I know, there has been alot of talk about proper recovery and this thread was helpful http://forum.ih8mud.com/showthread.php?t=127213&highlight=proper+winch But my question(s) is/are still not answered, so start shooting if I missed an obvious thread (or better yet, point me to it ). Here's the deal. I watched a guy in a 97 LC with an ARB bar and warn winch pull out a big shrub. The LC was in park with the park-brake set. The T-case was in H and the guy was sitting in the LC with his foot on the brake while winching away. A few times, there a was a sort of metal popping sound and the LC lurched forward. I wasn't sure if this was the trucks T-case or gearing or the winch popping. Either way, it didn't sound good. This got me thinking that I didn't really know how to extracate a stuck vehicle with my otherwise fairly-well equipped 80. After searching and reading a few threads like the one above, it sounds like it is best not to pull someone out while in reverse, but I assume winching them out while parked is OK - right? Otherwise, the winch on the front of my 80 would only be used to pull myself out and I hope not to need that a whole lot And if using the winch to pull out another stuck vehicle (or that big shrub/tree/trunk/etc... in my yard), should I have my 80 in park or neutral or does it matter? Should I have the T-case in H, N, or Low (does it matter)? Should I set the parking brake or just lay on the brakes (or . . . does it matter)? Sorry, but I suddenly feel like this is something obvious that I never really thought about before. Maybe this is yet another clear sign that I need to lose the pink panties and get my butt out on the trail for some real use of my 80. ON EDIT: I see that many people say the LC is not heavy enough to pull out a stuck vehicle, but how can it pull itself out with the winch? Is it just a matter of gearing? Either way, wouldn't it still work to pull out a stuck vehicle using the winch? And if the LC doesn't weigh enough, how do those smaller tow trucks do it?