I used my winch to pull a tree stump out. That's the ONLY time I EVER on this jeep used my winch for myself...
And let's be realistic... (no offense to the original poster here at all, just making a point and nothing more)
Where can I buy an off-road jack (Hi-lift brand) in Vegas? And what height should I get, 42" or 48"? My Jeep isn't lifted and I don't plan to anytime soon. I want to hit a trail on Tuesday and I don't own a jack yet
After reading that, do you think him or 95% of the jeep owners out there are going to be in a situation where they need a winch to keep from going over backwards on a water fall? You know the jeep crowd as well as any of us. We know that most of them (some on here even, bunnyrabbit for example, davidsonlaw, Dr.M, etc, at least it seems) cruise around dirt roads and mellow washes using their jeeps to explore for the most part and probably rarely even really need to pull it into 4wd. There's nothing wrong with that, the jeep is being used for the purposes they want it for. Heck, I've seen some (not on here now... LOL) that pull it into 4WD as soon as they leave the pavement on a graded dirt road! Maybe I'm reading into the original poster's comment but I don't think he's going to be flopping his rig on some crazy off camber cliff anytime soon with stock suspension...
Personally, instead of a winch and a high lift, I would put that money towards and save up a little bit more to install a cheap 1-2" spacer lift and some more aggressive 31" tires. If you're on stock suspension and any tires remotely resembling the stock tire tread that combo will benefit you 99.9% of the time way more then a winch or jack will.
You guys are talking like most jeep owners are out running KOH when the truth is, most of them like me now until the new ride is fixed up, just cruise around town trying to look hard core. LOL (yes, I'm totally stereotyping!!! There's a lot of sarcasm with hints of truth and advice in all of my recent posts, don't take it personally anyone or get your feelings hurt!)
I'm not anti jeep at all. Me selling mine has nothing to do with my opinion on jeeps, me selling mine is simply a financial decision where I'm taking 2 vehicles roughly worth about $15K and combining them into 1 with all the same capabilities that costs about $6K when all said and done. Simple as that... I looked in my driveway one day and went said to myself "why" so I'm changing it up a bit.
I'm just simply telling it how I see it in my opinion. I've grown up around jeeps and spent a lot of time wheeling from mild to wild. I've been up the hammers back in the day, I've done the rubicon, etc... I also am basing my opinion on sales figures and numbers of products that I've been involved in from basic suspensions to 4 link suspensions to jeep bling and I see a far far far majority of jeep owners that think they need a bunch of gear when truthfully they just want that gear yet don't need it. If someone wants to spend the money on all that stuff, awesome I won't stop you cause we all have our different means and needs for what we buy but I'm just putting it out there for a person that inquired that they probably don't actually "need" that gear and if they want the money can be spent elsewhere. In the end it's their choice, get the info you need and decide on your own.