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06-20-2013 02:33 PM
bdizz 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
64Chevy 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.

Thanks.
06-19-2013 07:21 PM
Remmy18
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Originally Posted by JKralph View Post

Only had to use mine a grand total of 3 times, but never needed to go backward.

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...
Did a quick search. Cool.

http://youtu.be/FxP-Mjk23HA
06-19-2013 07:17 PM
JKralph
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Originally Posted by 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.
Only had to use mine a grand total of 3 times, but never needed to go backward.

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
Lowerumble
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Originally Posted by Remmy18 View Post
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
I agree. I think you are overthinking it. I would just stick with the standard mount.

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
64Chevy
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Originally Posted by WatchThis! View Post
Do you plan on wheeling by yourself all the time?
I'll often have a passenger, but I will often be the only vehicle.
06-19-2013 05:54 PM
WatchThis! Do you plan on wheeling by yourself all the time?
06-19-2013 05:01 PM
64Chevy
Rear winch

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.

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