Now that you have the right winch picked out and it’s mounted soundly to your truck it’s time to get going. Though there are a few more things you should keep in your truck at all times to keep you moving along.
Gloves: When you’re winching you’re going to put your hands in harm’s way; especially if you’re working with a wire rope. Frayed wire and hot mechanical components can do some damage to your hands that’ll put an end to your fun right away. Do yourself a favor and keep a pair or two or three in your rig at all times.
Recovery Straps/Chains: You never want to wrap the winch cable or rope around itself. Instead you want to keep a set of chains or recovery cables around for that instead. Simply wrap the device around the pulling point and run the winch’s hook through the ends. This will keep your cable from snapping and keep you moving along.
Traction Boards: Just because a winch has a high pulling capacity doesn’t mean it should be abused. You should really try to take as much stress off it as possible. We’ve all seen guys jamming rocks and branches under their tires to try and get a little more traction. That’s all a set of traction boards are; they’re just a bit easier to grab out of a duffle bag than digging out a rock in the side of the pit
Spare D-Rings: D-rings have multiple uses and do have tensile strength that can be exceeded. They’re also small and can be lost easily. Having a few extra lying around is always a good idea.
Snatch Block: As we said before taking stress of the winch is always a good idea. A snatch block adds a pulley to the winch system. This takes a ton of stress off and gives the winch the capacity to multiply its pulling power. It can be a bit pricey, but when you put one these bad boys to use you’re going to love every minute of it.
You can pick up all of these things and build your own rigging bag. Luckily to save you the time there are manufacturers who do all the work for you. Whatever way you decide to go be sure you have some sort of kit put together before you go out playing around in the mud.