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    How do you secure your winch (anti-theft measures)?

    I was just curious what measures you guys take to prevent your winch from walking away. I just installed mine and got to wondering how likely it is to walk off. I really don't want to grind off bolt heads. Waddya got?

    Thx


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    Put a small tack weld on each bolt head. Easy enough to grind down if you need to get the winch off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cresso View Post
    Put a small tack weld on each bolt head. Easy enough to grind down if you need to get the winch off.
    x2, the only way besides taking it off when not in use
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    That's what I did.
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    Same here! On both jeeps.
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    Wheel locks

    Could you use wheel locks? find bolts the same diameter and pitch as the locks, cheap and easy
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    Weld em.
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    wheel locks do no good. we do a lot of used vihicle check ins for sales at our shop and most do not have keys. there is easy ways of getting them off that doesn't slow most down. they are like that thing you put on you steering wheel, a waste of money
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    I've welded steel freeze plugs (pooly) over some winch bolt heads, but prefer thin channel stock; both make good "bolt covers" -- There's been a little discussion on how the heat from welding will impact the bolt strength, and honestly, I hope I never need that extra .25Kpsi of shear-strength.

    I'd say weld channel to cover the bolt to preclude the crook from fitting a wrench (2 @ 6" lengths = coverage for 4 bolts)

    Really, welding the bolt directly works well, but remember that if your crook is sporting an open-end, or adjustible wrench that he can prolly find 2-flat sides to get a good hold of that bolt so your weld's gotta stick well (more than a spot tack).

    I've seen guys just glob on JB weld, then paint it -- Is a crook gonna analyze why his wrench don't fit?

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    No worries here. On my JK I installed a Powerplant on a Teraflex Rockguard front bumper. Took the patience of Job and the hands of a surgeon just to get the bolts started. Getting to to them is like searching for the Lost Ark: You can find them, but getting them back off might take a couple lifetimes. Sorta like the Gordian knot. Whoever designed the darn bumper for Teraflex is sadistic SOB, that's for sure.

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    I installed my winch on a Subaru, behind the radiator Who in their right mind would look for it or be brave enough to touch it
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    I have seen a padlock used on the winch cable wrapped around the bumper. Mine is in the garage so not a huge deal. I am also a fan a red lock tite, it will not prevent a real theft but those bolts are not easy to remove.
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    I have insurance.
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    Put a skid plate over that back two bolts. Can't even pull my winch w/o pulling the radiator first. Kind of a PITA, but that's the idea I guess.
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    Huh. I like the JB Weld idea. My luck with welding lately seems to be I'll have it done in six months after going through three different welders. JB Weld should be sufficient to deter all but the most serious attempts. Maybe I'll try that.

    Thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camp View Post
    I installed my winch on a Subaru
    Great idea, where can I find a Subaru that fits on the front of my truck?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeepTherapy View Post
    Great idea, where can I find a Subaru that fits on the front of my truck?

    I'm sure I can park mine there

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    I did the channel iron method on my trailer winch and Jeep winch. I cover 1 bolt on each side.

    Tuffy makes some nice bolt locks, it is basically a steel box that covers the bolt and comes off with a key. I use them to keep my HID lights from disappearing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CGuava View Post
    Put a skid plate over that back two bolts. Can't even pull my winch w/o pulling the radiator first. Kind of a PITA, but that's the idea I guess.
    Or a bunch of tube over the top of it - I hear that works well, even when the winch splits in half.

    Seriously though - I never did anything special to the winch on my rig when I had it, and I've never heard of anyone having their winch stolen. Seems like the only person you'd be slowing down from removing your winch is yourself. If you've got a receiver mounted hitch, yeah, get a locking pin for it.

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    X 30 on the tack weld.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theirishavenger View Post
    I was just curious what measures you guys take to prevent your winch from walking away. I just installed mine and got to wondering how likely it is to walk off. I really don't want to grind off bolt heads. Waddya got?

    Thx


    Chris
    I bought a Ramsey winch, cause all the good folks on here are busy telling people that only the Warn's are worth stealing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Or a bunch of tube over the top of it - I hear that works well, even when the winch splits in half.
    Haha, forgot about that method, secured even from myself! Couldn't get it out w/o a sawzall. But, I learned how to take apart, and put a 9.5ti back together inside of a winch plate surrounded by tube.

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    Mines big and ugly with gobs of gear oil dripping off it. Scares away thieves.
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    I keep it belted in the passenger seat when wheeling and in the house when not.


    Oh, you meant winch, not wench. Never mind.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ColoJeeper View Post
    I bought a Ramsey winch, cause all the good folks on here are busy telling people that only the Warn's are worth stealing
    I've got you beat. Mile Marker here.

    That POS couldn't possibly be worth stealing, according to many here.

    It's worked great for years, btw.....

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    I run a receiver winch and have mounted a receiver in the back of my XJ. I wired 2 gauge welding cable to 400a Andersen disconnects both front and rear. The mount is bolted down has a locking pin that would be a bitch to get where you could cut it. My winch is 5 years old and has no rust.
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    I tack welded everything. Seems resonably secure. I have learned to lock up more stuff too. A wheeling friend told me of he got back to his jeep in Utah and headed down the road. Then the wheels started shaking loose in short order. Someone had tried to steal all his wheels but only the locking lugnuts kept him from having to walk.

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    I find an NRA sticker on the windshield works just fine!!!!!

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    I dont ever take it to town.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Seriously though - I never did anything special to the winch on my rig when I had it, and I've never heard of anyone having their winch stolen. Seems like the only person you'd be slowing down from removing your winch is yourself. If you've got a receiver mounted hitch, yeah, get a locking pin for it.
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