I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: Need winching backwards ideas.
I have thought about this at great length, but to use the winch in the rear (mounted in the bed) or the front. In searching and researching (I always try to learn as much as I can, then if I don't find anything, make the rest up as I go along), I found someone in Scotland that has done this. He mounted the winch on an IBEX (similar to a Land Rover) and had strung the cable underneath to the front. The vehicle is configured a little differently from jeeps, however.
My thoughts are to mount the winch in the bed, and have the snatch block mounted under the tailgate with a pin. Pull the pin and spool it backwards. The front would be held in place by the hook on the roller fairlead, or a post in that location. The cable would be strung under the jeep, along one side of the framerail, inside a piece of pipe as straight as possible. When turns are needed, the cable would ride against a smaller roller fairlead, or maybe a set of enclosed bearings so the line wouldn't chafe. When the winch is needed in the front, just leave the roller fairlead pinned in the back and spool the cable out regularly. You could even run a snatch block in the front if you needed to.
This would require a winch with a fair amount of cable, no doubt, but I have also thought of having coils of extra cable to make up the difference.
This is a little different than what you were asking, but it could be used in the same manner. If you can't "see" it, let me know, and I'll see what I can do about drawing a diagram.
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