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Do you run a winch on your JL/JT?


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One more question - which is better, steel cable or synthetic rope? I'm sure there ar are pro's & con's for either.....
I think for the average offroader looking mostly for self recovery, the benefits and safety of synthetic outweigh the cons.





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Are the Warns broken? I can use mine wired or wireless.
I'm not too familiar with their slew of different models, but apparently one of them is strictly wireless and warn will keep sending out new batteries and controllers, but they all end up prematurely failing and rendering the winch a very pricy paperweight.
 

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I know we have had a poll on here about peoples perspective of wheeling alone, with or without a winch and so on. I am generally interested how many people are running a winch on their front bumper, how many haven't used it, and how many aren't planning to run one.

This is a no judgement poll, I am just purely interested. I know this poll has a bit of bias based on where you live/wheel, so we will just over look that part for now!
I’ve owned several different brands over the years, the best was Warn. This time I decided to try the Quad stealth when they first came out, It did not disappoint. This thing is a great bang for your buck. We’ve got over a dozen recoveries on it, and it hasn’t missed a beat.

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Mostly kids in the woods in moms minivan or dads 2wd truck buried to the axle in the sugar sand. Also a couple Jeeps stuck in the mud holes. Newbies to the area that don’t know which mud holes to go around and which ones you can drive through.

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I put it to the test with this guy, he was stuck in the mud so bad , it was like a suction cup. He thought he could push the mud out of this obstacle.....:facepalm:..... we got him out, but I had to have another Rubi pulling me with tow strap to keep me from sliding in there with him, lol. The winch slowed down a little but never stopped or overheated, just kept pulling. I was amazed how well it performed. I would definitely recommend this winch, especially if your on a budget.

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I’ve owned several different brands over the years, the best was Warn. This time I decided to try the Quad stealth when they first came out, It did not disappoint. This thing is a great bang for your buck. We’ve got over a dozen recoveries on it, and it hasn’t missed a beat.

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Mostly kids in the woods in moms minivan or dads 2wd truck buried to the axle in the sugar sand. Also a couple Jeeps stuck in the mud holes. Newbies to the area that don’t know which mud holes to go around and which ones you can drive through.

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I put it to the test with this guy, he was stuck in the mud so bad , it was like a suction cup. He thought he could push the mud out of this obstacle.....:facepalm:..... we got him out, but I had to have another Rubi pulling me with tow strap to keep me from sliding in there with him, lol. The winch slowed down a little but never stopped or overheated, just kept pulling. I was amazed how well it performed. I would definitely recommend this winch, especially if your on a budget.

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I bet with a little more effort he coulda got that hood under all that mud....lol. Good job!
 

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I ended up getting warn zeon 10s based on recommendations about which one is the best and I didn't want to skimp on what I thought could be a safety equipment. I've used it when I could have easily use a tow strap and also now mainly take it and tension it back in to keep it in good working order. I'm glad I have it. But if I had to do it over ... I would seriously have a harder time.
 

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I’ve owned several different brands over the years, the best was Warn. This time I decided to try the Quad stealth when they first came out, It did not disappoint. This thing is a great bang for your buck. We’ve got over a dozen recoveries on it, and it hasn’t missed a beat.

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Mostly kids in the woods in moms minivan or dads 2wd truck buried to the axle in the sugar sand. Also a couple Jeeps stuck in the mud holes. Newbies to the area that don’t know which mud holes to go around and which ones you can drive through.

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I put it to the test with this guy, he was stuck in the mud so bad , it was like a suction cup. He thought he could push the mud out of this obstacle.....:facepalm:..... we got him out, but I had to have another Rubi pulling me with tow strap to keep me from sliding in there with him, lol. The winch slowed down a little but never stopped or overheated, just kept pulling. I was amazed how well it performed. I would definitely recommend this winch, especially if your on a budget.

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Love these kind of stories! Thanks for sharing
 

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I'm not too familiar with their slew of different models, but apparently one of them is strictly wireless and warn will keep sending out new batteries and controllers, but they all end up prematurely failing and rendering the winch a very pricy paperweight.
In the instructions it mentions plugging into DC to charge/power up the remote. Perhaps I need to call to clarify.

I’d like to know that if the batteries go south, as in not holding a charge well, that I could limp along and get power while plugged into a hot USB port.
 

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Thanks. I searched and posted over there for updates.
I’m pretty damn annoyed I have to worry about this for the moment. I guess I’ll remove the battery in between long periods of storage to TRY to save it.
Sorry you've got to deal with that, hopefully Warn comes up with something so you guys don't have to worry about it anymore.
 

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I’ve owned several different brands over the years, the best was Warn. This time I decided to try the Quad stealth when they first came out, It did not disappoint. This thing is a great bang for your buck. We’ve got over a dozen recoveries on it, and it hasn’t missed a beat.

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Mostly kids in the woods in moms minivan or dads 2wd truck buried to the axle in the sugar sand. Also a couple Jeeps stuck in the mud holes. Newbies to the area that don’t know which mud holes to go around and which ones you can drive through.

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I put it to the test with this guy, he was stuck in the mud so bad , it was like a suction cup. He thought he could push the mud out of this obstacle.....:facepalm:..... we got him out, but I had to have another Rubi pulling me with tow strap to keep me from sliding in there with him, lol. The winch slowed down a little but never stopped or overheated, just kept pulling. I was amazed how well it performed. I would definitely recommend this winch, especially if your on a budget.

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4th pic is WTF! you really go into that quagmire? Did you wake up with a death wish? I know when not to slap the grizzly bear.
 

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I have owned Warn, Engo and Smittybilt. The Smittybuilt X2O is probably the best bang for the buck going. The X2O stayed dry when the Warn gearbox was soaked. The Engo was what I would call an economy winch.
 

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Chicken or the egg.

That question isn't easy to answer. There are many benefits to both.

If it makes any difference... I run rope for the weight reduction and no stored energy in the line should it break.
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Rope is better if you plan on using the winch in the winter too (I notice the person that posted this is from NH)
 

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The first thing I did to my jeep was add a stubby bumper and a Quadratec Q Series Stealth winch. And ever since then, I've been using the winch every time I can!
-Out on the farm and there's a big tree down? Hang on. I'll grab the jeep and pull it this way or that so we can get to it easier with the saw
-See someone off the highway in a ditch? Hang on, I'll pull you out!
-Wheeling alone? I'll just winch onto that tree there and swing through this mud hole like a monkey in the jungle

I feel like since it was expensive, I use it every chance I get to get my value out of it...
 

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This works over a very short distance when nothing else is available, but trust me, if you use this tool/technique just once to winch over anything more than a few feet, especially on any kind of on-trail grade, your very next purchase will be a winch. Of course, if you do use this, you won't need that gym membership!
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