After 5 months of looking, I finally graduated my Ford up to a '04 Rubicon. Now I won't get stuck (as much) in the red Georgia clay.
Got a great deal from The Preowned Store, GA Dealer Used Cars - Home
in Carterville, GA - Brittain hooked me up and got me really nice 2004 Patriot Blue Rubicon with 66,000 miles for less than I could find one ebay, craigslist, stealerships, etc. He goes though about 100 wranglers a month, so act fast if you really love one.
Anyways, I have been looking at winches:
Winch Depot will have the SmittyBilt XRC8 with rollerhead fairlead and FREE mounting plate sometime in the next couple weeks for 314.99 + 9.99 shipping.
Costco has a Mile Marker PE8000 for 369.99 with free shipping. Includes roller fairlead.
And 4wd.com has the Warn M8000 for 499.99 with the roller fairlead and free shipping.
I am leaning towards the SmittyBilt, although this looks like a good deal on the Warn Winch, because I would like to keep my extra $200. Not rockcrawling and who really cares how fast it goes when you are occasionally pulling out of the mud.
Do you guys have a "goto" place to get all of your gear. I am looking to go on some trail rides with a yet to be determined jeep club and they all require CB radio, 20,000lb straps, fire extinguisher, rear bumper hooks etc... Just trying to find the best prices on safe, reliable equipment.
What is the downfall to attaching your winch to the factory bumper? I really don't see it just ripping off, especially if that is where they put the tow hooks. Does anybody make a stinger or something to protect the winch that attaches to the factory bumper or the frame behind it?