Microwave is going to be tricky, given the rated output of the on-board inverter.
Adding a standalone LiFePO4 based inverter+battery bank feeding the microwave oven would be more viable, letting the bank (re)charge off the vehicle on-board source (either 12VDC or 120 VAC/400W).
Badlands here, no hood ornaments installed (deflectors or other trim), and I have noticed "gentle" vibration of the rear-center area of the hood circa highway speeds. I chalked it up to being an aluminum hood with little support under it in that section. Perhaps stiffening would help, or support...
I'm assuming you mean 10/6/2/0.7 metre bands:
MFJ-1438, MOBILE, 10M/6M/2M/440 QUAD-BAND, NMO/SO
MFJ-1456 (quint-band, 2x HF + 6m/2m/0.7m, but SO-239 / PL-259 not NMO)
Comet UHV-4 (same band spread, but PL-259 not NMO)
Comet UHV-6 (more HF coverage, but PL-259 not NMO)
Diamond CR8900A (same...
SirusXM (and both of the originally-separate companies) use (+used) terrestrial repeaters to mitigate some of the "urban canyon" reception problem one sees with a truly satellite-only system.
If you have a decent, quasi-unobstructed view of the required specific section of sky, you could...
The Rigid/Ford co-branded front-roof light-bar ties into the Badlands wiring harness in the driver's A-Pillar and driver's-left-underdash harness.
Not personally installed one, but instructions are gory-detail level.
In terms of being out-of-the-way (preserving departure angle), and preserving the most of factory structural materials (some advise deletion of rear bumper internals), the Curt #13474 seems to be the winner here.
I have not personally pulled-the-trigger on one yet, hoping Ford might offer a...
Specifically you're referring to the PTU (similar concept to a transfer-case), which for the 2.0l engine is paired with a liquid-to-liquid cooler, using the 8F35 transmission cooler fluid-loop and a set of heat-exchanger coils in the PTU sump area, whereas the 1.5l PTU configuration relies on...
Agreed. If I find a nice public teardown-analysis of an 8F35 I'll be sure to post it.
Of course the full "theory of operation" writeup on the 8F35 + PTU in the Ford Service Manual would be the nicest writeup, but that one isn't typically something you can re-post. :-/
[[ downshifting on long-downhill runs ]]
Badlands and First Editions (2.0l / 8F35 w/ SelectShift) ... if you're in normal (non-"Manual" shift mode) you can initiate a temporary downshift / upshift with the paddles. It'll revert back to automated shifting the next time throttle-level reaches...