As far as your GF not "approving" of a stinger, grow a pair and get one if that's what you want. Unless of course it is both your vehicle, and you only have the one.
I have a say in everything she does, in return, I let her have a say in everything I do Gotta work together, otherwise why be together in the first place?
As for the bumper, I think I'm gonna go with the Crusader instead. The dagger is really nice but the crusader looks like a more bad@ss version of it. Now all I need to find is a way to get it coated (either black, or something similar). Would the whole spraypainting thing work on it? I don't remember the name, but many use it.
"Instead of using me as an excuse for being disconnected from everyone, be honest and admit that it's the jeep" (Quoted directly from my gf)
Well to me if it is your vehicle and your money then you should be able to do what you want. I am married, with a child and my wife doesn’t have any say in what I do with my Jeep, she doesn’t attempt to either. She knows it’s my toy. Other things in regards to our family, of course, it is compromise and mutual decisions. But it is your life and no knock on you, just different ways of thinking.
As for the bumper, I like both the JCR’s you posted. One is recessed winch mount and the other top mount. The dagger has a better approach angle due to its slimmer design, contributed by the top mount winch, but it is strictly personal preference at that point. My Rugged Ridge XHD is wider too since the winch is recessed.
You can find a powder coater and have it powder coated but If it were me I would use Rustoleum truck bed coating/liner in the spray can.
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My neighbor is selling a brand new Smitty XRC8 for 300 bones. 100ft synthetic, alluminum polished fairlead, remote, cover, to winchplates. He has a TJ so the plates might not work. I'll take bumper off tomorrow & see if it fits. I learned that these are made in China, that sux.
Would you guys get it? Any bad experiences with these Smitty's?
How much do you off road?? I go maybe eight to ten times a year, for me to drop a lot of money on something that I might use once or twice a year is something I can't justify for myself.
So I am going to be a smart a$$ and ask how many times one has to go off road before he needs a good winch. Seems to me that all it might be is once. Just remember that the more money we spend on mods, the further we have to walk!
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