Sunday 2 April 2017

Winch Install

Its been a while since I last posted and a lot has happened.  I am probably going to try get myself caught up with a few shorter simple posts.

First up... A winch.

While I admit I am seldom in situations where I need a winch there have definitely been a couple times where one would be nice.  I also feel I am out exploring alone enough that this just gives me the level of security that betters my chances of self extraction.

Now a disclaimer, winches are heavy, expensive and need proper knowledge to use safely.  While I bought this ahead of a lot of other recovery gear I do believe it is well down the list of items that you 'should' have.  Normally before buying a winch I think the following items are priority; shovel(s), good tow points, tire inflator or onboard air, snatch (kinetic) strap,  traction aids like sand ladders, common sense.  I mention the last point since some trail smarts will keep you out of most situations where a recovery is necessary if you are unprepared.  I am planning to supplement my recovery gear with a good kinetic strap and possibly some traction aids.

Now back to the winch. This was a pretty spontaneous purchase as I noticed they were on sale at our local Princess Auto.  I suspect they are either clearing out to replace with the second generation, or perhaps push a different brand. Asking about the sale there was only 3 left, with none being reordered and at a discount of about $200 and backed by both a killer warranty, and store return policy it was a no brainer.

I mean even after I purchased it I contemplated leaving it uninstalled for a while to ensure no other deals surfaced near Christmas. I kicked my search for the best value/deal into high gear but it soon became apparent that this one was going to stay.  I should mention too that to sweeten the deal there was also a $75 US mail in rebate offer, I filled in the form but only time will tell if I get money back.

This winch is listed as compatible with this ARB bumper however beyond that there was not much additional information.  I tried a few different install options and configurations and think I figured out how it was designed to work.  I had to rotate the motor end a 1/4 turn, and opted to use the ARB bumper supplied solenoid mount. This bracket centered the solenoid and buys extra room for lights in the future. (Don't mind the partially removed plasti-dip on grill in picture below)

Overall the install is quite simple, 4 bolts mount the winch to the bumper, 2 more connect the roller fairlead, and a few more connect the solenoid to the bracket. Only a massive power and ground make their way behind the grill and to the battery.

When running the wiring I was sure to shield it anywhere it contacted metal using fuel line, and used lots of zap straps to hold everything tightly in place.

Buying an installing a winch is not the be all and end all of recovery.  A winch will need accessories such as shackles, tree savers, and a snatch block at a minimum. Buying good quality, and properly sized recovery gear is essential as well as familiarizing yourself with its proper usage.

1 comment:

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