|06-20-2013 02:33 PM|
Sometimes winching forward is only gonna pull you in deeper and/or make the problem worse.
I currently have only a permanent front winch, but I would love to have a permanent rear winch as well. I can't be sure of the exact number, but there have certainly been a few scenarios where I really needed to be pulled out backwards. I've got this on my wish list:
Olympic 4x4 Products 5560-171 - Olympic 4x4 Products Rear Smuggler Winch Bumper with Dual Pivot Tire Carrier for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
|06-20-2013 07:38 AM|
|Remmy18||Better to over think it then spend some $ and be unhappy with the setup. I'd say there's pros and cons to both front mounted and transportable but to me, it would be a pain to deal with lugging it around in a precarious situation, especially if you were in a spot and couldn't open the tailgate.|
|06-19-2013 11:30 PM|
The overthinking it comment is probably correct. I am trying to be over-prepared and frugal at the same time. The thought was driven by a friend of a friend who does not have a front mounted winch, but has one that he can mount at either end.
|06-19-2013 07:21 PM|
|06-19-2013 07:17 PM|
If you want a permanent front mounted winch and winching in reverse is a concern for you, there are some videos out there on how to use a front mounted winch to winch you backward. A lot of pulley action...
|06-19-2013 07:03 PM|
As an alternative, mount one on the front like normal and buy the tntcustoms rear bumper that has a hidden winch and throw one in there too!
|06-19-2013 06:56 PM|
|Remmy18||Mount it on the front with a cover and be smart about when you want to try an obstacle where the only way out is backwards. Just my $.02|
|06-19-2013 06:36 PM|
|64Chevy||I like the idea of not having it exposed to the elements (remember--I'm in Oregon, so 6 months of the year it will be wet--parked in a garage at night, but outside at work), but I agree about not wanting another piece of recovery gear to carry. But I was curious how many people have ever been in a situation where they wished they had a read mounted winch.|
|06-19-2013 06:19 PM|
|WatchThis!||Me personally I would never have one that I could swap back and forth. Thats just more junk to have to secure inside the jeep, and like you said could be a pain especially if you are in the mud.|
|06-19-2013 06:13 PM|
|06-19-2013 05:54 PM|
|WatchThis!||Do you plan on wheeling by yourself all the time?|
|06-19-2013 05:01 PM|
Currently have a '98 JKU Sahara, and will upgrade soon (once I sort out color choices) to a '14 JKU Rubi. Going with a Rubi because I am starting to do more challenging off road adventures. I was chatting with someone who said it was better to have a winch in the cargo area and front/rear receivers, versus mounting a winch to the front bumper. The arguments against a permanently mounted front winch are clear (theft risk, weight, exposure to the elements, etc.) especially in a rig that sees 85% road. But, a decent winch and a carrying cradle are heavy (from specs I've read about 90 pounds) and the thought carrying that from the back cargo area to the front receiver up a steep, muddy slope (I'm in the Pacific Northwest) doesn't sound fun. But, I can certainly imagine cases where you would rather winch backward than winch forward. So a couple of newbie questions:
1) Is anyone here using front/rear receivers and a winch that they move where needed?
2) In your experience, when wheeling, how many times have you wished for a rear mounted winch?
Just trying to sort things out. Thanks.