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Old 03-28-2011, 08:26 AM   #1
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hitch mounted winch any good?

ive been wanting a winch, and came across a few that can be mounted to a winch plate that hooks into a hitch on the front or rear bumpers, this sounds like a really nice idea being able to move it back and forth from front to back or put it on someone elses rig with jumper cables, but it doesnt make much sense to mount an 8000lbs winch on a 5000 lbs rated hitch.. do they sell higher rater hitches or is there some trick to how to rig up the cable when using it on a hitch so it doesnt rip it off?

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I think my class 3 hitch is rated at 7,000 lbs however most things have a 5:1 saftey rating and in sure a hitch rated for 5k will hold alot more.My factory tiny front tow hooks are rated at 7,700lbs

I think it would be great to be able to quickly carry a 100lb winch to either side of the Jeep to make recovery eaiser

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youll see others chime in after that agree... DONT DO IT...


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There are a few manufacturers who make stout enough bumpers to handle a hitch. Durango4X4 is one, LoD another, Rock Hard is another, and Olympic 4X4. You just use the correct hitch pin, and avoid severely angled pulls.

Honestly though, the best place for the winch is on a winch plate or bumper between the two front frame rails.
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I know of no bumper mounted hitches rated highly enough to handle an 8-9.5Klb. rated winch. I've seen bumper hitches for the TJ/LJ rated to 3500 lbs. but that's it. And I really don't even know of any frame mounted aftermarket tow hitches rated for more than 3500 lbs. that will bolt directly onto a TJ.

For me, I'd never use a receiver mounted winch on a TJ as I just don't trust anything but a frame mounted winch for offroad vehicle recovery. It'd be fine for pulling someone out of a snow bank etc. but those are pretty easy pulls compared to what you may encounter offroad.
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youll see others chime in after that agree... DONT DO IT...


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Old 03-28-2011, 06:00 PM   #7
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thinking ill just get one mounted to the front bumper like a normal person lol, it seems like it would be quite a bit cheaper and more reliable, thanks for the info!
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Actually you'll be fine. I use a Class III/IV located on the front bumper to plow with. The plow adapter goes directly into that and then the lights and push frame attach to the adapter. Blade is easily 2+ ft. away from bumper. I've literally pushed tons of snow with "Silver" and that Class III/IV draw style hitch has never failed.
One needs to only bring up the spec's for a Class III hitch to see that it is rated to 5000.
Class IV rated to 10000.

"Silver" is more then capable of towing 3500lbs. I use my girl in the real world every day to tow thousands of pounds of expensive equipment loaded into a open bed trailer. Has yet to fly into a fiery crash... Lol!

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A trailer hitch typically bolts to the chassis of the vehicle. In North America there are a few common classes: I, II, III, IV, and V that are defined by the SAE.

Class I —up to 2,000 pounds (910 kg) — light loads
Class II —up to 3,500 pounds (1,600 kg) — light loads
Class III —up to 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg) — larger loads (campers, boats, etc.)
Class IV —up to 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg) — larger loads (campers, boats, etc.)

Receiver-type hitches are typically offered with a square receiver opening of 1.25 inches (32 mm) (for Class I/II) or 2 inches (51 mm) (for Class III/IV/V). Some Class IV/V hitches are available in 2.5 inches (64 mm) opening sizes.

The trailer tongue (North America) or coupling (outside North America) slips over a tow-ball. Tow-balls come in various sizes depending on the load they carry and the country of operation:

* 1+7⁄8 in (47.6 mm)
* 50 millimetres (1.97 in) (ISO standard)
* 2 inches (50.8 mm)
* 2+5⁄16 in (58.7 mm)

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