License to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations. Man, free to kill gophers at will. To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit - ever. They're like the Viet Cong - Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. And that's all she wrote.
Smitty front bumper. Inexpensive. I bought it on sale for around $65.00 new over 3 years ago. It has taken some hits and is still fine. I invested the savings on other modifications. The Smitty winch didn't last as long.
Smitty rear bumper. Bumper only, no tire carrier. Paid $119.00 for it. Use the hitch regularly to move 20' V8 bowrider boat and car hauler into the backyard to their parking spots. Have used it to drag downed trees to campsites for firewood. No problems to date. I invested the savings on other mods.
Bestop oversize tub mounted tire carrier. $350 new. No complaints. Used the savings from my cheapo, functional bumpers to buy it. So it was basically free!
my xrc8 wich didnt last either. the one time i needed it (2.5 hours from camp with noone around) the damn thing was dead. brand new never used other than winding on the synthetic cable. replaced it with a warn.