If you Jeep anywhere worth Jeeping, you know the feeling: You’re stuck, and grab the hook on the end of your winch line, running it out to whatever anchor point you need to use. And you have a hook.
What the heck are you supposed to do with a hook!?
Enter the product line of winching accessories from Factor 55.
I was interested in their Prolink “thimble” that acted as a quick attachment point for the end of the winch line. After the install, I noticed it protruded out quite a bit, and I worried about that first careless person that nosed into the parking spot a little too far.
Back at Jeep Beach 2014, I bumped into the guys from Factor 55. While researching their newest accessory – the Flatlink – I ended up coming home with one.
The pro side of this product is in it’s name – it’s flat. It uses the winch line tension to remain flat against your hawse fairlead. It is a low profile solution, and is very quick to deploy, and accepts standard shackles when winching. Plus, it looks awesome and we all know how much we care about how our Jeeps look.
On a recent trip up the Rubicon trail, I had to winch twice on Cadillac Hill (I had a trailer, come on!). The ease of hooking a shackle to tree protectors from the Flatlink was appreciated. It quickly “folded” back against the fairlead when I was done.
Another pro is the breaking point for these things. At Jeep Beach, they had all the specs on their failure testing right on the table. It was pretty amazing to see the results.
The only con side of the Flatlink (and one that was fully disclosed) is that unlike the Prolink, the hoop of your winch line remains exposed to sun/UV, air, rain, and dirt. This critical part of your line should remain protected for obvious reasons.
Another note, is that you should have a snap ring tool to install the Prolink or the Flatlink. This was not something I had handy and install was a pain.
My plan is to run the Flatlink during the Summer months, and swap back to the Prolink for the winter. This will provide protection to my line when the roads are the nastiest.
Overall, this is a great addition to my recovery kit. I hope with some additional engineering, a version of Flatlink will come to the market with winch line hoop protection. Then, it will be truly be a perfect fit.
Want a Flatlink? Order over at Northridge and enter discount code OFFROADVEGAN for 10% off! Then donate your savings to my favorite non profit – Sea Shepherd!
**FULL DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary Flatlink for the purposes of this review. It did not influence my opinion of the product. I purchased the Prolink at full retail.
When jeeping for a long period of time, nothing is more important than a hearty breakfast. On our recent trip along the Rubicon Trail, we woke to a chilly Sierra morning and I decided to warm up with some breakfast burritos.
These are a twist of my friend Andy’s amazing breakfast burritos from Moab.
So what do you get when you merge the Rubicon with burritos? Ruburritos (thanks Jesse!)
Golden Spike trail is part of the trifecta of trails in Moab which consists of Gold Bar Rim, Golden Spike, and most of Poison Spider.
On our recent mantrip to Moab, Andy and I actually ran all three of these trails (alone) and (almost)without incident. There were many cases where we took the easier option as we had no other rigs with us.
The trail officially “begins” on the Poison Spider side, but we ran it in reverse from Gold Bar Rim. The area is very well signed. I am actually glad we traversed it in this order, as some of the descents we made off ledges seemed pretty difficult if we were climbing them. The “point of no return factor, however was a bit daunting.
There are many cases today that the adage “you get what you pay for” really applies. However, it seems the only time that logic applies is when you are contemplating a pretty expensive purchase. Hence this review of the ARB 50 quart Fridge Freezer.
As a Jeeper, I must say that having an actual refrigerator (or freezer) has been “offroad life changing.” I am no longer running out to get extra ice, or dealing with soggy food, or having water sloshing in the back of the Jeep.
As a vegan, however, my actual life has in fact been really changed by this amazing fridge.
The forums are ablaze with questions around concerned Jeep drivers, that their gauge cluster will suddenly light up, chime, and do some weird things – but only for a second or two.
I found myself dealing with this exact same problem in both my 2012 and 2013 Rubicons (the videos above are mine). Taking the 2013 in under warranty, the dealer was just as perplexed as I was. Eventually they changed the electronic sway bar disconnect motor (claiming it was not sealed for water and thus causing the short).