just buy american made jeep upgrades? EDIT: warrior products are in fact made in the US, mixed up the names while thinking on manufacturers. Some other bumpers are not made in the US like smittybilt. Some of the last big upgrades I put on my jeep were from indianna.. AJs offroad, napier flares, hd shackle relocation brackets jcr offroad... my OME leafs were made in india and my bilstiens were "assembled in the U.S." so just keep that in mind when ordering stuff for your american (albeit 12+ years ago) built jeep.
Last edited by Mtb Jak; 03-20-2013 at 05:00 PM..
Reason: Bad Info on my part!
If you're buying something used it really doesn't matter.
This is true, but the OP gave me the impression that he/she'd buy new if there were American made (whatever he/she defines "made" as) vehicles available, thus my questions and the resulting discussion.
Originally Posted by Mtb Jak
just buy american made jeep upgrades? warrior products and some other bumpers are not made in the US anymore. Some of the last big upgrades I put on my jeep were from indianna.. AJs offroad, napier flares, hd shackle relocation brackets jcr offroad... my OME leafs were made in india and my bilstiens were "assembled in the U.S." so just keep that in mind when ordering stuff for your american (albeit 12+ years ago) built jeep.
CSF radiators are imported from Indonesia I believe. BTR radiators is based in the US, but I'm a little unsure of where their rads are actually MADE--I have a suspicion it's Mexico.
As far as I can tell, Dynomax, Flowmaster, and Magnaflow exhausts are American.
Lighting? Autopal is Indian. Hella is German. Cibie is French.
Bosch is German.
Audio? Alpine, Pioneer, Kenwood, JVC, and Sony are Japanese. Jensen (at least mostly), Boston Acoustics, and Bose are American.
Tires? Goodyear (Dunlop and Kelly are subsidiaries) is American. Bridgestone (Firestone), Yokohama, and Toyo are Japanese. Michelin (BFG) is French. Hankook and Kumho are S. Korean.
Yeah, I doubt many people own 100% American cars.
Since the OP hasn't cared to respond, I'm going to assume that he/she doesn't care or has been satisfied, and I'm going to roll away from the original question a little bit into related territory for the sake of discussion.
The only legitimate reason I can see someone wanting to buy exclusively American products is for political/economical reasons. A noble cause, but is likely to do jack squat to change anything and will probably force one to buy inferior products--a lot of foreign made stuff is just plain better. If you really want to change US politics/economics, change the way you and the people you know vote. All (well, at least most) US political and economic problems can be traced back to and solved by US voters.
All things being equal, I buy American when it's an option, but rarely are all things equal. In a capitalist world (world--not just nation), I support the superior product no matter who makes it, and if that makes a US company "sad," then I expect them to do the capitalist thing and improve their product. I don't expect everyone to do that; I'm far less of a patriot then many. I confront the issues of US manufacturing, employment, dollars, politics, etc directly by being an educated voter. There are a lot of serious problems with our government, economy, and representatives right now--and don't DARE turn this into a Rep vs Dem cat-fight because that kind of ignorant mind-set is one of the problems--and I don't see "buy American" doing anything of consequence to change that.
Tangent: I assume many people reading this thread are people interested in economical type things, and if you haven't already, I encourage you to read the Time Magazine article, "Bitter Pill" that was recently published. It's a LONG read, but you won't regret it. Please read it then get one other person to read it.
either way wherever the XJ was made they did a fantastic job of making it and I would buy more and more and more over and over again... I love these things... I just buy american made parts if I purchase things.. and in all honesty have you seen the reliability of a honda or subaru for that that matter? ive seen honda's with 250k+ on factory timing chains... so if A company(in any country) makes something that I like and is reliable I will buy it.
just buy american made jeep upgrades? warrior products and some other bumpers are not made in the US anymore.
Just wanted to chime in with a correction:
Warrior Products is proud to continue manufacturing here in the USA. Warrior Products will continue manufacturing here for the foreseeable future. Glad I could clear that up.
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Just wanted to chime in with a correction:
Warrior Products is proud to continue manufacturing here in the USA. Warrior Products will continue to keep manufacturing here for the foreseeable future. Glad I could clear that up.
Thanks for clearing it up! smittybilt* was who I was thinking of! Edited my post!**