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Old 06-24-2012, 08:40 PM   #1
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Winch or lift?

I've got a little spending money and cannot decide. I usually get caught on my transfer case skid so was thinking a little more lift would help out. I only have 31's for the moment. For the guys who have done it would you have gotten a winch first or more lift for bigger tires?

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Old 06-24-2012, 10:07 PM   #2
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If you go out alone, as we do, then a winch. If you always go out with others, and always have another jeep to yank you out, then, a lift..

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Winch, then lift, if you want a 2in lift you can get a budget boost off ebay for $50 and put it on yourself in less than 4 hours taking your time.
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Winch, then lift, if you want a 2in lift you can get a budget boost off ebay for $50 and put it on yourself in less than 4 hours taking your time.
Wouldn't he need new shocks to then
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Wouldn't he need new shocks to then
Nope, Im runin a ebay bb, gave me 2.5 lift in the end and I'm still using stock shocks with no limit to flex over stock
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:27 PM   #6
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Rti ramp stock shocks with bb
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:28 PM   #7
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I wouldn't skip out on shocks ever when doing a bb or sl.. but thats just me

and never never never never never never never never never wheel alone!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:59 PM   #8
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You can run a 2" BB with stock shocks with no issues... run front disconnects and go have some fun.... I ran like this for a year and wheeled every weekend.



You can flex pretty good, too.... as long as you run front disconnects... you can see my old Teraflex 2" BB spacers here.... (BTW.... this was taken Sep '2011' at The Rubicon Trail )



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Old 06-25-2012, 07:40 AM   #9
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winch, and safety stuff first then a lift.
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I've got a little spending money and cannot decide. I usually get caught on my transfer case skid so was thinking a little more lift would help out. I only have 31's for the moment. For the guys who have done it would you have gotten a winch first or more lift for bigger tires?
Instead, how about a 1" BL, 1" MML and a tummy tuck?
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:48 AM   #11
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I should have put this in my first post, I allready have a 2" BB with shocks. Wouldnt the tummy tuck require an SYE and a new shaft? I ask this because I have only 500 dollars to play with.
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I should have put this in my first post, I allready have a 2" BB with shocks. Wouldnt the tummy tuck require an SYE and a new shaft? I ask this because I have only 500 dollars to play with.
Yes a sye would require a new drive shaft, a tummy tuck in the end will cost around $1000 if not more depending on wether or not you do the work or pay someone else to do it.

Since you already have a bb then Id suggest get a winch with a recovery kit, 1.25bl and 1mml
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:28 AM   #13
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Wouldnt the tummy tuck require an SYE and a new shaft?
Any more lift than what you have now would require an SYE too. Of the two options you're considering, it looks like the winch is all you got left.

My suggestion: forget the winch and keep saving your money until you can afford the SYE.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:16 AM   #14
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Go for the suspension lift. Think about it... you can always borrow the services of someone else's winch or strap but you can't borrow the services and benefits of a suspension lift. This assumes you never wheel alone which is never a good idea.

And notice when minimum vehicle requirements are listed for organized trail rides, you'll never see a winch listed as required. Such lists include minimum tire sizes, CB radios, lockers, etc. but never a winch.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:19 AM   #15
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i'd go with a winch, jeeps are pretty good off road stock, so with a winch you can do a little more and not worry about getting stuck.
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Lift then a winch and never go off roading alone.
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I have to say that one of if not the very first mods that I did to my jeep was put a winch on it, granted only reason this probably was is that I was able to get a warn m8000 for 200 bucks( gotta love a father in law that has always drove jeeps and has stuff laying around lol) but I do have to agree with jerry in that you should always have people with you and always have straps to aid in recovery, plus once you get a winch ur "that guy with a winch" and any time some one gets stuck ur gonna get a phone call, almost guaranteed no matter what time of day it is or night for that matter. And like he said you can't borrow clearance.
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you'll never see a winch listed as required. Such lists include minimum tire sizes, CB radios, lockers, etc. but never a winch.
Winch required sign:


from Trail Damage - Carnage Canyon

But then again, the OP shouldn't be doing a trail like this with his current budget boost & 31s anyway, even with a winch.
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I should have put this in my first post, I allready have a 2" BB with shocks. Wouldnt the tummy tuck require an SYE and a new shaft? I ask this because I have only 500 dollars to play with.
Forget the winch for now. You could get a 1.25" body lift (will raise your gas tank) and 1"MML (will raise your oil pan) and fit 33" tires. Affordable and FUN .
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:44 PM   #20
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I think after reading Ill just do a 1" body lift and save my money for the tummy tuck/SYE.

Im trying to build my rig for what I will use it for and I probably should have posted more in my original post. My wheeling will consist of mostly dirt hills and mud (not to many rocks down in Savannah) with the occaisonal trip to North Georgia (some rocks). Im all of my wheeling trips I have gotten caught on the transfer case skidplate and one or twice my control arm mount.

I currently have:
a lockright locker in the dana 30
2" BB with shocks
Quick Disco's
31" Duratracs

Has anyone used the Under Cover Fab products?
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:50 PM   #21
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Got the winch and recovery equipment first. Lift then tires and wheels.
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:00 PM   #22
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If you lift it first your gonna go out and get into a situation where your going to need the winch lol. Winch it first...it's the common cure for overconfidance.

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