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Old 02-12-2012, 12:30 PM   #1
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Quadratec winch?

What do you think of the new winch by quadratec?

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Surely it's a rebrand, but who's?

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It has a limited lifetime warranty and that says more than other winch companies. Too new to tell if its trail worthy
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I have no direct knowledge, but all the major Chinese made winches seem to be very similar in design. RR, Smitty, Engo etc. Obviously Quadratic does not make their own winches and some big Chinese winch maker is producing it. Looks like it has a place in the market for sure with good specs. Reliability and support remains to be seen.
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It has a limited lifetime warranty and that says more than other winch companies. Too new to tell if its trail worthy
Knew my Q catalog would come in handy in some way.

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I like that you can change the possition of the clutch lever. That would be very handy for my hidden winch.
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:28 AM   #8
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Surely it's a rebrand, but who's?
Our winch is not a rebrand, these are manufactured specifically for us.

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Our winch is not a rebrand, these are manufactured specifically for us.

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How about a mounting for stock '11 bumper?
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How about a mounting for stock '11 bumper?
Any winch plate for the JK of that year will work with our winch. It has a standard bolt pattern that all other winches have.

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Any plans for one with synthetic line?
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I am excited about it. Looks good on paper and good price, NOT a fan of what looks to be a tan color but I am now trying to figure a winch into my budget! LOL
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Any plans for one with synthetic line?

i would like to see a synthetic line on it as well.... soooo much easier to deal with than cable.
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Our winch is not a rebrand, these are manufactured specifically for us.

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Joe, I have PM'd a couple times about a quote, just wanted to make sure you got it.

I saw the winch in the catalog and was wondering about it compared to say the Warn.
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i would like to see a synthetic line on it as well.... soooo much easier to deal with than cable.
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Any plans for one with synthetic line?
I'm sure we will offer a synthetic line version in the future. I haven't heard of any rumors yet, but I'm sure once these get of the ground, they'll start considering all other options as well.

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I am excited about it. Looks good on paper and good price, NOT a fan of what looks to be a tan color but I am now trying to figure a winch into my budget! LOL
The color looks tan online, but it is actually gray.

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Joe, I have PM'd a couple times about a quote, just wanted to make sure you got it.

I saw the winch in the catalog and was wondering about it compared to say the Warn.
I haven't received any PM's from you. I checked back about 2 weeks worth. Can you please resend it? Thanks!

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[QUOTE=I haven't received any PM's from you. I checked back about 2 weeks worth. Can you please resend it? Thanks!

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Just sent again, Thanks.
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This past Friday I received my Quadratec Q9000 winch and Drake Billet inserts from Quadratec (Thanks Joe!!) and spent the day installing.

First of all, I chose the quadratec brand winch over other winches mostly because my use is pretty limited. I am able to make it out the off road park about once a month or 2 and being that I am in Texas, most days are pretty dry, so I won't be pulling my selves out of a mud pit as often as others. Other entry level winches in the same price range just don't seem to match up spec for spec, and though I haven't seen a ton of rave reviews for the Q-tec winch, I haven't seen much negative yet.

All of the product showed up on time and good condition. I was quite happy with overall appearance/quality of the winch. It is very heavy and seems to be made with solid components.

I decided on the Drake billet inserts for the grille based on lots of research, and deciding that spending almost $200 for other options that weren't the cheap "home depot" mesh grille insert, i felt this was the best bang for my buck.

Thanks to the wranglerforum.com i was able to get advice on removal of the front grill, which only took minutes.

I have a Smittybilt XRC front bumper so there was already a spot set up for the winch. For the most part, the winch was pretty easy to install. The 2 main issues i had, were 1) access to the mounting bolts, and 2) the length of the battery leads from the winch.

I was able to get all 4 bolts in and tightened down, however there is such a small amount of room for you to get a normal wrench in, I am going to have to take it to a shop that has a long enough extention for a socket, as well as something that gives a bit of an angle, to get them torqued all the way down.

The battery leads don't leave much room to play with. They mention this in the instructions, but I just don't see why a few extra inches wouldn't hurt so that you could keep all the lines tucked up again the body all the way to the battery.

I actually had much more difficulty with the Drake inserts. Once in, THEY LOOK GREAT!, however the low quality on the hardware means its REALLY REALLY easy to strip out the allen heads...

This meant i spent much of my time trying to vice grip the other side of the bolt to try and tighten them down. This also meant I managed a little bit of damage and had to re paint (spray paint) in a few spots... luckily i chose black which made it easy to cover up...

My plan is test the winch out on the trails later this month, at which point I will return with an update.

All in all, I was very happy with the winch. Operation is smooth and appearance is top class!

P.S. Yes i know I bought a smittybilt winch cover... but there isn't a q-tec brand avail yet, and I managed to buy this one off a fellow jeep buddy for 10 bucks... serves its purpose.
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Kenji, what rear bumper do you have? Im considering the same front combo you have.
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Kenji, what rear bumper do you have? Im considering the same front combo you have.
I have the matching XRC rear bumper as well. I have seen lots of negative reaction to the smittybilt stuff Exp when it comes to alignment issues. I have to say, on the bumpers as well as my rock sliders, everything went on as smooth as can be.
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I have the matching XRC rear bumper as well. I have seen lots of negative reaction to the smittybilt stuff Exp when it comes to alignment issues. I have to say, on the bumpers as well as my rock sliders, everything went on as smooth as can be.
Can you post a rear pic
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This past Friday I received my Quadratec Q9000 winch and Drake Billet inserts from Quadratec (Thanks Joe!!) and spent the day installing.

First of all, I chose the quadratec brand winch over other winches mostly because my use is pretty limited. I am able to make it out the off road park about once a month or 2 and being that I am in Texas, most days are pretty dry, so I won't be pulling my selves out of a mud pit as often as others. Other entry level winches in the same price range just don't seem to match up spec for spec, and though I haven't seen a ton of rave reviews for the Q-tec winch, I haven't seen much negative yet.

All of the product showed up on time and good condition. I was quite happy with overall appearance/quality of the winch. It is very heavy and seems to be made with solid components.

I decided on the Drake billet inserts for the grille based on lots of research, and deciding that spending almost $200 for other options that weren't the cheap "home depot" mesh grille insert, i felt this was the best bang for my buck.

Thanks to the wranglerforum.com i was able to get advice on removal of the front grill, which only took minutes.

I have a Smittybilt XRC front bumper so there was already a spot set up for the winch. For the most part, the winch was pretty easy to install. The 2 main issues i had, were 1) access to the mounting bolts, and 2) the length of the battery leads from the winch.

I was able to get all 4 bolts in and tightened down, however there is such a small amount of room for you to get a normal wrench in, I am going to have to take it to a shop that has a long enough extention for a socket, as well as something that gives a bit of an angle, to get them torqued all the way down.

The battery leads don't leave much room to play with. They mention this in the instructions, but I just don't see why a few extra inches wouldn't hurt so that you could keep all the lines tucked up again the body all the way to the battery.

I actually had much more difficulty with the Drake inserts. Once in, THEY LOOK GREAT!, however the low quality on the hardware means its REALLY REALLY easy to strip out the allen heads...

This meant i spent much of my time trying to vice grip the other side of the bolt to try and tighten them down. This also meant I managed a little bit of damage and had to re paint (spray paint) in a few spots... luckily i chose black which made it easy to cover up...

My plan is test the winch out on the trails later this month, at which point I will return with an update.

All in all, I was very happy with the winch. Operation is smooth and appearance is top class!

P.S. Yes i know I bought a smittybilt winch cover... but there isn't a q-tec brand avail yet, and I managed to buy this one off a fellow jeep buddy for 10 bucks... serves its purpose.
This is a good write up, thanks for it. I am in the same situation you are as my use of the winch will be limited. Plus, not only will the winch itself save my wallet, if I decided to get a teraflex leveling kit instead of a lift kit right now, both items combine would be cheaper than certain winches.
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This is a good write up, thanks for it. I am in the same situation you are as my use of the winch will be limited. Plus, not only will the winch itself save my wallet, if I decided to get a teraflex leveling kit instead of a lift kit right now, both items combine would be cheaper than certain winches.
Thanks bud. I highly recommend the q series winch. I have already pulled a side by side with a buddy that has a smittybilt xrc8 winch. No comparison on quality even to a novice eye..
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They look great in realtime not in a magazine. I like it.

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