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January 2010 Long Term Updates

Posted in How To on January 1, 2010
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Warn Endurance Winch
We've had Warn's new fan-cooled winch on the front of a 7,000-pound JK Wrangler for over six months now - running it, abusing it, etc. - and it's still working fine. We didn't expect the winch itself to fail, but we had a hunch that we'd be able to burn up the electric fan motor that pumps cool air through the winch in order to cool the engine. We haven't dunked it in water too badly yet, but it's definitely seen its fair share of water and dirt, so we know we've put a good typical hurting on it-enough of a hurting to say that this fine-looking winch is still holding up well and something that we'd recommend for the long haul.

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FOA Shocks
FOA has pretty much cornered the market on most inexpensive rebuildable remote reservoir shocks made. Starting at $200, you can buy yourself a 2.5 coilover remote reservoir shock that will work for most recreationalists. If you're really going to be pounding your vehicle, we'd suggest upgrading from the standard cast aluminum cap to the billet aluminum cap for an extra $15. Since we knew we'd be a little more menacing on our test dummy, we opted for the billet caps. So far, these shocks have not let us down. The seal on one shock leaked a little, but FOA has since gone back and redesigned the seals. No future customers will need to worry about this, and old customers can call in for a replacement seal if necessary.

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Miller's Diversion 165 TIG
The Diversion 165 is one of the most inexpensive, compact TIG welders on the market. And it's also one of the easiest to use. Since most of our staff welds like monkeys, we handed the little Miller TIG to a professional welder so he could give us his opinions on its ease of use and operability. It didn't take more than a few minutes for our pro to set up the welder and lay an almost perfect bead the first time through. It's not for the absolutely biggest jobs, but it's an excellent machine for the hobbyist who isn't going to be having to lay heavy TIG welds all day long. About the only thing we could complain about is that it's not battery powered and we have to find an power outlet to plug it in-not that we've ever seen a battery-powered TIG machine before....

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Nitto Dura Grappler
It's rare that we highly recommend any tire since we can usually find a downfall in almost every tread design. We have yet to find a tire that works perfectly in all conditions, though there are one or two out there that come close to fitting the bill.

If we take any big mud or extreme rock play out of the equation, we'd have to say that Nitto's Dura Grapplers are turning into real winners. They have been great on the HD truck we threw them onto, pulling the heaviest of trailers and barely bulging their thick sidewalls that were designed for heavy-duty tow vehicles. The tread pattern is not at all exciting to look at, which unfortunately will probably turn away some potential American purchasers that are perhaps too concerned with the looks of the tire, but for those willing to run a more mild-looking tread, the benefits will be great. They've worn excellently, and have lasted much better than any standard "all-terrain" tire that we've used in the same manner.

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