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Old 07-21-2010, 01:44 AM
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HELP finding good hand winch, nothing else

looking for a good hand winch to buy. even though i've been told 100 times not to, its what i want and what i can afford. any suggestions or links would be helpful.

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Get A Jeep Worthy Winch

Most winches that are hand cranked are for Marine use and used to get boats up the last 12 inches or so up upon a trailer.

That's *not* what you need for you Jeep.

If you're on a budget, and want something that can pull you out of a mud hole, look at this:
Smittybilt 97281 XRC Black Winch

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Old 07-21-2010, 02:26 AM   #3
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Oh, as a suggestion... find your local 4-Wheeling Club. Those Guys and Gals can tell you more about your Jeep than you'd ever know from reading from Google posts.

They can also turn you onto some good local deals for upgrading your Jeep.
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ok look at this, and the word search would be "come along"

Neiko 10,000 # 3 Hook Come-Along Winch Puller Comealong - eBay (item 230501528232 end time Jul-23-10 08:40:41 PDT)

dont be fooled these work good, sometimes you do not have enough length but just look around on ebay and you will see different models.
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:29 AM   #5
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oh yes with a come along you will have to use a good tow strap for the length.
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Most winches that are hand cranked are for Marine use and used to get boats up the last 12 inches or so up upon a trailer.

That's *not* what you need for you Jeep.

If you're on a budget, and want something that can pull you out of a mud hole, look at this:
Smittybilt 97281 XRC Black Winch
For mud or snow, this is a valid point as usually you need more than inches or a few feet to get you unstuck, but out in the rocks, often times just a few inches is enough to get you off your diff or whatever your hung up on and if you don't have the money to shell out on a winch, wouldn't be a bad thing to have.

BTW . . . a highlift can also be used as a come along if you have a couple straps. If you don't have a highlift, that would be my suggestion as they are about the same price and will not only act as a come along and get you off a rock, but you can use it to lift the Jeep and stack rocks under the tires, so hopefully you won't even need to use it as a come along, but can if you need to.
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2nd on the Hi-Lift and a couple of straps for the down and dirty.
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I submit to Schmo and whiteyj's wisdom. A "High-lift" and "hand-crank winch" can get your Jeep out of almost every problem.

>If you've got 3-5 hours and a spare and an emergency.<

If you don't have a spare tire, a High-lift, and a winch, I won't be wheeling with you.

Schmo and whiteyj, are available for wheeling with you, if you like.
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looking for a good hand winch to buy. even though i've been told 100 times not to, its what i want and what i can afford. any suggestions or links would be helpful.
You've done the research and made your decision. Good for you.

I don't have any links, because as far as I know, there isn't one particular brand of come-along that is way better than another.

Do you live anywhere near a farm/ranch store? That's where I'd go.
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I submit to Schmo and whiteyj's wisdom. A "High-lift" and "hand-crank winch" can get your Jeep out of almost every problem.

If you don't have a spare tire, a High-lift, and a winch, I won't be wheeling with you.

Schmo and whiteyj, are available for wheeling with you, if you like.
I think you might have missed the point I was making. I was pretty specific about mentioning how if he doesn't have the money to shell out on a winch, then a come along or HiLift can be used to get off a rock or something where you only need to be tugged a couple of inches or feet (vs. in the snow or mud where a longer tug is probably needed). It's better than having nothing at all, but of course having a winch would be preferred. Several of the guys I wheel with have winches and most if not all of us have Hi-Lifts and straps too so sure I'll wheel with cliffhanger . . . just make sure you have a spare and tow points!
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:52 AM
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how do you use the high lift and straps? i dont get how that works.
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Strap (to tree/thing) - Hi lift - Strap (to Jeep)

You hook and end of each strap to the hi-lift attachment points, other end of one to your jeep, the other to a tree, rock, etc etc.
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do you lay the high lift horizontally then?
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do you lay the high lift horizontally then?
Yes.
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ahhh I get it! Thank you very much!
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and then you crank it from it's stretched out state, down to it's smaller state? to bring you closer to the tree or object?
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This one helped me understand how to use it, you dont need to buy the winching kit just the jack and some chains would work

YouTube - Hi-Lift jack Winch Kit
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