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post #1 of 21 Old 11-07-2006, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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I'm looking at adding a winch. Do I need to beef-up the front suspension for the extra weight? If I get the synthetic rope instead of the wire will it be ok?

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post #2 of 21 Old 11-07-2006, 01:15 AM
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Im sure you do and these guys will be able to answer that. But I just know from my work (UPS). Those things come through, usually the warn 9.5, and it weighs like 97 lbs, pretty damn heavy.

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The 9.5ti is pretty heavy.

However, a sagging issue can be rectified through a variety of means.

From what i've heard, a lot people use 1" coil spacers (or 2, however much is needed).

You can also do this:
http://www.4x4xplor.com/airlift.html

What I did w/ my sagging front due to my 9.5ti was replace my 98SE 2.5L w/ an 05RubiLJ 4.0L. Stiffest coils you can get from DC today for the TJ's. I actually not only ended up getting rid of the sag, but recovering an 1" of height
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I'm looking at adding a winch. Do I need to beef-up the front suspension for the extra weight? If I get the synthetic rope instead of the wire will it be ok?

100' of 5/16 wire rope going to be around 18 pounds I believe. 100' of 3/8 synthetic (for me) was around 5.5.

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I already have a 1.75" coil spacer lift, so it seems like the stiffer rubicon springs would be the easiest thing to do.
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Browse the used section for them...they're pretty easy to come by and you'll save from $ as appose to buying from DCX directly....

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What winch are you looking at getting?
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I'm looking at adding a winch. Do I need to beef-up the front suspension for the extra weight? If I get the synthetic rope instead of the wire will it be ok?
I don't know about the total weight of my winch but, when i switched for a synth rope/ hawse fairlead, my Jeep lost 25 pounds and recovered 1/2" of front clearance

(100' - 5/16" synth vs 100' - 3/8" steel)
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I can't say I would ever recommend this solution. I've had them and had nothing but leaking problems from either pulling the line loose or somehow puncturing the bag. Great idea in theory. Not too practical for a Jeep.

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The simplest/cheapest thing is just to install a 3/4" polyurethane coil spacer on top of the front springs. Works fine, lasts a long time.

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The simplest/cheapest thing is just to install a 3/4" polyurethane coil spacer on top of the front springs. Works fine, lasts a long time.
This is what I did. Levelled it out nicely.

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You may want to consider the Warn 9.0rc, it's only 54lbs versus the 9.5ti's 89lbs!
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The simplest/cheapest thing is just to install a 3/4" polyurethane coil spacer on top of the front springs. Works fine, lasts a long time.

I already have a 1.75" coil spacer lift, so would the rubicon coils be the way to go for me?
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post #14 of 21 Old 11-07-2006, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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What winch are you looking at getting?
I'm still looking. I wish I could get the new warn winch/compressor combo, but that's a little steep for me. Probably a Mile Marker. A friend of mine has a hydraulic one and he's never had any complaints.
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Hydraulics are slooooooooow and the engine has to be running in order to winch yourself out of anything.

There's a reason not too many people run them... but those that do seem to like them.

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