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Looking good! And you say hydraulic like it's something bad. I would think they're better than electrics. I've never seen an electric on a wrecker. Rollbacks, yes, but never a wrecker.

One suggestion for you; cut a piece of 1/4" steel plate and weld it to the angle below the fairlead. Make it stick out 3/4" or so past the front and sides of the fairlead. It's not a good thing to be leading with an expensive piece of hardware.

 
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I agree, it look's great and I'm sure it has it's advantages over electric. Do try to protect it though, it seem like just a fender bender would mess it up quick.

 
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Good idea to protect the fairlead. I'm building a bumper maybe this summer, so I can incorporate that.

The hydraulic will work for now. But, after I get lockers, I'm going electric. If I'm on my side (or top), this winch is useless.

 

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it doesn't mean anything that there's only hydraulic winches on wreckers, you don't use it to pull the wrecker out, wrecker always has power, as it's not broken. however, off-road, if your jeep is stuck in the water and your engine died and you can start it, how in the world are you going to pull yourself out?

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that looks exactly like the one I'm getting, can you show me speds on the mounting bracket for it? did you bolt it right over your crossmember or did you have to extend the frame?
Thanks
Chad

84 CJ-7 Just completed, t-18/dana20, dana44 rearw/welded diff dana 30 front and the old 258 amc. http://[email protected]
 
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I built the bracket myself (actually, my neighbor did it from the measurements I gave him). On each frame rail, I have attached a piece of 3/8" angle iron - 2 (big) bolts through the frame in the factory holes. The winch is attached to a piece of 3/8" plate which was bend front and back to give it some strength. This is attached to the angle iron using 6 1/2" carriage bolts.
My buddy charged me about $70 for time & materials.

 
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