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So getting a winch on my rig is not a feasible option. I won’t get into the all the reasons for this, as there are several but the main one is weight of the winch and a bumper on my front end (my rig is a Jeep Renegade Trailhawk). I already have a Hi-Lift with winch kit, but I am wondering if I need something more. I have been looking at a winch-in-a-box (link below). These things are really designed for use on ATVs (4000 lbs pull) but since my rig has a curb weight of only 3,500 lbs I’m thinking this might be workable. Especially with a snatch block. Other benefits would be the capability to winch from any direction since it’s not hard installed. Thoughts?

https://superwinch.com/collections/superwinch-portable-winches/products/superwinch-winch2go-synthetic-rope-1140232
 

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So getting a winch on my rig is not a feasible option. I won’t get into the all the reasons for this, as there are several but the main one is weight of the winch and a bumper on my front end (my rig is a Jeep Renegade Trailhawk). I already have a Hi-Lift with winch kit, but I am wondering if I need something more. I have been looking at a winch-in-a-box (link below). These things are really designed for use on ATVs (4000 lbs pull) but since my rig has a curb weight of only 3,500 lbs I’m thinking this might be workable. Especially with a snatch block. Other benefits would be the capability to winch from any direction since it’s not hard installed. Thoughts?

https://superwinch.com/collections/superwinch-portable-winches/products/superwinch-winch2go-synthetic-rope-1140232
Like the others here I don't recommend the solution that you are considering. It doesn't appear to be robust enough for the job at hand. You might want to consider a trailer hitch mounted winch though. The idea is that you could have an appropriately sized winch attached to a portable winch mount that is designed to slide into a trailer hitch. When a winch is needed, you simply attach the winch to the trailer hitch and connect the winch directly to your battery via a preinstalled power cable or in a pinch, a long appropriately sized cable with alligator clips. You can use the winch to pull you out backwards or use pulleys to pull yourself forward (there are some YouTube videos that will show you how to do this. The advantage of this approach is that you don't have to drag the weight of the winch around during everyday driving, you don't need a special bumper, and you have the convenience of a properly sized winch when you need it. Downside is that you will have to make room for the winch in your vehicle when off-roading.

Here is an example of the hitch mount:
 
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What about fabricating a box w/ mount plate similar to the winch in a box, but putting a real winch in it (thinking a Warn V8)? This would get me the versatility of the winch in a box plus capability of a good winch. Thoughts?
 

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Rethink your decision I have seen winches on renegades even on the old liberty in my view there is no replacement for a dedicated properly mounted winch but if you must look at the super winch in a box I think they are 8 or 10 k you still have to attach it run power to it etc if you choose to go with hand operated stuff be prepared to be there for a long time and plan accordingly you have a pretty good chance of being there over night ....... ah and then there is the weather sometimes getting out now is the difference between now and weeks just MHO
 

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What about fabricating a box w/ mount plate similar to the winch in a box, but putting a real winch in it (thinking a Warn V8)? This would get me the versatility of the winch in a box plus capability of a good winch. Thoughts?
This will weigh well over 100lb and take two people to handle. My 4500lb winch box weighs 70lb with the leads and snatch block and shackles.

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Get the More Power Puller. Those are great pieces and you can extract yourself pretty quick, but it does usually involve two people to do it safely since most of the time leaving your vehicle in neutral won't be a good option. I've done a few extractions with one and righted at least one vehicle with it. It's easier to store than the winch box too.

But seriously, do some looking and see if you can find just a winch mount vs a full bumper for the front and consider one of the Warn M8000S with the synthetic line. They've made the M8000 for over 30 years now and they are super tough machines. The V series is more affordable but I kind of doubt their long term support for spare and replacement parts.
 
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There is no replacement for a winch when you need one. Weight is a consideration but you can do some looking around and get one under 100 lbs all together. If you primarily go where it is dry and will only need it in emergencies, you can get away with the lighter hand powered options. There are also wheel driven winches but I believe they cost too much for what they are and have some serious drawbacks compared to the other options. Just remember, when it comes to a winch, always get more than you think you will need and it will last through whatever you can throw at it. Buy one too small and it might burn up on the first pull because you don't know it's limits or just how hard you are really pulling.

As an example, a friend sunk an old scout. We put a 9K winch on it and stalled it out, then broke the mount for the winch. We turned the truck around and yanked it out with a strap. Came right out. I thought a 9K winch was all you could ever want but a 5K lb truck in mud can probably drag 10K or more easy, depending on the slope and the consistency of the slop.
 

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Receiver mount winch cradle, add a front receiver and your set to pull any direction.
I agree. I have a Superwinch 10,000 on a cradle. It's not for everyone and not the prettiest but it is a good option ... plus when not needed it sits in the garage. I've used it more for rescuing "barn finds" (i.e. - recent Jeep MJ that had ben sitting outside for 19 years). They are heavy as someone mentioned above. I replaced the 3/8" steel cable with a synthetic rope and that helped a LOT.

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So I think I found what I’m going to do. Apparently the Daystar winch Mount can be removed when not needed, leaving only the recovery point brackets. These brackets attached directly to the factory recover hook mounts. This will allow me to take a winch when needed and not carry around the extra weight on a daily basis. Thanks to all that offered advice!

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Personal experience here when I did not have a winch I needed one when I had one I did not need one if your like me and to some degree you must be then the allure of that interesting dirt road callsyou cant ignore it
 

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As 4 Maxtrax will cost you more than a winch, be aware there are lower price options out there (though they don’t stack as efficiently-especially 4). X-Bull overstock are as little as $63/pair on eBay. Many folks have run them with no problems.
 
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Winches are fine to have. I have one, but the question you must ask yourself is if you really have a need for one. Will you really get your rig into any situation that a pull is necessary.. You would be amazed at what human ingenuity, a pair of traction boards, a shovel, some rock piles, and a simple bottle jack can accomplish. You already have a high-lift and that alone will get you out of most anything. Years ago a winch was simply an un-affordable luxury for 99% of us and we got out of situations with only a couple of the aforementioned tools, primarily using shovels and wit. Here is a very old photo of me coming to a quick understanding that I was going to get very muddy as I dug out of this. Notice a very important fact. Even if I had a winch there was nothing to winch from. The nearest tree was at least a few hundred feet away. In a desperate attempt one might consider burying the spare tire with a winch line hooked to it, but that method rarely works and with an equal amount of shoveling you could simply dig the rig out.

I'm not saying, don't buy a winch, I'm only suggesting you think it through. DSC01093.jpg