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Getting stuck in Australia is not fun...

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Adam Baum, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. Apr 6, 2012 at 8:34 AM
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    Adam Baum

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    With that said...what should I look for in a winch? Never owned one and getting stuck in the middle of no where sucked. Good thing I had plenty of water and sun block :p
     
  2. Apr 6, 2012 at 8:39 AM
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    Oh...and how do I save weight on a winch? I have read a little about swapping out cables, but does that really save much? The post office will only ship packages less than 70lbs :(
     
  3. Apr 6, 2012 at 8:41 AM
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    maxamillion2345

    maxamillion2345 Go home if you don't like guns liquor and whores.

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    synthetic cable will save loads of weight
     
  4. Apr 6, 2012 at 8:46 AM
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    TacoMX

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    If you are going to rely on your winch, get a good brand, preferably an American made winch like Ramsey, Warn, and Super Winch.

    A lot of people like Smitty built, but they are made in China, FWIW... (its worth more to me than others)

    Synthetic cable will save you anywhere from 10-20 lbs. which is around 20% of the weight of the winch
     
  5. Apr 6, 2012 at 8:47 AM
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    100 feet of 3/8" Amsteel is about 3 1/2 pounds minus the hook. I know, I weighed it when I got it. A Warn M8000 with steel cable is 74lbs and same winch with synthetic is 55lbs. 19 pounds difference.
     
  6. Apr 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM
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    Any suggestions on who I should buy the winch with synthetic cable from? 3 of us need it out here at a minimum. I'm going out again today and hopefully will have plenty of pics.
     
  7. Apr 6, 2012 at 3:21 PM
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    Just go and get a Warn M8000-s. The -s means it comes with synthetic already. Amazon, 4Wheelparts,
     
  8. Apr 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM
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    Twistedfreedom welcome to the incredibuild

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    I got mine from warnoutlet.com they had the best price.
     
  9. Apr 6, 2012 at 3:37 PM
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    For the 1st gen. rigs...
    I'd also recommend the Warn M8K w synth.
    It's about 44 - 46 lbs. mounted.

    I'd also recommend picking up a good snatch block
     
  10. Apr 6, 2012 at 3:59 PM
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    Can the same winch be used in the rear? I have seen pictures but wasn't sure how it would mount on the front with an ARB bumper.

    I don't have a tow hitch either but any suggestions on one would be great. I assume they are all the same hitch size? When I get back I will need to tow a UHaul cross-country.
     
  11. Apr 6, 2012 at 4:03 PM
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    The only way to use one winch at two different mounting locations is through the use of a winch hitch mount, but that means you'll first have to have a hitch receive in your front bumper and a rear tow hitch.
     
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