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Old 09-10-2012, 02:59 PM   #91
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Got my Black Q11000 winch today. A big thanks to Joe at Quadratec. I think I was in the first batch of the black winches that were shipped out. Unfortunately, I have a busy week and weekend so I'm not sure when I'll get it installed.

I'll be curious how much the weight drops my front end. With my RR XHD bumper and the winch, I think I'll need to get the 2.5" lift I have planned sooner rather than later.
might even want to think about an extra 1/2" spring to combat the sag... otherwise you may still end up with rake after you lift it....

just food for thought, depending on how much weight you put on the front.

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might even want to think about an extra 1/2" spring to combat the sag... otherwise you may still end up with rake after you lift it....

just food for thought, depending on how much weight you put on the front.
Actually, I was thinking about 1/2" spacers in the front to go with the new springs, but your suggestion is probably better.

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Installed Q9000 black/Stock bumper

Front of Jeep dropped a good 1/2inch with Q9000 winch & RC winch plate (150lbs total). Like the winch hope it works well. Only hitch in install is positive lead to battery should be at least 6" longer. If u use QT custom HD battery terminal, u need to open the Positive lead terminal hole, its a 10mm and battery clamp is 3/8.
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Front of Jeep dropped a good 1/2inch with Q9000 winch & RC winch plate (150lbs total).
Good to know. I added about 50 lbs. net when I changed my stock bumper for the RR XHD bumper, stubby ends and bull bar, and had no additional sag. With the winch, it will add another 100 lbs. so I figured it would drop some. 1/2" is about what I expect.

How did you route the cables to the battery?
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With the solenoid ass. mounted in center there is only one option, direct route to the battery with keeping it away from moving parts. Solenoid mounted to motor side u should be able to have more options.
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front of jeep dropped a good 1/2inch with q9000 winch & rc winch plate (150lbs total). Like the winch hope it works well. Only hitch in install is positive lead to battery should be at least 6" longer. If u use qt custom hd battery terminal, u need to open the positive lead terminal hole, its a 10mm and battery clamp is 3/8.
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Q11000 mounted on a RR XHD bumper. Fortunately, I didn't have to remove the bumper to install, although the bolts to the rear were a little difficult to reach with a torque wrench. Still need to stretch the cable.

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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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Lol? If I'm reading that right, of course it was the lowest temp. It did the least amount of work.
You only posted part of that test. You missed the end results when they rated all the winches and Warn was no where near the bottom.
Q might be a good winch time will tell. My buddies winch is 25 years old and when he needs parts they are a phone call away. If Quadratec discontinued there winches where would you get parts. I hope Quadratec is a good winch I see many of you have bought them. My winch is my life line to get home when wheeling alone. Good luck guys.
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I must give props to Joe from Quadratec. Rollin quite well with the punches. Since the introduction of the qtec winches I've contemplated getting one myself. After all, I can get 3 qtec winches for the price of 1 warn. Warn has the name, the reputation. Qtec knows that and knows in order to invest the money in winches they were going to have to be at the least usable. Qtec knows how jeeps are used, and has a reputation to hold putting their name on a product thats potentially saving vehicles. I WILL be purchasing a q11000 in black of course. for the money, you cant argue with it. All jeeps should have a hi-lift as a backup for anything. No matter what brand they all fail at some point.
Since owning my first jeep for a year, Ive purchased almost all my parts from qtec. Extremely pleased with the service. And the products. qtec floormats are the best. Although the shipping charges are junk (i work in the shipping industry).
My question to JOE at Quadratec.
Say my q11000 fails 11 months into ownership. Upon receiving my replacement and or rebuilt q11000 for warranty, does my warranty renew upon receiving the new/refurb winch? Will you guys offer warranty purchase if warranty is not renewed with replacement unit @ an affordable fair price? OR is warranty period final irregardless? Just curious! Thanks Joe
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My question to JOE at Quadratec.
Say my q11000 fails 11 months into ownership. Upon receiving my replacement and or rebuilt q11000 for warranty, does my warranty renew upon receiving the new/refurb winch? Will you guys offer warranty purchase if warranty is not renewed with replacement unit @ an affordable fair price? OR is warranty period final irregardless? Just curious! Thanks Joe
The warranty is only from the date of purchase, but the mechanical warranty is lifetime. You wouldn't have much to worry about there. The electrical warranty is only 1 year, but there shouldn't be many problems occurring during or after that time. We have new replacement components and winches for any warranty claims. If you get a replacement winch it will be brand new. We also have part available for purchase if needed.

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Thanks Joe! I figured as much. Does qtec have any package deals Comming up with the winches? I.e snatch block, tow rope ect ect. Christmas specials maybe?
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Hopefully, Quadratec has plans for a winch cover. I'd hate to have to buy a cover with another brand's logo.
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Hopefully, Quadratec has plans for a winch cover. I'd hate to have to buy a cover with another brand's logo.
I know.. I wasn't happy to have to do that myself. But it serves its purpose until.... Joe??? :P
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Thanks Joe! I figured as much. Does qtec have any package deals Comming up with the winches? I.e snatch block, tow rope ect ect. Christmas specials maybe?

that's a pretty good idea... hopefully they're working on some stuff.
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Thanks Joe! I figured as much. Does qtec have any package deals Comming up with the winches? I.e snatch block, tow rope ect ect. Christmas specials maybe?
I'm sure they have something in the works, but I will mention the ideas anyway just in case.

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Hopefully, Quadratec has plans for a winch cover. I'd hate to have to buy a cover with another brand's logo.
We do have plans for a cover and a lot of other items. It's a slow but steady process with everything, but they will be available eventually!

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