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Old 07-01-2018, 11:28 PM   #31
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This thread is killing me..

I won’t quote it all, but THIS ^^^

Had a Warn XD on my built XJ and used it on about 1 out of 10 trails. There’s only so far 35’s, lockers, and a heavy right foot can take you. The winch came out when I finally gave in, didn’t want to hold the group up any longer, or broke something.

Bought a bigger, fancier winch for the new YJ because I’m not a broke college student anymore.



I’m blown away at how many Jeeps have winches on them now compared to 10 years ago. Seems like 50% of Wranglers have one thrown on the front...I doubt they get used much.




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I've got a 10k lb super winch on my TJ. I've pulled a few vehicles out w/ it and had my own pulled out w/ it, as well. I've also used it to pull around tree limbs across our land. It gets used several times a year and in many cases, would have been a total PITA w/out it.

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We're going to find out.

Just put a bumper-mounted winch on, in anticipation of some solo-wheeling out in Colorado (on popular, well traveled trails). I don't really anticipate using it to get us out of trouble, but I could see using to help someone else out. Then again, it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. The last time we went out I took my dad's manual cable puller (not a Come Along brand, but similar). But as I get older I don't want to risk not having the brute strength to use something like that.

As we get more comfortable with the vehicle and taking it off road, there is at least one trail where a winch is mandatory equipment (Poughkeepsie Gulch). I want to knock that one off of my bucket list before I die.

Its a good call, went in April once seemed like a nice t-shirt weather warm day, but had to use the winch to get through a spot that just kinda stayed shaded so it was dirty and icy back at the bottom of a little gully. it was Back behind mount herman by Monument, CO
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I have one that I hope that I never use. It a preparedness thing. I have a rim clamp tire machine that I have never used. It's there is I need it. I have a brake lathe to turn brake rotors. It's standing by just in case. I have a lift in my garage. Don't care to use it much.
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I have a HF 9000lb winch. It's maybe 3 years old and has been used many times. Even a few for me on the trails.

So far, it's been reliable. I did change it over to synthetic line. It's only fault so far, is it's slow. It's so slow that snails give me the finger as they pass me. When it dies, I'll get a Warn but until then, it's staying put. Look at my avatar, yes, I used it in that situation, along with another winch from a club member.

It's a tool that I prefer not to need to use, but it's a tool that I'm glad is on my JK.
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Old 07-03-2018, 10:33 PM   #36
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I have a rim clamp tire machine that I have never used. It's there is I need it. I have a brake lathe to turn brake rotors. It's standing by just in case. I have a lift in my garage. Don't care to use it much.
None of this even makes sense....Why buy it if you'll never or rarely use it? It'd be cheaper to pay for new rotors, or have tires changed out...
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I have one that I hope that I never use. It a preparedness thing. I have a rim clamp tire machine that I have never used. It's there is I need it. I have a brake lathe to turn brake rotors. It's standing by just in case. I have a lift in my garage. Don't care to use it much.
can i trade garages with you then? i could use a lift SO much! and to not have to pay for tire changes and have your rims scratched! i could only dream of having those tools!

now the brake lathe on the other hand, not so much. its just better to buy new rotors.

as for the main topic, i actually used my winch today. a friend got stuck in a giant mud hole and needed to be winched out backwards about 70ft.
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:29 PM   #38
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My 2013 Rubicon came with one, but have not had to tried to use it yet !
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I'm just getting into using my TJ for more than just my daily driver and the first upgrade I bought was a new winch plus bumpers with recovery points. My next goal is to lift and get new tires, followed by a laundry list of other nice to have stuff (kill switch, fog lights, underbody armor, rock sliders, etc.). However, I plan to just be off-roading with just me and my better half in the passenger seat, so having a method of self-recovery is above all else.

I also went with a SuperWinch 9500 Tiger Shark SR since it was the best and most reliable winch I could find within a reasonable budget. I would have loved to get something by Warn, but I didn't want to get stranded because I went with something like a cheap Harbor Freight winch just to save a few bucks.

So, technically, I have a winch that's never been used, but it's only been on my Jeep for less than a week, so I assume you can give me a pass for that. =P
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I'm debating on this very topic, having just purchased a TJ. (I still have a YJ, but it needs to be restored, and it'll take awhile to do it right. You don't expect me to go Jeepless, do you?)
Haven't decided if I'll put one on the TJ, but I'm reminded of my broke high school/community college days, and the "4" wheeling I used to do in the mountains of Arizona in my 2WD Ford Courier (dating myself)
I really learned how to read the trails, and to get to where I needed to go. But, when I failed, I had a "come along" winch in the truck that saved my butt a few times. Combined with a good quality tow rope I always found a way out, as I normally just needed to get out of the hole I just dug for myself.
So, while I decide whether I want a winch or not, rest assured that I will be carrying a come-along in the back of the Jeep.
Just in case.
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How much of a pain is it to take on and off a winch, i.e. the wiring and mounting to a bumper ( I run a lite bumper, so I'm thinking not that big of a deal). I want to buy a winch, but not have it on for daily driving or even my easy weekend off road adventures, but more for the twice a year big trips.
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How much of a pain is it to take on and off a winch, i.e. the wiring and mounting to a bumper ( I run a lite bumper, so I'm thinking not that big of a deal). I want to buy a winch, but not have it on for daily driving or even my easy weekend off road adventures, but more for the twice a year big trips.
Put a 2 inch receiver on the front then run wiring to the front and back. I used washer/dryer female plugs underneath the body out of sight. Then mounted the the winch on a trailer hitch (30-40 bucks from harbor freight) on the winch I hooked the wires to the male plug. worked really well for several years. still works. my $0.02 for your desires, plus then you have a hitch on the front to use for other activities.
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Put a 2 inch receiver on the front then run wiring to the front and back. I used washer/dryer female plugs underneath the body out of sight. Then mounted the the winch on a trailer hitch (30-40 bucks from harbor freight) on the winch I hooked the wires to the male plug. worked really well for several years. still works. my $0.02 for your desires, plus then you have a hitch on the front to use for other activities.

Hey, that's a great Idea! I really like the idea of the plugs and the ability to move the winch to the rear.
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Yeah, like I said it worked great, and I could take it off If I didnt need it ie daily driving. Just realize that with the weight of the plate mount and winch its gonna be 80-90 lbs easy maybe more. nice to have a buddy to help move it around.

If you go this route be sure to invest in a locking hitch bolt. I had a big vice mounted to a plate and 2 inch hitch and had a simple pin holding it on and one day coming out of walmart it was gone. Very sad, I had left my winch at home so it survived, but I didn't take chances after that.

I almost went this route again with my jeep, but the extra space on the bumper that just sticks out from the grill makes putting the winch easy. Where as on my old F150 there was no such convenient place for the winch.
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I put one on my previous Jeep 4 years ago and recently transfered it to my current rig thats ablut a year old, I have used mine more times than I can count, not just for myself but in helping friends who refuse to get one. When you play in mud....you def need one
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OK fellow jeepers, you's guy's (used generically) are very VERY convincing about winches. I am now the owner of a new jeep and it came with a very capable winch. The Smittybuilt X20-10 comp with a nylon rope. I hope that I will never have to use it but if I need it, it will always be there waiting, just like my CC weapon. Better to be safe than sorry.
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Good call glad I had mine last weekend LOL
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:40 PM   #48
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I've had one winch on 3 different Jeeps since about 2002 or 2003. It's on my JK now. It's been a couple of years since I used it last but I had to break it out as I assisted on getting another 4x4 right-side-up on Black Bear Pass just outside Telluride last Friday. It's not something that I use a lot but I'm always glad it's there when I do need it.
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Came close to using it once, last winter....... Came across some guy in a Lexus, jammed into a snow-bank. Told him I'd be happy to help, but he would need to hook up the cable to his car and take the risk of any damage.

He thought about it for a few minutes and said no thanks! Not sure how long he waited for a tow truck to arrive..........
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Came close to using it once, last winter....... Came across some guy in a Lexus, jammed into a snow-bank. Told him I'd be happy to help, but he would need to hook up the cable to his car and take the risk of any damage.

He thought about it for a few minutes and said no thanks! Not sure how long he waited for a tow truck to arrive..........
Speaking about Lexus, When my wife and I were traveling across the Mojave Preserve btw Kelso Station and I-40 heading towards Amboy Ca., we observed a Lexi about 150 yards down a sand wash stuck up to it's frame in the gravely sand. He was a photographer (a rather eccentric one, reminded me of an artist) who wanted to get a picture of the Kelso Sand Dunes. He and his slightly angry wife, were very glad we had a winch on our Jeep that day.

And, since you have convinced me that a winch is the same as my CC weapon (never go anywhere without it), I am moving the X20 10,000 winch from the 4 door to my wife's 2 door DD and replacing it with a X20 12,000 on the 4 door. They are the same size, shape and weight, why not.
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I bought my JKU new in December 2018. 3 months later it had a new front bumper and the X20-10 with synthetic line. So in about 17 months I have used my winch about 10 times. Once, 4 times in a half mile. It was a 2 track through a swamp. I will attempt things with the winch that I would not without. I would have never tried Marble Head without it. I got hung up going down, and winched off the ledge.

I've wondered if any one buys a winch just for looks.
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I use my winch a few times each year:

Vehicle recovery.
Landscaping - small tree and bush removal.
Taking docks out of the lake.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:04 PM   #53
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In 20 years of driving I only needed my seatbelt and airbags just once. But when I needed them, I surely put them to good use. I've yet to use the winch on my 95. But I did use a winch on my 72 cj5.
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Used my winch the other day. A mini Tornado came thru my area and I used the winch to move downed and leaning trees.

For wheeling, I used it a month ago to get me thru an obstacle I got hung up on.
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A winch is $500 - $1000. Replacing the Jeep is $15,000 - $25,000 (if you can even find a clean start). It only takes once for it to pay off.
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