It had been a while since I had a winch and now I just could not wait any longer to get this one installed. I had heard how nice they operated and well they worked from our fire department who was going through 12,000 lb Warn winches by running too long and not letting the motor cool down on the booster trucks, and so I suggested they check out the MileMarker's out. They did, so much so that now if the electric ones fail, they are being replaced with the hydraulic Mile Markers.
The Mile Marker can run continuously without over heating at full load, try that on any electric winch on even a half the load and I bet it come to a stop. The Mile Marker only draws 2 amps unlike electric that can draw over 450 amps from your batteries, and can run underwater. The power come from the power steering pump (approx. 4.5 horse power). It is super quiet! And moves like silk. Does not effect your steering or the brakes, and under the full load, you do not hear the engine or pump working any harder then normal.
Two days later I used it to pull out a truck out of the river during one of our outings, Loaded to the max, as it tried to pull out this truck, the Hummer with all of it's weight was being dragged and the winch never stopped. We later had to hook up a second Hummer for the weight and traction to get the truck out, while doing so the Warn electric winch on the second Hummer stopped, I think it got hot. The MileMarker maybe a little slow, but it was always working and between the two of us, we got it out.
My power steering system has ATF in it at this time, and I would suggest using power steering fluid since it can hold up to the pressure better with out foaming. I will later make that change out of the fluid. The other nice thing about this winch is that fact that it does not affect the approach angle of the Hummer. It does not stick out or hang below the frame. It is a lot lighter then the electric winch I had. I would guess that the total weight is about 100 lb. The new bumper/mount is a little heavier and stronger then the original and looks great as you can see from the photos.
Lance and Mark of Stinger Accessories suggested that I wait for the
2 speed MileMarker winch, And that was after I returned a winch that I
was not happy with after having it for about 6 months. So I waited, and
I am thankful to them for suggesting that I wait and the support they gave
me with my other winch that I had got from them. STINGER
ACCESSORIES, THANK YOU !! for the continuous support of the
products you sell. Mark and Lance are very willing to make sure you are
happy with the product they sell. I do not know of any other place that
would have done what they have done for me. They back up what they sell
|The kit included all that you see here: winch, hoses, fittings, control valve, remote control, wire, circuit breaker, hook, bumper, fairlead (roller), bolts, and a black Mile Marker hat.|
|Winch shown here is with out the control valve mounted. Two levers control the high (@1800 lb) or low (@10,500 lb) speed. Only two hoses are used since the control valve mounts right to the winch motor.|
|First thing I had to do was to turn the "A" frame arm bolts around. It required that I jack the front end up a little, and loosen up the bolt shown here. It requires a 1 1/8 wrench on both sides. At first this looked hard, but was really easy to do. The drivers side was a little tight due to the brake caliper being just about in the way.|
|Here is the drivers side once it was turned around. Turning the bolts around was required because this is also where the new bumper/mount mounts too. Once you have the new bumper mounted, the bolts are to be tightened down to 261 lb-ft.|
|The control valve mounts to the motor with four bolts that require a 1/4 allen wrench. Then the hose fitting are connected, with two 90 deg. elbows going next to the solenoids like so.|
|I removed only one line and that was the line that goes between the steering gear box and the brake hydro-booster.|
|Here is the motor with the hydraulic controller mounted to it.|
|Here is the hydro-booster and the new line to the winch control valve line input, that the one with the 2 90 degrees angles on it (shown above). Here on the hydro-booster I added a 45 degree angle that was in the kit to help keep the sharp bend out of the hose.|
|As you can see here the winch does not stick out or ....|
|hang below the frame.|
|Here on the side of the truck, next to the radio antenna, I mounted the jack for the winch remote. This way the circuit breaker and jack is out of the water and less chance for the jack to get any corrosion in it. The jack on most if not all winch will have constant power and is prone to corrosion. Always put electric grease in the jack to help prevent corrosion, this also goes for trailer connections too.|
|Updated photos: March 2001, Since installing it, I have mounted the license plate on a 1/4 think piece of aluminum plate with 3 super strong magnets from an old computer hard drive. When I need access to the winch line or the low gear range lever, I can simply remove the license plate and get full access to it.|
|Left side view after being mounted.|
|Right side view after being mounted. Here you are clear access to the high gear setting|
|I know it looks funny, but this is not your normal blue nylon rope, but
something much better, it is called AmSteel Blue, Amsteel
Blue * is a non-stretchable rope made from UHMWPE or
(" Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Fiber ") This is 3/8 AmSteel Blue and has a Average Strength (Lb) of 20,445 LB. NOTE!! Make sure your shackle have the 90 deg. bracket mounted behind them as seen in the photo. Without it you can bend your bumper.
|I also had to cut some the lower radiator hose a little shorter so that my winch would not rub up against the lower radiator hose and wear a hole in it.|
|I also had to install some washers between the corner mounting bracket and the frame, otherwise I could not get the holes to line up just right.|
|You will see they are used on all three of the mounting bolts.|
|This is the backside view of my license plant mount that was made from some 1/4" scrap aluminum plate and the magnet was inlaid and epoxied into place.|
Make sure the shackle have the tow Hook Support brackets - P/N listed below:
The above photos are of a new 12,000 lbs MileMarker winch. The best improvements I see are the levers for the high/low settings. This winch was not for a Hummer, so I don't know if it would fit a Hummer or not.
The following info is for the owners of the Warn Winch that is the factory installed winch and was sent from Warn.
Warn Winch - ECL - Emergency Bypass service memo
Winch Testing by outside testing groups.