now, the moment you've all been waiting for! It's time to head
out to the trails for some real testing of the Bad Boy and the
wireless remote. We knew of a good, steep spot where we could
safely do some testing so we packed up all of our gear and headed
of winch review would this be if we didn't actually go out and
try it on the longest, steepest hill we could find?
If you had
any doubts about how far 80 feet is, here you go. It's really
pretty far. We pulled the line out all the way.
step was to find a big enough tree and hook up the tree strap.
We prefer bigger trees but this one was actually enough to do
the trick. Please always use one of these straps!
You can see
in this photo how steep the hill is better. Inside the Jeep
was my nephew, Blako, who was instructed to leave the Jeep in
neutral and just keep the rpm's up around 2000.
been off-road or behind the wheel of a Jeep like this, Blako
was excited. I spotted him over the rut from behind the Jeep
and at the same time tested the wireless remote's ability to
work from behind. It passed, even with the antenna under the
remote worked quite well. I used it from all angles around the
Jeep. Ramsey's literature claims the remote will function up
to 50 feet but it was working just fine from 80 feet away at
the top of the hill. Again, this was with the antenna buried
under the hood and out of site.
got up the hill easily using the straight winch line. Next,
we wanted to try out Ramsey's new snatch block. If you've never
used a snatch block, listen up!
your line up to the tree, around the snatchblock pulley and
back down to the Jeep, you can effectively double your pulling
power. Remember that next time you have to pull a Z-71!
using the snatch block brought Blako up the hill a lot easier
than the straight line. Of course, with 80 feet of line, we
had to get him halfway up the hill first before we could double
a snatch block, it is very important that you attach your hook
back to something sturdy. In our case, our Bulletproof Bumper's
D-rings are rated for 11,000 pounds.
And the Verdict
what's the verdict? If you haven't already figured it out, we love
the new Ramsey Bad Boy 9500. Our Platinum 9000 has been through
some of the toughest exercises through the last two years and it
never once failed. The Bad Boy comes from the same lineage and has
many improvements over the Platinum, so what's not to like? OK,
well, maybe the colors might clash with your paint job, but nobody's
The Bad Boy
did great on our test hill. With the Jeep in neutral, it was left
entirely up to the winch to do all the work. In addition, our Optima
battery was running off of a stock alternator. Doing an 80-foot
pull with a 4000+ pound Jeep in neutral is no easy task for any
winch to take on. Typically, when you do a pull like this, you keep
the rig in gear for two reasons. 1) If you can get a little grip
with your tires, you can help the winch do its job. 2) If the winch
line were to break, you'd be in gear and have a chance to keep the
rig from free-falling down the hill. So, again, being in neutral
really gave the winch that extra bit of work to do.
remote was nearly flawless. Having the antenna under the hood should
have decreased its reception of the signal. However, even buried
where it was, it picked up from behind the Jeep and a full 80 feet
away. We do recommend that you mount the antenna on your bumper
or somewhere outside for best results. This is what we plan to do
on trails, but around town having the antenna outside the rig is
just asking for trouble from thieves and vandals.
If you're looking
for something with lots of grunt, fast line speed, some groovy accessories,
and maybe something just a little out of the ordinary, consider
the Ramsey Bad Boy winch. But do it soon! Remember, Ramsey is making
a limited number of Bad Boys.
PO Box 581510
Tulsa, OK 74158-1510
Phone: (918) 438-2760
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