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Old 02-01-2014, 05:56 AM   #1
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Winch question

Need some input here please. I have the opportunity to purchase a used Warn 9000i winch for $300. The catch is that the solenoid has been rebuilt. I'm jmt even sure if that makes sense. Walk away or jump on it? I'm figuring that if it's a dud, it's only $300. Thoughts?

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Can't say but the term rebuilt doesn't make sense to me. You might check and see what a new solenoid costs and go from there.

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Test it first to see how it works. It is just an electric motor and you should be able to rebuild the entire unit. The big question is at what cost? For $400 you can get a new Desert Rat 9500 winch which is a Bull Dog with a sticker on it. It not a Warn winch which is top self I know. How much do you think you are going to use it? I have owned many. Most have just hung on the front bumper looking cool and used once or twice if lucky. I had one a 1975 K5 Blazer that was a beater I ended up putting a hot motor in.
That was an old Warn Winch and we used the hell out of it. Why? You will put a beater or rock basher places you would think of taking your good rig. Why? Because my buddy said I could make it! . If you don't try you never will.
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Test it, put a load on it. If it works buy it.

My two cents.
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:20 AM   #5
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The solenoids are in the electrical box, usually attached to the top of the winch. Your winch wiring connects to the solenoids. Solenoids are switches that allow big current from the batteries to go to the winch motor. The solenoids handle the connection and switching of wires when you go from forward to reverse. They can carry up to 500 amps.

A small signal travels from the hand held remote control to tell the solenoids what to do.

Solenoids can get rusty and corrode, that's why they get replaced. YOu should pull the plastic cover off and look at them, and see if the winch functions properly - forward and reverse. Also check its freespool operation. A used warn, kept in good condition will almost always outlast a new cheap imported Chinese winch.

In addition, if a part fails, you can get parts for Warns (easy ,off ebay) The Chinese imports come and go, so when they fail it's usually off to the scrap heap.
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:10 PM   #6
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Been searching for information on winches and this seemed like the best thread to post in, apologies for the hi-jack! Also, if there is a better thread already out there, please let me know.

What are the key factors to consider when looking for a winch, there are so many out there it's difficult to tell them apart.

I assume rated line pull is a fairly obvious one, but also presumably the motor specs amps/wattage/horsepower?

For example, (and being in Aus), I can purchase this for $600 AUD (about $530 US, less after you adjust for cost of living - probably closer to 400) 4wd Accessories at Tough Toys | Buy 4x4 Accessories, Off Road Accessories, Touring & Camping Gear online! - Products

Now I have no clue about the brand, I've only ever really heard of Warn anyway.

Similar to a comment above, it will probably only ever get infrequent use at best. What's overkill / what's a bare minimum requirement?

Thanks to anyone who can help.
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Been searching for information on winches and this seemed like the best thread to post in, apologies for the hi-jack! Also, if there is a better thread already out there, please let me know.

What are the key factors to consider when looking for a winch, there are so many out there it's difficult to tell them apart.

I assume rated line pull is a fairly obvious one, but also presumably the motor specs amps/wattage/horsepower?

For example, (and being in Aus), I can purchase this for $600 AUD (about $530 US, less after you adjust for cost of living - probably closer to 400) 4wd Accessories at Tough Toys | Buy 4x4 Accessories, Off Road Accessories, Touring & Camping Gear online! - Products

Now I have no clue about the brand, I've only ever really heard of Warn anyway.

Similar to a comment above, it will probably only ever get infrequent use at best. What's overkill / what's a bare minimum requirement?

Thanks to anyone who can help.
This winch is comparable to the Warn 9.5xp at half the price. I would feel comfortable purchasing this winch you've linked. I don't have a winch on my Jeep but I am a firefighter and have been winch'ing for many years. The Warn has about 1/2 more HP but thats about it. Plus yours has synthetic rope which can be a plus depending on your application of use.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:27 PM   #8
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If it's an XD9000i hook it up to a battery and try it out if it works grab it, they retail here for $1453.99

Even if you had to put a few $ into it, it would still be a great deal.
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This winch is comparable to the Warn 9.5xp at half the price. I would feel comfortable purchasing this winch you've linked. I don't have a winch on my Jeep but I am a firefighter and have been winch'ing for many years. The Warn has about 1/2 more HP but thats about it. Plus yours has synthetic rope which can be a plus depending on your application of use.
Thanks for the opinion. Appreciate it.

Interestingly, on the same site (and same brand) they have this for the same price. 4wd Accessories at Tough Toys | Buy 4x4 Accessories, Off Road Accessories, Touring & Camping Gear online! - Products

I say interesting because this has the same rated line pull, slightly more horse power (but same kW??) and a much longer rope (and therefore bigger drum) - for the same price?

So I guess with the other one you're paying for the pretty red paint??
and this one has a slightly larger footprint.

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