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Old 03-29-2013, 08:49 AM   #1
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Help me choose a winch!

Well I've been driving myself crazy (doesn't take much) trying to decide what winch to buy. I've narrowed it down to 3 choices. I have a 93 YJ and I will only be using the winch occasionally as I do most of my jeeping taking my son to and from lacrosse practice on nice days! What I'm trying to say is that I decided to buy a "lower end" winch for the fact that most of the time it will be sitting on my front bumper taking up space. In saying that - I have learned that they are worth their weight in gold when in a sticky situation!


What I'm wanting to know about the following choices is:
  • is one brand better (or more preferred) than the other?
  • is there any that I should definitely stay away from?
  • any warranty issues
  • personal experiences with any of these?
  • and, of course, WHAT ONE SHOULD I CHOOSE???
Here are my choices.....
1. Quadratec Q9000




2. Mile Marker SEC8




3. Smittybilt XRC-8



All of these run around $300 dollars......

Thanks in advance for everyone's input/advice!

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Well I've been driving myself crazy (doesn't take much) trying to decide what winch to buy. I've narrowed it down to 3 choices. I have a 93 YJ and I will only be using the winch occasionally as I do most of my jeeping taking my son to and from lacrosse practice on nice days! What I'm trying to say is that I decided to buy a "lower end" winch for the fact that most of the time it will be sitting on my front bumper taking up space. In saying that - I have learned that they are worth their weight in gold when in a sticky situation!

What I'm wanting to know about the following choices is:
[*]is one brand better (or more preferred) than the other?[*]is there any that I should definitely stay away from?[*]any warranty issues[*]personal experiences with any of these?[*]and, of course, WHAT ONE SHOULD I CHOOSE???
Here are my choices.....
1. Quadratec Q9000

2. Mile Marker SEC8

3. Smittybilt XRC-8

All of these run around $300 dollars......

Thanks in advance for everyone's input/advice!
I considered all of these and ended up with the rugged ridge 8.5k. I heard good reviews everywhere on it. I love it. I pulled myself out of a hole yesterday. The winch pulled me out of that hole, and then my buddy a few minuets later who was high centered because he was in a stock cherokee. She got her use yesterday.

Since my winch isn't under consideration though, I've heard good things about both the quadratec winch the smitty built
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:16 AM   #3
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After reading the winch shootout, i ended up with an engo 9k synthetic rope. The wire version is in your price range as well.
Used it 6 times so far, 3 each trip to redbird. Happy with it! Make sure your battery is up to the task. The cheap Walmart battery that the po had in mine was not.


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After reading the winch shootout, i ended up with an engo 9k synthetic rope. The wire version is in your price range as well.
Used it 6 times so far, 3 each trip to redbird. Happy with it! Make sure your battery is up to the task. The cheap Walmart battery that the po had in mine was not.
I wish I had synthetic rope. It just wasn't in my price range though so I went with cable
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Also...what style bumper you think looks best on a YJ?? SRC or XRC?

I'm in the process of selling my bike and going to be getting some new parts for my YJ....i'll be sure to post pics when finished!
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In that price range, go with Engo for sure.
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Also...what style bumper you think looks best on a YJ?? SRC or XRC?

I'm in the process of selling my bike and going to be getting some new parts for my YJ....i'll be sure to post pics when finished!
I just sold my SRC off of mine. XRC with stinger is being delivered today if that tells you my opinion lol.
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I wish I had synthetic rope. It just wasn't in my price range though so I went with cable
I did lots and lots of research because I really wanted to change my steel line out for synthetic and I was going to bite the bullet and spend the $200 for the line to replace my cable. Then I realized that it only lasts a few years (maybe more maybe less depending on use / elemental conditions) before you have to buy new synthetic line. consider that when thinking synthetic. It sure swayed me away from it.
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Well I've been driving myself crazy (doesn't take much) trying to decide what winch to buy. I've narrowed it down to 3 choices. I have a 93 YJ and I will only be using the winch occasionally as I do most of my jeeping taking my son to and from lacrosse practice on nice days! What I'm trying to say is that I decided to buy a "lower end" winch for the fact that most of the time it will be sitting on my front bumper taking up space. In saying that - I have learned that they are worth their weight in gold when in a sticky situation!


What I'm wanting to know about the following choices is:
  • is one brand better (or more preferred) than the other?
  • is there any that I should definitely stay away from?
  • any warranty issues
  • personal experiences with any of these?
  • and, of course, WHAT ONE SHOULD I CHOOSE???
Here are my choices.....
1. Quadratec Q9000




2. Mile Marker SEC8




3. Smittybilt XRC-8



All of these run around $300 dollars......

Thanks in advance for everyone's input/advice!
Currey,

I recommend the Smittybilt and the Mile Marker. An 8000lb winch is more than enough for a fully loaded YJ and will be a great addition to your Jeep.

I have ran Smittybilt winches on a few of my Jeeps and never had an issue with them. I would recommend the synthetic cable if you don't plan on using it all that much. The steel cable will rust and fray and honestly become unsafe. If you use our discount you can make the price of the one with synthetic line almost the price of the steel cable version.

We have both brands in stock and ready to ship. Unfortunately we don't have the SEC 8 on our website right now. If you can in to one of our Jeep Experts, they can get you taken care of. their number is 800-988-4605.

We offer an exclusive discount for WranglerForum Members, along with free shipping on any order over $75. So that will save you some money, PM me and I can get you the code to use on your order.

Hope this helps. Shoot me a PM with any other questions!

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Old 03-29-2013, 09:58 AM   #10
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Also...what style bumper you think looks best on a YJ?? SRC or XRC?

I'm in the process of selling my bike and going to be getting some new parts for my YJ....i'll be sure to post pics when finished!
I like the Sri style way better. I'm actually thinking about buying one off someone sometime soon. To beef my jeep up finally.
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5 years over a hundred pulls later and my XRC-8 has never failed me, I will continue to recommend smittybilt winches.
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Not going to make any comments on your 3 choices. For me, it takes the exact same amount of work to put a cheap winch on your Jeep as it does a quality one and if you are actually going to use it, again my opinion, there is only one brand that will ever be on any of my Jeeps and it starts with "W". Another $200 to 300 for something that is completely servicable backed by just excellent customer service and parts availability makes it more than worthwhile.

That said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with steel cable. Yes, you need to be cognizant that if it fails, things will be flying-just put a jacket or something similar over it and stay out of the way. The steel does last better if it is in the dirt and if you take proper care of it-especially the spooling, a good steel cable can last decades. Not as much fun to handle and weighs more, but otherwise about equal. About the only real advantage of synthetic is that you can splice it and still use it.
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Never said anything about the amount of work it would take to put either of them on....if someone wants to throw the extra $$$$ out there, i'll gladly put a Warn on.
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I really like my Q9000.
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[QUOTE=duffer;3567888]Not going to make any comments on your 3 choices. For me, it takes the exact same amount of work to put a cheap winch on your Jeep as it does a quality one and if you are actually going to use it, again my opinion, there is only one brand that will ever be on any of my Jeeps and it starts with "W". Another $200 to 300 for something that is completely servicable backed by just excellent customer service and parts availability makes it more than worthwhile.

Im sorry but there is nothing wrong with a 279.99 XCR winch. I have a M12000 on my work truck its very frustrating when your stuck in three feet of snow on a back road with no cell phone service spool out your winch only to find out the solenoids just burnt up not a fun night. I will admit warn is a better built winch free spools out easier selector lever is alot stronger paint does not fade, But then again since 2008 my $279 smittybilt has not failed to complete a pull running on its original solenoids plus they do offer a lifetime no questions asked warranty for $39.99 you cant beat it for the price.
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I have the Smitty w syn cable.. have used it a couple of times and it works.. the syn cable makes it safer, IMHO, and easier to use.. I run a cover on it to protect it from the elements when I am not wheeling.
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Not going to make any comments on your 3 choices. For me, it takes the exact same amount of work to put a cheap winch on your Jeep as it does a quality one and if you are actually going to use it, again my opinion, there is only one brand that will ever be on any of my Jeeps and it starts with "W". Another $200 to 300 for something that is completely servicable backed by just excellent customer service and parts availability makes it more than worthwhile.

That said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with steel cable. Yes, you need to be cognizant that if it fails, things will be flying-just put a jacket or something similar over it and stay out of the way. The steel does last better if it is in the dirt and if you take proper care of it-especially the spooling, a good steel cable can last decades. Not as much fun to handle and weighs more, but otherwise about equal. About the only real advantage of synthetic is that you can splice it and still use it.
You just suggested something that will be about twice his budget....
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None of those three!! Look into the Engo. I got a 9k for $280 shipped to my door. Got it from river city off road. Winch isn't the fastest but whose racin? Got me out of some pretty good stucks. Free spools with your pinky finger too.
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Any reason why the mile marker over the SB?
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Marine Grade, Line Speed, And It's Submersible (IP68 waterproof). Saw a Mile Marker winch in action and it can take one heck of a beating.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:12 PM   #22
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The waterproof Mile Marker is the SEC8 Scout....about 550 dollars. Super impressive though! I am still torn! Starting to lean towards the SEC8 though!

How bout some imput on the bumpers??????
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I put a winch plate on my stock bumper. The winch plate was $40 shipped from summit racing.
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If your budget only allows for so much money then ya gotta buy what's in the budget. Everybody would love to have top of the line stuff but sometimes having a 300 dollar winch might save your butt where no winch means you ain't going nowhere. Your doing it right. Ask the guys that use them and then pull the trigger. If it breaks after a year then you exchange it. But for that one time you really need it and it saves your butt then it was worth every penny. Even Warns break down. If you can't afford the top then you buy what you can. Good luck on your choice.
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If your budget only allows for so much money then ya gotta buy what's in the budget. Everybody would love to have top of the line stuff but sometimes having a 300 dollar winch might save your butt where no winch means you ain't going nowhere. Your doing it right. Ask the guys that use them and then pull the trigger. If it breaks after a year then you exchange it. But for that one time you really need it and it saves your butt then it was worth every penny. Even Warns break down. If you can't afford the top then you buy what you can. Good luck on your choice.
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Don't forget mounting and accessories in that budget. You're getting a bumper. I did not and spent $100 on a mounting plate. A kit with gloves, D rings, pulley, tree saver, and tow strap is needed. You can't just wrap your line around a tree and pull.

I use a Smitty x2o. Its strong and fast enough but the build quality on the solenoid box isn't great. Still works though. I pulled a Bronco II up sand dune with it. It ran the battery down (with the engine revving 3k) but it never overheated.

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Looking at buying a quadtratech 9500, anybody running that winch?
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+1 on the Rugged Ridge mentioned earlier. I have the same one on my Jeep and am completly happy with it.

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