Hi-Lift Handle Keeper
Since Hi-Lifts have been around they have been one of two things. A great poor mans recovery gear and a dangerous tool if not used correctly that could hurt you if not used correctly. I've seen countless times where somebody has used the jack to lift their vehicle and never held the handle taking a chance that the handle was going to stay in the place where it was left. For a few years I've kept a piece of rope on my handle to tie off my jack when/If I had to use it.
I was talking with Jerry over at FatBoysOffroad, which is very close to Hi-Lift themselves. A product has been out for a while and thought I should take a look at it. A few days later this package arrives and its a single piece of Poly cut out to fit the Hi-Lift Jack. Of course I threw it on and my initial thought was well it fits. Ok now what? A piece of rope can do the samething. So can a bungee cord or a piece of velcro. Not Even!
Roadlessgear incab winch controller in Warn 9500TI
For the longest time I've always wanted a In cab Winch controller. Why? There has been few times when I had to help somebody else out and it was simply a pain in the butt to get my winch controller out and hookup. If I had something in the cab a flip of the switch and it would all be over. I did some looking around and found a company named Roadlessgear, I bookmarked their site and a year later I decided I really wanted the controller. I purchased the kit and installed it.
(Winches In Hell) - Winch duel to the death
Sit around any group of wheelers long enough and you will get as many different opinions on the best first mod, best rig set up, or best vehicle type as there are stars in the night sky over Moab. The argument of which winch brand to buy is no different. Some will argue that Ramsey, Superwinch, and Warn are the only way to go. These three are essentially the “big three” of the electric winching world. Another wheeler we met on the trail years ago told us how you couldn’t beat a T-Max winch for big power and relatively low cost. Just like opinions and… Well you fill in the rest.
It could just as easily be argued that Mile Marker has been hydraulically pulling heavier loads than anyone else for the U.S. Army; they might know a thing or two about winching as they grow larger into the electric winch market. Then there's always that “logical guy” that throws in his two cents stating that most people will only use their winch once or twice a year at best. Here is where he will point out how the Chicago Electric can pull as much weight as everyone else and only cost him four Benjamin’s (that’s $400 dollars for all you kids not as hip as us).
Of course this argument will go nowhere, nothing will come out of it, and no one can back up any of their claims. But, what if MOABJEEPER Magazine could? What if we could convince every major manufacturer to put forth a gladiator to carry their colors on to a battlefield of our choosing and fight to the death?
9000i MULTI MOUNT WARN WINCH -
Does anybody really need an excuse to add stuff to their jeep? Well, if you're married you do. I had been running the Jeep with a 9000I multi mount Warn winch setup for some time, but because of its weight and bulkiness, I was reluctant to use it. I decided I needed to hard mount the winch. The picture to the left shows what I had before I began this project.
BillaVista's Recovery Bible
I decided to do this article because of the overwhelming number of incredibly dangerous things I see people do during vehicle recovery - in my own club, in magazines, and in pictures on the 'net. This is another one of those area's where there is an incredible amount of misinformation out there - and you know how I HATE misinformation. Common things I see people doing wrong all the time include:
1) Improper selection of gear, without understanding load ratings and safety margins
2) Improper use of gear - side loading shackles, improper use of wire-rope clips, hooking straps and cables to themselves without understanding the significant loss of load rating incurred, etc.
3) Unsafe practices - not keeping the area clear, handling wore rope with bare hands, etc.
This article will attempt to clear up all of these and more. It focuses on the proper selection and use of equipment for off-road vehicle recovery using an electric winch.
C4x4 Tow Hook Installation
Factory XJ's predominately did not come with front tow points. C4x4 tow hook brackets are designed to add strength by sandwiching the frame rail.
Chicago Electric Winch Install
Well, Chicago Electric has been offering their 8000 LB. winch at great prices for some time now. It has been applauded and has seen it's critics. It might not be the fastest winch out there, but it does what it is suppose to do and can last a long time when properly taken care of and not abused.
Choker Chain Tricks
A solid length of choker chain comes in handy almost on almost every trail ride. Examples include rigging a tow without tow hooks, winching with a Hi-Lift jack, or using it as a clamp.
EZ-Flip License Plate Bracket
Looking for a place to mount your license plate that looks "right" after installing your new winch? Had a winch for a while and worry about losing your front license plate on the trail?
The EZ-Flip™ license plate bracket easily mounts on your winch roller fairlead. Once upright, corrosion resistant stainless steel springs hold it in place. After winch use, simply lower the plate and snap the clips onto the rollers.
Sturdy stainless steel construction encompasses both the bracket and hardware. Marine grade clips provide rattle free connection to the rollers.
Fits all winch roller fairleads with front rollers approx. 8¾ inches center to center. Includes all current full size roller fairleads supplied by Warn®, Ramsey® and Mile-Maker®.
FAQ's for Warn Winches
Q) What is the difference between the XD9000 and the XD9000i?
XD9000 has remote mounted solenoid pack and 100 feet of cable. XD9000I has integrated solenoid pack and 125 feet of cable.
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