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Hidden Winch Installed on LR4

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Admittedly I have almost zero experience with winches (yet) but I was wondering about what Will, RovrFlo, had asked regarding access to the clutch. Assuming the free-spooling clutch is important (pulling out line?) and access to this important feature is a good thing... is there such a thing as a wireless clutch servo? I know of the wireless remote kits for the controller...very cool.. but is there hardened piece of motor driven gearing who's houseing would bolt directly to the specific winch, replaceing the clutch handle with an appropriate splined shaft etc.. plenty of power (12v big amps) available there, lots of torque-y motors out there... I think Nigel's install is super clean and Will got me thinking of the (functionality) expense. Access to the controller port too but that can be solved with existing wireless products...

Either way, I'm still impressed with the garage fortitude to take the front of his rig apart and the outcome looks great....


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I've seen guys that have used the Warn wireless kit on Smittybilt winches, so that is an option too....though it'll set you back another $130. Whatever you do, mount it a bit higher than under the bumper so it'll be less prone to getting submerged in water crossings.

Do you or anyone else have experience with the wireless controller for the winch? I'm just wondering if there is lag time from the remote to the winch? I'd hate to loose connection and have the winch continue to pull when you want it to stop etc. I just like the idea of a hard wired system.
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Minimizing complexity and maximizing safety are key to any winching scenario. I prefer a hard wired controller to prevent inadvertent winch activation, but wireless may have certain advantages, ie. lone operator or operations necessitating positioning the operator beyond the reach of a wired controller.

Easy access to the clutch is vital to free spool the winch to allow fast deployment or to help clear any cable jambs or bunching


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