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Unread 01-11-2015, 11:56 PM   #1
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Newbie needs winch advice

I’m a big “Noob” here so thanks ahead of time to all for the great info I’ve picked up from lurking.
Here’s my situation, got my first Jeep a few months ago (89 Cherokee) and am in the process of getting
a few things fixed / set up. I’ve done a fair amount of off roading with
friends over the years so am not totally (almost, but not quite) ignorant on the subject.
Having seen how handy a winch can be from time to time, I thought one might be a good addition,
but here’s the problem: 85% of the time this machine well be driven on hard pavement.
The idea of dragging around an extra 75+ pounds of winch, plus a replacement
for the stock tin foil bumper seems a bit silly. Not planning on doing any mud bogging
or rock crawling here. I’ve looked at portable winches, but all I’ve seen look pretty puny.
Any idea’s on something “middle of the road” here?
Thanks ahead of time for any ideas.

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Unread 01-12-2015, 04:31 AM   #2
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Winches typically need a reinforced bumper to handle the stress. They are nice if you spend a lot of time in bad terrain. I had one on a cj7 I used to have, it was nice but I needed a better battery and alternator.
I use a 4 ton come along and carry about a 150 feet of chain and cable now, but the terrain where I live is mixed and that might still not be enough to hook up to anything. So I also carry a deadman for the open areas. But I break rule number one sometimes and go alone.
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Unread 01-12-2015, 06:29 AM   #3
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Winches not only need a reinforced bumper and/or winch plate, they also need to be anchored to something that is properly tied into the body.

No matter the winch set-up, anything worth your time and money is gonna set you back several hundred dollars. (you only wheel 15% of the time.........and of that 15% how often will you need to use the winch?............)

Save your money - get a good tow strap and front/rear recovery points.
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Unread 01-12-2015, 12:39 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback.
It's not so much the cost I'm worried about, but hauling around all that extra weight
when it's not needed. Also, around here, (Bakersfield, CA) I'd have to weld the whole thing on
or lose it the first time I parked it somewhere at night for more than an hour.
Been thinking of making some kind of a quick release so I could just pop it on
when Im heading out boony bouncing. I like the Idea of the 4 ton come along, sounds like a good compromise.
I think it must be the lazy-assed side of me that likes the idea of pushing a button
rather than yanking on a lever a couple of hundred times.
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Unread 01-12-2015, 01:33 PM   #5
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That's funny I'm originally from Bakersfield. I left there when Rosedale still had some empty fields and almond orchards. I grew up mostly in Oildale, I know what you mean about having to weld it on. I went back a few years ago to visit family and Oildale had just gotten worse.
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Unread 01-12-2015, 02:22 PM   #6
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you can get a front receiver , and a receiver carrier for the winch. Then you hook it up when needed.
Rusty's used to sell one for the XJ.
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Unread 01-12-2015, 02:28 PM   #7
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Roadhawk! We should go wheeling some time, I'm out in Bakersfield as well. I run with infectious off-road
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Unread 01-12-2015, 02:49 PM   #8
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Yeah, the front receiver is a good idea too, thanks.
Justinkase- yeah, whole town's going downhill fast. Wife and I are stuck
here for at least another 10. Thinking of getting the hell out of Dodge when we retire.
Trainhop91- PM coming your way.
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