I bought and ARB B/bar from a member here sometime last year. I've got to get my Trol to Graham for servicing and fitting the ARB. Graham has said I need to decide if I want a winch at the same time. I've always had winches although the way I work nowadays, I wonder whether I will ever get an opportunity to use it. No matter, eventually one day – especially given that the car only now has 37,000 km on it after four years of use!
What are the options nowadays for a decent wench at a halfway livable price? I see that there are a few MacAfric hydraulic winches available now as well – 15,000 pounds job for about ZAR 12,000. No idea what they are like though and even if the 4.8 is suitable for a hydraulic winch.
Any tips or thoughts would be appreciated as I need to make a decision one way or another quite soon. Up until now I have been thinking of simply using my hi lift Jack as a winch but that also has limitations, especially when you are dealing with the vehicle with the weight of a loaded Patrol.
I suppose I am going to be adding a lot of weight to the vehicle with the bull bar and the winch and that this will probably affect both acceleration and fuel consumption.