i'm looking to get a winch for my tj and i have no clue what to look for. i have a 99 wangler with a 4 cylinder. i don't do a lot of wheeling so im not looking for anything fancy. my spending limit is under $500. any advice on where to start?
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I have been really impressed by the Warn M-8000 that I got in 2008. I have actually used it, and it's worth its' weight in gold when you really need it. It is made by one of the oldest and most reputable manufacturers of winches, so it has a solid reputation. Quadratec and some of the other retailers run specials in the $500 range if you keep your eyes open.
Be aware that you may have to spend money on a mounting kit, fairlead and so on, since most winches have multiple applications. Don't go cheap when you mount it. I recommend using grade 8 hardware too. You don't want to experience a catastrophic failure because you used cheap hardware! You may also want to think about a battery upgrade to handle the pull from the winch. I use the Optima Yellow Top in 2 of my Jeeps!
Here's a pic of my Winch and my roller fairlead set-up:
I personally will only use Warn. It's just a personal preference based on how much we use our winches out here and the fact that I can get replacement parts for it should I need to pretty much anywhere in the country.
However I have seen good things out of that Smittybuilt winch. For 270 bucks I think it would do you well.
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