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Old 06-10-2013, 10:21 AM   #1
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Hello everyone, so I don't usually make these but i figured that sense this is a new winch line and not much people are familiar with it, I will make a review.

The Super Winch Tiger Shark line up is a new line of entry level winches made for people who want a nicely priced, reliable winch that has all the means of pulling you out when you need it, nothing less, nothing more. The process start at around $349.99 for the 9,500 and continue on ward, but this review is only on the 9,500, considering that's the only size a guy with a jeep would need. The specs of the winch are 95' of steel cable, a 5.2 HP series wound motor, and gear ratio of 218:1. That's just the basic specs, but I'm not here to advertise, just to give my review.

The unboxing: (dun! dun! dun!)


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This is my very first winch, so I was very excited to see it in person. My first impressions were that there no cheap parts at all. The remote, fair lead, solenoid, everything felt very heavy duty, which it was. I began in boxing the winch, also to find that it comes all wired up and ready to go, so my over all impressions of the winch were great.

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Installation: Mounting the winch to my Rampage winch plate was extremely easy. The only small issue I had was trying to bolt it down and angle it at the same time, which was solved with some help by a friend. The bolts are in a weird position so you have to pretty much turn the winch plate upside down to bolt it down, and try doing that with a 105lb winch and plate in one hand and wrench in the other (plate was 10lbs, winch was 95). Besides that, it was simple. Mounting the winch plate to the bumper took about 5-10 mins and then wiring took about another 5-10. The wires were a perfect distance, not too short, not too long. My only issue was cleanly running them, so I ran the wires from behind the winch to under the grill almost to the under carriage right under the engine bay, than scooped it back up, sure not to touch anything sharp or hot, and ran it through the engine bay, zip tied it around the sides and to the battery. I know, it sounds complicated, but it actually was as simple as saying it.

Feeding the shark!! (using it, sorry, I wanted to sound cool) : For all new winches, you have to spool them out and pull them back in with a heavy load and spool it on. We do this because from the factory, the line is spooled on under no load, so say you used your winch with the line half way out, and pulled a 3,000lb load, the line being pulled in under load will push right through the loosely spooled line that's on the drum, causing damage to the line and drum. Enough with the boring science, on with the real world use. I first spooled it, to get an idea of using a winch properly, so I pulled out the 95' cable, it spooled out extremely smooth by the way, and attached it to my friends TJ. I used one of my D- Rings on his bumper. He put his parking brake up all the way, and left it in first gear. I put mine in neutral and pulled the parking brake up several clicks to cause a resistant. I began pulling myself in, and I must say, this thing is quiet!! I'm extremely impressed with the noise, and the smoothness of the winch is unbelievable. I've only seen a couple winches being used in person, and this thing takes the medal for smoothness and quietness. BUT, it will most certainly not win any races. It's fairly slow, slower than the other winches I seen in person, but bare in mine we are talking about an entry level winch, but to be honest, when I used it, you would forget the number "$349.99". This thing hauls with no hesitation, I will make a channel and video on YouTube for it, but I can't emphasize enough how safe I feel with this winch on my bumper.

Overview: Over all, I feel extremely confident with this winch and am extremely impressed. For what it's made out of and it's performance, I will easily pay 500$+. I believe the only reason it's cheap anyway is because the lack of modes you can put it in and the speed of the pull. Other fancy winches have all these different settings, and most of us here really just need a winch that can pull us out when $hi@ gets real. And this winch will do it. Thanks for reading, let me know if you have any questions.

(Please excuse the lack of organization with the pictures, they just placed them selves all over.)

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Old 06-10-2013, 03:10 PM   #2
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Hey thanks for the review. you might have just added an item to my list.

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Old 06-11-2013, 11:09 PM   #3
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No problem, and it's a great winch. If you like what you read, get one!
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:18 PM   #4
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Still seems there's not much field use reviews of this winch, so I'll update this thread. I've used it 3 times now, twice in mud, once in rock work. There was a two door stuck close to half way up his doors in nasty mud, and the winch pulled him out with no noises or hesitation. The second time was with another two door, stuck in a very similar situation except was high centered in a rut in mud, and the winch pulled him out with no hesitation as well. The winch pulls slow, but smooth. The third time was on my self when I was climbing a side of a hill and I high centered pretty bad at the top of the hill, bad enough to where a push or tug won't move me an inch. The winch pulled me right over and I was back moving again in 2 minutes. Hopefully this helped anyone reading this thread, I'm extremely impressed with this winch and I will stand by Superwinch and stick with their products.
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Old 02-25-2014, 11:40 AM   #5
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still going strong? Ive just about narrowed my choices down to this winch.
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:56 PM   #6
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still going strong? Ive just about narrowed my choices down to this winch.
Yes doing very well. Stickers are wearing away lol, but not weird noises, very sturdy and strong for the last couple amount of people ive used it on!
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Great review!! Just sold me on this winch!! Was between a ENGO, Rugged Ridge and the Tiger Shark. Superwinch should thank you for the sale. Ha Ha!! Quick question, did it come with all the necessary wires for the hook up or do I need to buy any cables? Thanks!!

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