You are set for another adventure on your favorite weekend trail. The view of the canyon, trees, and river is very inviting that you just can't wait to start driving all the way to the peak. But the trail to the peak is not like the road you take on your way to your favorite diner. By the time you begin at the foot of the mountain, you are saying goodbye to the paved roads. More than that, the steep ascents and deep river wades push your skills and your rig's capabilities to the limit. It's only a matter of time before you realize that you will need extra support. This is where installing a winch comes in. The winch can offer you extra assistance when you are trying to drive out of a rut, water hazard, or steep angles. But there's a caveat. You have to get a winch that passed safety standards to ensure that the hazards are minimized. With those in mind, we took a look at the ARB winch hardware designed by Warn to see how it performs on actual trails. We installed the 16.5ti on our Toyota Tacoma equipped with an ARB deluxe bumper. Here's what we found out:
- 16,500 lbs maximum load capacity
- 4.6 horsepower series wound motor
- Remove switch with 3.7 m lead and LED indicator
- 3 stage planetary gear train
- 315:1 gear ration
- Rotating ring gear clutch
- Automatic, direct drive cone brake
- Roller fairlead
- High gloss powder coat over primer undercoat
- Weighs 138 lbs
- The 16.5ti performed like the heavy duty winch it was described as. We performed a series of tests where we tried the winch's capability close to its load capacity. The winch did a good job supporting the loads and helping the rig perform its tasks. The following tests were:
- Anchoring our rig to a tree as it made its way up a 45-degree accent on the mountain side.
- Pulling out another rig that bogged down by the riverbed.
- The winch looked perfectly in place on the steel bumper of the Tacoma. The color blended well and the hints of polished metal and wound cable a bit of accent to the rugged ensemble.
- At 138 lbs, the 16.5ti really adds excess weight on the front end of your rig. We already had the OE bumper replaced with a heavy steel bumper that is attempting to make the rig's nose bow down.
The 16.ti winch is a good addition to your trail-ready rig. Despite its mass, the function and durability of this equipment can definitely outweigh its negative side effects.