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How do you all feels bout D3 arches? I received a set gratis when I picked up a used summit bar and am trying to decide if the look works. Removing the painted one to experiment proved a delicate task as the actual clip mounts on the arch were bending and close to breaking because the clip tension was so great.
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I'd keep the body color unless you're going to give them some pinstriping from mother nature.
 

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Maybe it's just me, but why would you want a newer truck to look older?

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Well, in searching around it looks like there was a group of us who actually liked the look of the D3 arches, plus they are more rugged than whatever harder plastic the painted arches are. In my case, the ARB summit bar requires that you cut your front arches. The gentleman I bought it from had this set of arches and they are already cut. So, using the D3 arches would save me from permanently cutting the painted units. Partly aesthetic, partly durability.
 
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On the LR4, I prefer painted arches.

On the classic Defender, I prefer the black rubber arches.

On most vehicles, however, I prefer no arches at all. I never owned a Discovery II, but my favorite mod people would make with those is removing the arches entirely (they were just glued on; no rivets).
 

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Project Winch Install has picked up life again. I think I’ve finally accumulated all the little
Bits and pieces to make this a success.
In my case, I was pretty confident I’d need a longer ground cable to reach near the battery. Ordered one of those. Then realized I needed the synthetic rope fairing spacer kit to push the hawse fair lead out and away from the edges of the bumper. Ordered one of those. Then to bling it up, ordered the super thick Warn fairlead.
But wait, thicker fairlead now requires longer bolts to fit through the spacer kit. Found some of those.

Need to relocate control pack to top of Arb. Drill new holes, find a few more stainless screws and lock nuts.

Small negative leads for control pack no longer reaches winch ground lug. Quick extension and source the proper size ring terminal. Done

Finally able to mate the winch to the bumper. Next stage will be tearing down the front end and figuring out the mounting brackets. Maybe it’ll be done before the Gobi arrives…

Lots of little things here and there to get this going but now I’m getting close.

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Getting closer…
Does someone have a pro tip on routing the pos and neg winch cables to the batt and ground post? I can’t remember where or how but someone said to remove the fuse box? Yikes.
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Not sure if it's because I installed an H8 (or group 49) battery, but I couldn't see there being enough space between the fuse box and the battery for the electric cables for a winch. There might be, but it would certainly be tight.
 

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