(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hi, guys. So, today, we're checking out the Deegan 38 9,500-pound Winch with the Black Synthetic Rope and the Wireless Remote Control, fitting all year Wranglers and all year Gladiators. So, while you're out on the trail, you can have all of the mods in the world, but when you're stuck, you're stuck, and a winch is a great recovery tool to have, whether you're out there by yourself or you're with a group of friends. Now, there are a couple of things to take into consideration when choosing a winch, including pulling capacity, the type of line that you're going to run, and the different accessories that they come with, because they are going to differ, depending on your application.Now, this option by Deegan 38 is going to be a great choice for the Jeep owner who has a moderately armored Wrangler, they're looking specifically for a synthetic rope, and they're looking for a couple of add-ons and a couple of benefits that come in the package itself. Now, when choosing a pulling capacity for your winch, you usually want to multiply the loaded weight of your Wrangler by one and a half, and that's why I say that this is going to be great for the Wrangler owner or the Gladiator owner that has a moderately armored Wrangler, because 9,500 pounds is definitely enough to get you out of any sticky situation, if you have that setup.Now, the other thing to take into consideration is that line, and this option is going to come with a black synthetic line. And I do like the fact that it is black. That is going to mesh with really any color scheme, and look very sleek mounted up on the front of your Wrangler or your Gladiator. Now, this is also going to be a little bit more of a safer choice in comparison to steel cable, because it doesn't have any energy, or it doesn't keep any energy under load. So, if it does break, it's going to kind of just fall to the floor instead of slinging back like a steel cable would.Now, it is going to require a little bit more maintenance. However, I personally think that that's a fair trade-off for safety. Now, the other thing that I do really like about this is that not only are you getting a waterproof solenoid here, so you can ensure that no water or dust is going to get inside of there, but this is also going to come with a wired and a wireless remote control. So, the wireless remote control is going to be great if you are out on the trail and you want to use your winch, but you want to stay at a safe distance for winching. You can plug the one part into the solenoid, and back up as far as you can, and you can use your wireless remote control. But if you are in a situation that you need to use your winch and the remote control is dead, you also have the wired remote that you can use and operate your winch with, so it kind of gives you the best of both worlds in that situation. I personally really like that out of this package.So, a couple of other specs about the winch itself. This is going to have a steel housing. It's going to be very durable. It's going to have a nice textured black powder-coat finish that matches with really any other heavy-duty accessories that you already have on your Wrangler. It'll have a 94-foot synthetic line, so this is going to have a decent amount of line if you ever have to use it while you're out on the trail. This is also going to have a 5.5 horsepower motor, a 3-stage planetary gear system, with a 195 to 4 to 1 gear ratio.Now, with all of that being said, this is going to come in at roughly $600, and I personally think that's a very fair price point for this winch and the full package here. Now, in comparison to some other choices, some less expensive options may not have as high as a pulling capacity as this, or they may come with a steel line instead of the synthetic that we have here. This comes with a couple of extra bells and whistles than some of the less expensive choices. However, if you're looking to go pretty bare-bones, those are some great options, but if you're looking for a little bit of the extra bell and whistle, then this is going to be a better choice. Now, in comparison to the more expensive choices, you can probably assume that those are going to come with more bells and whistles. They may have a higher pulling capacity, or they may come with a couple extra things or a couple extra features, like being amphibious and so on. So, again, if you're kind of looking for a middle ground, if you don't need a very high pulling capacity, but you're looking for a couple of extra features that are going to be very useful while you're out on the trail, then this is definitely a good choice to take into consideration.Now, as far as install's concerned, I'm going to give this a very easy two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It's gonna take you no time at all to get this on your Wrangler. I would like to mention though that you will need a bumper or a winch plate that is compatible with a standard winch size, so I would keep that in mind when shopping around. However, you're going to need some very basic hand tools to get the job done. So, speaking of that install, let's jump into that now.The tools that I used for my install were a pair of needle-nose pliers, a 10-inch extension, a 17-millimeter wrench, 3/8-inch drive and 1/4-inch drive ratchet, a 16, 14, 12, and 10-millimeter socket, a 16-millimeter swivel socket, and a Phillips head screwdriver.So, before we can mount up our winch onto our front bumper, we will need to put it together. So, we're going to need to put our solenoid up on top and connect it to our leads here, and then we can put it on the Jeep and wire everything up. So, our first step is to take our solenoid, and we can pop it right on top of our winch. Now, it's going to have two tabs in the front. They're going to hook into this front crossbar. And there are going to be threaded holes on the back we can just hook that onto.So, once that's lined up with the holes in the back, what we can do is take our provided Phillips head screws, flat washers, and lock washers, and we can start to thread that into that back crossbar. I'm doing this with a Phillips head screwdriver, and then we can just tighten those up once those are both threaded in, making sure that the tabs are sitting in that front crossbar. Next, we can connect our three leads up at the top. These are going to be color-coded red, black, and yellow. We're going to have a fourth lead over here. We're going to connect our smaller negative to this terminal here. And then we have another one that we're going to connect to this fourth terminal, that's also going to be connected with the battery, with the longer power wire.So, we're going to put these to the side for right now, and focus on these three leads up at the top, or these three terminals here. And I'm going to remove the preinstalled nut and washer, pop our lead on, making sure that it's sitting flat. We can add the washer and the provided nut, and then we can snug that up with a 14-millimeter socket. You don't wanna overtighten these. You don't wanna strip that terminal there, but then we can pop this silicone cover right over, to protect that wire there in that terminal. Same thing goes for the other ones.So, now that those three are connected, what we can do is connect our negative terminals. So, we can connect this smaller wire on the back of the winch, and then the longer negative lead for the battery, and thread that together, and use our 14-millimeter socket to tighten that down again. So, before we can place the winch down on the winch plate, we do need to install the square captured nut into the post at the bottom of our winch. So, attaching the winch to the bumper is going to depend on what bumper that you have, but as long as you have a standard winch plate, you should be good to go. Then what we can do, once those captured nuts are in place, is drop this down into place. So, while you're doing that, you want to make sure that the rope is going through the front of your bumper, and then once everything is sitting pretty flush, might have to tuck those wires, we can run our two leads over to the side. We can leave them there for right now.What we're going to do at this point is secure down our winch. So, once you have the winch plate lined up, what we can do is thread in the provided bolts. So, once you have that threaded in, we can snug it up with that 16-millimeter swivel socket. I'm also using an extension, just to clear the bumper here. And you don't want to necessarily tighten it up. You want to get the rest of the bolts in, and then you can tighten them down. But once you have one in, you can repeat that for the other three bolts.At this point, what we can do is open up our hood and run our two leads for our winch to the battery. So, what I usually do is run them underneath, right next to the headlight, and then I pull them up over the airbox here, and then into our battery. So, what you can even do is take out this bolt on the airbox. You can use a 10-millimeter socket in order to do that, and we can run them underneath, to kind of clean up the look. Can just reconnect that while we're there, tightening those up with that 10-millimeter socket. Now we can connect these to our battery. What I'm going to do is connect the negative first, using that same 10-millimeter socket that we just used on the airbox. I'm going to take off this accessory nut over on the side. Tighten that back up with the 10-millimeter socket, then we can do the same thing for our power.Now, for the power, we're going to do the same thing. I'm going to use this nut over on this side. I'm using a 12-millimeter socket this time. Tighten that back up with that 12-millimeter socket, pop that cover back into place. At this point, what we can do is attach our fairlead. This is just going to mount right up to the front of the bumper. And we can tighten those up with a 16-millimeter socket. I'm just going to get them hand-threaded on for the time being. And then we can make sure it is completely tightened using a 16-millimeter socket and 17-millimeter wrench. Same thing for the other side.So, once that's mounted up, what we can do is hook up our hook here. This is going to hang on our D-ring. I'm just gonna switch the clutch to open, or free spool. Then what we can do is pull out this cotter pin here, using a pair of needle-nose pliers to do this. We can put this through our eyelet, put that cotter pin back in, bend that back. Can hook this on. You can attach this as well. That comes down to personal preference. And then what we can do is plug in our controller. We can switch this to engage so we can make sure that this is tight.So, at this point, what we can do is use either our wireless or our wired controller here. Now, these are both going to plug into the top of the solenoid. This one is just going to have a wire, and this one is going to have a control box that plugs into the side. So, what I'm going to do is just plug in our wired controller. This is going to come with a 12-foot lead, for safe winch distancing. We're just gonna follow that arrow up at the top. And then once this is plugged in, you want to make sure that the winch is engaged, and you can either spool in or out. So, right now, we're going to spool in, so you want to make sure that there's some tension on that line. And now that this is pulled in all the way, you'll be able to unplug this, put the cap back on, and you'll be all set to go. So, just like the wired remote, what we're gonna do is plug in the wireless receiver to our solenoid. We can pop off that rubber cap there. We can take a look at where this needs to be lined up. There is a little notch. Line up on the side.So, once that's plugged in, what we can do is put the clutch into free spool. We can unhook this from our D-ring here. Then if we're going to winch, what we can do is just free spool this out. Now, if you want to use the remote, what we're going to do is engage the clutch, and we can either pull out or in. So, first, we're going to have to turn this on. That's in. That's out. So, once you are out of your sticky situation, what you can do is put a little bit of load on the line, and spool it back in. We can hook it back onto our D-ring, and we can spool the rest of the way in. We can put that back in the center, turn our remote off, and we can unplug our receiver, and pop this cap back on. We're good to go.So, that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe for more videos and products just like this, and always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Deegan 38 U1047
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(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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