ATV winch on a hack!!.

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by NortwestRider, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    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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  2. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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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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  3. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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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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  4. Trayvessio

    Trayvessio Super Strom Trooper

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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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  5. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Jay to the rescue!!!


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  6. jaydmc

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    Here is a link showing our winch set up http://www.dmcsidecars.com/rigs/1996-bmw-r1100gs-with-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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  7. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    It was $29 so I bought the 2,000..


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  8. tripodtiger

    tripodtiger Off riding around on bitumen circles.

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    Anyone just using a hand winch? Or a boat winch?
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  9. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I was going to get a rope winch ( really cool ) but this was so cheap..


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  10. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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    cool beans!

    any chance of an action video?
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  11. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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    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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  12. jaydmc

    jaydmc Long timer

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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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  13. windmill

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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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  14. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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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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    claude Sidecar Jockey

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  16. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Thanks guys. Now I have something else on my winter "to do" list. I've had that same winch sitting in a box for two years. I'll make a front receiver because I already have a rear hitch receiver.
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  17. karitoki

    karitoki Been here awhile

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    What model rope puller do you use and where do you buy one?
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  18. windmill

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  19. dholaday

    dholaday Been here awhile

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    Mr. Cob:
    How long a rope do you usually carry?
    Thanks,
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  20. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy dholaday,

    The rope puller came with a 50 foot rope, I bought an extra 20 foot rope so I could tie off to an anchor if needed.
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