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Old 05-20-2008, 02:20 PM   #1
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what do i need after buying a winch?

After the winch. I know ill need a mounting plate. Will any plate work for any winch? Is this about it that ill need?

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Old 05-20-2008, 03:11 PM   #2
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not to makw double posts.. drill holes for plate.

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For usage, make sure you have tree-saver, recovery strap, snatch block, good leather work gloves, and something to carry it all with.

Also, take the time to go to Warn's website and download the PDF about proper winching. You do NOT want to get hurt doing something stupid.

Depending on the winch you have, little should be required other than mounting. The Warn 8274 has a different bolt pattern.

Make sure the winch plate is designed for TJ's. The Harbor Freight winch plate may or may not work, so be sure you test fit on the TJ before mounting things permanently.
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Most winches have the same bolt pattern on them. It's 10" x 4.5". Just make sure that the winch you have and the plate you want are the same and that's all you will need to bolt it to your jeep. Then some cable or rope, a hook, and a fairlead and you will be ready for use.
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:09 PM   #7
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:36 PM   #8
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If your winch has cable instead of synthetic line you will want something with some weight to it to drape over the line when in use.
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:27 PM   #9
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Ok sounds good. See i should be getting a smittybuilt winch and i found a warn winch plate for $50 that i believe will be compatible. But what about batteries? Will my stock starting battery work fine?
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We all missed that one, yes you will need to change to a dual core battery.
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Old 05-20-2008, 11:09 PM   #11
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which battery do you guys suggest i go for?
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Optima ...either the Yellow top or Red top

if you has or plan on extra lights and stuff i'd shoot for the Yellow top
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If you go with synthetic line, you'll want a HAWSE fairlead.

The stock battery will hold up to the occasional winching, but if you're wheeling, your probably better off getting a gel battery like the Optima. I've heard the yellows are probably the best for winching, but I know SEVERAL who have the blue top deep cycle and have used it for some time with great success. Just don't connect the winch to ANY side terminals - use the main posts only.
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If you go with synthetic line, you'll want a HAWSE fairlead.
an aluminum hawse for synthetic line......the metel hawse's are for steel cable.
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Old 05-21-2008, 11:30 PM   #15
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So since my jeep is my daily and i hardly ever wheel it, Just an occasional winch out wont hurt my stock battery? Cause i really dont know if i want to get a new battery thats gonna cost almost just as much as my winch since i found a good deal on it locally. If i have to i will though.
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I think in all the price wasn't that bad. Not too bad overall to have the peace of mind to know that with this setup, my main battery won't be affected (i.e. so I can still start it and drive home) by all the crap I've added to the rig over the years.

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For a weekend trail runner, you're stock battery will be fine. I'm running a stock setup and I've used my winch a dozen times and had no issues. The charge warning sometimes alerts during a pick but all you need to do is bring the RPM's up a bit. Mak e sure you read the instructions for cycling the winch.

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