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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-15-2003, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Winches and front end wieght

Well I just got me a new winch today, its called a COME UP winch, bought it off Ebay. It weighs about 90 lbs. I am pondering if I want to mount it permanately to the front bumper or go with a receiver type mount so I can use it front and rear with quick connect wiring setup. I am concerned about adding 90lbs to the very front of the vehicle. Will it make it drive poorly? Will I need to beef up my front springs? Any input would be appreciated. Last time I got stuck, I would have definitely needed a rear winching........
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I have a quick mount Ramsey 9000# winch on my Zuk. I can't say if it really alters anything because it has been there since day one. I just had a mount put on my car hauler so I'll leave off the Zuk and see how it handles without it. JCC
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Re: Winches and front end wieght

Make it permanent - the 90lbs won't make much different on the zuki. You'll probably get sick of moving that 90lbs.plus the receiver setup around after a while.

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I have my 8000lbs. Warn winch (probably weighs about 90lbs.) permanently mounted on the front. I have stock springs with 2" extended shackles. The Zuki rides fine. I would hate trying to mount the winch after you get stuck. Also, depending on how you get stuck, you might not have access to the mounting point.
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Re: Winches and front end wieght

My winch added about 80 lbs to the front of my sami and didn't seem to do a whole lot to the handling..and this is with soft YJs aprings, too. I mounted mine permanently, using logic like weirdwillie mentioned. Moving 90 lbs is kind of a pain in the arse in general, but if you are in a stuck position on rocks or something, you might not be able to get the winch into the receiver, and/or you might not be safe trying to climb all over the rocks carrying that heavy thing.

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Re: Winches and front end wieght

i have mine on a reciever setup I either have it in the reciever or at home so i dont worry about mounting it on the trail plus if i ever realy needed to i could put it on the back or use it on another rig using jumper cables to power it if need be
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Re: Winches and front end wieght

A winch mount bumpber looks better than my tube bumpber with receiver mount, but I can put my winch on the back or on my Dodge and now on my car hauler too. JCC
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