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Old 11-25-2012, 03:22 PM   #1
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ATV winch on a hack!!.

HF had this 2,000lb ATV winch on sale this weekend for $49,I had a $20 store credit so I figured what the hell a $29 winch!!.
I made a mount and got it all mounted a wired up,did a 10' test pull up hill and all was good,I did see where it needs 1 more brace though.
Anybody else mounted a winch on there rig ??.







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Old 11-25-2012, 08:29 PM   #2
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Nice, but would it not be better if it could be used to pull from the rear also.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:46 PM   #3
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The way I set it back towards the middle of the rig,I plan on putting 2 small rollers underneath so I can run the cable under the rig amd pull backwards.



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Old 11-25-2012, 10:51 PM   #4
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Nice winch! I don't have one on my rig, but I am in debt to Jay of DMC for using his winch to pull my rig out of a 30 foot embankment and back on to the road! Definitely a good tool to have.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:15 AM   #5
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:43 AM   #6
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Here is a link showing our winch set up http://www.dmcsidecars.com/rigs/1996...-m72d-sidecar/ we run a 3000lbs winch. The 2000 is more then likley all you need but just did not look "right" This is an option that can be added to most our M72 type sidecars made in the last 2-3 years. We mount the controler under the seat with a plug in on the side of the body for the controler.
You can see it in action on the ride Seattle area ride post.
(BTW this sidecar rig sold on Friday I will be ordering a new water boxer to replace the bike s that we can develop the kits for these new bikes)
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:43 AM   #7
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It was $29 so I bought the 2,000..


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Old 11-26-2012, 02:37 PM   #8
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Anyone just using a hand winch? Or a boat winch?
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:11 PM   #9
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I was going to get a rope winch ( really cool ) but this was so cheap..


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Old 11-26-2012, 08:54 PM   #10
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:57 PM   #11
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Anyone just using a hand winch? Or a boat winch?
I have a rope puller, they work well and are more versatile, but Jays winch sure worked slick to recover the storm rig, though to be fair it was assisted by a rope puller.
I have been considering an electric winch, but I would do a receiver hitch front and rear rather than a permanent mount.

Going by personal experiences, a mounted winch is best for recovering others, a rope puller is best for self recovery.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:21 AM   #12
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The rope puller was just used to keep the bike from rolling as we were on a side hill and needed to get the bike on its wheels and keep it on its wheels. Dave had to keep telling me to stop pulling so that he could catch up he was not doing much if any pulling.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:27 AM   #13
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The rope puller was just used to keep the bike from rolling as we were on a side hill and needed to get the bike on its wheels and keep it on its wheels. Dave had to keep telling me to stop pulling so that he could catch up he was not doing much if any pulling.
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Yeah, every time the winch got ahead of the rope puller Glens rig tried to turn sideways to the right. It may not have looked like it, but it was a real struggle keeping it going straight and not run over the cable, it would have been tough without the rope puller assisting.

It would have been a lot slower and more work to do it with rope pullers, some day when time and money allow I'll probably add one to my rig.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:55 AM   #14
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The rope puller was just used to keep the bike from rolling as we were on a side hill and needed to get the bike on its wheels and keep it on its wheels. Dave had to keep telling me to stop pulling so that he could catch up he was not doing much if any pulling.
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Howdy Jay,

Yes, your electric winch did most of the work after the rope puller had righted the rig as I couldn't operate the rope puller by hand as fast your electric winch could spool cable. However the rope puller was in the process of recovering the rig while you were still trying to get the electric winch to function. In all fairness it took the two devises working in tandem to make this recovery as easy and successful as it was.

I have used my rope puller when the rig was on its side where a battery operated winch would have been impossible to use as there was no way to run the cable and still have to wind properly on the winch drum. I have used the rope puller in situations where the winch on your rig would have been UNDER water I don't know how well it would have worked in that case. The rope puller may be slower then an electric winch but it works in any direction and is not prone to dead batteries, cable being bound up on the recovery drum, or the position of the rig when it needs to be moved.

The rope puller can be used to get a rig back on its wheels, if a rig with an electric winch mounted to it was upside down without the use of snatch blocks to be able to change the angle of pull an electric winch would be next to worthless in this type of self recovery.

I am very good at recovery, I was trained at it while in the Army, and used winches for decades while being a very hard core Jeep enthusiast, that said if I were ever to mount an electric winch on my rig it would the type where I could plug it into a receiver on the front and the rear and also be setup so I could with the use of a chain or short cable use it from the side of the rig to flip it back on its wheels if that was needed.

In short I can and have done all of these types of recoveries with a $49 dollar hand powered tool that may be slow but you can count on it to work even if your battery is dead or the connections have gone bad. A rope puller doesn't have the starbucks appeal that some folks require but it'll get you home and thats what counts in the real world.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:20 PM   #15
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Nice, but would it not be better if it could be used to pull from the rear also.
Here is a mounting system we have used various time. The winch is mounted to a type of receiver so it can be set to pull from the the front or the rear.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...mesidecar2.jpg

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