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Old January 19th, 2013, 08:27 AM   #1
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Default WINCH from Harbor Freight?

12,000# winch for 300.00 and confirmed that Off-Road Magazine said it was a great deal and worthy.
http://www.off-roadweb.com/tech/1112...l_in_winching/
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would adding a winch require a new, higher amp battery???????

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Old January 19th, 2013, 08:29 AM   #2
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I have one.

In the box in the back seat of my truck.

All I know so far is its heavy.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 08:30 AM   #3
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The old bad thing I've heard 'bout em is they're pretty slow; other than that, should be a good tool.
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I'm thinking of buying one to put on my trailer.
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A winch will benifit from a bigger battery but it not ususlly required. Make sure all of your battery cables have good connections, and are large enough. When you are pulling hard a winch will pull a lot of amps and kill any battery in a hurry. The best thing you can do is a series of short pulls with a few min in between to let the winch cool and batt charge.

When using your winch stop after a few min and relax the cable. Touch the winch motor and battery cables carefully. They should get warm, if they get too hot to touch you need more battery, better connections, or both. A winchs worst enemy is heat.

I have been very impressed with the harbor freight winches that I have seen. Slow, but reliable.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 09:05 AM   #6
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If you are planning on using it for the occasional recovery, that winch and a stock battery will be fine. If you're wanting to do more hardcore stuff where you will be winching alot, neither that winch or a stock battery are the best.
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I've got that same winch on a reciever I use in on my trailer and my Cherokee. I like it a lot better than my old Chicago electric. It is faster and better built IMO.

Like Whiter Hino said, it's good for the occasional stuff.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 07:38 AM   #9
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Default winch impacts suspension?

the harbor freight 12000# winch and rough country mounting plate weigh approx 100#. this is on the front stock bumper which is of course forward to the front wheels.

what impact will this added weight/location have on the TJ drivability? the TJ is currently garaged for the season so no test drive is in the plans. have stock front suspension with 2" budget boost.

seeing as everything is always attached to something else,........should i consider different coil springs, stronger shocks or anything else?
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the harbor freight "universal" mounting plate is NOT universal to the TJ stock bumper. requires drilling of 1/4 inch steel, etc.
instead i ordered and installed, without any adjustment, the rough country TJ front bumper mounting plate [piece #1189....
http://www.roughcountry.com/winch_mounts_jeep.html]
only change i made was using grade 8 bolts to hold the tow hooks and stock bumper to the frame.

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