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Unread 08-26-2012, 10:35 PM   #1
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Minimum cost to install a winch?

How much would it be at minimum to install a winch on my WJ?

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Unread 08-26-2012, 10:42 PM   #2
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Well how do you want to do it? The cheapest way possible with the cheapest winch possible?

Rough Country winch mount $230
Chinese-made 8000-9500lb winch from any of a dozen brands $300
Wiring supplies + terminal conversion about $75.

Call it $600 minimum.

Now if you want to do it with better than the cheapest crap available, you'll need to plonk down more dough. A steel winch bumper for the WJ starts around $900. A good quality winch would be $600-1000 on its own.
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Unread 08-26-2012, 10:55 PM   #3
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Thanks!

Thats WAY out of my price range, and I dont want to buy trash that will break.

What are my other options other than using a highlift as a "winch", I off road alone most of the time and have been stuck a few times and had to rely on the kindness of a stranger.
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Unread 08-26-2012, 11:56 PM   #4
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Rule 1: Don't wheel alone.

If you choose to ignore rule 1, a front hitch receiver, and a winch mounted to a receiver mount and crap loads of cable, straps, a land anchor, full size spare, at last one spare of every part that could brake and leave you stranded, and a satellite phone.

That should be able to get you out of most situations.

Personally, I'd just abide by rule 1 it's a whole lot cheaper.

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Screw cheaper - it's unsafe to wheel alone. Think of how many things that could go wrong - and if you're unable to call for help.

"it'll never happen to me" says everyone until it happens to them. I hope it doesn't - but be safe.
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Unread 08-27-2012, 07:23 AM   #6
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Agreed on not 'wheeling alone, but if you have to, then something like this will help:

http://www.harborfreight.com/8000-lb...uller-543.html
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Unread 08-27-2012, 10:06 AM   #7
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Hahahahaha
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Unread 08-27-2012, 10:18 AM   #8
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Thank you for your input, bill.
Lol

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Unread 08-27-2012, 10:22 AM   #9
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Well, I assumed he was joking. Because that's about all a come-a-long is good for.
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Unread 08-27-2012, 10:31 AM   #10
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Also dont forget to upgrade your electrical... battery(s) and or alternator. Winches pull a lot of juice. Also if you engine has stalled a stock battery may not have enough umph to get it done.

These and a 200amp alt in mine give me a little comfort when out wheeling.

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Unread 08-28-2012, 08:14 AM   #11
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Cable hand winches can work and better than nothing just as a hi-lift jack can also be used as a winch. . A shovel is also handy. Best of all is a buddy in another jeep to pull you out

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Unread 08-28-2012, 11:39 PM   #12
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No question they can be used... but to get enough reach and utility from the hand winch, you'll need to spend more than an entry-level electric winch. Which is why I find it funny. I actually bought that very HF come-a-long. "It's gotta be better than nothing, right?" I quickly figured out that the likelihood I could actually attach to something and recovery myself was essentially zero. Getting equipped to the point that I could actually use it meant spending a lot on chain/cable and I'd still have to get out and kill myself yanking it out by hand.

Recovering from outside the vehicle is strenuous and a dangerous idea. I'll gladly take the risk of a winch cable breaking to the risk of being run-over or otherwise out of control of my vehicle as it comes unstuck. Plus who wants to have a heart attack while wheeling? Not it!
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Agree the elastic / stretch of ropes and straps make it more difficult, personally I get nervous being that close to tensioned cables straps & ropes. Rather be in side looking out

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Unread 08-29-2012, 07:39 AM   #14
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As long as you keep up on your winch cable.maint. And grease it youll be good....i towed cars for two.years had one cable snap.....and learn to use snatchblocks.the propper way.....you would be amazed that you could crane yoir way out of a mudhole with enough winch.line and snatch blocks.....******* smartphones suck.for.replying
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