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View Poll Results: Have you needed your winch in the past year
I have NEEDED my winch for self-recovery 14 30.43%
I have NEEDED my winch to recover someone else 15 32.61%
I have NOT NEEDED to use my winch 11 23.91%
I have a winch because it looks cool 6 13.04%
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:51 AM   #1
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Poll: How many times have you used your winch in the past year?

So I'm about to buy a winch. My Jeep is a daily driver and I only wheel 10-15 times a year. In the past year of owning the Jeep I've only been seriously concerned about getting stuck one time (while mudding where I shouldn't have been). The remainder of the time I'm around other off-roaders and I keep a recovery strap with me for those times.

Part of my brain (a large part) really wants to get a winch but the rational side of my brain says I don't need it.

So how many of you with JKs who have a winch have used it in the past year versus not, and how many just have it for eye candy?

If you've used it a post on the situation would be useful.

If you DON'T have a winch, no need to respond

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Old 06-30-2013, 09:09 AM   #2
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I would say I have used mine at least 5-7 times in the last year I have a Smittybilt 8K with syn rope but out of all that I have only used it 1x on myself do they look good yeahhh are they practical it depends on the amount of wheeling you are going to do to justify the cost if I had it to do over knowing what I know now I would have spent the $$$$$ on a good snatch strap like a bubba rope under $200 because I hardly ever go alone so no need winch its like diving use the buddy system.good luck with your choice Joe.

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Old 06-30-2013, 09:20 AM   #3
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I used mine twice this year to recover other people. 2 yrs ago I bought the Smittybilt XRC8, works pretty well, can't complain. The paint is peeling off in a few small areas.
I really bought it more for self recovery situations, because sometimes I'll go wheeling myself when i get the bug to go and everybody's given me every candy-ass excuse in the book as to why they can't.
If you wheel at all, it's best to have one. I've been out with others and a few turns later, by myself. Lol, I like to think they lost me accidentally.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:22 AM   #4
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I have a Warn Zeon 8. I bought it in the Spring and have not had the chance to use it yet. I will say that if the look is what you are going for, a tow strap ain't gonna scratch that itch!

I do get off-road by myself sometimes, and I have felt better with it on there.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:25 AM   #5
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I wheel atleast once a week and she is my DD.


I have the Engo 12k (yeah it's overboard), and the first time I brought it out, I used it twice.

Once to pull my buddy's TJ off the hill he was hung up on. And on myself on a hill... I'm sure ill use it very soon again
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:14 PM   #6
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I used my winch numerous times on my 2009 Rubi to get other people out of trouble but only had to use it once to get my wife and I out of a snow filled ditch miles from town on our way home in a SoCal mountain snow storm. A winch is a lot like a spare tire; it might not get used much but is sure nice to have when you need it.
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:25 PM   #7
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I have used mine at least a dozen times in the year and a half I've had it. I have used for myself, other people and even a tree.

I prefer hooking up to someone over strapping, it seems like it's less abuse on the Jeep.

You won't regret it if you get one.
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:47 PM   #8
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a winch is a lot like a spare tire; it might not get used much but is sure nice to have when you need it.
^^ this!
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Old 06-30-2013, 01:17 PM   #9
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Used on a fellow forum member who mis calculated the depth of a pond we were driving by while trail riding. My first real use with it, and I've only had for a month. I'm sure I would need it lots of times in The future. My way of looking at is, when your off roading, you want to go the farthest you possibly can and do the most you possibly can, and with out a winch, you really don't have the confidence to try big things because of the risk of being stuck, but with my winch, I have tried many new things off road that I never would of tried with out the winch, and I didn't even use it for self recovery yet.
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Old 06-30-2013, 01:50 PM   #10
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The thing about winches for occasional offroading, it's kind of like insurance. You get it just in case. I got stuck alone without a winch once, and it cost me more than the price of a winch to get out. Yes I was stupid to put myself in that position, but if I never did anything I would have regrets. At the time, the TJ was my daily driver. I've use the winch once (it was within the past year), so it's effectively paid for. As a bonus, yeah they make the rig look 'cooler'/'better'. That's my opinion.
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^^ this!
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Old 06-30-2013, 02:53 PM   #12
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For the trails I run (mostly mud and water) a recovery strap is easier and quicker, assuming you are with other jeepers. The one time I've used it in the past year was to remove a fallen tree that was blocking the trail, so i guess it doesn't fit any of the categories.

Still, I like having it for insurance. I'll be going to Windrock Park by myself next week and I'm glad I have it just in case.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:09 PM   #13
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OK you convinced me. I bought a used Warn 9.5cti yesterday... I'm going to pickup a used winch plate tomorrow and hack up my stock bumper. I'm sure I'll want to install a real winch bumper at some point soon as well.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:31 AM   #14
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I use mine every time I go out wheeling - to fill my tires.

Also, I've winched out 4 or 5 vehicles over the years.
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I used mine twice this year to recover other people. 2 yrs ago I bought the Smittybilt XRC8, works pretty well, can't complain. The paint is peeling off in a few small areas.
I really bought it more for self recovery situations, because sometimes I'll go wheeling myself when i get the bug to go and everybody's given me every candy-ass excuse in the book as to why they can't.
If you wheel at all, it's best to have one. I've been out with others and a few turns later, by myself. Lol, I like to think they lost me accidentally.
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:57 AM   #16
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Both options #1 and #2 a lot of times. I try to have a passenger just so I won't have to pull cable.

I know some people brag about wheeling and never needing to use a winch, I guess I must be doing something wrong because the winches in our groups allways get a workout. Hooking up the controllers is part of the airing down ritual.
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[QUOTE=WatchThis!;3919498]
I know some people brag about wheeling and never needing to use a winch, QUOTE]
Those people definitely aren't going with me!!!!!!! My winch gets used just about every time we wheel; either to pull myself, or someone else!!!
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I have a Warn Zeon 8. I bought it in the Spring and have not had the chance to use it yet. I will say that if the look is what you are going for, a tow strap ain't gonna scratch that itch!

I do get off-road by myself sometimes, and I have felt better with it on there.
Not to jack the OP's thread, but I really like the looks of this set up. What kind of bumper is that? Have any shots of it further away to show the whole thing?

I'm on the fence about a winch as well, but I want something that sit DOWN in the bumper.
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:25 AM   #19
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OK so now to answer my own question from my own recent experience...

About 6 weeks after I installed my winch I had legitimate need to use it twice.

First time:


This is the second shelf on the Daniel Trail at URE. I took a bad line and slid sideways into a wall. Without rock rails I ended up with a rock wall pressing in my passenger door. It crunched my side step and put a shallow dent with a couple of scratches in my door. I used my winch to pull me off the wall and make it over the shelf that had also crushed my steering stabilizer.

If I hadn't had the winch the damage would have been far worse before I would have been able to work myself off the wall. Winches are good insurance. I don't know what new doors cost but I'm certain they are more than what I spent on my winch.



Second winch use (same day):




The fellow in this picture took a hard line up the Daniel trail and broke a front driveshaft, rear centering pin (buggering his rear pinion angle) and lost brake lines and thus had no brakes. He rolled backwards until a tree stopped him. This trail was very steep and strewn with loose rocks so backing down there and attempting to recover him using a snatch strap could have resulted in both Jeeps sliding down the hill. Another fellow had tried to winch him first but his winch (I didn't recognize the brand) had a short in the solenoid and stopped working as soon as he took up the slack. So I took his place to pull. My Jeep was strapped to a tree by my rear recovery hook to keep me from sliding down the hill on the pull. We winched the disabled Jeep about 80ft up the hill and then he was able to use his own Warn winch to pull himself up to a level spot where they could strap him to another Jeep to get him back down to a parking lot.

So the moral of the story is "yes, having a winch is a good thing" and as an addendum "having a reliable winch is even a better thing" (Go Warn).

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