06-23-2013, 01:01 PM
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Join Date: Sep 2011
Originally Posted by tkdbud
I am just about to trade my 2010 Ram sport on Rubicon 10A.
Not planing on adding any mods to it then adding Winch any recommendation would be nice.
Also I go to ski hills every week-end in the winter should I get the ski rack on spare tire or on roof ? (2 or 3 snowboard 1 pair ski)
An old post on winches:
Okay, here's the poop on winches, from my perspective:
Your MINIMUM winch size should be able to pull 1.5x the weight of your vehicle. That's if you're gonna use it for very light duty. Pulling yourself (or someone else) out of deep mud, up an incline, etc, may require a larger size.
For JK's, the lowest size I'd recommend would be an 8000-lb winch. Better would be a WARN 9.5cti-s, or it's equivalent in the brand of your choice.
There are a bunch of things you need to consider before buying a winch. One is line speed, or how fast the winch can let out or take up cable. Winches with faster line speeds are generally more expensive. But you don't really NEED a fast line speed...it's just an option. If you wheel a lot it's a very welcome option. If you wheel infrequently, it may not be worth the cost.
Another factor is the type of motor a winch has. Permanent magnet motors generally have a lower battery draw, overheat easier, and are best for lighter-duty winches. Series wound motors are more heavy duty, and usually more expensive.
Buying a winch with synthetic cable will save weight. It's also safer than cable, since it's not as dangerous if it snaps and whiplashes back at you. Any winch you look at should come with a remote, so you can stand off to the side (much safer) while operating it. You should also use a damper on the line (coat, blanket, etc) to keep it from whipping back if it breaks, especially if you have wire cable.
Most winches stand up pretty well to the elements...you shouldn't need a waterproof version unless you regularly ford streams with the thing.
As someone mentioned above, good recovery gear is equally important. A quality recovery strap (NOT one w/a metal hook), snatch block, good D-rings, etc can make the difference between driving out and walking out.
Here are some links to winch info, and a couple of winch reviews:
Winch Tech - The Guide to choosing a Winch
Winch Reviews - JeepReviews.com.
Massive Multi-Winch Shootout - Four Wheeler Magazine
Synthetic rope vs. Steel cable
Some info on recovery straps and D-rings:
Talk D-Ring to me....
D ring size -pics-
Let's Talk Recovery Gear
recommendation for recovery straps
Spare Tire Ski Rack?
Need a rack for snowboarding
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