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  1. Cover: Quadratec or Smittybuilt?

    The Rain Gear covers look nice. As do the other ones. Is there really that big of a difference between all these covers? The Quadratec is sold out until July 4th so that one is out. Next up is the Smittybuilt for about $125, then there's Rain Gear for $158 and then the really expensive one...
  2. Cover: Quadratec or Smittybuilt?

    The Jeep Jacket looks nice but damn, way more cost than the other two at $225. Quadratec is $70 and Smittybuilt is $110. Over 2-3 times the cost of the other two!
  3. Cover: Quadratec or Smittybuilt?

    Looking at covers for when the top and doors are off this summer when we're out camping. I see that Quadratec and Smittybuilt both have a cover. Is there a preference between these two? Or are there any other Brands I should be looking at? Which one do you have/use/prefer?
  4. Harbor Freight Badland Apex 12,000# Winch Lower Price

    I mounted my Apex on the Stock steel bumper. Looks great! I didn't install the spacers, but would have if I had known of them. In any case, it works great!
  5. China has controlling interest

    CNN:CWL::CWL::CWL::CWL::CWL:
  6. Fiat Chrysler laying off thousands

    I agree! I have been saying for years that there are way too many Office jobs. Way too many lawyers and jobs that don't really produce anything. I'm not original here, of course. Mike Rowe has been pushing the Trades hard over the past 10+ years. He advocated for vocational training, on the...
  7. How much money have you wasted so far?

    Wasted?? You mean like buying things for the Jeep that you ended up not putting on the Jeep or using? I'd say maybe $50. Anything I have purchased for the Jeep that is on it is not wasted money at all!
  8. Let's talk coffee, what is your set up?

    This is what we use. We have the Nanopresso and absolutely love it!
  9. DIY $200 Winch Hardtop Removal

    Here's a write up of the one I did. Similar cost and used a Badland winch. https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/forum/threads/diy-electric-hard-top-hoist.48069/#post-1055261
  10. New 2020 Land Rover Defender vs Jeep JL Wrangler

    Horrible video. I want those 5 minutes of my life back that I spent watching that utterly useless video of the Defender. That thing does nothing but defends its image as a Mall crawler in England.
  11. Harbor Freight Badland Apex 12,000# Winch Lower Price

    Just did the 'Buy it Now' on Amazon. Thanks for the info.
  12. Harbor Freight Badland Apex 12,000# Winch Lower Price

    Interesting idea! I wonder if that is possible. I never looked to see if I could remove the lever. Funny how that never really crossed my mind when I did the install. However, I did see a display unit at a HFT that had the lever removed. I was going to see how to do that, I hadn't looked at...
  13. Diesel engine any good?

    The diesel in the Wranglers have been out for a long time. They are basically the same Eco Diesel that has been in the Ram 1500 as well as other vehicles. It's a Fiat Diesel and has been used extensively by Fiat. Do a Google search, you'll find a plethora of info on that engine. And before...
  14. QTDDTOT: Questions that don't deserve their own thread

    It really is that good! The HF winches actually have always been pretty damn good, especially for the cost. The new Badland Apex is impressive. Side by side to a Warn winch they're almost identical. My guess is they're made by the same supplier. I have out my Apex to work and it has...
  15. New 2020 Land Rover Defender vs Jeep JL Wrangler

    Couldn't agree with you more!
  16. New 2020 Land Rover Defender vs Jeep JL Wrangler

    The new LR is a Mall crawler and that's it! Way too nice for trails. It's an SUV to be used as a pavement princess. I do not see anything rugged about it. And as mentioned before, it's way overpriced! We thought the Jeeps were expensive, LR said 'Hold my beer!' I see high end soccer moms...
  17. Harbor Freight Badland Apex 12,000# Winch Lower Price

    You're welcome. Personally, I like the look of the control box on the unit. Plus it protects the synthetic line from the sun. Easier to install as well.
  18. Harbor Freight Badland Apex 12,000# Winch Lower Price

    Here are pictures of my install with the control box on the top. I also included pictures of the Acorn nuts on the fairlead as well as the wire run with the kill switch.
  19. Harbor Freight Badland Apex 12,000# Winch Lower Price

    I can take a picture today. For the wiring, the positive wire that comes out the back does rub against the grill. I'm not seeing any issue yet. I'm sure over time the paint will get rubbed off where the wire is. It's behind the winch and you'll never see it unless I remove the winch. It was...



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