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Old 07-06-2012, 03:06 PM   #1
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how to secure your winch

After having my locked center console broken into last night, i started wondering about my winch. Has anyone ever had there winch stolen, or heard od it happening?

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Old 07-06-2012, 03:23 PM   #2
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After having my locked center console broken into last night, i started wondering about my winch. Has anyone ever had there winch stolen, or heard od it happening?
Too heavy, too hard to get to the bolts, too much noise. I sure it's happened but theives like the quick and easy stuff. And reselling a winch isn't so easy.

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Old 07-06-2012, 05:14 PM   #3
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A friend of mine had his winch stolen off his toyota tacoma, a local guy on another forum had his winch stolen off his TJ. I welded C channel over my winch mounting bolts and bumper bolts. I also have a sensitive alarm and full coverage insurance. I sleep well at night.
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Too heavy, too hard to get to the bolts, too much noise. I sure it's happened but theives like the quick and easy stuff. And reselling a winch isn't so easy.
actually winch theft is a big problem. a thief can easily remove a winch in probably 3 minutes, or maybe even less with two jerk offs. wire cutters to the cables, a ratcheting breaker bar with a socket and the whole thing, winch plate and winch, is gone.

many suggest tack welding the bolts to the winch plate. you'd need a grinder to cut the tack in order to remove the winch.

your best bet is to contact your insurance company and add the aftermarket parts to your policy.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:29 PM   #5
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There are locks that go over the bolts.I saw them here some where.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:48 PM   #6
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actually winch theft is a big problem. a thief can easily remove a winch in probably 3 minutes, or maybe even less with two jerk offs. wire cutters to the cables, a ratcheting breaker bar with a socket and the whole thing, winch plate and winch, is gone.

many suggest tack welding the bolts to the winch plate. you'd need a grinder to cut the tack in order to remove the winch.

your best bet is to contact your insurance company and add the aftermarket parts to your policy.
True. I wasn't thinking about how some people don't live in the same area and have the same circumstances as I do. I thought more about this and thought about tack welding the winch housing to the plate similar to what you said. Then you could use a safety or special bolt similar to what's in a stock Tj roll cage to secure the plate to the frame.


Where I live you have to drive up a half mile drive and get to my house. And my dog does a good job at waking up. He sleeps right by the driveway. Has already alerted for people tampering in our home once. And they were on foot. A vehicle would make much more noise. Or they would have to haul the winch a good ways off on foot.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:30 AM   #7
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Too heavy, too hard to get to the bolts, too much noise. I sure it's happened but theives like the quick and easy stuff. And reselling a winch isn't so easy.
Well not really.
My winch was stolen 3 days ago. They also stole the winch mounting plate and KC fog lights attached to it. They just cut the all electrical lines for the winch and fog lights and left them hanging. They tampered with the hi-lift jack and couldn't figure out how to get through the zip ties.
I hope insurance can help me recover these things and may they burn in hell.
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actually winch theft is a big problem. a thief can easily remove a winch in probably 3 minutes, or maybe even less with two jerk offs. wire cutters to the cables, a ratcheting breaker bar with a socket and the whole thing, winch plate and winch, is gone.

many suggest tack welding the bolts to the winch plate. you'd need a grinder to cut the tack in order to remove the winch.

your best bet is to contact your insurance company and add the aftermarket parts to your policy.
If some asshole tries to steal mine I'd love to stand somewhere and watch him struggle. I know exactly how to remove mine as I have doen it several times and it still takes me ages to do. Two of the nuts are in such a place that it only allows a very flat box wrench access and even then you can only do about 1/8th of a turn at a time if you are lucky. My winch plate is part of the bumper so no risk there. I am not in the least bit worried.
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Depends alot on how its mounted too im guessing. My 12k wont come off the bumper unless the bumper is off the Jeep(bolts not accessible). But spot welding a couple of the bolts seems like a decent idear.
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:13 AM   #10
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Just a word of advice. Welding a winch attall is one of the worst things you can do because it sends electrical current through it and can short it out. Believe me, I work in a stor where people bring em back all the time cause they welded them and burnt it out.
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You should be able to weld on your winch, but you have to put the ground right beside where you welding. This way the current does not run through your winch. If your put your ground away from where you welding the current can run through the winch or something else affecting gears, bearings, electrical, etc. Remember current will take the path of least resistance.
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I still wouldn't do it. Not worth ruining a winch to a stupid mistake.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:07 AM   #13
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The best way to secure your "winch," or anything else you don't want taken, including your Jeep, is to garage it, at night and park in places that a lot of people frequent during the day, for less of a chance for those "Pesky," less than trustworhty persons to operate.
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Avoid tack welding the bolts themselves, that just ruins their heat treatment and strength. It's best to just weld some sort of physical barrier over the top of one of the bumper bolts.
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The best way to secure your "winch," or anything else you don't want taken, including your Jeep, is to garage it, at night and park in places that a lot of people frequent during the day, for less of a chance for those "Pesky," less than trustworhty persons to operate.
This is what I do. No one messes with my Jeep, but it sucks. I don't drive it nearly as much as I want to, just for the fact of fricken thieves. I drive my old pickup to the van pool lot, and anywhere I go where I can't keep an eye on the Jeep.

But, many many Jeep owners do not have a garage and have to park their junk in carports or on street parking.
Even having a garage does not guarantee anything either. If they want it, they'll get into the garage too.

Fuggin thieves.

My car trailer came with an old HF winch when I bought it. The PO tack welded the bolts. It did not take long at all to grind them off.
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Well not really.
They tampered with the hi-lift jack and couldn't figure out how to get through the zip ties.
I hope insurance can help me recover these things and may they burn in hell.
Guess you should have used zip ties on the winch as well.

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Avoid tack welding the bolts themselves, that just ruins their heat treatment and strength. It's best to just weld some sort of physical barrier over the top of one of the bumper bolts.

If you're going to tack weld anything, tack weld the winch plate to the frame. They can take the bolts out and still not accomplish anything. You won't compromise the integrity of the bolts either.
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Factor 55 actually sells a tamper proof bolt...

Winch Lock - $24.95 : Factor55.com, Safer - Stronger - Smarter
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:22 PM   #19
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You can alway use button head allen's and epoxy the centers. It is more of a deterrent than theft proof. If you play too hard to get, they will just steal the entire Jeep. As mentioned earlier, make sure your mods are all insured. It is really cheap to add mods to your policy. Keep your receipts and/or take pictures.
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Know somebody that welds? Have them place a couple of tack welds around the perimeter. Works for me.

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