There are a number of winch accessories you can purchase for your Tacoma. Blindly buying isn’t an effective way to prepare yourself. Before you browse through either our selection or a local off-road retailer, you need to get a good idea of what winch accessories there are and what they do. That way, you’ll know what you need, why you need it, and when to buy it.
Recovery Bag: The first thing you’re going to need is a good bag to keep all of your winch accessories in. Keeping everything in one place makes it painless to gather what you need in a recovery situation. The best thing is that some manufacturers produce winch bags with the essentials within.
Tree Protectors: Protect the trees. The anchoring point of choice for most off-roaders is a tree. Winch cables can cut up our bark covered friends to the point of no recovery. Part of the joy of off-roading is enjoying the wilderness. Do the world a favor and invest in some tree protectors.
Snatch Blocks: Simple machines make the best machines. Snatch blocks are designed to incorporate a pulley into the winch system. This effectively multiplies force meaning the winch won’t have to work as hard. This is an obvious choice to keep in your winch accessory bag.
D-Rings: You may have d-rings already attached to the bumper on the front of your Tacoma’s bumper. You might find yourself removing and losing the d-rings from time to time and considering they are you’re anchoring point for tow and winch hooks, you’ll want to have a spare set on hand.
Fairleads: Most winches come with fairleads, but you may be wondering exactly what the fairlead does - especially if you don’t actually have one. Fairleads work to keep the cable or rope in line as it moves to or from the winch. These units can be purchased individually. If you feel the need to purchase a spare, it’s never money wasted.
Winch Cover: Winches are mounted to the front of the vehicle. This essentially puts them on the front line when it comes to facing the elements. These are machines with moving parts that can be affected by debris and water. Therefore, simply covering it up goes a long way.
Mounting Plates: Not all winches are permanently mounted to a bumper. Some are mounted into receivers with the use of winch plates. This means that a mounting plate will be needed for trucks that use a receiver as a method of attaching the winch to the vehicle. Additionally, mounting plates can be purchased for custom applications. You won’t always need this piece, but if you do, you’ll know it.
Cable/Rope Dampener: Cables and ropes can snap when being used. If this happens, the situation can become deadly without the use of a dampener. These devices lay on top of the rope or cable to ensure it simply falls to the ground in the case of a break. Whenever a winch is in use, a dampener should be in place.