Winch or recovery strap?
So Friday my yearly Chrysler bonus hits and I'm buying jeep toys. I've been eyeballing the RRO bumper for months now, and as usual, my train of thought went as follows:
-RRO bumper? **** yeah!
-Well, the pre-runner plate isn't that much more, I should get that too
-Hmm...it says it isn't as strong without the winch kit, I should upgrade
-It doesn't really make sense to buy the winch kit without the winch, so I might as well get a winch. The VR8000 is fine
-Well, the fairlead on the VR8000S looks nicer, and it's a nicer system, and it's only a small upgrade
And before you know it, in a predictable fashion I've walked myself from option to option and I'm up a thousand dollars in equipment and go woa, let's take another look lol.
Do I really need a winch? I already have a strap, shackles, and recovery points front and rear of my vehicle. What can a winch do better than what I already have, other than giving my car a badass look? I don't wheel alone, because part of the fun is going with friends Unless you count the beach, which I do to alone, but even if I got stuck, it's not like I have any trees to get myself unstuck with. So a winch would be no more beneficial than my recovery strap I already have.
I don't know the pulling limit of the Trailhawk strap off the top of my head, but I know it is more than what the VR8000S is capable of pulling. A winch would put a strain on the electrical system, and takes longer to set up than a strap does. However, a winch can be used at varying lengths, while a strap's length is fixed.
What other benefits and drawbacks am I missing to both the winch and strap? Basically, give me a winching 101. Money isn't an issue, I'm prepared to spend the money, but I don't want to spend needlessly either.
2015 Latitude V6 AD-II
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