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After about killing myself trying to get my 35” spare back on the tire swing and the fact I don’t want to get another hernia, I’ve had 3 in the last 5 years, I have been thinking of a way to lift my spare using a winch of some sort. So I buy a 2000 LB, 12VDC ATV winch with a wired remote and start kicking around ways to make this work.

So I get together with a fellow club member this past Saturday and we kick a few ideas around and before you know it we were cutting steel and welding parts together, it’s good to know people that were machinists before they retired, that and he can weld.

The first thing we did was cut a piece of receiver stock and weld it to the tire swing, then figure out how tall of a piece of 2” stock we would need, then we added another piece of receiver stock to the top of the upright in a “T” and cut another piece of 2” for the arm above the tire.

Then George asks “how were you going to mount the winch?” So we kick a few ideas around and decide on a piece of ¼” flat stock welded to the end of the arm and we also decide to make the winch removable by using keyhole slots! How cool is that?

We get everything cut, drilled, keyholes made and welded together then it’s on the lathe to make the buttons for the keyhole slots. George take a piece of aluminum round stock and puts it in the lathe and a few minutes he has made the buttons and we bolt them to the winch and test fit it to the mounting plate, perfect fit.

Now I put all the parts together, mount the winch, connect the remote and run the leads to the battery and give it a test, and it works perfectly! No more lifting my spare! Woo hoo I am very happy.

Here are a few pics showing the parts and how it looks all together, so what do you think?
Thanks for looking!
 

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I like it nice job and good idea.
 

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What's the saying........"Necessity is the mother of invention"!
 

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Your build actually makes me think my little idea floating around in my head might work. I keep thinking of using a trailer hitch mount with 2 flanked "legs" with your basic concept (plus swivel ability) to be able to remove/install a hardtop by yourself. Obviously for those with no garage.
But thumbs up to your project, from concept to creation!
 

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Nice. Post up some action shots/video.
Thanks man! I will see what I can do about a video.

Your build actually makes me think my little idea floating around in my head might work. I keep thinking of using a trailer hitch mount with 2 flanked "legs" with your basic concept (plus swivel ability) to be able to remove/install a hardtop by yourself. Obviously for those with no garage.
But thumbs up to your project, from concept to creation!
And thank you bostiguy! Your idea sounds like something that anyone without a garage could benefit from. Do you have a drawing of your idea? Good luck with it and I hope it works for you!
 

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I like this...a lot! With two bulging discs, I've always carried a back brace with me in the Jeep for fear of blowing out my back while trying to change a 35" tire. I don't have a winch lying around the garage but...I do have an old boat crank, hmmmmm. Nice job!
 

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I like this...a lot! With two bulging discs, I've always carried a back brace with me in the Jeep for fear of blowing out my back while trying to change a 35" tire. I don't have a winch lying around the garage but...I do have an old boat crank, hmmmmm. Nice job!
My original plan was to use a boat winch but while talking about it to several people they all said where they winch would be mounted it would be too high to use without hurting your arms. It would be just above shoulder high so I got the ATV winch.

It all depends on how high the boat winch would be, if it were low enough it would work. Good luck!
 
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