One of the first things a Jeep owner will consider after buying the vehicle is if they would want to invest in a winch bumper. Most off-road vehicle drivers are recommended to install winches on their vehicle.
What does a Winch Bumper Do?
A winch bumper is a vehicle accessory, considered very important for off-road vehicle owners. Winches are available to be installed on front bumpers, and are designed for the purpose of rescuing vehicles out of unexpected situations, where they might get stuck. The winches can be used as recovery gear for the vehicles which they are attached to, pulling the vehicle out of a tough situation, or can also be used to pull another vehicle out of a sticky situation. Winches work by electrical power from car batteries, and pull the cable in to drag whatever is tethered to the rope. The is one of the most popular one you may want to have for your jeep.
Why do I Need a Winch Bumper?
Drivers who love to go on off-road trails will tell you that it is a lot of fun, and offers enough adventures. However, the fun and exhilaration comes with enough dangers and unpredictability. Most times, drivers will experience some sort of obstruction, or muddy trails which could get their vehicle stuck. When all of the unpredictability and dangers of the roads and trails are put into consideration, a winch is an essential gear off-road drivers should not be without. The benefits of having one includes saving time and money; especially for drivers who are off-roading on lonely roads, where help will not be easily called for.
The most popular use of a winch is to pull out a vehicle that is stuck in mud, or caught in a hindering situation. But, the winch can be put to so much more use than just that. They can also be put to good use when clearing debris that is obstructing a trail.
Buying and Installing the Right Winch
There are a number of winches available which can be installed to off-road vehicle bumpers, but it might be better to go with one that is built into the bumper. The anchor and attachment point of the winch are very important, and it is also a point to note that they come in varying strengths; so the vehicle owner should ensure he installs one that is well suitable to his vehicle. This means that the winch must be strong enough to pull the vehicle, and the size of the winch should be properly proportioned to the vehicle. An undersized winch could be potentially dangerous on a larger vehicle.
Should I Get a Winch Bumper?
There are various factors you can consider to help you in making the decision on if your Jeep needs a winch bumper or not.
- Will you be travelling with other vehicles while off-roading?
- Do the trails you travel through have natural anchor points where you can tether your winch cable?
- Is your bumper solid enough to take the winch that you plan to have installed?
- Are you willing to switch to a charging system and heavy duty battery to back up your winch?
After putting all these into consideration, and adding up the costs of the extra gear you might need to purchase and install, you should have an answer to how compatible a winch is with your Jeep. Find the best to get out of unexpectedly bad locations in your off-road adventures.