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Unread 12-07-2014, 09:38 PM   #1
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From a DD point of view,

From a DD point of view, will I get more/better use out of a 50" light bar, or a winch?

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Unread 12-07-2014, 09:44 PM   #2
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How often have you needed to be pulled out?
How often have you wished you had more light?

Personally, I think you need a subwoofer and amp.
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Unread 12-07-2014, 09:48 PM   #3
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Neither one. The light bar probably isn't street legal and the winch will have almost (read: actually) zero use for daily driving unless you live somewhere that requires you to pop it into 4 low to get to and from your house.
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Unread 12-07-2014, 09:49 PM   #4
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Ha I listen to country music I have no need for a sub
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Unread 12-07-2014, 09:49 PM   #5
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DD seldom need light bars or winches.

Ever actually listen to good country music with a punchy sub? Sounds awesome!
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Unread 12-07-2014, 09:55 PM   #6
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Neither one. The light bar probably isn't street legal and the winch will have almost (read: actually) zero use for daily driving unless you live somewhere that requires you to pop it into 4 low to get to and from your house.
okay well from the perspective of a DD who wheels on the weekends (probably how I should've worded it to begin with). I can justify a winch with my wheeling, and I can justify a light bar with often backroad driving late at night with no other traffic on the road.
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Unread 12-07-2014, 10:08 PM   #7
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In that case, I'd recommend a decent winch.

A lightbar can't save your butt, a winch can.
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Unread 12-07-2014, 10:13 PM   #8
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Shouldn't be wheeling alone though. A good tow strap, a lightbar and a sub will cost about the same as a decent winch.

Besides, it's a Jeep it's not supposed to get stuck. Have some faith...

Brooks and Dunn have reunited. Your going to need a sub.
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Unread 12-07-2014, 10:43 PM   #9
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I would go with the light bar, late night backroads suck. Do you have deer where you are? The winch will be used if you get stuck, the light bar will be used every time you drive a back road.

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Brooks and Dunn have reunited.
I did not know that, I will have to keep a look out for new songs.
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Unread 12-07-2014, 11:23 PM   #10
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I would go with the light bar, late night backroads suck. Do you have deer where you are? The winch will be used if you get stuck, the light bar will be used every time you drive a back road.


I did not know that, I will have to keep a look out for new songs.
http://www.cmt.com/news/1746296/broo...dy-to-reunite/

Agreed. In the last few years I had no need for a winch, but use the lights almost every weekend night wheeling.

They have a residency here (Caesars Palace)
On a local radio show they said new songs are part of the plan.
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Unread 12-08-2014, 09:26 AM   #11
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Ever actually listen to good country music?
No such thing exists


OP, for the cost of a winch or lightbar I would get some windshield mounted spot lights, they're plenty bright. And with the leftover cash get a lunchbox locker for the front axle. That's just my opinion, I'm just some dude on the internet
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Unread 12-08-2014, 09:57 AM   #12
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I live in deer country so the lights came before the winch with one light ditch biassed. I wheel in bush and see too many smashed light bars, so went bumper mount, well I mounted 2 Hella black magics on my fairlead on my CJ and my YJ is a renegade with built in lights.
A couple bumper mount lights should leave enough extra for a cable style come-a-long until funds come up for the power winch. You will want the hand winch later anyway. Real handy for side holds while winching or when the power winch just fails for whatever reason. If you run solo and expect to winch, you need the backup.
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Unread 12-08-2014, 10:22 AM   #13
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I assume this is just for fun since its a daily driver that isn't off roaded much, I'd go with winch. It looks more badass!
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Unread 12-08-2014, 12:31 PM   #14
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I'm not all that fond of light bars and I have eight or nine winches at the moment, so my opinion is a bit skewed. I'd say, get a winch and if you need more light upgrade the actual lighting on the vehicle. I live in deer country too and I've found that deer are just as likely to be milling around at times and in places where you can't use your "off road" lighting. I'd spend cash upgrading my headlights any day of the week before I dropped it into auxiliary lights. Also, I use the winch as much around the house as I do when wheeling. There isn't a whole lot that you couldn't do just using the Jeep; however, it's a whole lot easier and more controlled with a winch (and easier on your yard).

My YJ came with a couple of KC Daylighters (back in the 90s). I almost never used them. When I built the bumper that currently resides on the Jeep, I didn't even bother mounting them up. They're on a shelf in the shop. My Tacoma (my DD) has a set of KCs that are just like my others except that they're black instead of chrome. When I build a new bumper for it and pull the ARB winch bumper off, I doubt I'll mess with the KCs on that one either.

My experience is mostly with the "spot" type beams. I really don't care for them. Maybe I'm using them wrong, but I just don't see the point in them. Years ago, I had a set of amber floods on an 86 Toyota that I actually really liked. They were great in fog, rain, and snow. The spots just seem amplify the problem during inclement weather.
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Unread 12-08-2014, 12:47 PM   #15
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I'm not all that fond of light bars and I have eight or nine winches at the moment, so my opinion is a bit skewed. I'd say, get a winch and if you need more light upgrade the actual lighting on the vehicle. I live in deer country too and I've found that deer are just as likely to be milling around at times and in places where you can't use your "off road" lighting. I'd spend cash upgrading my headlights any day of the week before I dropped it into auxiliary lights. Also, I use the winch as much around the house as I do when wheeling. There isn't a whole lot that you couldn't do just using the Jeep; however, it's a whole lot easier and more controlled with a winch (and easier on your yard).

My YJ came with a couple of KC Daylighters (back in the 90s). I almost never used them. When I built the bumper that currently resides on the Jeep, I didn't even bother mounting them up. They're on a shelf in the shop. My Tacoma (my DD) has a set of KCs that are just like my others except that they're black instead of chrome. When I build a new bumper for it and pull the ARB winch bumper off, I doubt I'll mess with the KCs on that one either.

My experience is mostly with the "spot" type beams. I really don't care for them. Maybe I'm using them wrong, but I just don't see the point in them. Years ago, I had a set of amber floods on an 86 Toyota that I actually really liked. They were great in fog, rain, and snow. The spots just seem amplify the problem during inclement weather.
The floods are the ones you want for deer! I hate not having fog/flood lights when I'm on the backroads in New York where there is often 4 feet of brush/corn/wheat 10 yards off the side of the 55mph back road. You really want to light that up to spot any signs of deer.
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