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FEATURE On the Hook

FEATURE On the Hook Testing the Power of Ramsey Winches Words by Steve Fennell Photos by Team AllSouth 12 Subscribe at

On a return trip from Reno, Nev., after qualifying for the 2018 King of the Hammers, Jeff McCullough and his crew of Team Allsouth made a slight detour in Moab, Utah, to take their Polaris rig to new heights – literally. Armed with a Patriot 6000 Ramsey Winch on the team’s 2016 Polaris RZR Turbo (that has a length of three metres (10 ft.) and a wheelbase of 2 metres (7.5 ft.)), McCullough realized there was no better place to test the Patriot’s winching prowess than on one of Utah’s unqiue red rock formations. “Ramsey’s winches have always been the winch of our choice as it has gotten us through so many situations and hasn’t failed us yet,” said McCullough. “What better opportunity is there than to put our winching equipment really to the test and show everybody the products that we recommend at Allsouth Autosports and that we use when we race.” With additional gear including Factor 55’s Closed-Loop System UltraHook and 30 metres (100 ft.) of synthetic line and soft shackles from Bigfoot Winch Ropes, the team scaled a 30-metre (100 ft) rock wall, hooked up its Polaris (weighing roughly 816 kg (1800 lbs)) and raised the rig to the top of the cliff without any issues. Although winches are widely used for many applications in the off-road arena, McCullough explains traversing a vehicle vertically over a 30-metre (100 ft.) cliff is not among them. Nonetheless, it can be done and the Patriot 6000 (and associated hardware) was up to the task, and passed their off-road test with flying colours. “The hardest part of all of this was physically getting up to the top of the cliff to actually hook the winch line to the anchor point,” McCullough explains. “But a lot of people use winches to pull them out of mud, over rough terrain, or to help them if they break down on the trail. I know of a team that broke an axle and had to winch their off-road vehicle from anchor point to anchor point on the trail just to get to the end of a race.” The Ramsey Patriot 6000 Winch The Patriot 6000 is just one of the several winches from Ramsey. With many different capacities and systems throughout its series, the Patriot 6000 has many highlights for competitors and recreational enthusiasts alike. For instance, Volume 20/1 13

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