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Old 02-18-2014, 09:37 PM   #1
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Tell me about winches

I've been looking at winches and there is such a wide range, I thought I would ask what people thought about brand, capacity, and synthetic vs steel rope. I have a 2013 JKU Moab. Is it a good idea to go for a 10,000lb winch or does an 8,000 work? Is Warn worth the money?

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Old 02-18-2014, 10:06 PM   #2
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You get what you pay for. When you're out in the middle of the woods at 11pm, on a holiday weekend, stuck in the mud, do you want to rely on that that budget winch? The tow bill alone will cost more than a warn. Save and do it right.... Imagine if you're injured or a passenger was injured and now you're stuck waiting for a cell signal or a friend to find you...

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Old 02-18-2014, 10:22 PM   #3
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I went with a smittybiult xrc8 winch. Love it, haven't had any problems with it
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:47 PM   #4
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With a JKU you should go with a 10k winch. As far as brands, you will get lots of opinions. I chose an Engo 10k because it fit my budget and purposes. If money were not a concern I would have a Warn 9.5xps. Reading the forums, I have not seen a high failure rate from any of the manufacturers. What I have seen is random failures from ALL manufacturers. I suggest going with the brand you feel comfortable that they will take care of you in the event of a problem without hassle. Recent good examples I have seen were from Quadratec, Warn, and Engo.
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:50 PM   #5
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I went with a smittybiult xrc8 winch. Love it, haven't had any problems with it
Ditto.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:04 PM   #6
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When I make the purchase I will be going with Warn zeon 10s. I don't want to make a $400 purchase only to wish I had gotten the Warn to start with. I don't have a winch yet because it hasn't been in the budget but I am saving my money up for the one I really want. I'm hoping to make the purchase pretty soon because Warn has a rebate going through March 31.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:20 PM   #7
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I really like my Warn Zeon 10-S. Super clean looking and the cover over the synthetic rope hides it from the sun. I usually don't mess around with stuff like this so I went Warn. Is it worth it? I hope so. If money were no object, would I buy Warn again? Yes.

As far as winch limits, general rule is 1.5x the Jeep weight which puts you about in the middle of an 8K and 10K. If you can swing it, go 10K.
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I really like my Warn Zeon 10-S. Super clean looking and the cover over the synthetic rope hides it from the sun. I usually don't mess around with stuff like this so I went Warn. Is it worth it? I hope so. If money were no object, would I buy Warn again? Yes.

As far as winch limits, general rule is 1.5x the Jeep weight which puts you about in the middle of an 8K and 10K. If you can swing it, go 10K.
I'm reading about the 10-S right now. I'm a total novice when it comes to off-roading, but a buddy of mine told me to spend a good amount on the winch.

That being said, I'll have to replace my front bumper with this right? Or can I keep the stock bumper, or is that a bad idea too? I'm waiting on a Willys Unlimited.
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:42 AM   #9
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I chose the budget option of a $240 badlands 9,000lbs winch. So far couldn't be happier. Has no issues pulling stuck cars out of snow. Even with the stock steel cable
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This is what I was originally going to go with to install my winch on the factory bumper: Sypder Jeep Winch Mounting Plate for Stock/Aftermarket Bumper - 07-11 Jeep Wrangler JK | TruckandWinch.com I decided to go with the Barricade Front bumper: Barricade Heavy Duty Rock Crawler Wrangler Front Bumper J20850 (07-14 Wrangler JK) - Free Shipping | Free Shipping As far as a winch, you will get various opinions. I decided to go with the Quadratec Q11000s. I read the reviews and the forum posts, looked at the comparisons and the Quadratec winch fared very well. Just becaue you pay more, doesnt mean it is necessarily better. I wouldnt buy the cheapest HF winch but I couldnt see paying up for a Warn just for the name either. Just my .02
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Old 02-19-2014, 03:37 PM   #11
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Great responses. Thanks guys. Knowing I need a 10k is a big start. I looked at a couple of the winches mentioned so I'm glad to hear they are working well for you. I definitely get it as far as not cheating it out and getting in a bad spot but it sounds like the Warn name isn't entirely necessary.
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Great responses. Thanks guys. Knowing I need a 10k is a big start. I looked at a couple of the winches mentioned so I'm glad to hear they are working well for you. I definitely get it as far as not cheating it out and getting in a bad spot but it sounds like the Warn name isn't entirely necessary.
Not saying Warn isnt a good brand, but there are folks out there that throw their money at the "big names" simply so they can say the have the "best", that is NOT directed towards ANY Warn owner specifically, just saying. It is not necesary and you will find folks that use every brand and some have no issues, some have nothing but issues, including with Warn. It really comes down to budget, if you can afford to save for a Warn, go for it, if not, there are plenty of comparable winches out there for way less. I was asking about winches recently before I made my decision and was told, "when it comes down to it, its better to have SOMETHING than NOTHING when and if you need it" Lets just hope I dont NEED it and it not be there for me!
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I am really happy with my quadratec 10.5 synthetic. I pulled my jeep out of 3' of mud, it pulled it out without breaking a sweat.
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Since you have an AEV bumper on your Moab, make sure you buy a winch that fits.
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Old 02-19-2014, 04:50 PM   #15
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I have a 17 year old Ramsey 8,000 lb winch that has pulled hundreds of times with no issues. It's on its 3rd Jeep now. not sure if current Ramsey's still have this quality.
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