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Installing Your First Winch

Warn Winch
Kevin McNulty | Writer
Posted April 1, 2010

Save A Few Bucks And Install It Yourself

There is a starting point in all our hobbies and passions when we don't know a thing about what we're about to dive face-first into. After admiring the trick recovery winch on the front of your buddy's rig, you ran out and purchased one.Now you're concerned about installing the mechanical contraption yourself, and we'll be the first to say your concerns are justified. A recovery winch is a dangerous piece of equipment.

We find some folks spending too much cash to have a winch installed when in fact the task could easily be completed in a driveway. Don't let your anxieties get the best of you; on certain model 4x4s like trucks and Jeeps, installing a winch is easy and doesn't require special tools. Depending on the vehicle, a winch basically mates to a mounting plate between the framerails or bolts directly to an aftermarket bumper with two cable connections to the battery.

A major hitch to any winch installation is that some late-model vehicles have a massive one-piece plastic fascia in the front, which needs to be cut or trimmed, and this does require skill and some special tools.

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