Winch or no wench?

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Sooo I’m finalizing my order. I’m debating the winch option. Seems like a pretty good deal from the factory.
its covered by the Ford warranty correct?
What’s everyone’s thoughts?

winch pros
-having a winch is damn cool
- make new friends pulling people out of ditches
- another random tool around the house
- conceals nicely in bumper

wench cons
- gets dirty, tough to clean/maintain hidden
- limp cable. Not firm
-might break and need more money
-noisey
-might not tug Hard enough
 
Sooo I’m finalizing my order. I’m debating the winch option. Seems like a pretty good deal from the factory.
its covered by the Ford warranty correct?
What’s everyone’s thoughts?

winch pros
-having a winch is damn cool
- make new friends pulling people out of ditches
- another random tool around the house
- conceals nicely in bumper

wench cons
- gets dirty, tough to clean/maintain hidden
- limp cable. Not firm
-might break and need more money
-noisey
-might not tug Hard enough
the cons that i disagree with it the limp cable ... you want synthetic cable it better and little to no maintenance. the cable is fiber but as long as you rinse it after getting muddy it will last ... also don't let the sun beat on it .... winch can break, always a possibility, also the winch is 12k winch, it can pull alot, if you are pulling more then 12k get snatch blocks they work great also most 12k lb winch will cost around $400 to $600 just ford is charging for the research and development

 
Con:

Hella expensive
 
Gotta be careful and make sure the dealer installs it correctly. Other than that, I’m really happy to have it. It’s a nice tool to have when driving off-road without another vehicle. I love that it’s hidden and protected from the elements.
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Sooo I’m finalizing my order. I’m debating the winch option. Seems like a pretty good deal from the factory.
its covered by the Ford warranty correct?
What’s everyone’s thoughts?

winch pros
-having a winch is damn cool
- make new friends pulling people out of ditches
- another random tool around the house
- conceals nicely in bumper

wench cons
- gets dirty, tough to clean/maintain hidden
- limp cable. Not firm
-might break and need more money
-noisey
-might not tug Hard enough
Pros all good, it is one of those tools to have and not need then to need it and not have it. Ask me how I know, I won't be in that position again.

Cons:
- I haven't found it to be difficult to clean and maintain but there are others with more serious off road experience that can address that better.
- The synthetic cable is rated for the winch and is much safer then a steel cable, changed out my jeep from steel to synthetic.
- It's covered under warranty, if it breaks after that, and you don't want to fix it, you still look damn cool!
- Not sure your of your thoughts on this one, mine is not noisey.
- Carry a snatch block.

It was a must have for me, either ordered with the truck or after market. I just like the way it looks with the standard bumper. Either way, you will love your truck. Happy New Year,
 
Con:

Hella expensive
Wench cons:

Also expensive but a good one can cook.
Ford is overcharging for the winch .... i got a road armor bumper and a winch for $1600 .... ford charges what again.... its stupid ... i want the bracket and see if you can install your own winch that way
 
Ford is overcharging for the winch .... i got a road armor bumper and a winch for $1600 .... ford charges what again.... its stupid ... i want the bracket and see if you can install your own winch that way
Ehh, the winch is a Warn. A 12k warn winch is about 1-1.5k if I remember right.

The winch option is like 3k from Ford. Almost as much as the entire tremor package. So you're paying 1500 for a few brackets to mount the winch.
 
Gotta be careful and make sure the dealer installs it correctly. Other than that, I’m really happy to have it. It’s a nice tool to have when driving off-road without another vehicle. I love that it’s hidden and protected from the elements.
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Damn is there really no rollers on that? I'm no expert but I thought you wanted rollers so you can pull from angles not straight on
 
Have a Zeon Platinum on my Jeep. Couldn’t justify the price for that winch on the new truck.
 
Ehh, the winch is a Warn. A 12k warn winch is about 1-1.5k if I remember right.

The winch option is like 3k from Ford. Almost as much as the entire tremor package. So you're paying 1500 for a few brackets to mount the winch.

you don't have to get the the warn winch but you don't need to... but yea the Warn Zeon is like $1500 but yea the fucking brakcet is $1500... and i guess install fee but a winch is a winch .... they all work the same ... and they last a while ... i have a tuff stuff winch i used for 5 years before it died... i used that fucker alot off road and on the side of the road
 
Ford is overcharging for the winch .... i got a road armor bumper and a winch for $1600 .... ford charges what again.... its stupid ... i want the bracket and see if you can install your own winch that way
Let's see some pics of that bumper and winch. Where did you get it?
 
Be sure you know the difference between a winch and a wench. Not the same thing.

It's always good to have a wench around. Winches are needed when you get the truck stuck. Wenches are great companions and fun. Winches are for emergencies. Wenches warm cold nights. Winches live in the truck. They both require cleaning after use. Winches have long things. Wenches want long things. They both can be beautiful, but in much different ways. Both can be expensive, but winches only cost up-front. Wenches cost all the time you have them. Winches require very little attention. Wenches require constant attention. Winches have remote controls. Wenches require manual control. Winches come with clear instructions. Wenches are somewhat mysterious, or moody and require negotiation. Winches are always with you when you take the truck. Wenches have to be invited. And finally, winches can be ordered from the factory. Wenches are best when found, and you never know where you'll find them.

I recommend having both. If you can only afford one, probably best to go with a wench.
 
It’s $2700 with x plan.

is it still dealer installed? If so. That’s covered as part of the cost to Ford?

to access the winch (maintenance) is it full bumper removal?
 

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Be sure you know the difference between a winch and a wench. Not the same thing.

It's always good to have a wench around. Winches are needed when you get the truck stuck. Wenches are great companions and fun. Winches are for emergencies. Wenches warm cold nights. Winches live in the truck. They both require cleaning after use. Winches have long things. Wenches want long things. They both can be beautiful, but in much different ways. Both can be expensive, but winches only cost up-front. Wenches cost all the time you have them. Winches require very little attention. Wenches require constant attention. Winches have remote controls. Wenches require manual control. Winches come with clear instructions. Wenches are somewhat mysterious, or moody and require negotiation. Winches are always with you when you take the truck. Wenches have to be invited. And finally, winches can be ordered from the factory. Wenches are best when found, and you never know where you'll find them.

I recommend having both. If you can only afford one, probably best to go with a wench.
I’ve got one. Got a really good deal.

For the second. Is $2700 installed, is that a good deal compared to an after market winch and low pro bumper?
 
I’ve got one. Got a really good deal.

For the second. Is $2700 installed, is that a good deal compared to an after market winch and low pro bumper?
If you have the money to do it that’s a good deal I’m shore Ford would have to cover it if they sold it and installed it
 
I’ve got one. Got a really good deal.

For the second. Is $2700 installed, is that a good deal compared to an after market winch and low pro bumper?
It really depends on what your looking for .... If you don't want to upgrade your front bumper to after market and have a clean hidden look it's worth it ... If you don't mind replacing parts then go aftermarket and do it your self you can save some money that way ... I was going to go factory... Then my bumper got messed up and needed to be replaced ... And the stock bumper costs $1500 ... The road armor bumper I have was $1100 plus a $100 shipping bill but I also had to wait 2 fucking months for the bumper as they made from scratch ... And I had a 10k winch already.... That was on sale and was $350 on sale normally $500 ... So I got a bumper and winch for $1500 ... And I did the labor myself ... But that's where things don't end... I lost my fog lights because of the aftermarket bumper, so to replace them it was another $200 for fogs.. so at this point I am at $1700 and I did the wiring myself ... Also waited them up to the fog light switch and not a upfitter switch so spent another $50 on supplies and $1750 but if you look at it this was if you don't want to do your on labor and it want it to just work and have a warranty then it make sense because my labor cost would be around $1000 for everything done ... I am guessing but most labor costs around here are $150 a hour and it took me 3 hours to install the bumper and 2 hours to do the winch and another hour for the fog lights so 6 hours at $150 so around $900 labor ... And your not counting tax and a warranty for everything ... Even if it's 3 years ... It comes out to be the same price in the big picture ... But you save money if you install yourself

Hope this helps

Factory pros
The factory look
Warranty
It works
Cons
Hmm don't really see any

Aftermarket pros installed your self
Save so money
Pick your winch brand
Pick your lights brand
You did the work so you know how it works and how to fix it of issue comes up
Cons
Your installing your self so you need the time and experience to know what your doing

Aftermarket pros but someone else installs
It's done by a professional (hopefully)
Shop may offer a warranty
Cons
You don't always get to pick what brand parts they use (mileage may vary)
Offer more or about the same at the factory setup
The shop may not do the best job possible
Labor rates are crazy

This is my experience working on Jeeps and Truck, I have been working on vehicles since I was in highschool but I have a AC and DC certs from the Military as that what I do but works in IT background as well, but I have installed 7 winches so far and they aren't hard once you understand how to do everything ... The times I used were my own ... And a shop should use about the same times but maybe they have a new guy and it takes him twice as long .... So milage may vary
 
Sooo I’m finalizing my order. I’m debating the winch option. Seems like a pretty good deal from the factory.
its covered by the Ford warranty correct?
What’s everyone’s thoughts?

winch pros
-having a winch is damn cool
- make new friends pulling people out of ditches
- another random tool around the house
- conceals nicely in bumper

wench cons
- gets dirty, tough to clean/maintain hidden
- limp cable. Not firm
-might break and need more money
-noisey
-might not tug Hard enough
I ordered mine with the winch. I have a winch on my CJ and 4wheeler and have come in very handy when things got scary, or for use around theproperty. I figured it's $3 K on a $75+ truck, why stop now? I agree with your pros but i don't see your cons being a problem. Good luck and congrats on getting a Tremor!
 

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