winch advice?

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by JerryAtrick, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. Tkacsman

    Tkacsman Adventurer

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    Here is a video how to for winching motorcycles. It will be similar for your sidehack and you could certainly use a cheaper/heavier winch than the Warn XT17 at just over 8lbs. I've had one of these since before they were available and still abuse my pre-production winch pretty bad. The winch in the video is a current production version.
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  2. Bar None

    Bar None Old School Dude

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    ^^^^^^^^
    If I was just out riding I'd turn around and go the other way.:lol3:lol3
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  3. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority

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    One of the first things learned off roading into technical terrain is that you NEVER winch your way in, you only winch your way out!
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  4. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    i prefer the ones with power in and power out and even a remote control. necessary ? only nice when you need it. BTW in any case get a snatch block slso.
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  5. norton(kel)

    norton(kel) vintage

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    HaHaHa. One of the rigs I have now (davebigs old one) was built by Claude and I am glad it has a winch mount front or rear, as I didn't need to winch myself in to far, but I really needed it to winch myself out. :lol3
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  6. dengwynn

    dengwynn AT LARGE

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    A comealong can be used with or without a snatch block never runs out of electricity, weighs less and (in my experience) pulls better than a cheap small winch. Motorcycle tire chains help when traction is limited.

    50 years ago i got a street bike stuck in quicksand. The little multiple pulley thing I had was worthless but I layed it over on its side and slid it out sideways on a tree limb
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  7. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Yeah , no. In those conditions leave the 600 lb. behemoths in the garage and go out on 250 lb. bikes with full knobbies .
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  8. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    As near as I can tell most sidecar folk qualify for senior citizen discount so if your riding alone or with an 18 pound dog use good judgment. Other than that rope or strap pullers will do allot of work with little extra complication.
    If you got to have a winch think about mounting one in the middle of the rig using the synthetic rope and put a fairlead at each end of the rig so you can pull either direction.
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  9. BigFatAl

    BigFatAl Been here awhile

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    On my last rig the winch was up front BUT I cut some 2” pipe in half ( length wise) and welded them on the bottom of the car frame so I could run the cable underneath to winch backwards.


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  10. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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  11. triumphsidehack

    triumphsidehack Been here awhile

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    Looks like she's got's herself good footing ( probably got lug souls on those six inch spikes ) and a good grip , But I'm a'feard the little wench is gonna git rope burns on her paws without proper hand protection " ATATT MISSY " yikes:jinx
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  12. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    I have had this winch on the Predator, for the last five years, here it is mounted on the front of the rig.
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    The winch can be moved from the rear, its normal carry position, mounted in the rear it can pull you back out of something you should NOT have driven into, mounted in the rear it puts weigh where its needed for traction and is protected from the harm of running into something. I have it setup so that all you have to do to transfer from rear to front is unplug the electrical quick disconnect and pull a pin out of the receiver, takes about 15 seconds to transfer the winch from one end to the other. I don't use it often but it darn sure handy when you do NEED it.
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    Dave
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