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Old 04-17-2013, 07:37 AM   #1
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Winch advice?

Hey All. Thank you inadvance for any sage advice I may recieve. So here's my dilemma: I bought a '13 2 door sport soft top in December and love it. As I'm older and more practical now I must admit that one of the most endearing quailites is that I got 23.2mpg with my last tank of gas (verified by actual fill-up, not by the dash indicator). As I have driven XJs for the last 15 years this feels like an economy car to me! So here's my dilemma: I have saved up for and am now considering my first winch. Which winch to buy it not my question. I went to a local shop and picked up (or tried to) a new in the box winch and am disconcerted by the weight that will be over my front bumper. I plan on adding a winch plate and keeping the light weight stock bumber. It is heavy enough that I'm not only worried about how this might affect my mileage but what about front end wear? And how much will the front end sag? I have no intention of lifting my JK any time soon but will I need heavier front springs or spacers to keep it from looking like a 70s drag racer? We have longer winters up here in the NW and I'm worried about the weight bias up front with the short wheelbase on icy roads as well. Any thoughts? Feel free to chime in and thanks again!

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Old 04-17-2013, 07:53 AM   #2
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When I added an aftermarket bumper and winch to mine, it sagged a bit. 3/4" spacers corrected the sag and removed the factory rake. Now it is 34-1/2" to the fender flare front and rear and the stance is better than it was even when I picked it up brand new.

Traction seems okay. I spin a bit if I punch it from a stop on wet pavement, but I suspect the older tires are to blame. I'll know for sure when I get my Duratracs.

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Old 04-17-2013, 11:04 AM   #4
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If you are looking to minimize weight gain and limit your impacts to fuel milage then you'll want to purchase a winch with synthetic rope instead of steel cable. Going with the synthetic saves you 20 to 30 pounds.

Also, if you want to maximize aerodynamic efficiency, and your winch use will be infrequent, then you might like the hidden winch mod.

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Otherwise the top mounts like mine work great. I used the Smittybilt mount #2804. It does require relocating the vacuum pump from behind the bumper. Warn makes a similar mount that doesn't have to relocate the pump.

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Old 04-17-2013, 08:45 PM   #5
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Thank you!

Thanks for all the replies folks. Glad to know the front end sag isn't that much. Anyone have any noticeable traction issues on icy roady with a winch up front?
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I had synthetic winch line on my CJ7. 100' of line & the sling hook weighed about 3lbs. Serious weight savings. Go on Ebay & search for Master-Pull. You can buy from them on their website at masterpull.com but the prices are cheaper thru their Ebay store. Thats the only company I deal with for winch line.

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