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Old 01-21-2008, 11:21 PM   #1
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What Winch Works?

In the market for a winch. Speaking to winch owners, what brands aside from Warn have been successful in the 8000# range +. Looking at a Smittybilt right now. Reviews are good, but I know no owners. Prefer the price over the Warns, though. Thanks....

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What is the word on other poundages ass well? Minimum for a Wrangler?

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Old 01-22-2008, 05:25 AM   #3
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8,000 is minimum for a wrangler. Youll want to keep a winch kit with snatch blocks etc. if you go 8,000, because sometimes it really isn't enough. Most people lean more towards the 9, 9.5s, especially if you have armor etc. on your jeep. From what I hear, you really get what you pay for when it comes to winches, and warn is the bread and butter. Penguin_in_a_cj had a brand new Ramsey 8,000lb that he fried trying to winch me out of a hole in a creek. He had only used it maybe 5 times before that, and a 92 GMC Jimmy yanked me right out with ease after it took a dump..
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:57 AM   #4
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As with everything you get what you pay for.I looked at several winches before buying.I bought the Warn M-8000.Usually when you need a winch it has to work right now.I didn't think a couple of hundred dollars saved buying a cheap winch was worth it.
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I have a smitty built xrc-8....

It was cheap, gets the job done. Doesnt even bog down while pulling the jeep out of the worst position.
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Had a Warn. Solinoids went out it and I was not going to carry spare parts for my winch. So I sold it and bought a Superwinch EPi 9000 from Rokmen. After having and used both if I had to buy another winch, it wouldn't be the high priced warn.

http://www.rokmen.com/products/recov...inch_epi9.html
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Old 01-22-2008, 07:35 AM   #7
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I have a warn 9000i and love it! I also have a friend who works for warn and got it for me for $400 so that helps. if your lookin into a specific price range take a glance at...
www.winchdepot.com they usually have really good deals on a mixture of different names and sizes with free shipping.
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:37 PM   #8
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I bought the Milemarker 9500si and have had no - negative issues with it. It has served me welll.

Make sure you get a snatch block setup whatever you decide to buy.
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Old 01-22-2008, 09:56 PM   #9
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Thanks for the good word.
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Old 01-22-2008, 11:59 PM   #10
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It's really hard to beat the Superwinch EPi9.0 for quality, and value. It easily competes with all the warns in the $800+ range - (and in our opinion is better overall, better solenoids, lower amp draw, and external brake better for synthetics)

It also comes with a roller fairlead, and pully block.
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Warn.
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i have a cheap 300$ 12000 lbs china winch (like smittybilt and others).
itīs slower and louder than a warn, but it does its job and thats the only thing thats important to me.
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Old 01-23-2008, 07:26 PM   #13
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It depends on what you are doing with the winch.
Personaly most times I take a winch I am on a high angle waterfall with a large drop off. For that I am happy I have a Warn.
If you are using it for light use I am sure the others will work fine.
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i love my warn 9.5 ti
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:42 AM   #15
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I like my Warn M8000 good winch for cheap! only $529

http://www.4wd.com/productdetails.as...3&partID=40006
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I have to admit, I have always read that Warn is worth the price, but that Superwinch and the smittybuilt are looking better every day
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:53 PM   #17
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I'm sorry, I just can't buy a winch from a company that makes tube steps.
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:29 PM   #18
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I'm sorry, I just can't buy a winch from a company that makes tube steps.
Smittybuilt?
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Old 01-25-2008, 05:06 AM   #19
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Yep. But again, that's my opinion, and you know what those are like......

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