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Old 08-21-2014, 07:33 PM   #1
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To winch or not to winch

Please be honest-do you regret having bought your winch?

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Old 08-21-2014, 07:45 PM   #2
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I'll buy one when I determine that I'll actually need one. Won't have any regret. Same for a lift, big tires, snorkel and sparkly My Little Pony themed stickers.

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Old 08-21-2014, 07:48 PM   #3
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I don't think anyone regrets buying a winch, they pay for themselves that one time you need it. Plus the peace of mind knowing you have one is well worth the few hundred dollars they cost
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Why would someone regret a winch? I've used mine plenty to where I'd regret not getting one.
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Please be honest-do you regret having bought your winch?
You could answer your own Q!!! Just ask yourself "Are ya a mall crawler; or gonna get into some serious wheeling"!!!!
That should determine your answer!!!
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:51 PM   #6
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I have used my warn VR10000 several times and it has paid of itself many times over.
this photo does not really depict the steepness but this was a close call and we used 3 winches to get back on the road.
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:53 PM   #7
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A winch is kind of like a gun in that, you never need a winch until you need a winch.
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:02 PM   #8
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A winch is kind of like a gun in that, you never need a winch until you need a winch.
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:44 PM   #9
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Yup better to have and not need then to need and not have.

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Old 08-21-2014, 08:46 PM   #10
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Depends on how hard you go. I've used mine plenty of times. Even made some money off it pulling people out. Don't regret it one bit.
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:56 PM   #11
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If you ever wheel solo, it's cheap insurance. Now that I have a winch, I will try things that I'd never do without it. Getting stuck no longer means that your screwed. And it sure beats a long walk out to get help!
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A winch is kind of like a gun in that, you never need a winch until you need a winch.
Exactly.

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Old 08-21-2014, 09:06 PM   #13
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I regret buying a budget winch instead of saving a bit more for a nice model.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:34 PM   #14
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I spent plenty on mine and I hope I never need to use it. Well, I have already used in around the home to rip out stuff but I mean use it on the trail. I will say that they certainly are a powerful tool when needed.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:41 PM   #15
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No regrets here, I needed something to fill the hole in the front bumper.
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I kind of do. Got stuck 2 days ago went to use my smittybuilt winch, she shorted out and reeled in uncontrolled. While the hook was still on my tow point. Snapped cable and bent my fair lead badly
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I kind of do. Got stuck 2 days ago went to use my smittybuilt winch, she shorted out and reeled in uncontrolled. While the hook was still on my tow point. Snapped cable and bent my fair lead badly
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I spent plenty on mine and I hope I never need to use it. .
Really, or are you just sort of automatically saying that like we all say about our guns?

The reason I ask is that I've had my Wrangler since May, had the front-bumper winch on since June, and had to use it 3 times, plus once had to use my smaller hitch-mount winch that I keep in back when wheeling. So 4 winching experiences, and I was stoked every time! It is so very gratifying to hook up to the tree strap and with the lightest of pushes of that little rocker switch watch your 4000# Jeep start gliding forward off of or out of whatever has defied your efforts to free it under its own power.

I've gotten stuck 4 times in the last 12 years out west in rental Jeeps without a winch. Never "wheeling" for the sake of obstacles, always actually going somewhere during a backpacking trip. 3 times we dug out or used tree limbs, and it always took several hours of hard work. Last time (this spring) the snow was too deep, too frozen, and the temps too cold, and we had no shovel. We folded and called for a wrecker after walking out 4 miles. Cost $425. Just a little less than I paid for the winch on my own Jeep.
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I have had winches on my 4x4's for 20 years never needed them till 2 winters back when I stupidly tried to go over wheeler pass into Indian spring NV. befor the snow melted. I would probably still be there if not for my shitybuilt winch which pulled my bacon out of the fire. so yes 20 years off hauling around a winch and not needing it was worth every penny when the time came to use it .
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:08 PM   #20
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I've flipped 2 rigs back over, pulled myself off a rock and kept myself from flipping, I pulled myself out of the trail when I destroyed my front end, ,kept a buddy from flipping off a rock pile from a tire that lost its bead, ,and got myself unstuck several times....I also use it to pull customers cars around when needed...

Wouldn't have a crawler without it...
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:11 PM   #21
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I'm working on getting one, defiantly winch all the way. If you muddin alone and you get stuck you've got serous problems. My friend got his 13 rubi unlimited stuck and it sat overnight, needed all transfer case fluids and more. You earn your money in it the first time you use it in my opinion.
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Well, I have not had a chance yet to really get off-road with this Jeep and winch. That will come next month when I head to Ouray and the Jeep Jamboree. We will see if I use it then. I will say that Warn makes one nice piece of gear.

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Got several more just don't feel like digging them up....you get the idea....lol













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I like to play in the mud more than I like crawling rocks, and I wouldn't dare go out mudding alone, at least not until I had my winch. No regrets at all. It's saved me a few times now, and as far as I'm concerned, definitely a worthy purchase.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:40 AM   #26
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It just looks good on the front. Also I constantly get "what did u buy that thing for " from the wife. She does not understand. Qjhat else would u spend the money on. Food for the kids. They are young and should survive
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You guys are doing it wrong. This is how you use a winch....

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It just looks good on the front. Also I constantly get "what did u buy that thing for " from the wife. She does not understand. Qjhat else would u spend the money on. Food for the kids. They are young and should survive
I suppose if you feed the kids well enough, they can pull your Jeep out for you...
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:14 AM   #29
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Hell no! I would have had plenty of regrets if I hadn't had a winch.
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:23 AM   #30
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....just the general usefulness in odd chores around the place has made mine worth the $....

besides, something had to go into that ugly hole of the replacement after the unknown parking lot 'crash & dash' masher left the OEM with a dent big enough to require a police report....

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