Winter has hit Wisconsin so it's time to update my Kanati Trail Hog A/T review with some words about their performance on snowy and icie roads.

Warn M8274-50

I posted a new article called Choosing a Winch. It's got tons of analysis on the performance of various winches based on the technical specs and applies them to a real-world scenario. I compare a broad range of winches from cheap imports to the top-of-the-line Warn M8274-50. I think the results will both entertain and surprise you. If the specs can be believed the best performer is....

I hope Santa was good to everyone! Along with other Jeep goodies under the tree I got a new Warn VR12 12,000lbs winch! At 82 pounds the winch took the crown for the heaviest gift under the tree this year!

christmas 2016

I think the Jeep Juventus jersey is funny. I'm a big soccer fan but not a Juventus fan in particular, I just wanted their jersey because of the sponsor.

For those of you who don't live in an area where the use of salt on the roads is common during the winter (a/k/a "The Rust Belt") here is what it looks like. What you're looking at is not snow, or dirt, road salt, residue from driving around town for just two days. It's the main reason I bought aluminum fenders.

road salt

Snow does not melt on Vision X LED headlights. I had a 2 hour drive home in sticky wet snow, the temperature was just under freezing at 30-31ºF. If VisionX headlights can't melt snow at 31ºF they never will. Also, my AOSI LED fog lights have the same problem. The fog light openings in my LOD bumper filled with snow. I had to pull over every 15 minutes or so and clean off the lights to see where I was going. That is a real bummer. I'll have to see if the snow sticks to them in colder weather as the winter goes on.

snow on visionx

Here is a picture comparing the stock plastic flare with the Nemesis Industries Odyssey front flare.

odysses vs stock flare

Here is a timelapse of the installation for one of the front fenders. The second one took about half the time of the first.

I just received my LOD Signature Series bumpers today. The packaging they used to ship them is the best packaging I've ever seen. The bumpers look excellent.

LOD Signature Series bumpers

LOD Signature Series Mid-Width bumper in it's packaging

Unearthing the LOD Signature Series Mid-Width bumper

can see some of it now

Front view of LOD Signature Series
Mid-width forkbumper

Back view of LOD Signature Series
Mid-width bumper