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Unread 10-31-2012, 11:26 AM   #1
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Winch vs. Regear

So I'm to the point where I've done EVERYTHING wrong in building my jeep and now I'm going back (out of college) and am starting to build things up as they should be.

I've had a winch bumper on my jeep pretty much since the day I lifted it and never got around to buying a winch. I mildly offroad and don't see me using it very much but having to have a tow strap and mess with a highlift if I get stuck is just not apealing to me (done it to many times already).

But I'm sitting on 33's right now with the 8.25 in the rear and D30 up front and don't plan to go any higher (yea right we've all said this ). And I'm trying to decide what would be the better option to do first.

My question to everyone is what would you do? Regear or buy the winch.

Now I know that everyone will immediately say the same thing "regear." BUT this is not my daily driver, it is my weekend warrior that I don't drive very much.

I would either be looking at doing the 4.88 swap or putting 4.56's in.

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Unread 10-31-2012, 11:47 AM   #2
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When I think of mild off roading I would not think a winch to be needed. However it sounds as if you have gotten stuck a bunch. What do you drive it for on the weekends? Just to get to the trail? Maybe re-gear with a locker or two??
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Unread 10-31-2012, 12:03 PM   #3
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It sounds like you have a concern about being able to deal with extracting a stuck vehicle, so which choice would best allow you to do that.....mounting a winch or re-gearing?
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Unread 10-31-2012, 12:17 PM   #4
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If you never wheel by yourself, do the gears. If you wheel a lot by your self and could possibly get stuck in the winter far back from help, I'd get the winch.
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Unread 10-31-2012, 01:25 PM   #5
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When I think of mild off roading I would not think a winch to be needed. However it sounds as if you have gotten stuck a bunch. What do you drive it for on the weekends? Just to get to the trail? Maybe re-gear with a locker or two??
When I say mild I guess it could be thought of differently ha. And its not that I've gotten stuck alot (i have but ya know) but I've have to pull my buddies out also and a winch would have been nice.

I use it not just to get to the trails but I wheel it pretty good. I'm not one to back down unless I see how deep something is....and usually at that time thats a little to late.


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It sounds like you have a concern about being able to deal with extracting a stuck vehicle, so which choice would best allow you to do that.....mounting a winch or re-gearing?
I realize to get unstuck the best option is the winch. But I guess I've heard so many people talk about re-gearing and making it sound like your unstoppable when you re-gear. That is what I am worried about and the fact that I would test that to much.


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If you never wheel by yourself, do the gears. If you wheel a lot by your self and could possibly get stuck in the winter far back from help, I'd get the winch.
This is what I am leaning towards. As I said I used to pull buddies and myself out but now that I graduated college and moved away from home it seems that I'm out with the old lady a lot more and are by ourselves most of the time. We don't know to many people to go wheeling with around here.


Thanks for your input! Really appreciate it!
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Unread 11-01-2012, 01:15 AM   #6
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Proper gearing brings benefits every time you drive it.
A winch brings less frequent benefits, but in a bigger way when it does.
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