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Old 02-17-2012, 10:26 PM   #1
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New winch install

I got an awesome deal on a new MileMarker sec8. I am very happy with how it looks, and can't hardly wait to do a real world test.
I went with the MM winch over the Engo and Smittybuilt due to amp draw, and the fact that it comes with a much nicer remote. After it was delivered, I was very impressed with how well it looked. Nothing "cheap looking" about it.
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:31 PM   #2
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Sorry about the hazey pics I probably need to clean my phone. I didn't even think about it before I took the pics.

I made my own mount out of scrap 1/4" steel, and the fairlead mount out of 3/16 x 1 1/2 angle I had laying around the shop.

The next pic is where I had to notch 2 sections out of the bumper and weld in some 1 1/4" pipe to "recess" an arear to get to the front 2 winch mounting bolts. I am happy with how it turned out
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That MM winch really looks nice. Good job. I really looked hard at the Mile marker winch before I bought the warn. I used a piece of scrap I found and cut out and clearanced it for the fairlead. Sandblasted it and painted.
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:24 PM   #4
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Nice winch, Nice Jeep. But what difference is there between the engo 12000 and the mm as far as amperage drawing? I just bought the engo myself. Just curious...I really like it too. I figure if the vehicle is running while using the winch...Amperage doesn't matter.....Am I wrong on this one? Just curious.
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Nice winch, Nice Jeep. But what difference is there between the engo 12000 and the mm as far as amperage drawing? I just bought the engo myself. Just curious...I really like it too. I figure if the vehicle is running while using the winch...Amperage doesn't matter.....Am I wrong on this one? Just curious.
Amperage will matter if you have a small battery. Your alternator puts out less than the winch can produce in amps, especially if it is stock. I use a 750+ CCA battery on all my off road rigs. Or the biggest that will fit.
There is nothing wrong with the Engo Winch. I was really torn between the two. The Engo's were on backorder, and I got my MileMarker faster, cheaper, (including shipping) and after reading a lot of tech stuff, I think the gear ratio/ line speed is what I am looking for in a winch.
I also like the on/off switch on the side of the contactor which I hadn't seen on any other winch. Also the remote is much nicer on the MM.
The amperage on the MM is actually higher v.s. the Engo 9,000.
But not as high as the Smittybilt 10,000 lb I had on my last rig
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:08 AM   #6
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That MM winch really looks nice. Good job. I really looked hard at the Mile marker winch before I bought the warn. I used a piece of scrap I found and cut out and clearanced it for the fairlead. Sandblasted it and painted.
Thanx for the compliment. I like it so far, but time will tell. yours looks nice as well. I know a lot of people like Warn, but I just like the price and features of the MileMarker line
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Amperage will matter if you have a small battery. Your alternator puts out less than the winch can produce in amps, especially if it is stock. I use a 750+ CCA battery on all my off road rigs. Or the biggest that will fit.
There is nothing wrong with the Engo Winch. I was really torn between the two. The Engo's were on backorder, and I got my MileMarker faster, cheaper, (including shipping) and after reading a lot of tech stuff, I think the gear ratio/ line speed is what I am looking for in a winch.
I also like the on/off switch on the side of the contactor which I hadn't seen on any other winch. Also the remote is much nicer on the MM.
The amperage on the MM is actually higher v.s. the Engo 9,000.
But not as high as the Smittybilt 10,000 lb I had on my last rig
Sounds like im gonna definitely be upgrading my battery....It is small. I am new to the jeep world. I was just curious....Thx for the input.
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Sounds like im gonna definitely be upgrading my battery....It is small. I am new to the jeep world. I was just curious....Thx for the input.
As far as I know, you need atleast a 650CCA battery. I usually get a group 58 for a Ford diesel. I think at NAPA they are 765 CCA or something like that. I haven't got the battery yet. Gonna do that htis weekend
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Where did you get the MM SEC 8 winch and at what price?
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:54 PM   #10
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Mile Marker Part No. 77-50141 - SEC8; Electric Winches
Enter smartshopper in the coupon space. They may have changed it now. I am not sure I bought it Monday. I paid $287.00 shipped, and got it in 3 days
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I have a question..... In the third pic you show the freespool lever at the back of the winch, Does it have to rotate 180 degees to engage and freespool like my Rough Country, and does it clear the winch plate?
Looks like a tight fit to get your hand on it and turn it.
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:20 AM   #12
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I rotated (clocked) the end like that on purpose to keep limbs and brush from hitting the handle. The free spool handle rotates very easily like it is and doesn't hit anything. I see what you are talking about, but That has been done for a reason.
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:29 AM   #13
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Got the chance to try it out tonight. My son got the XJ stuck and the Milemarker plucked him out. I was amazed at how fast this winch is compared to my last one.
He was stuck up to the front bumper with a 3" lift, and I pulled him out half way in park, and the rest in neutral to compare, and to see what the winch would do. It did very well, but I do need to upgrade my battery
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How does this compare to the harbor freight 9500lb winches? I am curious because they are about the same price, but for a yj I think that an 8000lb winch is more than adequate and I know that MM is a decent brand as I had one n a Toyota I had many years ago.
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Park??????

mmmm.. Have you ever looked at the diagram of an automatic transmission and seen just how puny that parking pawl is?

There should be an interlock that disengages the winch control whenever the transmission is in park!
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mmmm.. Have you ever looked at the diagram of an automatic transmission and seen just how puny that parking pawl is?

There should be an interlock that disengages the winch control whenever the transmission is in park!
i think he meant the xj was in park while he was pulling it out .....
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How does this compare to the harbor freight 9500lb winches? I am curious because they are about the same price, but for a yj I think that an 8000lb winch is more than adequate and I know that MM is a decent brand as I had one n a Toyota I had many years ago.
I am not sure on the Badland winchesas I have never owned on, but I do know they are slow. Fast line spped isn't everything, but most of the time where I wheel I would rather have fast speed
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Thanx for the compliment. I like it so far, but time will tell. yours looks nice as well. I know a lot of people like Warn, but I just like the price and features of the MileMarker line
The MileMarker SEC8 is a great winch. It's what I run on my rig (except it's an SEC-8 Scout with synthetic line).

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Mile Marker Part No. 77-50141 - SEC8; Electric Winches
Enter smartshopper in the coupon space. They may have changed it now. I am not sure I bought it Monday. I paid $287.00 shipped, and got it in 3 days
We beat this price. It's $299 regular price and $279 with the SAVE20 coupon code. Just sayin.

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Got the chance to try it out tonight. My son got the XJ stuck and the Milemarker plucked him out. I was amazed at how fast this winch is compared to my last one.
He was stuck up to the front bumper with a 3" lift, and I pulled him out half way in park, and the rest in neutral to compare, and to see what the winch would do. It did very well, but I do need to upgrade my battery
The MM SEC8 has the fastest under load line speed in it's class.

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How does this compare to the harbor freight 9500lb winches? I am curious because they are about the same price, but for a yj I think that an 8000lb winch is more than adequate and I know that MM is a decent brand as I had one n a Toyota I had many years ago.
Harbor Freight winches don't compare at all. Slow junk with a lousy 90 day warranty. You can get a better winch (Mile Marker or Engo) for a better price. I do have first hand experience with HF winches.
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I wish I knew that before I ordered this. When I called your store, someone told me the Engo's were on backorder, I wanted to get one on its way to be here in time while I had a few days off work to fab something up.
I like the shut off switch on the side of the solenoid cover, and the remote is much better than others I have seen.
I got a better battery (1020 CCA) from a diesel truck, and that should work much better than the 465 CCA I had.
I also welded a 2" reciever to the front under the fairlead. This helps with downward flex while winching, and I think it will be useful for my cargo rack when fishing
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Great write up. makes me have a new winch to consider. I might get one soon.
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Great write up. makes me have a new winch to consider. I might get one soon.
Thanx YamYam. I need to take some pics with my Droid instead and post them. I am really happy with what i did to the factory bumper.
I build bumpers for folks from time to time, and do some welding/repair work on the side in the evenings but instead of making a custom bumper, I decided to see what I could do with the factory one.
As far as the winch goes I still think the Engo would be a great winch, but I don't see a lot of MM winches, and I was curious

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