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.How easy is it to add a winch to an M35A2 that came without one?
.Morning, also thinking about adding a winch to my M35A2, and would very much appreciate the experts' opinions on an electric one which seems to be simpler to implement. I am looking for something that would be able to pull another M35 or large truck, if stuck in sand. I have read several threads discussing pros-cons of electric vs PTO, but nothing conclusive about successful electric implementations.
Many thanks !
.I was going to try to do a winch this summer, but dang, not the best of times to spend much money. Plus I need 395's for the truck at some point. Maybe next year for those. Takes a hundred thirty bucks to fill up my stupid dodge these days. Anyway...
I've winched myself away from sliding off the road on a hairpin turn up in the mountains in the snow a few times. Would have been screwed without it. Not sure what Id've been able to do if I already gone over the edge. front winch isnt much use a that point. That leads me to consider doing a central mounted winch for my deuce. I remember a while back watching a video of someone that had a winch mounted on the side of the frame on their rig. Might've been Heavy-D-Sparks HEMTT.
On my truck, I'd probably mount it to the side of the frame right where the spare tire goes. can't fit a 395 tire in there anyway, and it'd be wide open. I was looking at the 25000lb Sherp winch (electric). I'd run the cable through a fairlead to a snatch block at the front and then double back to the rear of the truck to another fairlead and hook. That way you would have double the pull force at the front, and normal at the rear. Or vice versa. Wouldn't be hard to change the configuration in the field if you had to. Keep in mind, the doubled side would be super slow and have a much shorter length of cable reach. If need be as well, you could still run it straight shot front or back by eliminating a block. I could easily make fairleads that pop open for whatever change you want to make.
My main worry, is with that size of winch, if I really used it's potential, could I bend the frame with that size winch? The fairleads would likely end up somewhere around 20 " off center at the bumpers, but very close to in-line with that chassis member. I could go with a cheaper 12k, but I'd rather keep the fatter cable. I'm pretty sure if a deuce gets stuck in a bad spot, it's gonna be good and stuck.
I don't really want to do a hitch style mount with a 12K that I can just move from front to back, but it's not that bad of an alternative idea. It's just a long ass way to run battery cables to the back of the truck. I'd still use a snatch block that I could double back if I really needed that extra strength. Mounting it on the side of the frame would be novel, and I kind of like trying out new things. well... no, not those kind of new things. Lets just keep this truck-related.
Anyone do anything unorthodox, or have any neato thoughts?
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