A winch cover is not a luxury. It is a necessity if you want to keep your winch ready for work. The winch is placed where it is totally exposed to dirt and spray from other cars, and if you have a steel wire on the winch it is a little oily, which makes the dirt stick. For smooth operation, the winch has to be kept both dry and clean. Include the T-Max Winch Cover in your order and avoid future winching malfunctions due to dirt, rusty wire ropes and gritty gears.