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Old 04-11-2011, 11:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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One place to start is with the advertisers that support this, and other forums. Outfits that I've bought from (and will again):
Trailtough, Petroworks, LowRangeOffroad, Aftermarket4x4, Breezeindustries, ZuksOffroad (ZOR), ZukEvilTwin.com, Rockauto, HawkSuzukiParts,

Outfits that I would buy from without hesitation: RoadlessGear, Rock4xFabrication, SpiderTrax, Trail-Gear.com

This list is by no means all-inclusive. Notably, two heavily-advertised suppliers are missing. Do your homework and search out the reputations of any that you are thinking about doing business with.

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Old 04-12-2011, 08:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Do your homework and search out the reputations any that you are thinking about doing business with.
Thanks for the info. I tend to go to forums (or to local groups when available) to get recommendations since people who register for forums tend to use vendors more have stronger opinions. I'm hoping others will chime in.

Any vendors I should stay away from?
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The big one to steer clear of is Rocky Road Outfitters. Cheap products, bad customer service, bad tech support. It's not a nice thing to say, and if there were just isolated incidences then I wouldn't bash them. Time and time again though people post up about their problems with them. Some people will defend them, saying... oh I never experienced any issues. The next month they're taking it back and posting up the latest horror story. There are other companies that sell similar equipment with better support and better fabrication and tech.

One of the other companies that gets bad press is Calmini. They actually have fairly solid products, especially their "Bolt on" stuff. It's well designed, but a lot of it is ripped off from other companies and then rebadged and sold with a mark up for having their brand on it. Main issue I have with them is that they have a strong CYA policy there. If you call up with questions on a broken part that you abused to hard, they immediatly assume you want a refund and start back pedalling and trying to discredit you. I learned to start my call to their tech support with "This is not a warantee replacement or refund issue" then they are much more willing to help with finding you a replacement part if they know you intend to "Pay" for it.
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Thanks for the candor. I step around with caution. I've checked out all of the sites listed in post #2, and have already placed my order from LowRangeOffroad for a headlight wiring kit, shifter knob, Shifter Fix Kit, and steering stabilizer. I still have yet to decide upon a bolt-on suspension system, however Calmini seems to be the only outfit out there that includes everything in their kit and I cannot help but lean their way. Wish me luck on my decision.
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I still have yet to decide upon a bolt-on suspension system, however Calmini seems to be the only outfit out there that includes everything in their kit and I cannot help but lean their way.
You may want to revisit Trail Tough...

The quality and capability far outshine Calmini. You can also get an actual answer if you need help with anything.
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