I have a 1994 p/u with a reg. cab, a 22RE and 4 inch of lift between body and suspention, i was wondering what your thoughts are on winch size, and/or winch set up for this rig. All the info you could give would be great. Thanks!
i think the best set up is to get an ARB Bull Bar (jsut scroll down till you get to our generation truck!)
That bumper if compatable with 2 different winches. the Warn M8000 and the Warn M6000
you really dont need some huge winch for 10,000 lbs. these pickups are small and either of the 2 winches above you be more than enough!
My first choice has always been the 8274 Warn upright. It is very fast. It'll catch up with you as you make progress in sticky situations. Slow winches let you get buried again while you're waiting for them to catch up with you.
That's a good question. I've always made my own bumpers. I must admit, that if the 8274 Warn has a drawback, it would be the shape/size. It is somewhat painful to deal with when it comes to mounting. I see a lot of old Fish and Wildlife Service trucks had "factory" winch bumpers.
I guess if I didn't build my own, I would just look around the web or find some local talent. If you make your own, note that most home-brew bumpers are an honest 3-4 times as heavy as they need to be. 1/8 wall tube is plenty heavy enough for most applications, even 1/16 wall works good for the cosmetic or brush-guard parts.
My last project I did with some help from a very creative friend, was to create a flat-top diamond-plate front bumper with a built-in 2-inch receiver built into the front face. I created a 2-inch mount for the 8274 so I can pin it in to the truck. That way I can take it on and off really easily. It is ugly and un-handy, but it allows me to take my favorite winch into the woods, then take it off when I don't need it. I was concerned that the 2-inch tube may not be able to handle the 8000 pound pull, but that has not been a problem so far. No bending, nothing.
The only winch that I've ever seen that does as good or better in the woods would be the MileMarker hydraulic, but I've never heard of anybody trying to hook one up to a Toyota. The profile of the MileMarker is a lot nicer to work with.
There are two schools of thought for winches, the first school is that "I want it because it makes my truck look cool and tough", which it does. The second school is for those that may use the winch. I got to thinking about it a little more, I guess things that come to mind are: better to avoid any winch with permanent magnet motors, they save a little power, but they're not as capable, IMO. Have a dedicated battery with an isolator. The other thought is that any winch is better than no winch. Final thought, if you're not stuck, YOU won't need a winch, so lock you're differentials and get good tires. Then you can cruise right through the bad spots, turn around and use your winch to pull out your friends ;-)
We discovered, over the years, that it's mighty handy to have winches front and rear, so many of us did that. The 8274 is a terrible package for rear mount because it sits so high. The planetary models are much better for that.