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Unread 08-22-2011, 12:58 AM   #1
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Lift or Winch

So I am currently riding on the stock suspension and on 33" BFG A/T and I am wondering if I should look into doing a 2.5" Lift now or getting myself a winch first? I'd need to save a few more $$ for the winch and mounting system and I plan on using my OEM Modified Stubby Bumper. Any suggestions are well appreciated! Thank You!

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Unread 08-22-2011, 01:00 AM   #2
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Unread 08-22-2011, 01:02 AM   #3
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If you're wheeling regularly, then the lift will help everytime you go out, but the winch should (hopefully) only be necessary occasionally. (Unless you plan on getting stuck on purpose.)
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Unread 08-22-2011, 01:03 AM   #4
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So...no lift, no winch, just go straight for a rear locker first?? Even though that wasn't on my options list I appreciate the fast response! Do you have a suggestion on my two options? Haha

David...thank you, I kinda was leaning that way too for the immediate effect of a lift, but the reason the winch was appealing was due to the fact I wheel alone a lot! :/

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Unread 08-22-2011, 01:17 AM   #5
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One thing to keep in mind is that you can do some emergency winching with a hi-lift jack with an optional attachment. You should have a hi-lift jack one way or another. I'm not saying make a habit out of it, but maybe that's what you rely on (that and being careful) while saving up for the winch.
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Unread 08-22-2011, 01:21 AM   #6
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I'm in the same boat and I'm going with a winch. It's one of those things that will pay for itself the first time it saves your ***. I've been looking at the Warn VRs, not sure about the quality but the price is right.
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Unread 08-22-2011, 01:23 AM   #7
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That's very true...I never really thought about that! I do plan on getting the Hi-Lift and a mounting system for it, but I never thought about being able to use it as a winch until I get a full-time winch! This is why I come to the forums! Someone one here always brings something up that I never thought of! So I'm thinking go lift and hi-lift jack now and then save again for a real winch!

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Unread 08-22-2011, 01:25 AM   #8
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I'm in the same boat and I'm going with a winch. It's one of those things that will pay for itself the first time it saves your ***. I've been looking at the Warn VRs, not sure about the quality but the price is right.
I was looking at the Rugged Ridge 15100.01 8,500 lbs. Winch originally. I don't know much about it either but I thought the price was GREAT!
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Unread 08-22-2011, 03:11 AM   #9
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Everyone of my prior Jeeps and this one included the first thing that I do is to add a winch. Jeeps in stock form if driven correctly can do amazingly well off road and therefore get you stuck or in dangerous situations were itís best to winch out of. Lift, tires, etc. comes second after the winch.
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Unread 08-22-2011, 05:30 AM   #10
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just a thought how much clearance do you have in the front right now and will the added weight from a winch/bumper make it sag to much to enjoy?
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Unread 08-22-2011, 07:02 AM   #11
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First ask yourself if you really need a lift. For myself I haven't needed one, but then again I have a 2 door.

I'd go for a winch and a leveling kit to address the front end sag due to the weight of the winch.
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Unread 08-22-2011, 08:11 AM   #12
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Mine sagged quite a bit (Warn PowerPlant and Mopar bumper) and along with the factory rake looked kind of ridiculous. I never measured the before winch height so I just guessed and bought some spacers to compensate until I decided on a lift kit. Well I guessed wrong and got ĺ-inch spacers, which wasnít much of an improvement. What I needed was 1-1/2-inch instead. So anyhow just get some cheap spacers for the front and youíll be fine.
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Unread 08-22-2011, 08:43 AM   #13
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Winch! A winch can take you more place than a lift or locker. First mod I did was winch & bumper. I didnt regret it at all. I was glad I had it because I needed it more than once. Cant go wrong with a winch IMO.
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Unread 08-22-2011, 08:54 AM   #14
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What about... both! They are both really important, each in there own way. We may be able to help do them both or alteast get you setup with a Hi-Lift and a lift?

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Unread 08-22-2011, 09:20 AM   #15
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Winch. For when you get caught up where you would not have if you have a lift and for where you you would get stuck even if you had a lift and lockers, not to mention bigger tires.
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