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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-08-2004, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Tested out my new winch today

Tuesday my winch was delivered. Tuesday and Wednesday I made brackets to mount the relay pack because the manufacturer's brackets were retarded and to mount the fairlead. I was under the impression you could mount the fairlead to the winch (going by the pictures Mile Marker has on their website). This isn't the case.

I then wired it up while bitching about how they had the relays mounted.

It seems to work pretty good. I'm not too terribly impressed but oh well. I suspect that between my plate, new wiring, brackets, fairlead, and the winch it weighs around 150lbs.

I tested it by hooking it to a tree with my linelocks set. The no load linespeed is PLENTY fast. IF you NEED it faster than what this winch does you must have excellent cable-spooling skills.



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Re: Tested out my new winch today

Did you go with the Mile Marker winch. I saw some at the shop the other day. They just look like a winch. Nothing shinny or pretty looking. I think that the 12000 was 800 dollars.
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Re: Tested out my new winch today

Yeap, got the Mile Marker.

$700 for the winch and snatch block to my door. I've got about another $75 tied up in the multimount plate, hardware, tree saver, and clevis. I've got another $100 tied up in wire and 350 amp connectors. So, for about $900 I have a 12,000lb winch that I can put on any vehicle with a receiver.

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Re: Tested out my new winch today

How did you rig up the solenoid, I mounted mine per instructions and it slides around all stupid like
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Re: Tested out my new winch today

I took my winch out and I had those two brackets. One of them had fallen completely apart in shipping. I was like "what the [bleep] are these things for?" and I figured it went to something but it didn't make any sense. So I was looking at the solenoid pack and noticed that it has a curved part on it like it's meant to be mounted to the motor or transmission. So I was like "OK, these hosers sent me two useless pieces of metal and no zip ties to hold on the solenoid pack".

Later I realized what they were for. They have set screws to hold them onto the bars. I said out loud, "Wow, that is a whole new level of gay".

I cursed for a while. I said to myself "OK, they've got weathertite connectors for the winch remote, a weatherproof remote, and yet they didn't put any antioxidant on any wires and the solenoid box is open to the elements."

I bet the engineer that designed the remote system didn't design the rest of the winch.

I decided that I'd be a hillbilly and make my own brackets out of flatstock. I bent it in the vise with a hammer, drilled holes with the drill press, and ground off the corners using my die grinder. You can tell it was ghettofabbed but it left me room to mount a wireless remote someday and is a whole lot stronger than the crap they designed.

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