6000lb Winch



6000lb Winch Mounting

The ultimate off-road tool for your rig.   As a general rule of thumb most winch manufacturers recommend you multiply your vehicle weight by 1.5 to determine the winch capacity you will need.   Since my Zuk is pretty light and one of my goals was to keep it that way, I opted for a smaller winch than the usual 8000 lb model most people purchase.  After some research I narrowed my choices down to the Warn 6000 SDP or the Ramsey REP 5000.  Both of these winches are short drum models, so they are roughly 4 inches shorter than the standard drum winches and are approximately 20lbs lighter.  The determining factor was the amount of cable supplied with the winches, the Warn comes with 50ft of 5/16" cable, the Ramsey 80ft of 1/4" cable.  The more cable the better here in Arizona since good anchor points are scarce.

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When I tubed the front end I made sure to leave a space for a 8000lb winch.  When I swapped my Samurai axles out for Toyota axles I had an interference between the drag link and tie rod which required me to move the steering box forward.  This ate into the space I had allocated for a winch. 

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We mounted the winch by welding a piece of 3/16" thick steel angle between the two frame rails and front bumper.  I cut a notch on the side by the steering box so I could remove the steering box without removing the winch plate.  After welding the new mount plate in we drilled two holes thru the angle and two thru the front bumper.  The holes in thru the bumper were sleeved to keep the bumper from crushing in.  I attached the winch using some of the supplied hardware and two longer bolts for the front mounting holes.  Wiring was easy, I used the two extra posts on my Exide battery for the ground and positive leads.

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Lastly we cut some pieces of steel angle and welded them to the front of the bumper to mount the fairlead.  Once we got the fairlead up there I realized it was too big.  I e-mailed Ramsey and they promised to send a box so I could send the fairlead back to exchange it for the proper one but I haven't heard anything from them in over 3 weeks. OK, so I have a winch, lets run some hard trails and find an excuse to test it out!.  No dice and believe me I have tried.  I thought for sure I could use it on Intimidator. Nope. How about on Highway to Hell? Nope, Armageddon?  Nope.   We are going to run Anaconda this weekend, there's a really good chance I'll have to use it to get thru the trail so I'll post an update on how it works if I get the opportunity to use it.

Update - The little Ramsey winch did a good job of getting my old Zuk out of trouble.  The only downside was the speed of the winch; it was just too darn slow.  Especially when spooling the empty cable back in.  There were times I wished for a hand crank to speed up the process. Looking back I would have definitely sprung for a faster winch with something along the lines of the Warn M8000 being the slowest I would consider.