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Unread 04-20-2015, 07:55 PM   #1
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Mobile Winch Project on the cheap.

Im going to start half way through my project. Im just posting this as an idea thread really. Just to give you some ideas on how to do it on the cheap. I started off buying a Smittybilt xrc 9.5. Got it for $300 shipped on Amazon. Then got a free sleeve from an F-350 receiver hitch. Had a local shop make me a set of handles for 20 bucks. Then bought 2 feet of 2" x 1/4" square tubing. Made my own winch mount/receiver cradle with 1/4" plate. So far Im into it $350. Also had to attach some 1.5x1.5x 3/16" angle iron to the front for the fairlead. another $5.

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Unread 04-20-2015, 08:07 PM   #2
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Got the winch reattached winch the fair-lead assembled. Wanted to be able to use it on any of my vehicles and my trailer so I took the F-350 sleeve and welded it onto the front of my trailer. Then I took some 5/8" x 3" wide x 12" long steel strap and used them as gussets for the back side of the sleeve. (Dont think you need anything that thick but its what I had laying around from a truss I made, your could probably get away with using 1/4"). From there I gusseted my gussets with 1/4 then gusseted it to the C channel frame, and vertical angle frame. If you look at the last picture youll see where Im welding in the plate for the front box on the trailer.
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Unread 04-20-2015, 08:21 PM   #3
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Then came the problem of how to hook up the winch to all the vehicles. Wich sounds like a hard thing to do, unless u beat the system. You could either buy a pre-made set of jumper cable style winch hookups, for about $150 bucks. Or you could save alot of money and just buy some 4 gauge 25 foot long jumper cables on ebay for $35, cut the ends off one side and place a battery quick disconnect on the end of the winch and the end of the jumper cables for $20. Now you have $415 into a universal winch mounted, any vehicle usable 9.5k winch. You guys might have already did this idea but Im doing my version.

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Unread 04-21-2015, 11:32 AM   #4
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Neat idea and a good way to keep costs down. always like to make things myself.

only concern would be the connector and the jumper cables. that winch is rated to pull 435 amps at full pull. the connectrs only 350. thats a pretty good difference. probably not an issue, but something to keep in mind.

found the rating here on the last page http://www.smittybilt.com/downloads/...A-Extended.pdf
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Unread 04-22-2015, 01:59 PM   #5
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Neat idea and a good way to keep costs down. always like to make things myself.

only concern would be the connector and the jumper cables. that winch is rated to pull 435 amps at full pull. the connectrs only 350. thats a pretty good difference. probably not an issue, but something to keep in mind.
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Unread 04-22-2015, 05:55 PM   #6
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Could you use welding lead for the connectors? They make quick disconnects for that, not sure if it would be overkill though.
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Unread 04-22-2015, 08:59 PM   #7
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Could you use welding lead for the connectors? They make quick disconnects for that, not sure if it would be overkill though.
Thats actually quite common. Just harder to find for cheap unless you kinda luck into them, or have some old ones laying around.
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Unread 04-23-2015, 05:59 AM   #8
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Actually, welding leads can sometimes be easier to find than you think. Check your local welding dealers/shops, especially ones that rent out stick machines, as they will usually have older lengths of leads that have been taken out of service. A lot of times they will have small nicks or cuts in the jackets, but will still have long enough pieces of serviceable cable to use for winch projects. Most of them use anywhere from #1 or #2 to larger cable, plenty big enough for winch use (some will even have 0 or larger).

You can also check recycling/salvage yards, they will typically have cable as well.
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Unread 04-23-2015, 03:39 PM   #9
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I like the concept of your idea. I have often thought about making a bracket in the back of my CJ to keep the winch inside and out of sight. If it's needed just pull a pin and take it out then insert it like you are doing. A homemade dedicated bumper on each rig that has two receivers would be even more stable but more work and heavier.
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