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Winch Tools

Posted in How To on April 1, 2002
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Photographers: David Kennedy

Use it or lose it. If ever that axiom holds true it’s when winching. Sure, lots of times you only pull the cable to hoist your nimrod friend’s rig out of a ditch after he unsuccessfully tried to show off for the girlies by driving with his feet. But other times it’s to prevent a nasty rollover, keep you from spending the night on the trail with hungry critters, or tackle a make-it-or-break-it obstacle.

So what are these tools and how do you use them? First and foremost is a winch rated to about 1 ½ times your vehicle’s loaded weight (for most fullsizes that means a 9,000- to 10,000-pound winch) and a winch mount that isn’t going to rip off during a pull, sending a 100-pound missile at someone’s head.

Thankfully, most of the other tools you’ll need most are available in kit form. For a list of some of the manufacturers who offer winch accessory bags, see the sidebar, “One Stop Shop,” below. For our purposes, we simply went to our local 4 Wheel Parts Wholesalers and picked up a Warn winch accessory bag to show you how to use these recovery tools.

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Ramsey Winch
Tulsa, OH 74116
Carbondale, CO 81623
ARB 4x4 Accessories
4 Wheel Parts Wholesalers
Superwinch Inc.
Putnam, CT

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