Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Yadkin County, NC
2000 SE Xterra
Short answer is no. Its not that it might not work, but most winches will say not to pull at an angle greater than about 30 degrees. If i was way out in the middle of nowhere and had no other way out and nobody to call, I might do it as a last resort. Its going to put an extreme amount of load on the winch and possibly cause damage, not to mention the angles and stresses on the cable would not be ideal and would lead to much greater chance of it snapping. Honestly if I was going to be putting myself in situations where I was alone and way out in the middle of nowhere and might need to winch from behind I would probably invest in a smaller cheaper winch and the mounts that they make for hitches. That way you can have it if you need it, but you could leave it stowed in the truck till you need it. just dont get the rear in a situation where you cant mount the winch.
Also dont forget that if your in a really tight spot, keep some straps or chains with you and you can use your high lift as a winch. you not going to move very far very fast, but its really handy when you need it. Thought I was going to have to use my hilift yesterday when the front end buried up and when I starting trying to dig it out I found my fairlead was sitting up against a log that was under the mud. Luckily I managed to get the cable out and winched it out.
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Last edited by intender; 01-20-2013 at 11:34 AM.