Kodiak Po­lar

4WDrive - - Review -

WORDS BY PERRY MACK, PHO­TOS BY PERRY MACK AND STAN TERAI

This new winch from Qual­ity Gear is the per­fect winch for the off-roader as it is sold as a com­plete kit. It’s a solid, well-built unit with all-metal gear­ing that pro­vides a fast, strong pull and a low am­per­age draw.

The winch is com­prised of a non­in­te­grated wa­ter­proof so­le­noid, both wired and wire­less re­motes, 30 me­tres of syn­thetic line and all the hard­ware. For the first timers

it also comes with Qual­ity Gears’ Bear Es­sen­tials kit, which has a winch bag, cou­ple of shack­les, guide roller, tree saver, gloves and a uni­ver­sal mount­ing bracket to get your new winch mounted vir­tu­ally any­where.

The in­struc­tions are woe­fully vague as there are so many mount­ing op­tions for this winch. We mounted the Kodiak Po­lar onto the Teraflex Epic Front Bumper with hoop on our 2015 JKU. The only things you need to buy ex­tra are some black zap straps to se­cure the power ca­bles on the way to the bat­tery.

Once in­stalled we nat­u­rally had to go for a test drive, or rather a test ‘pull’. The winch works as ad­ver­tised and the re­mote worked per­fectly from in the cab to steer and avoid the rocks at the top. Over­all, this is a great unit that will un­doubt­edly get us out of some sticky sit­u­a­tions.

MSRP: $749.99

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