(1) Can you mount a winch using the factory front bumper or is a bumper change in order to mount a winch?
(2) Recommend an inexpensive winch?
I don't do a lot of off-roading, so I am looking for a winch good enough to self-extract should I, for example, get myself stuck in winter. Something inexpensive that is halfway decent.
(3) Follow-up to #2 - Smittybilt winches any good?
Abby, you can pick up an 8000 lb. Warn for under 6 bills and it'll have a better warranty than anything else you're likely to find. When it comes to self-rescue, it's better to spend a little extra coin in the beginning than to go with the lowest bidder and have problems when you really need an extraction. Just my $.02.............
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When it comes to self-rescue, it's better to spend a little extra coin in the beginning than to go with the lowest bidder and have problems when you really need an extraction. Just my $.02.............
Which is a very good point to make, except I don't have a lot of extra money laying around since I just spent $1,000 on tires and hubby will be home on leave in September.
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I'm on the Warn boat myself, I'd save a little longer to get the much better quality of something like Warn's M8000. Even having one of Warn's less expensive but still American-made Tabor line of winches would make me much happier than having something like a Smittybilt. In fact, I would not buy a Smittybilt winch (or anything else by Smittybilt who now makes all of their junk in China) even if I were desperate. I'd wait/save longer until I could get a good quality winch instead. To me, Smittybilt and the rest of the bunch of Chinese-made winches are little more than junk that give a false sense of security.
I do have one or two Chinese tools in my garage but if one of those breaks, it's no big deal as my garage is full of backup tools or I can drive to the store if need be to buy a replacement. But on the trail, I don't carry a backup winch. I need my winch to work and I want a winch that I feel I can trust because in some wheeling areas, your winch is the only thing that's going to get you out.
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