Farm Jeep: We Put Rough Country’s Stubby Winch Bumper And RS9500 Winch To UsePosted in How To: Body Chassis on October 7, 2016
In many areas, four-wheeling is part of the daily grind more than a recreational pastime. While farm equipment is meant to live in the dirt, many farmers often use more conventional trucks and SUVs for light-duty work. A great example of this can be found with our friend’s ’00 Jeep Wrangler. The compact wheeling rig is perfect for toting small trailers and servicing many of the minor to-dos on his family’s 400-acre farm.
The Jeep is a work in progress, and as such, it sometimes leaves him spinning in place. While we contend that differential lockers would certainly help his TJ’s off-road performance, a sturdy front winch and bumper could earn its keep quickly. Not looking to sell too many cows to purchase a new winch and bumper combo, our friend looked to Rough Country Suspension Systems to get a reasonably priced setup that would fit his needs.
Since Rough Country’s Stubby winch bumper is compact and lightweight, it serves the purpose of not only having a recovery point but increasing the approach angle of the Jeep off-road. Opting to pair it with the Rough Country RS9500 winch meant the Jeep could handle extractions around the farm beyond self-recovery. Installation of the setup only took a couple of hours and was an easy driveway install.
Read on for some highlights of how it went together and how it’s handling the workload.
Pulling WeightIt didn’t take long for the Rough Country 9,500-pound winch to go to work on the farm. Whether it’s moving a downed tree or pulling the TJ out of the borrow pit, it’s definitely getting good use. While it has not failed or given any problems, we would classify the speed of the winch as moderate. Do you always need a lightning-fast recovery winch? Not really, but a little more line speed wouldn’t be a bad thing. Overall, the setup works extremely well, and we’ll keep checking back as the winch is sure to get a workout over the coming months.