The Smittybilt XRC 8 winch from the 4Wheel Drive Hardware website.

Jeep lovers can win powerful winch from Smittybilt

If you own a Jeep and like to take it off the beaten path, testing the limits of your ability and those of the vehicle, you’re going to love the chance to win a Smittybilt XRC 8 winch with 8,000 pounds of pulling power.

The contest is sponsored by 4Wheel Drive Hardware, a leading distributor and retailer of Jeep parts and gear based in Columbia OH. The contest they are launching requires a simple text message for a chance to win the free Smittybilt winch.

Called the Text-to-Win campaign, it runs through November 12, and to enter just send “SMITTY1” to the mobile number 70000 as a text message for a chance to win the free winch.

The XRC 8, and other accessories from Smittybilt, are rugged and reliable assets to any serious offroader’s expeditions. The XRC 8 can exert 8,000 pounds of pulling power using a three-stage planetary gear system, along with a 172.8:1 gear ratio driven by a 5.5 hp motor.

Any dedicated 4X4 adventurer knows how handy a winch can be to offroading, providing self-recovery when a vehicle gets stuck in a rut, in sloppy terrain, or blocked by an obstacle the vehicle cannot overcome under its own power. The Smittybilt XRC 8 provides plenty of power to pull a fully laden Jeep out of most problems encountered offroad.

The XRC 8 is a $299 value, to which the winner could add an accessory kit ($99.99), cover ($24.99), recovery strap (free with cover for a limited time) and trail gloves ($19.99).

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The company is a respected manufacturer of aftermarket offroad parts and equipment, using top-quality materials assembled to exacting standards of durability. The Smittybilt retail line includes spare tire carriers, cargo racks, vehicle body armor, skid plates, and suspension components like lift kits for most Jeep models.

4Wheel Drive Hardware is a leading distributor of Jeep parts and accessories, focused on the offroad enthusiast. The company strives to provide a one-stop shopping site for all Jeep-related needs. You can catch up on the latest Jeep products and connect with other Jeep owners around the world on their site.

4Wheel Drive Hardware carries a substantial inventory of Jeep parts, naturally including Smittybilt bumpers, lift kits, winches, wheels, tires and more.

Not only does a winch get you out of most of the trouble you can get into with a Jeep, but it’ll make you a treeline hero when you pull one of your four-wheeling buddies out a mess they’ve gotten into.

So go ahead and send that text – what have you got to loose but a troubled mind?