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Old 10-03-2011, 09:07 PM   #1
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keep winch on the jeep?

Hey guys, my winch is on the way. I was curious though do you guys take your winches off during the winter months? I'm in PA so we get some snow and lots of salt. I thought it'd be best to test it out then put it away for the winter months. I thought the snow and salt would ruin it before I even get to use it in the spring and summer!

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Old 10-03-2011, 09:14 PM   #2
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everyone I know doesn't remove them.. NYS here.. They however do put winch covers on them when not offroad

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Old 10-03-2011, 09:30 PM   #3
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everyone I know doesn't remove them.. NYS here.. They however do put winch covers on them when not offroad
x's 2 on the cover...
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:13 PM   #4
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A cover can just trap the snow, ice, and salt from the roads and make it an even harsher environment for the winch and especially its electrical parts. In that environment, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. If your roads are heavily salted, I would be tempted to remove the winch during the winter. If the roads are not salted, I would leave it installed and uncovered. Fresh water doesn't hurt a good quality winch.
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If I had a winch, I'd be removing it. I live in northeast Ohio, and the salt here will eat a vehicle. I've never been seriously stuck. If you live in a rural area, a winch would be nice to have. If you live in the suburbs, or the city I would remove it. Just keep a nice tow strap in the back because odds are a buddy can pull you out.
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:20 AM   #6
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I could never remove the winch.. It get to anoying taking it off and on then off and on again.. I wheel more in the winter then any other time of year. No way i be out in 25* playing with the winch and bolts holding it down
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:35 AM   #7
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Keep it on, might be able to make some money for more parts by pulling others out of the ditch.
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Why not just rinse the salt grime off frequently before it starts eating everything? Seems it'd be easier than removing the winch...plus a winch does no good for snow recovery when it's sitting in the garage...
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:37 AM   #9
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Why not just rinse the salt grime off frequently before it starts eating everything? Seems it'd be easier than removing the winch...plus a winch does no good for snow recovery when it's sitting in the garage...
That would be my thought as well. I want one primarily for use in winter. I have used my tow strap on my dodge several times to pull vehicles out of ditches.
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Old 10-04-2011, 06:37 AM   #10
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I've had a warn 8000 since I bought my jeep in 2002. The control box has a bunch light rust but nothing to bad. Just make sure you take the cover off every spring and wash things out and put some type of electrical grease on everything.
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:38 AM   #11
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hmm thanks for the thoughts! I don't wheel in the winter, of course that could change but we have very tight wood trails here and one slip will mean a tree in your ass haha. I guess it'd be ok on there I'd just be really angry if it's ruined by the time I use it. Rinsing is a good idea. anyone make any homemade covers? Like plastic wrap to go around it and seal it? that'd be kinda cool. looks dumb but serves a purpose
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:49 AM   #12
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If you don't plan to use it this coming Winter wait 'til Spring, then install it.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:21 AM   #13
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yeah I just want to test it. Last thing i need is to have a dead unit all winter then try to tell the company they gave me a bad one 5 months ago. Just wasn't sure if I could leave it on in the winter
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If you dont' use it then I'd say take it off but if you think your gonna need it in the winter then leave it on..
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:56 AM   #15
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I leave mine on.... My cover doesn't trap anything up, so I'll probably use that. Because when I go off in the ditch (or someone else) I'll be able to winch them out. Where as someone who removed their winch. Won't.
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x's 2 on the cover...
Yup, I use a neoprene cover as well.
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Old 10-05-2011, 07:19 PM   #17
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Leave it on, uncovered. It'll take 5-6 salty Michigan winters to get the paint on a Warn to start coming off, but even then it still works fine. Just rinse it off when you hit up the carwash and you'll be A-OK.
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Once the salt hits the road here in NE Ohio the Jeep goes in the garage. I hate salt!
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Once the salt hits the road here in NE Ohio the Jeep goes in the garage. I hate salt!
What do you drive in the winter? I wouldn't wanna drive anything but the jeep
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Once the salt hits the road here in NE Ohio the Jeep goes in the garage. I hate salt!
x2 here in Northern Michigan as well.
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:07 PM   #21
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What do you drive in the winter? I wouldn't wanna drive anything but the jeep
Probably drives his hummer haha!!
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Leave it on! I have never heard of people taking a winch off because of the changing seasons. Whats the point of having it if it's not readily available. Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. There is always the 3rd option, just trade in your jeep for a smart car...beep beep!
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I'd take it off and just sell it. Winches are pointless....
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Ya maybe if you cruise the mall mike. not all of us do that with our jeeps
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I was only kidding. My m10000 has stood up fine to Chicago winters. Just have to wash it off every now and then.

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