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Unread 09-15-2009, 05:34 PM   #1
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need opinions on winch idea

1. I don't want to change my bumpers to a winch mount bumper.

2. Once the XJ is restored it will only see light wheeling.

I was thinking of getting a small portable/removable winch that mounts to the rear trailer hitch as a "just-in-case". Is it worth it? Any other ideas as to mounting and keeping my bumpers?

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Unread 09-15-2009, 06:17 PM   #2
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Shouldn't be an issue for light wheeling as long as you have one approriately rated for your vehicle's weight. I have a 9.5k winch and it is one heavy sucker and wouldn't want to be putting it on and taking it off. It will be a pain in the butt to haul it out of the vehicle and install it in the trailer hitch, especially if you are buried up to your bumpers in mud. You could install it once you hit the trail, but will lose a substantial amount of departure angle.

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Unread 09-15-2009, 06:23 PM   #3
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if you connect through the trailer hitch then you need a pretty strong hitch pin too methinks
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Unread 09-15-2009, 07:02 PM   #4
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I would consider such a winch mount adequate for on-road usage like if you're stuck in a little snow or shallow mud on the road but I'd never consider it adequate for offroad usage. Who knows, you may be asked to help retrieve someone else who might really need the full strength of the winch some day... or even your Cherokee.
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Unread 09-15-2009, 07:03 PM   #5
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I'll never be going through mud again. Completely covering my jeep got old when I was a teenager. To much of a pain to clean off Alabama clay! LOL

Hitch pin - the pin that will hold the winch in the receiver?

What's a good rating for an average XJ?
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Unread 09-15-2009, 07:22 PM   #6
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I would consider such a winch mount adequate for on-road usage like if you're stuck in a little snow or shallow mud on the road but I'd never consider it adequate for offroad usage. Who knows, you may be asked to help retrieve someone else who might really need the full strength of the winch some day... or even your Cherokee.
South Alabama - no "real" snow, although I did see some flakes this past winter! LOL

But I understand what you're saying. My off-roading will be pretty limited to family camping trips, photography adventures... I'm a girl, and after new carpet and new paint, I don't want it dirty! LOL

I was thinking of the winch as a just-in-case, like a first aid kit.

Is there a way to mount a winch to the front and still use the factory bumpers?
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Unread 09-16-2009, 12:45 PM   #7
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XJ / MJ Backbone Bumper System

I just got a tailbone from Detours and the quality was awesome. I'd say this is the easiest and cheapest way to mount a winch on a cherokee.
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Unread 09-16-2009, 01:28 PM   #8
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XJ / MJ Backbone Bumper System

I just got a tailbone from Detours and the quality was awesome. I'd say this is the easiest and cheapest way to mount a winch on a cherokee.
That's the best winch mounting solution I've seen for a Cherokee.
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Unread 09-16-2009, 03:58 PM   #9
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ya. thats a great idea for a cherokee. i actually really like that
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absolutely perfect!!!!!
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