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Old 10-25-2010, 07:23 PM   #1
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Winch on front bumper or on receiver hitch for front and back?

I’m on the fence on if I should bolt a winch to the front bumper, limiting me to forward winch use or if I should install a front hitch and put the winch on a 2” receiver plate so I can move the winch from front to back as needed. It would loose the “cool look factor” with the winch on the adapter and not on the front bumper, but more useful I would think. Off roading will be mostly everglades, so mud/water etc. Last time I was out there (10 years ago) I had a stock CJ-7 with 31s and only problem I had was my axles bottoming out and would have to get pulled out. Now I have a LJ with 2” suspension and 3” body on 33s.

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You know, I have thought about this one quite a bit myself.
The receiver mount would be great - you can leave it in the garage when you're not needing it, which would save on weight running around town, and prevent tampering / theft concerns. It would also be protected from the elements when you know you won't be needing it.
My problem is I'm forgetful as all get out. I know I'd set it out, and then go 'wheeling without it. Therefore, mine's going up front.
There is also the 'cool look' factor. But, being able to winch from front or rear would be handy in many situations I'm sure.

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Old 10-25-2010, 08:19 PM   #3
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In all the years I've been winched or winched others, I never wished I had a winch on the rear of any of my Jeeps.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:22 PM   #4
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I am with Jerry. 99% of winching is from the front. If you need to winch backwards, have the guy behind you do it for you. And the amount of side loading(if you ever had to pull at an angle), might kill a receiver mount.

I say do it on the front. Besides, have you ever LIFTED a fully spooled winch with at least 100' of steel cable? I am betting you wouldn't move it very often.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:28 PM   #5
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^ this,

lugging it around over and over would get pretty tedious for me
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ya and a 100' is a good long way not to mention heavy, as well as the side load issue. Plus I have seen how to winch backwards with the front mounted winch.
what do ya think about front bumper mount and a second one under the body upside down between the rear axle and tranny. I think there might be room being I have a LJ, mind you I have only thought of it and checked it out with a flashlight tonight!
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The sideload and straight-pull issue is significant when talking about installing a winch into a receiver hitch. A typical Jeep size winch can exert 8,000 to 9,500 lbs. of force. A Jeep size 2" receiver hitch is rated to tow a trailer that weighs up to 3,500 lbs.

No way could a receiver hitch rated to 3,500 lbs. be expected to withstand the side load or straight load a Jeep size winch can place on it. That combination would be fine for street use where the typical use might be retrieving a vehicle stuck in a snow bank etc. but not when a Jeep is really (!) stuck or perhaps even down in a ravine after having rolled when offroading.

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