset for writing the song, saying, “I had in mind this yin and yang idea. In reggae, there’s all of this focus on good vibes and stuff, but I’m a cynic at heart. And shit happens. That’s part of life too.” The song begins with Hardesty’s signature chip-on-the-shoulder bitterness, then shifts moods at Ted Bowne’s featured verse, finishing with a cheerful chorus from Hardesty.

“I wanted to use someone on the East Coast for that verse, because we’ve got a really great, budding scene over here. And who better than Ted to highlight that,” says Hardesty of getting Ted Bowne on the track. “All In Stride” also received contribution from Ballyhoo! frontman Howi Spangler on the production side. According to Hardesty, Spangler has been working hard at producing lately and signed up to co-produce the track with him. The song was recorded at Annapolis Audio Lab with the band’s long time engineer Ryan Cullen.

Speaking of the single, Howi tells The Pier: “I was really happy when Brandon asked me to produce their new album. Producing is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and this was the perfect opportunity to dive right in. For me it’s all about understanding the artist’s vision and meeting their expectations and helping define the overall goal. Ted Bowne did one of the sickest verses I’ve ever heard and the Tropidelic horn section really added a nice layer — I think we made a really great record. ‘All In Stride’ is just the beginning!”

Bumpin Uglies have a bunch of new material on hand, and the band is preparing to release another album in the near future. Brandon says to expect a ton of collaborations with artists from up and down the entire East Coast. Until then, you can catch Bumpin Uglies on the road with Passafire from June 3rd – 18th; hopefully performing “All In Stride” live on stage — You can purchase “All In Stride” on iTunes by clicking HERE!

Listen: Bumpin Uglies – All In Stride (ft. Ted Bowne of Passafire)

Bumpin Uglies Tour Dates

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