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Old 11-14-2013, 07:32 PM   #1
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winch recommendation

Any recommendations on a descent winch that wont break the bank. I was looking at an xrc 8 or a superwinch for a 4 door wrangler. I am in mostly mud and some water.

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Quadratec winch?

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Old 11-14-2013, 07:39 PM   #3
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Very pleased with the Engo 10,000 I got from Rockridge last year. I've only used it twice, both times to remove fallen trees from the road:





Pretty inexpensive. Not as nicely finished as a Warn, but it works well.

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Old 11-15-2013, 04:12 PM   #4
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nice mounted to the stock bumper too
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anything someone would definitely steer clear of or had bad experiences. I am a little worried about going through deep water and having an issue.
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Very pleased with the Engo 10,000 I got from Rockridge last year. I've only used it twice, both times to remove fallen trees from the road:


Pretty inexpensive. Not as nicely finished as a Warn, but it works well.

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I've had my eye on the Engo. You can get the 10K with synthetic for about half the price of a Warn with steel cable. I haven't read one bad thing about them either.

Warn is definitely good quality, but you are paying big time for the name.
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We have the Engo 10k on my wife's Jeep and have used it once or twice. It works well and with synthetic rope I could have bought almost 3 of them for what a Warn Zeon costs.

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Old 11-15-2013, 05:12 PM   #8
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I have a Quadratec Q9500i and love it.

I've pulled out some stuck cars and MANY trees I was cutting up for firewood.
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I have a 12K MileMarker. Used it many times it has never let me down.
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:29 PM   #10
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I don't have experience with other winches but, I have a Warn and I would get one again.
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:42 PM   #11
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I have a Quadratec Q9000. I've only needed it once, but worked good. No complaints so far.
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I am stalking threads like this.

What I want is RELIABLE. I don't care if it is pretty. If I am going to be using a winch (other than to move stuff like trees above) - it means I am in some predicament or other (or someone else is). Precisely the time I don't want something that will fail on me. When I call on my winch, it had better answer!

If Warn is "it", I would spring for Warn. If Engo and Quadratech are just as capable (I have seen both mentioned, Engo moreso), I could go that route and save the money I would have spent from Warn for something else.

I have some time to decide since I am not doing this kind of stuff until at least in the new year. So I am soaking up info like a sponge and keeping a list. A long expensive list lol!!!!
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Engo 10k, worked every time I've had to use it, even after being submerged. Only things that bugged me were the hook didn't fit over the synthetic eyelet so I bought a clevis fastener and that the lever to engage/disengage started rusting within two weeks...then again maybe it just knew that I dislike chrome.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:53 PM   #14
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quadratec winch hands down...ive had mine under water quite a few times, and she keeps on ticking when needed.. fast reliable and priced rite
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Buy a Warn. I bought my first one 20 years ago. I've put them on my 4wds since. Stay away from Chinese imports. They look like Warns but will rust and fail - and you will be out that cash.
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I've got the rugged ridge on my yj and I've pulled some pretty knarly stuff with it. Been very reliable and I think for the 8500 it was around 260.00. I'm considering one for my jk now.
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I am stalking threads like this.

What I want is RELIABLE. I don't care if it is pretty. If I am going to be using a winch (other than to move stuff like trees above) - it means I am in some predicament or other (or someone else is). Precisely the time I don't want something that will fail on me. When I call on my winch, it had better answer!

If Warn is "it", I would spring for Warn. If Engo and Quadratech are just as capable (I have seen both mentioned, Engo moreso), I could go that route and save the money I would have spent from Warn for something else.

I have some time to decide since I am not doing this kind of stuff until at least in the new year. So I am soaking up info like a sponge and keeping a list. A long expensive list lol!!!!
In the past, I had a Warn M8000 on an old full-size Blazer for several years. It was an excellent, and 100% reliable winch. Probably should have kept it when I sold the Blazer... Last year I put the Engo on my Jeep, and I have to admit my decision was largely driven by the price. Plus a great recommendation from a friend who is also very pleased with his Engo.

The Engo has been a good winch, but with only two pulls, I haven't used it all that much.

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Warn winches are definitely nice but too expensive for me
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:15 PM   #19
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I have a Quadratec Q9500i and love it.

I've pulled out some stuck cars and MANY trees I was cutting up for firewood.
What bumper are you running with that winch. Looks great.
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Aren't engos made by warn?
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For someone with a JK Unlimted, what is a good rating to go with? We are just occasional weekend warriors. And how hard are they to hook up/wire up?
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For someone with a JK Unlimted, what is a good rating to go with? We are just occasional weekend warriors. And how hard are they to hook up/wire up?
On an unlimited id try and go with at least a 10,000lb but you could go smaller and just use a snatch block every time. I always try to use a snatch block anyways, much easier on the winch just slower. They're easy to wire, one positive cable to the battery and one ground cable... Doesn't get much easier :-)
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On an unlimited id try and go with at least a 10,000lb but you could go smaller and just use a snatch block every time. I always try to use a snatch block anyways, much easier on the winch just slower. They're easy to wire, one positive cable to the battery and one ground cable... Doesn't get much easier :-)
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On an unlimited id try and go with at least a 10,000lb but you could go smaller and just use a snatch block every time. I always try to use a snatch block anyways, much easier on the winch just slower. They're easy to wire, one positive cable to the battery and one ground cable... Doesn't get much easier :-)
Agree with this. I'm about to order an Engo 10k with synthetic rope.
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For someone with a JK Unlimted, what is a good rating to go with? We are just occasional weekend warriors. And how hard are they to hook up/wire up?
A good rule of thumb is to get a winch that can pull 1.5 times the weight of your jeep, make sure to account for the weight of bumpers, racks, etc.
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I've been eying that Engo 10000 too. What's the best mounting plate for stock bumper?
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Good Winch at Great Price

If you are looking for a reliable winch that is a lot cheaper than a Warn and is also water proof, look at the Smittybilt X20.
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I've been eying that Engo 10000 too. What's the best mounting plate for stock bumper?
I ended up getting it.
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