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Old 09-08-2011, 12:16 PM   #1
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Made in the USA parts list

As a suggestion from LucaBrasi, I started this thread specifically to flag made in the USA parts from various sources.

So, if people would, title replies with the part they are flagging and in the description describe the part (manufacturer and part no. if available) and where it was purchased.

And with the intent of keeping the thread clean, perhaps only info about parts?

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As a suggestion from LucaBrasi, I started this thread specifically to flag made in the USA parts from various sources.

So, if people would, title replies with the part they are flagging and in the description describe the part (manufacturer and part no. if available) and where it was purchased.

And with the intent of keeping the thread clean, perhaps only info about parts?
Olympic 4x4 products hinge mount mirrors, they're made in the USA but they vibrate so bad as to actually be useless. A total waste of my $70...

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I tried Olympic products once, 10 years ago.. Nothing fit, nothing lined up, for it to work I would have had to cut, weld, and re-drill... Complete Junk.. Been using Warrior & Warn products ever since.. cept for my budget winch, ( which is 3 years old and still going strong ).
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My front and rear bumpers are made in the USA from local custom fabricators, and so are my rocker guards. My rear tire carrier is made in the USA by a company called Off Road Only. My winch is made in the USA by Mile Marker, my rims are made by Mickey Thompson, which is a USA based company, but I'm not sure where they manufacture their stuff from, my tires are also Mickey Thompsons as well... My Tuffy security deck enclosure is from a company in the USA, but I don't know if it was made here, but I don't recomend it, it costs twice as much as what it's worth, and the quality control sucks. My front steering linkage is from Rugged Ridge, I like it but other people hate it, but it's a USA company, but I don't know where they source their parts from...

Here's my .02... just because a company is here in the USA doesn't mean their parts are made here... Look at Apple computers, Harley davidson, Ford, Chevy, and Crysler... you might be supporting a USA company, but that same company is pouring their money into another Country instead of back into the USA...

I also run some parts on my Jeep that were made in other countries, but that's because the money I saved buying them went into my own pocket, and I like putting money into my own pocket more than I like putting money into other peoples...
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Yep, not saying that all USA made items are great, or that all foreign items are junk. However, it is an opportunity to keep jobs alive here at home. Quality comments are important though. I don't encourage buying a piece of junk that's made here vs overseas, but if a satisfactory (or excellent) item is made here but costs a little more, then it's something I would likely be interested in buying.
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Helpful link for finding American made tires.

Where tires are made - Americanmadetires.com
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To go along with the above link

Stamped DOT BE XX XXX XXX

Almost all tires have on the side wall where they are made(made in USA).Not all so you need to look on the side wall for the DOT #.The BE after the DOT means this BF Goodrich tire owned by Michelin was made in Tuscaloosa,AL.
The last 4 xxxx of the DOT is the day and year that tire was made.Example:3210 would be the 32 week of 2010.Remember you do not want your tires too old when buying new.Below is a list of more American plants and their 2 letter code after DOT.

BE B.F. Goodrich (Michelin) Tuscaloosa,AL
BF B.F Goodrich (Michelin) Woodburn,IN
AN B.F. Goodrich (Michelin) Opelika,AL
VE/YE/YU/8B Bridgestone/Firestone (Bridgestone) Des Moines,IA
2M/3M Bridgestone/Firestone(Bridgestone) Bloomington,IL
D2/E3/W1/Y7 Bridgestone/Firestone(Bridgestone) Lavergne, TE
2C/4D//5D Bridgestone/Firestone(Bridgestone) Morrison, TE
UP Cooper Finlay,OH
UT Cooper Texarkana,AR
DY Denman, (Penslar Capital) Warren,OH
DA Dunlop (Goodyear) Buffalo N.Y. my home town that is always hurting for work!
JJ/MD/PU Goodyear Gadsden, AL
JN/MJ/PY Goodyear Topeka, KS
JE/MC/PT Goodyear Dansville, VA
JT/MK/TA Goodyear Union City , TN
JP/MP/PL Kelly-Springfield (Goodyear) Tyler, Texas
JF/MM/PJ Kelly-Springfield (Goodyear) Fayetteville, NC
CC Yokahama Tire Salem, VA (Good tire) nickname: "Chokeyourmama"
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My Olympic 4x4 rock sliders I believe are made in USA (advertised as such in Quadratec catalog) - no problem installing, perfect fit.

I also just placed an order for a Saavy Offroad gas skid plate - a CA company, I believe fabriated in USA.

I have some Poison Spyder on my jeep - steering box skid. Also have a bombshell cover for my D30 that needs to be installed. I also believe made in USA.

When I upgrade my D35C, will be with a Superior Axle and Gear kit - made in USA. Have not done so yet.
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Here is a link to a discussion from last year just for reference.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/made...usa-86632.html

This is something I follow very closely. Alot of products are assembled here and some components might be made here, but some components are going to be imported as well. This is just the way it is for various reasons. While something truly made 100% USA is ideal when available, many times I consider assembled in the USA to be nearly just as good depending on what else is available.

I am a big Warn supporter, but the hooks on their winches are China now. But you can take the hook off and use a USA hook. Here are some links to companies with USA made d-ring/shackles, chain and hooks:
Shackles, Forged Steel
3/4" (6 1/2 Ton) Anchor Shackle w/ Screw Pin

Alot of the Monroe shocks (make shocks for alot of companies) are now made in Mexico, where as 10 years ago just about all of them were made in USA (Monroe Michigan was one location).

Sadly, you can not find any aftermarket rotor made in USA any longer. Ebay is your friend for old stock of US and Canadian made rotors if that is important to you. Some OEM rotors are still made in US foundries (1 ton Dodge on a Bosch label from the dealer, maybe some Ford and Chevy). Strangely enough I hear that some Honda and Toyota car rotors are made in US foundries, but none of the US companies use them for their cars.

Aluminum wheels would be a good one to learn more about. I think Weld still has some wheels in USA. Most steel wheels are USA. Our Chevy Tahoe 20" OEM wheels are made in China. Our 05 Yukon 16" wheels were made in the USA. Some of the beadlock companies do their beadlock work here, but the wheel itself is imported from China. I have confirmation that Walker Evans beadlock wheels are imported, but they do the machine and beadlock work here. Aluminum wheels made in USA is a dieing bread. Edit - the Mickey Thompson aluminum wheels that used to be made by Alcoa are now made by somebody in China.

Suspension components are another one. Johnny Joints are imported. Not sure about other companies joints.

I don't think Bestop makes any products in the USA any longer.

Some of the Earls AN stuff is China now. Most Russell stuff is still USA.

The only low pinion 9" 3rd member that is still USA is Strange to my knowledge. Moser is import now. Currie I believe is import as well. Edit - Mark Williams is USA.

Tom Woods uses the Gold Seal ujoint. They are USA. Spicer? China. Don't believe me?



Edit - Napa ujoints are USA. Neapco ujoints are USA, or were, haven't bought any for a while.

I could ramble on and on. I investigate and ask about every single product I buy.
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The Novak cable shifters are also made in the USA and also highly liked and recommended on here. I will soon find out why.

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I also just placed an order for a Saavy Offroad gas skid plate - a CA company, I believe fabriated in USA.
Designed, laser cut, plated, and fabricated right here in Southern California. There is one caveat though. We specify the highest quality 6061-T6 aluminum available. Unfortunately we don't have control over where it's produced and I've seen at least 3 different brands come through the production facility.

1 was Alcoa
1 was Kaiser
and 1 was from Sweden or similar made by the company that supplies Airbus with their aluminum. To date I've not seen any come in from China and hope to keep it that way but it has not all been US made.

Part of the issue with a steady source of high quality aluminum is the military uses it all up and leaves us little folk scrambling for sources and leftovers.

The rest of our products are the same way with the exception of the electronic bits we have. I don't know the country of origin that we purchase our tail lights from, but I'll bet money they aren't US made.

We spec high quality fasteners and given the quality so far, if they aren't US made, the quality is high enough that I don't care.

On the brake side, I'm a sad puppy there. I haven't been able to purchase a non globally sourced brake rotor for at least 8 years and the same for a high quality brake pad and I have tried.

The slightly better news is I do support Centric and their facility where they package and do their rebuilding of calipers and stuff is local.

We do the best we can to support and buy US and it's not good when it is so difficult to be 100% US and that does matter to us.
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I believe it's very important to buy american. Americans buy the things I make and if I don't support them as they do me then there will be fewer of them to buy what I make . Which means I won't have money to by anyones aftermarket parts.

It's the most basic principal of how the market works . It's just sad that more people don't see they are only hurting their self in the long run.
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I believe it's very important to buy american. Americans buy the things I make and if I don't support them as they do me then there will be fewer of them to buy what I make . Which means I won't have money to by anyones aftermarket parts.

It's the most basic principal of how the market works . It's just sad that more people don't see they are only hurting their self in the long run.
Unfortunately the customer is the one who drives the market. I strongly believe that no one makes a better gas tank skid than we do. It's versatile, it's very stout, very durable, and it's adjustable to grow with you and your rig's needs.

We've discussed many solutions to cutting the price to get it in the hands of more rig owners because the vast majority shop by price first, quality second. To most, price is more important than anything else.

If I could deliver our skid at the same price as the entry level steel skids, then the decision becomes much easier for the end user. We haven't done it because it's more important for that product to be made in the US and support our local economies than it is to sell it cheaper or at a lesser quality.
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Unfortunately the customer is the one who drives the market. I strongly believe that no one makes a better gas tank skid than we do. It's versatile, it's very stout, very durable, and it's adjustable to grow with you and your rig's needs.

We've discussed many solutions to cutting the price to get it in the hands of more rig owners because the vast majority shop by price first, quality second. To most, price is more important than anything else.

If I could deliver our skid at the same price as the entry level steel skids, then the decision becomes much easier for the end user. We haven't done it because it's more important for that product to be made in the US and support our local economies than it is to sell it cheaper or at a lesser quality.
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If I could deliver our skid at the same price as the entry level steel skids, then the decision becomes much easier for the end user. We haven't done it because it's more important for that product to be made in the US and support our local economies than it is to sell it cheaper or at a lesser quality.
And what a great skidplate it is! It was one of the best purchases I've made for my TJ.
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AVS is US-made. I just boiught some to fit my Supercrew and Wrangler, but neither matched the lines of the windows as well as I would have liked.

Quadratec's 'Ultimate' floor mats are US-made. I just put a pair in the Jeep and they fit the contours perfectly.

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Garvin Bumpers and Roof racks I believe are all made here in California. Either way, they are great bumpers and are SUPER strong and the fit on them is perfect.
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Another one is right down the road from me here in Michigan, jcr offroad. They have some nice bumpers with winch plates at a good price . For what you would pay for a smittybuilt xrc you can have a better quality american made bumper.
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I love made in the USA products. However I understand the needs that business have to source things from foreign countries. Too many people today have forgotten or do not understand that the purpose of a business is to make money. In the course of making money people get jobs and products get made. If a company does not make money then it is not a company for long.

When I am searching for a product I have a set of rules to follow.
1. Quality of the product
2. Price of the product
3. Purpose of the product (extended or short term use)
4. If product needs parts or service ease of obtaining those
5. Where the product is made.

Number 5 and 1 kind of go hand in hand. If I see made in china for example I am suspect of the Quality already.

Companies today have to work very hard to stay alive. If you make a superior product it does not mean that you will be able to sell that product. Take paper towels for example. (I had to buy some yesterday) I have never found one paper towel to be so superior over others that is justifies double or tripple price in the store. Why should I pay $2.79 for Bounty when the Kroger brand for 99 cents will do the job. I am not going to use the same paper towel over and over and over for the next 10 years. When it comes to products that are not consumeable and will be reused several times over I will pay for the quality to make it last.

Support people who make quality products and provide good customer service. If you can buy made in the USA at a reasonable cost make an effort to do so. If you believe in a companies products then promote them. Don't judge a company just on where they get their parts, where they do manufacturing. Judge them on the whole as a company.

I have seen more than one company go under because they refused to change with the market. The owner did not want to source from or send manufacturing to off shore locations. Other companies made similar products at the same or better quality but at 1/2 the cost. Now instead of a company here in the USA employing people (even if they had to downsize the US workforce) everyone at the company is out of a job.
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Highrock 4x4 by bestop is made in Colorado. Ramsey winches are also made in USA
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I love made in the USA products. However I understand the needs that business have to source things from foreign countries. Too many people today have forgotten or do not understand that the purpose of a business is to make money. In the course of making money people get jobs and products get made. If a company does not make money then it is not a company for long.

When I am searching for a product I have a set of rules to follow.
1. Quality of the product
2. Price of the product
3. Purpose of the product (extended or short term use)
4. If product needs parts or service ease of obtaining those
5. Where the product is made.

Number 5 and 1 kind of go hand in hand. If I see made in china for example I am suspect of the Quality already.

Companies today have to work very hard to stay alive. If you make a superior product it does not mean that you will be able to sell that product. Take paper towels for example. (I had to buy some yesterday) I have never found one paper towel to be so superior over others that is justifies double or tripple price in the store. Why should I pay $2.79 for Bounty when the Kroger brand for 99 cents will do the job. I am not going to use the same paper towel over and over and over for the next 10 years. When it comes to products that are not consumeable and will be reused several times over I will pay for the quality to make it last.

Support people who make quality products and provide good customer service. If you can buy made in the USA at a reasonable cost make an effort to do so. If you believe in a companies products then promote them. Don't judge a company just on where they get their parts, where they do manufacturing. Judge them on the whole as a company.

I have seen more than one company go under because they refused to change with the market. The owner did not want to source from or send manufacturing to off shore locations. Other companies made similar products at the same or better quality but at 1/2 the cost. Now instead of a company here in the USA employing people (even if they had to downsize the US workforce) everyone at the company is out of a job.
Fair points, although I come at things a little different. Really we'd have to get into a discussion of economic nationalism vs free market capitalism and the pros and cons of each to iron out some of these things.

Naturally, businesses exist to make a profit, to develop, market and sell a good or service with a balance between sales volume and profit margin. I do not fault any business for seeking lower cost alternatives for their products or components to grow or simply to stay in business. Many times competitive pressures rather than "greed" are the root of outsourcing. I accept the decisions business makes in terms of what is best for their financial success. They operate within the framework, regulation and laws by which the federal government creates in the way of trade and tax law which I think has been harmful to our nation on a net level, our nation's local communities, the tax bases, the school districts and the political football that is the middle class - plus the added personal and economic stress on state and federal social programs that job loss and outsourcing has caused. Again, this boils down to more of a philosophical debate on what path our nation has gone down and what course is right for our future.

So for me, when I look to buy something, at the top of the list is always if it is made the USA and then I search for the best quality and value from there. I do not discriminate against foreign companies who build, assemble and produce here. I seek to reward any company that is investing, growing and hiring more American workers. Example, I'd buy a Honda built in Ohio before I'd buy a Chevy built in Korea.

But we are all entitled to our opinion and what drives our shopping and buying decisions. I just happen to think it is of enormous importance for our nation to produce more of the needs and wants of our population, be that everything from energy to nuts and bolts. I think our future prosperity and freedom depends on it.
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Highrock 4x4 by bestop is made in Colorado. Ramsey winches are also made in USA
Not so sure about Highrock 4x4. About a year or so ago Geoff replied in a similar thread that the prototype bumpers were made in (I think, would have to find the thread) California, but the bumpers were outsourced to 2 or 3 countries, and at the time were probably manufactured in China. BTW, I have one of these rear bumpers and the rack. Since then I have been tring to buy US made, no correlation with the Bestop product line, just woild prefer to buy US (the Bestop bumper is fine, I was pulled outwith it on several occaisions at a Jeep jamboree). But if you know that this product line been moved back to US production, would be welcome news to me if you could conrfirm this.
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They had a paper at the Easter Jeep Safari this year called "An American Footprint" that had all American companies. I also found their site online at:

An AmericanFootprint.com
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They had a paper at the Easter Jeep Safari this year called "An American Footprint" that had all American companies. I also found their site online at:

An AmericanFootprint.com
That was disappointing. I wear out floor jacks at a prodigious rate and have been on the look-out for a semi-affordable USA version to replace the ones I've tried from Costco, Sears, et al. I go to the list and lo and behold there is a made in USA Jack Company.

I scroll down to the 2 ton service jack entry in their product heading and what do I see?
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That was disappointing. I wear out floor jacks at a prodigious rate and have been on the look-out for a semi-affordable USA version to replace the ones I've tried from Costco, Sears, et al. I go to the list and lo and behold there is a made in USA Jack Company.

I scroll down to the 2 ton service jack entry in their product heading and what do I see?

* IMPORT
It is the considered opinion of U.S. Jack that this piece of equipment
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That company does have their long reach jacks USA parts and material, but yeah I was disappointed when I saw their short reach was import.

I bought an OTC floor jack a few years ago that is USA. It retailed for $299 and I got it on sale back from that price. Another company that has USA floor jacks (and jack stands) is Hein-Warner, but Northern Tool lists their 2 ton USA jack for $389. If you use it every day and often and especially for commercial use where you need a tool that lasts and performs then it is easier to justify the extra expense. If it is something you use on the weekend every now and then a $300-400 floor jack is going to be hard to swallow.

If I have to buy another floor jack I may try to find a vintage USA used one and have it rebuilt.

I recently did some research on bolts. Atleast 2 and maybe 3 bolt companies make bolts in the USA and you can tell where the bolt comes from by the markings on the head. Nucor are USA and will have a 'n' on the head of the bolt. Lake Erie is USA also and will have an 'LE' on the bolt head. There is another that I haven't seen new for a while, so not sure if they are still being made USA, but Highland with an 'H' on the bolt head was another. If you see a triangle on the bolt then that is an Infasco bolt, made in Canada. Otherwise markings like 'JH' and other are likely Taiwan. Taiwan had record fastener exports last year, hopefully our USA bolt companies can survive.

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