I really want a winch. It's on the list after, snorkel, body skids, bumper, and lift. I really need to start selling blood. I took some notes about winch options on a previous thread.
TRUELY WATER AND GUNK PROOF
I like the fact that it is IP68 on all it's seals. That's as good as you can get. To get that rating it has to work over 1 meter submerged in water for over 10 minutes. If your going to get in saltwater that's more conductive to electricity that's a major plus. I would think it would hold up better to corrosion overall. Especially from Midwest salted roads. The previous M series and likely other previous warns advise to totally re-grease the gears by a professional after being submerged.
FROM JK FORUM THREAD (http://www.jk-forum.com/modified-jk-...-194788/page2/
) QUOTE -I found this thread researching this issue and the M8000 (entire "M" line) is NOT waterproof. From the manual:
"No lubrication is required for the life of the winch, unless the winch has been submerged in water. If this occurs, a qualified service center must complete service as soon as possible to prevent corrosion damage. If the control pack is submerged, it must be replaced." END QUOTE
That's probably a bit excessive to cover their butts, but I have seen the inside of the gears rusted on one.
It's the best looking winch. I like the fact that you can get a cover for the rope so it doesn't get UV damaged. Everybody knows warn, and so it's a status symbol to have on your bumper. Like was mentioned above because its not an offset design not all bumpers are cut out enough on the right side. I would guess as long as its a top mount style bumper you'd be good, but should check before laying down cash.
NOT THE BEST FOR SYNTHETIC
It's break design is not ideal for synthetic. Its more ideal for wire. Basically the way I understand it is the break is located inside of the coils axis = drum (like most winches). The zeon design is just like the previous mode warns, but this model they made the walls farther out to reduce heat build-up a bit better. They recommend only using their Spydura synthetic rope for its higher heat tolerance . I'm not trying to start rumors so please double check the following. I think that Spydura is perhaps less strong (kind of iffy on that) and likely more susceptible to fraying than Amsteel Blue(almost positive). The more high heat ropes don't hold up well to tight bends like going through a snatch strap. The heat of the breaks is mostly a problem when using the winch to lower yourself down/breaking under load. They don't advise doing that but situations can call for it.
Another option I would consider is the Superwinch Talon 9.5. It has an IP67 rating on all it's seals. That's waterproof up to 1 meter which should be good enough in my book. It has a break on the outside of the drum. That makes it perhaps the best winch for synthetic rope. It also has super fast no load spooling. I think it's the best bang for your buck if your life is going to depend on it and get used a bunch.
BEST BUDGET OPTIONS.
For the few times a year wheeler, that travels with a group, the Engo 10000s, or Recon 10500 would be on my short list. Both can be had for a good deal under $500 with synthetic.