Rear exterior area
Some things have been
modified back here. As with the front bumper, I removed the end caps, I
also added a Hidden Hitch Class III hitch for towing my fishing boat.
And since an Amateur radio resides on the dash, a Firestik 2-meter
antenna and a stainless steel antenna mount are also back there. A
Bestop billet gas cap door resides in the vicinity, too.
The hitch was
purchased from Quadratec, and I also bought the inline harness adapter.
This allows you to just unplug a connecter in the tub, and plug in a
pigtail to run trailer lights. An excellent solution, if not just a bit
unwieldy. BTW, the Hidden Hitch had a poor finish that I knew was going
to rust shortly, so before installing it, I shot a good coat of
Rustoleum on it and after 4 years, it has remained rust free.
The antenna mount is a
whole other story. I had initially bought a Rock-it parts antenna mount
and installed it. However, it took only a year before the mount was
rusted so badly, I could not refinish it. So, I purchased a stainless
steel piece from Quadratec and re-did the mount.
The Firestik 2-meter
antenna has been a dead reliable piece, and has required little
The gas cap door was a
piece of cake to install. About 10 minutes with a socket set and a
screwdriver was all that was required.