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Old 08-10-2013, 11:33 PM   #1
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The best winch for around $300 ?

I was considering the harbor freight badlands but don't really know their warranty. Does anybody have suggestions? I am looking for one that won't rust which might be a tall order.

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I have the Smittybilt XRC8 on my Jeep. It has been used a few times with great results and has been submerged in muddy water a few times, and still works with no rust. However the black outer housing has faded a bit over time, but not too bad. I would recommend it for the money.

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Costco and their Champion is really close to your price point....
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Costco and their Champion is really close to your price point....
Just got the 10,000lb champion from sams/Costco. Great reviews for the coin...
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:27 AM   #5
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I would be willing to drop $400 if that opens up more options.
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Subscribed. I'm looking for a reliable, but economical, winch to mount inside of my stock bumper. This is my next "big" mod.
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You can get into the game with Engo for not much more, they have a solid reputation around the forums here.
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You can get into the game with Engo for not much more, they have a solid reputation around the forums here.
was just about to say the same. in the vendor forum it looks like one of the vendors is offering a pretty good deal.
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:07 AM   #9
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I've got my eye on the 9k engo with synthetic cable, which I think is 400, and the steel cable is just under 300. There's a thread in the special deals section about it.
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Is $470 good for a warn m8000?
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I would go with a 9500# or better winch for your JKU.
Unless your just looking for bumper candy. .02
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:56 AM   #12
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The 8000lb won't handle my jku?
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winch rated capacity is typically at the first layer of rope/cable and drops off with every additional layer. you'll only get that rated capacity if everything is in good operable condition AND you have almost all of the cable out. The rule of thumb on needed capacity is 1.5x the GVW of your vehicle. Your JKU probably weighs around 4400# from the factory (my guess). so you might think 6600# would get the job done but you wouldn't be taking into consideration driver/passenger(s)/gear/tools/added accessory weight/etc... which adds up QUICK. 8000# capacity would work with a GVW of 5333# according to this formula but you'll be all over that with your loaded JKU. a pulley block would certainly help but it'll reduce your available winching distance by half and out on the trails 50-75' isn't much. and if you happen to have something really close to winch from - your capacity will suck pulling from the outermost layers.

Just trying to give you some perspective, that's all.
A JKU is more like a full size truck than an old 2door CJ - weight wise.
of course an 8k winch is better than NO WINCH.
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I would go Engo from jeepaddons.com. Call Chris at Ext. 1884.
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I have worked the snot out of an rugged ridge 8500 for the last 4.5 years and it's still going, has paid for it's self several times, however, if I had to do it again, I would go with at least a 10,000# winch. sometimes the vehicle you are pulling on just might weigh more than you. I lucked out and did not break anything.
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I have an Engo 9k that I got for $289 shipped to my door. It's never let me down (knock on wood) and it's definitely paid for itself already.
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Take a look at the Quadratec line.
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I think the Engo is great at the price point it's at and did well in the magazine comparison against winches costing twice as much.
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This page is pretty much my go-to for all winch questions like this... If you read the article and kinda look into the results, the Engo is far and wide the best bang for your buck. It came in 4th place out of 8 winches, but the top 3 winches in the article are all over $900!

Massive Multi-Winch Shootout - Four Wheeler Magazine

EDIT: I really wish they would have thrown a Smittybilt in there just for comparison sake. Lots of people love their Smittys, but there's also a lot of horror stories about the motors burning out on the third or fourth use
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My question is will the engo hold up? I go to a mudding spot about 4-5 times a year as well as beach driving, (I am the one that looks around for people to pull out) so I might need to use the winch a good 7-10 times in one day. I have heard good things about the engo but the warn m8000 is in the premium series and I found one for less then $500 shipped. I know I just took a big jump in price but would this better suit my needs or would the engo hold up? Rust is another issue that I am not sure if engo has problems with. Or the warn for that matter.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:54 AM   #22
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I have the superwinch LP 10000 and it's an excellent winch, plenty strong. I had one issue with the bolt that holds the cable to the drum snapped. One call to superwinch and they sent me a new drum and bolt. So great customer service in my opinion.

Only negative I have on the winch is that some of the finish pitted quickly (6 months) with little spots of rust. I wish the chrome was a more rugged finish. I resolved it by light sanding of the bars and spool handle and then a quick coat of silver spray pain.

I would get it again.
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winch rated capacity is typically at the first layer of rope/cable and drops off with every additional layer. you'll only get that rated capacity if everything is in good operable condition AND you have almost all of the cable out. The rule of thumb on needed capacity is 1.5x the GVW of your vehicle. Your JKU probably weighs around 4400# from the factory (my guess). so you might think 6600# would get the job done but you wouldn't be taking into consideration driver/passenger(s)/gear/tools/added accessory weight/etc... which adds up QUICK. 8000# capacity would work with a GVW of 5333# according to this formula but you'll be all over that with your loaded JKU. a pulley block would certainly help but it'll reduce your available winching distance by half and out on the trails 50-75' isn't much. and if you happen to have something really close to winch from - your capacity will suck pulling from the outermost layers.

Just trying to give you some perspective, that's all.
A JKU is more like a full size truck than an old 2door CJ - weight wise.
of course an 8k winch is better than NO WINCH.
have had great results running warn M8000 on a loaded JKUR (armor, rails, 35s, etc). Where I wheel, there are always trees within 50 feet or less and I keep a snatch block on hand just in case.
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This page is pretty much my go-to for all winch questions like this... If you read the article and kinda look into the results, the Engo is far and wide the best bang for your buck. It came in 4th place out of 8 winches, but the top 3 winches in the article are all over $900!

Massive Multi-Winch Shootout - Four Wheeler Magazine

EDIT: I really wish they would have thrown a Smittybilt in there just for comparison sake. Lots of people love their Smittys, but there's also a lot of horror stories about the motors burning out on the third or fourth use
Good article on winches. I'm amazed at how many of these are made in China. You sort of expect to pay more for American made products since we actually (use to) pay our workers a living wage and benefits. Still, I'd expect more of the Chinese manufactured products to be substantially less expensive instead of being mostly similarly priced. I was surprised at the number of expensive (to me) "American nameplate, Chinese built" winches there are.
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ENGO E9000 Info:

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  • Pull your off-roader from the stickiest situations with the affordable Engo E9000 Winch
  • Powered by a 5.5hp Series Wound motor for 9,000 lbs of line pull
  • 3-stage planetary gearing running a 265:1 ratio
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  • Free-spooling clutch and automatic drum brake
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Brute strength, trail-ready features and a shockingly low price—you get it all when you go with the Engo E9000 Winch. It’s powered by a 5.5hp Series Wound motor running a 3-stage planetary gearing at a rapid-recovery ratio of 265:1. Plus, its automatic drum brake ensures the line won’t slip when you need it to hold fast!

You can’t always count on a sturdy anchor point being close, so your Engo E9000 Winch comes with 92’ of heavy-duty 21/64” wire rope. And, you can safely control your winch right from your cockpit, thanks to its 12’ wired remote control. It comes with all the wiring you need to connect to your battery, as well as a Lifetime Warranty on mechanical parts and a 1-year warranty for electrical components.

Our 1+ Engo E9000 Winch customer reviews have an average rating of 4.50 out of 5 stars. To see specific reviews about your vehicle, please select your year, make and model from the drop down above.
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The warn m8000 f you check I think is a great product I myself have a Smittybilt xr8000 wth syn rope that has been under water dozens of times and I have used it Dozens of times and it has never let me down I have pulled a 1ton dually dodge buried to the frame out of a hole of course I had to have 3other jeeps connected to me to hold me in place but the Smitty did not groan I would buy it again but this time I would go to say a 10k this time only for the pull power but a 8k with a snatch block will do pretty much anything you need good luck on your choice Joe.
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Bought the M8000. Hope this one is the one for me.
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http://www.quadratec.com/products/pr...=142&h=t&red=t this is mine I have a q11000 I have never had a problem. And lifted a chev 1500 from a dead hang from a cliff long story wish had pics but pretty cheap
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