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Unread 02-02-2014, 10:00 PM   #1
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500$ should i get winch or frame stiffeners and sliders first

I Have a 94 xj lifted 3 inches w 31's and a winch bumper i have 500$ to throw at it should i get a winch for the jeep or frame stiffeners and sliders for it what will be a better buy
If i dont get stiffeners now there next on the to buy list

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Unread 02-03-2014, 02:12 AM   #2
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Personally, I get a winch. While frame stiffeners are great, they can't pull you out of a mud-hole when you're stuck.
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Unread 02-03-2014, 10:50 PM   #3
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For $500 you are not going to be able to buy a dependable winch.
Now before anyone gets their panties in a wad this is how I see it.
Can I buy a winch for $500, sure you can.
Will it work, sure it will.
How long will it work? Not sure.
Now here is the most important question.
Can I buy parts for it when it does not work?
Year or two probably.
10 years from now?
No.
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Unread 02-04-2014, 07:53 AM   #4
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Depends. How often have you needed to be winched out by someone else? If never, I'd go sliders.

Have you considered a locker?

This all depends on how you wheel and how your XJ performs now.
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Unread 02-04-2014, 05:54 PM   #5
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Depending on your terrain, I usually advise protection before winch. Riding with someone else and a tow strap can do a lot to recover until you can afford a good, worthwhile winch. Protection keeps your jeep intact and avoids excess money down the road.

Even with a winch I prefer to go with someone else, if I somehow get stuck in an unrecoverable situation I have a ride out.
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Unread 02-04-2014, 06:08 PM   #6
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For $500 you are not going to be able to buy a dependable winch.
Now before anyone gets their panties in a wad this is how I see it.
Can I buy a winch for $500, sure you can.
Will it work, sure it will.
...
Find a used Warn for $500. I found mine for $300.
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Unread 02-11-2014, 05:13 AM   #7
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So i went with the winch and bought a quadratech q9000 winch with synthetic line for 450$ and it has a limited lifetime warranty on the internals and 1 year on the solenoid
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Unread 02-11-2014, 06:26 AM   #8
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Why is everyone so caught up in buying winches right away? I do some pretty decent wheeling, not super hard core, but decent. And the only times I even thought I might need a winch was for the real steep climes up rocks to keep me from going end over.

If you're going out where you think you might get stuck or are doing trails you should have atleast another buddy with you. Tow straps work pretty well alot of the time...

Put that money that you'd spend on a decent winch into tires or gears or lockers or some armor or something a little more useful.


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Unread 02-13-2014, 06:36 AM   #9
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I already have brand new dc crushers on the jeep w a 3 inch suspension i figured with all the snow here on longisland if i get rocker protection and frame stiffeners they wont be installed to spring so i got a winch and will get protection when i work over the summer
And i figured with the winch i could make some money pulling out stuck suvs on the beach
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Unread 02-15-2014, 07:09 AM   #10
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I would have gone with the sliders first.
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