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Old 12-15-2012, 05:46 PM   #1
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Great Idea - Winch

Hey so I've got an Idea that needs perfecting but it might be a good one.
It's winter here in Wisconsin and we just got dropped with 15 inchs of snow, kids in the area have begun to go sledding, and myself i like to snowboard from time to time.
Is there a possible way to use the winch to pull you back up the hill? the weight wouldn't be a problem... but getting the winch down the hill might be a problem, and the speed of the winch might also raise problems, I don't know just an idea.
Might be kinda fun for some parents to use with their kids, any ideas?

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Old 12-15-2012, 05:59 PM   #2
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Well there are a few options that pop to mind.

1. Take the cable off the winch. At the bottom of the hill put a nice size pulley. Get plenty of rope to go from the winch to the pulley and back up the hill. Rap the rope around the drum of the winch once to try and prevent slippage.
Problems I see are
Speed
And don't know how well the battery will take the abuse with out running the jeep at a higher idle.
2. If it was me the route I might go would be take my spare tire off the spare rim.
Back my jeep to the top of the hill and jack up the back of my jeep and put 2 jack stands under the rear axle.
Remove one rear tire and put the spare rim on.
At the bottom of the hill put a nice size pulley and run enough rope to go from the rim to the pulley and back down.
You will be able to adjust the speed my the gear you have the jeep in.
Just a few ideal. I love thinking of stuff like that. Lol

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Old 12-15-2012, 06:43 PM   #3
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haha yeah i thought it was kindof a fun idea. I'll probably ending up trying something like that. Thanks for the idea!
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:17 AM   #4
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The engine needs to be at high RPMs to use the winch properly? I did not know that, good to know. Would not of been good to get stuck and try it without that advice
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:30 AM   #5
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Maybe in the old days with weak alternators and acid batteries, but high RPMS while winching in this day and age? Not necessary. Now if you are talking about extended idle times, then yes, bump your idle up a bit to keep everything from fouling, but even then, it should idle just fine for hours on end, and supply plenty of charge to keep the batteries up for winching 200 lbs or so indefinitely...
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:30 AM   #6
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The engine needs to be at high RPMs to use the winch properly? I did not know that, good to know. Would not of been good to get stuck and try it without that advice
I'm not so sure it has to be at high RPMs to use a winch. I don't own one but I was thinking for long use like making a ski lift wi it you might need to so the winch isn't taking power out of the battery faster then the alternator is putting it in.

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