Manufacturer Profile: Rugged Ridge Bumpers and Grille Guards

February 15, 2011

The guys at Rugged Ridge have been in the Jeep business for years, and their exhaustive catalog is practically an encyclopedia for Jeep accessories. From roll bar tops, to replacement seats, to grille guards – if  it beefs up the look of your Jeep, odds are it’s a Rugged Ridge part. Today’s post is all about Rugged Ridge and their brawny exterior accents.


Rugged Ridge Front Tube Bumper:

Made from heavy duty materials with a cool, rust-proof finish, this tube bumper is built tough to keep your jeep’s front-end protected from dirt, debris, and any obstacle thrown your way. The Rugged Ridge Front Tube Bumper features welded end caps, and is available in multiple styles to suit the look of your Jeep.


Rugged Ridge Euro Style Brush & Grille Guard:

If want to add some continental style to your vehicle, check out the Rugged Ridge Euro Style Brush & Grille Guard. This grille guard features a no nonsense design inspired by the old country to shield your front-end from small tree limbs and brush. The Rugged Ridge Euro Style Brush & Grille Guard is available 2 finishes: Stainless Steel and Gloss Black.


Rugged Ridge Rear XHD Bumper:

Featuring a classic look that’s long been a favorite of Jeep owners, the Rugged Ridge Rear XHD Bumper oozes off-road style. The XHD features a tough powder coated steel finish and 2 reinforced D-ring attachments to give your Jeep Wrangler a cool look that’s compatible with the XHD Tire Carrier Mount.


Rugged Ridge Rear Tube Bumper:

Whether you’re fording through the backwoods, or idling in the carpool line, this rear bumper has a rugged style that looks great. The Rugged Ridge Rear Tube Bumper features a large 17″ opening in the middle to make room for your oversized tires and comes in multiple styles and finishes. For the total Rugged Ridge upgrade, pick up the rear bumper with a hitch to increase your towing capacity.


Want more? To see the rest of Rugged Ridge’s fender guards, jeep covers, and jeep front bumpers, head over to


Vintage Garage Sign Roundup

February 1, 2011

While the massive blizzard raging outside your window may suggest otherwise, Spring is coming. And with it, Spring Cleaning. If you’re like the rest of us, your garage probably looks like a war-zone right now. You could organize the junk on your work bench, or put the tree up in the attic, but doesn’t adding a retro garage sign to your wall sound so much easier? Sure, a vintage garage sign won’t scrub the dried motor oil off your floor, but it will certainly brighten things up a bit. We’ve listed a few of our favorite garage signs below, check them out:


Sox & Martin Vintage Sign:

So what if you drive a minivan – with a Sox & Martin Vintage Sign you can turn your humble little carport into a stock car driver’s paradise. The perfect addition to any garage or game room, this vintage sign encapsulates the swagger and style of the iconic Sox & Martin racing duo. For a total garage makeover, up the ante with a Sox & Martin Neon Sign.


Chevrolet Garage Sign:

10/10 Chevy guys agree: If you own the car, you need to get a sign to match. Luckily, we’ve got a whole host of Chevy vintage signs at our site, and nearly all of them feature the company’s iconic bow-tie logo. Now all you have to do is decide which one suites your style the best…


Vintage Highway Sign:

If there’s one thing that will never go out of style, it’s the iconic Route 66. Highway sign. Now you can rep. this historic American highway, and all the feelings of possibility and innovation associated with it, on your garage wall.


Pontiac Neon Sign:

Be warned: The Pontiac Neon Garage Sign is for serious auto enthusiasts only. This massive vintage sign measures a ridiculous 42″ in diameter and features the American auto company’s iconic Indian logo outlined in red neon.


Looking for something more? Don’t worry, these are just a few of the many vintage garage signs we carry. For a complete list of all our garage accessories, head over to

A Rock Band’s First Trailer

May 6, 2010

Written by Packy Lundholm
There are a few things every rock band needs to survive: catchy songs, an exciting stage show, devoted fans, and perhaps most importantly, a trailer. How else are you supposed to get your equipment to all those gigs?

I play lead guitar in a band called I Fight Dragons. We play a unique blend of power pop-rock combined with classic video game sounds. We even hook up old Nintendo controllers to a computer and play them on stage as instruments! IFD has a full rock band instrumentation (drums, bass, and two electric guitars), as well as a custom-built control center for the computer and controllers. We also show videos on old TVs and projection screens scattered around the stage. Needless to say, we have a LOT of equipment to drag around, and not long ago our cargo hauling method was a fleet of cars with TVs and amps in the back seats.

IFD was recently asked to play a show at the 10,000-capacity Magness Arena in Denver – by far our biggest show yet! The only problem was how to transport our gear on the 16-hour trek from our home Chicago. We decided it was time to take the next step – to become A Band With A Trailer.

Lucky for us, I already owned a Mercury Mariner with a V6 engine that’s powerful enough to pull a decently-sized trailer. We went to a local shop and purchased a 10′ trailer that has plenty of room for our equipment and merchandise. The next important step was getting the appropriate trailer hitch and wiring harness for my Mariner. That’s where Curt comes in.

It just so happens that when I’m not out playing rock shows I write for Auto Accessories Garage, so I knew right where to go to start shopping. We offer Curt’s full line of trailer hitches and make it simple to choose the right one for your vehicle. All I had to do was select my Mariner on our Curt Hitch page and the add the hitch I wanted to the shopping cart. I had my choice of a Class II Hitch or Class III Hitch – I opted for the Class III Hitch for that extra beefiness and 2″ receiver. The site remembers your vehicle selection, so I browsed over to the T-Connector Wiring Harness page and in one click I added the exact harness I needed to my shopping cart.

The mechanic at the shop was very pleased (you could almost say relieved) to see I came in with a Curt Hitch. He told me Curt was a reliable company whose custom hitches fit great right out of the box, and he hasn’t had any problems with them in his years at the shop. Looks like he was right, as my Curt trailer hitch and wiring harness were installed easily in under an hour and I was on my way. At the shop I picked up a Curt Ball Mount, a chrome Curt Trailer Ball, and a hefty Curt Hitch Pin to finish off the rig.

And now, the moment of truth. It took a little bit of aligning to get it right, but eventually the coupler grabbed the ball with no problem. I spent some time in the parking lot of a nearby school to get used to the trailer, especially going in reverse – this little bit of practice proved essential that weekend. We loaded up the trailer (keeping the weight evenly distributed and making sure the heavier TVs and drum hardware were sitting over the axle), attached the safety chains, checked all the lights and connections, and we were on our way!

My Mariner did a great job hauling the trailer to and from Denver, and my new Curt Trailer Hitch, Wiring Harness, and other hitch parts were reliable throughout the whole journey. Thanks to Curt, choosing and installing the right trailer hitch parts for my SUV was a piece of cake. And in the world of arena rock shows, epic road trips, and hectic tour schedules, we need every break we can get.

Oh, and the show? It was AWESOME! We rocked out for thousands of screaming kids, made a ton of new friends and fans, and had the experience of a lifetime. And now that we’re Curt-equipped, we can do it all over again.