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Post  Mutstar on Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:20 am

Hi guys, I know nothing about off roading but I am under the impression that a winch is handy!

I already intended to fit one to stumpy just because of the nature of the beast but now that I'm seriously considering green laning in my little monster I would appreciate any thougts
I've been looking at 2000lb winchs but after some quick maths have worked out that with me and the car together we weigh in at about 2100lbs.

What sort of rated winches are you guys using?

Thanks

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Post  TRR Motorsport on Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:18 pm

Don't forget to add the frictional resistance of the muddy clagg your stuck in into equation. I'm no mathmatitian but i bet you can double your original guestimate. Very Happy
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Post  Mutstar on Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:44 pm

Oh blast and damn! Rassa-fassa-fassa claggy mud!
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Post  Martin & Nettie on Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:48 pm

If you recce the area first and know your limitations (you and the vehicle) a winch is not usually needed, you should not go offroading on your own anyway, a must is a high lift jack and a long tow strap with D shackles (suitably rated) these are useless unless you have suitable strong points on your vehicle to attach them to - good luck an happy Scamping santa
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Post  Mutstar on Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:14 pm

Thank you Martin and/or Nettie! I will still be getting a winch for my little scamp recovery vehicle but its nice to know its not a necessity! I think me and Mk1 Dave are going when his is up and running I wouldnt dream if going solo Neutral

Will be interesting to see how well two small engined scamps do and what difference the wheelbases make as his is SWB and mine is LWB
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Post  mk1dave on Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:29 pm

We certainly will be. I never had a winch on my land rover just a good tow strap and a high lift jack


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Post  Mutstar on Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:34 pm

Thats fair enough! The winch just looks so good on Taz and as Stumpy looksca lot like taz I thought would look great and maybe come in useful Very Happy
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Post  SUMB on Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:18 pm

Mutstar. You have got me confused now. You are using the same avitar as Admin and to compound the issue his other log in is Muttley
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Post  Mutstar on Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:39 pm

Ive taken it off now as Dav just told me he uses it for admin. I am also a Muttley, have been for thirteen years but as Dave was here first (and authorises the accounts I settled for Mutstar
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Post  lin and tony on Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:29 pm

Taz's winch is a.... haven't a clue!!!! We just bought it off fleebay! We have actually only used it once when green laning - but it did work!!!! As everyone says, TBH the highlift jack is probably THE best help Laughing
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Post  Mutstar on Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:37 pm

Still not swayed as Taz is Stumpys short twin Im feeling the need for a winch!
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Post  lin and tony on Sat Nov 06, 2010 12:10 am

Mutstar wrote:Still not swayed as Taz is Stumpys short twin Im feeling the need for a winch!

SHORT! Now Taz is feeling inferior! Very Happy

We do like the winch and it did work well to get us out of a ditch so not really trying to put you off!
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Post  Mutstar on Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:51 am

He shouldnt feel inferior he's quite obviously a very worthy offroader judging by the pics! Very Happy
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Post  Martin & Nettie on Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:27 am

The problem with a winch is 1. new they are expensive 2. you need a good battery to power it. 3. you need something to tie the other end to. I think think Black & Decker used to do one that hooked over your tow ball, so you could use it at both ends (if you had a tow ball at the front) and it had a remote too - Steve Taylor (an ex pres) had one which worked a treat. If you do get the offroading bug then winches won't like to go swimming, a hi-lift (around 40 quid new) a bit of shuttering ply about a foot square (to put under your hi-lift to stop it dissapearing under the mud) and some reinforced points on the chassis front and back to jack and tow, and of course a few tinnies to give to your fellow Scampers for helping you get out of the clagg that no one else would go through. I have been there done that again and again, got the t-shirt etc have now hung up my D shackles and sold my off-road toy to fellow member Mr. Bingham who still has the mud bug.
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Post  lin and tony on Sat Nov 06, 2010 5:00 pm

Taz's winch has a remote so can be used from the drivers seat with the car in gear.
Water hasn't caused a problem with it yet - and Taz does not duck out of water (See the pictures!!!!)

As Tony says, the winch is really there for if he goes out on his own and gets stuck and there are no fellow scampers to help.
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Post  Mutstar on Sat Nov 06, 2010 5:41 pm

Yes theres plenty of proof of Tazs water based lunacy! I just hope Stumpy is of the same breeding! Very Happy
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Post  Mutstar on Sun Nov 07, 2010 1:50 pm

Thank you all for responses! I think I will be purchasing a winch and a high lift jack Laughing

Even if the winch is just to fit with the "recovery vehicle" theme
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Post  wezgit daan saaf on Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:14 pm

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Post  Mutstar on Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:25 pm

Haha nice one Wezgit think it might be a shade to big though! Twisted Evil
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Post  wezgit daan saaf on Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:42 pm

Yes,I think it might make the steering a tad light.
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Post  Mutstar on Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:52 pm

Nothing i cant handle Wezgit Twisted Evil
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