JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
I can't tell you the amount of time I spent researching and trying to figure out what winch to buy for my Jeep. I spent so many hours checking every option out there...probably to much time actually. I know that each brand has their fans base of supporters, but I wanted to find out what the industry actually has in it, and what makes one better than the other. So...here's what I found and this is the choice I finally made.
Let's look at the specs:
Waterproofing: IP68 Rating
Rated Line Pull: 10,000Lbs (4,545kgs) Single Line
Motor: 6.6hp Series Wound
Control: Remote Switch, 12’ (3.7m) lead
Gear Train: 3-Stage Planetary
Gear Ratio: 218:1
Clutch: Sliding Ring Gear
Brake: Automatic Out-Of-Drum
Drum Size: Diameter 2.5”
Cable: 98.5’ 3/8” Diameter
Cable Type: Synthetic Rope
Remote Control: Included
Integrated Wireless Remote
Recommended Battery: 650CCA Minimum for Winching
Battery Leads: 25mm2, 72”(1.83m)1
Finish: Textured Black
Weight: 67.0Lbs (30.4Kgs)
Mounting Bolt Pattern: 10.0” x 4.50”
Overall Dimensions: (L x W x H) 22.3” x 5.4” x 9.4”
So, for those looking to pick themselves up a winch, I would recommend giving SmittyBilt a look. This is a great product that won't kill you bank account, and for some of us...that's important!
SmittyBilt Wich line up
*SOME SAD NEWS*. One of the things I stumbled across during this little project that was disheartening is that there are a lot of companies priding themselves with there Made in the USA labels, that are not exactly that. Some are assembled in the USA, and some are partially made in the USA. All that is fine with the exception of leading the customer to believe they are actually getting something designed and manufactured here in the USA. Those same items often come at a premium because of that stamp. Customers like myself are happy to pay a few more bucks for something Made in the USA, not what is required by law to be called made here, but actually made here. Just something to keep in mind when spending you're hard earned money.
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