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Old 07-19-2019, 08:28 PM
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suck down winch for garage clearance?

anyone here install a suck down winch to get their jeep to clear the garage door? im thinking about doing exactly this for the sole reason of fitting in the garage, but thinking it could also be useful for those ridiculously steep hill climbs!

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Old 07-20-2019, 10:40 PM   #2
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Deflate the tires? I had to do that once to get a fully loaded trailer out of the garage. PITA if you're doing it twice a day.

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unfortunately the header is right at the bottom of the ceiling joists, so i cant make the opening any bigger if i wanted to. looks like i'll only need an inch when i go to 40's with the soft top though, since i have about an inch now, and my tires measure 35.25" currently and 40's might measure about 39.5".


definitely dont want the hassle of deflating the tires twice a day 4 times a week!
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LOL, would be far less effort to hook up my 3000lb harbor freight winch to a cross-member and weld a shackle to rear diff than to dig out a couple inches of concrete!
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LOL, would be far less effort to hook up my 3000lb harbor freight winch to a cross-member and weld a shackle to rear diff than to dig out a couple inches of concrete!
Only have to dig the holes once though

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but still, pressing a button 10,000 times is still 100% less effort than wielding a pickaxe for 12 hours or so!
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but still, pressing a button 10,000 times is still 100% less effort than wielding a pickaxe for 12 hours or so!
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unfortunately the header is right at the bottom of the ceiling joists, so i cant make the opening any bigger if i wanted to. looks like i'll only need an inch when i go to 40's with the soft top though, since i have about an inch now, and my tires measure 35.25" currently and 40's might measure about 39.5".


definitely dont want the hassle of deflating the tires twice a day 4 times a week!
Think outside the box. You could install an inverted header over the door. Or remove the wood header and replace it with a steel lintel
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Sounds like you've got a good excuse to build a 40 x 40 shed.
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but still, pressing a button 10,000 times is still 100% less effort than wielding a pickaxe for 12 hours or so!
Go get yourself one of them low-to-no-cost pick axe swingers coming up across the border from the south!
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air bag suspension is not a bad idea! just dont know if i could get the travel i want with the oro air bags, that and its a LOT more money than adding a winch underneath that i already have!
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Chop the top like an old school rod.
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Do front and rear suck downs. You could easily fit into most garages, plus it would b fun to play with. But on a serious note, since you are on coilovers and depending how hard you wheel, it could help you keep the coils from unloading on near vertical climbs
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The draw down isn’t a bad idea, but will the top be smashed if it lets go while it’s in the garage?
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unfortunately the header is right at the bottom of the ceiling joists, so i cant make the opening any bigger if i wanted to.

Recess the header up into the ceiling joists (the bottom of the new header = the bottom of the joists).


Lower the garage floor by digging it out (hay, on HGTV they do this for basements with too low of a ceiling height, all the time).
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I foresee this Jeep no longer being garage kept.
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I bought larger tires and was concerned my Jeep wouldn't fit the the door any longer... the garage ceiling was high enough but the door was tight. After looking at it, I found I could adjust the automatic opener to open the door another inch, which fixed the issue. Maybe check that first?

Had never heard of / seen a suck down winch before. Thanks for showing me something new!
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I bought larger tires and was concerned my Jeep wouldn't fit the the door any longer... the garage ceiling was high enough but the door was tight. After looking at it, I found I could adjust the automatic opener to open the door another inch, which fixed the issue. Maybe check that first?

Had never heard of / seen a suck down winch before. Thanks for showing me something new!

that was the main reason for me having a garage door opener in the first place! LOL, needed the little extra the opener provided, so now im maxed out on the door opening.
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I foresee this Jeep no longer being garage kept.

not gonna happen. i'll make her fit in the garage one way or another! right now, the cheapest way is a suckdown winch. i just have to find the room under the jeep to mount the winch to. might need to do away with the stock muffler to get make room for it to bolt to the rear crossmember.


again, she fits right now, its once i go to 40's that i'll have an issue. i could always remove the 3/4" coil spacers to help, but i need every bit of clearance i can get!
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Consult a structural engineer. Some guys here already listed some good ideas moving the header up.
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If the header is wood swap it out for steel. Not that hard to do and you will gain a few inches.
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After reading all this I foresee one of those vinyl car tents permanently affixed in his driveway
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I foresee this Jeep no longer being garage kept.

Now Thats thinking outside the ughhh garage?

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