I plan to fab a skid plate/grate after I see how to anchor it to the bumper. I don't mind the height of the winch as it keeps the approach angle higher. Thanks for the input!I dont like the lack of protection underneath the radiator support and how high the wench sits on the Hanson bumper.
How about if you just make a receiver in the front that way you can mount the winch on the cradle and connect to the front or rear when needed.
Also, try installing a receiver mount when the front end is buried in muck...I personally don't like that.... Winches are heavy and I don't wanna store or have to muscle it when on the trail. I'd rather have a built in winch that all I have to do is anchor and winch.
You'd instal the winch before leaving for the trip...
I'm not a fan of that set up either just giving another option .
I agree especially if you're not concern with approach angles and don't have a need for a full metal bumper.The hidden winch mount is only about $275 so by the time I got some sort of receiver and mounted a winch to the a receiver mount I'm sure it would cost just as much. I think the hidden mount is nice, it keeps a nice stock appearance and a clean look.
I really don't need a steel bumper... If approach angle becomes a problem many WJ owners have trimmed their bumpers, I have not done it yet since I have yet to need it. Most the trails I run are basically un-maintaned dirt roads.I agree especially if you're not concern with approach angles and don't have a need for a full metal bumper.
Synthetic rope is much safer and easier to handle, that alone is worth the price. Buy once, cry once; spend the money on synthetic in my opinion.I'm looking at getting a winch. I think I prefer synthetic rope but I really don't pay the price for it. My biggest concern is maintenance of a cable line vs. a synthetic line. Is there that much difference?
if it fails it drops to the ground unlike steel cable that snaps back & can kill anyone in its pathSynthetic rope is much safer and easier to handle, that alone is worth the price. Buy once, cry once; spend the money on synthetic in my opinion.
No cable, strap, or rope of any kind should ever be deployed without weights installed in at least one, preferably two locations on said tether. Do not trust marketing, synthetic can also snap back in the right situations.if it fails it drops to the ground unlike steel cable that snaps back & can kill anyone in its path