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hey john do you have the do it ourself stuff? I wonder if you took it to Linex or rhino if it would be more durable...thought probably not worth the price
No, I'm just well connected, lol. I have friends in the fab business (though not automotive) and I took Tom over to see them and they hooked him up.

I'll give you my opinion of the Mile Marker: it's somewhat slow, but very trustworthy, lol. Look at this topic, which I believe pre-dates your time here. All you need is the pictures:

Dangling from a winch cable in Centralia

And that's just one of the (too) many times I've been on the business end of Tom's winch, lol.

Also, last winter it failed out of warranty when Tom and I were out, just the two of us (and my brother, but in my truck), in Wharton State Forest on a VERY cold day. We had to hail down a passing Jeep (lucky to see ANYONE out that day) to winch Tom out. The magnet field had cracked and shattered -- which I never heard of ANY winch doing. Tom contacted MM, and they replaced it free OUT OF WARRANTY.

That kind of thing is sometimes very important for the weekend wheeler. Speed is nice, but so is customer service.

Here's the trip where we had problems:

Roll up! For the Wharton Mystery Tour
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The tires on my truck are 265/75/16 BFG ATs and the truck has no lift other than turning the torsion bars up a bit to level out the front after adding the winch.

I'm very pleased with my Milemarker winch. I've had issues (as John mentioned) with it but overall it's been very good to me. Now that I have a full size Optima for the second battery, I think it will work even better. The MMe9000 is definitely slow compared to other brands, but considering the price and how often I use it, the thing definitely suits me well.
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Good to hear you've had good experiences with it. MM is definately a winch I was going to go with anyways because of the great prices, but I had to ask your opinion of it. Thanks.
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Outstanding!

Any reason you chose aluminum over say steel?
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It was a combination of weight and price actually. The 1/4" aluminum was cheaper than 1/8" stainless and I believe the weight is comparable. I also like the idea that aluminum will never rust (as opposed to mild steel) and will give more before doing major damage to the truck... In theory.
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lol! Wonder if you'll test your hypothesis...
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i like it!

would def. fit in better, if it were black...

i say just spray paint it... if it chips, re-spray.. its cheap.
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very nice Tom, I was wondering how it was coming along, looks like it was easy to make couple cuts and 2 bends. Very nice.


I don't think I would anodize it, I think I would spray it with black bedliner in a can.
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Easy with the right tools -- in fact very easy. Not at all easy with most setups we have at home -- even Tom's shop.
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I've never really liked Mile Marker winches. I got stuck in Uwharrie because one of my hubs blew out, and the guy's MM winch wouldn't get me up this tiny hill. Warn would be my choice.
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hmm..

we have the 12,000lber on the f250...

i hope it works when we need it...
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I used Duplicolor bedliner in a can on my sliders and it chipped off easily. The Herculiner is much better for sliders and would probably last longer on the skidplate too. I'm just going to leave it for now and see how it holds up.

John, I may go try to test it for a couple hours today. Unfortunately, there aren't may rocks in Wharton to bang on it. BTW, I'm working on that documentation for you.
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I see where the bolt would get in the way now for boxing it in, it still looks good.
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dam that looks nice.

Thats next to do on my list as well.
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how about tossing up that CAD drawing?

I'd love to be able to take that to a fabricator here in Houston.
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Tom can you draw that up using the software I gave you and host a .dxf file? That sould be importable for anyone much the same way I had you make the DXF to fab your bumper brackets on computer controlled plasma cutter.
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Sure thing. I may not get to it until Sunday, but I'll definitely get it done.
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i want it too, in black.. i want i want!!

ok, gotta go find someone to make it..
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dang thats clean...i wonder if would be very hard to mod that to fit my truck
...no crossmember to bolt it to, but im always up to welding something on...
any suggestions?
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Did anyone ever do the CAD drawing for this?

Now that I've got the body lift on, I REALLY want to have someone fab this up to protect the radiator and the tranny cooler lines.
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I'm sorry but I havn't gotten around to it yet. I will get it done tho. I'm working on the rear disc brakes again at the moment.
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I'd love to have one of those on my truck, I'm in Pa too John. You can come to my place and help me fab one =].
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lol! Travis, where the heck is Dillsburg? PA's a big place. I'm down towards the southeast corner of the state. Are you in range to join us for some offroading sometime? We often get up to the Centralia area (north of Reading and Pottsville, in that area).
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Dillsburg is out by me in Harrisburg...Nice to see you posting Travis :)
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034x4, do you still have yours that looks similar to this?
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