Sarah, the roller fairleads are generally the default with wire rope (the steel cable traditionally found on winches) while the hawse fairleads are generally used with the safer, lighter, stronger synthetic winchline. That's not hard and fast, though, as there are exceptions. Hawse fairleads stick out less from the front of the winch and are made from a single piece of metal. I'm not sure what else you may want to know.
Originally Posted by SarahRose
A winch would be soooo coool. Then when I get stuck...well...I won't STAY stuck! But then there's lockers...and everything...it's so hard to pick one thing to save up for you know?
A winch wouldn't have saved you in that mud, unfortunately. You have to have something to hook to. I guess another vehicle could've helped, as long as they weren't stuck, too. Lockers, on the other hand, MAY have prevented you from getting stuck in the first place. A D30 Aussie wouldn't require a regear and is only about $250. Might be where I'd go first, if I were in your shoes.
I just don't know of any local clubs! Folsom is boring.
Come on, your right near Sacramento. Surely there are a few Jeep clubs there. Hell, MetalCloak and Rubicon Express are both right next to each other up the road from you in Rancho Cordova, as are a few other Jeep resources. Go visit them some time soon and check them out.