Are Prerunners Ready For Winches?
It's rare to see a winch on the front of a go-fast truck. The extra 100 pounds is just a little much for some guy with a prerunner looking to lose as much weight as he can-especially in the front end. But what if you could add all the pulling power of a standard 100-pound winch without all the weight? Would you be game to try one then?
This is the dilemma I was having with the front of my red Dodge 4x4. Though it's certainly no "prerunner" in the true sense of the word, I do like to drive it fast and I have tried to keep the total weight of the truck down to around 5,200 pounds. But there are occasions that I could use a front-mounted winch.
That's why I decided to mount a Warn RC9000 on the front of my truck, running the synthetic rope through the skidplate and adding only 50 extra pounds to the front end. The RC9000 has all the pulling power of a full-sized 9,000-pound winch, but it has a smaller spool and uses only 50 feet of synthetic rope (instead of steel cable) to keep the weight to a minimum. To me, the extra 50 pounds of weight is worth the ability to pull yourself out of a situation, whether you own a 2WD or 4WD truck.
I went back to Off Road Evolution, the crew responsible for my front suspension and bumpers, and we made provisions to tuck the mini RC9000 in back of the skidplate. Was I happy and did I have the ability for self extraction once it was done? Oh yes. Could I tell that the truck had an extra 50 pounds in the front end? Not at all.