Well, we had the front and rear bumper thread, so I was wondering what everyone's favorite winch setup was and why? I have wanted a Warn for quite some time, but those new Smittybilts are looking awful good for the price!
I have a mile marker 8000lb which i inherited from my husband. it is a good winch, works when i need it and takes a lot of off road abuse from mud, water, snad, and rocks. i have also heard good things about t-max winches. If you are looking for a good winch at a good price i've seen a superwinch lp8500 for $364 at ok 4wd in jersey (they can ship). if you are looking for a nice winch check it out. Superwinch LP8500 Electric Winch - OK4WD
Well Ive had 3 warn winches (different rigs) in my time and I dont think I will ever buy anything else. I have loved every single one of them and I havent once been let down by them. I had a 9K Tabor, M8000, and an 8274. I sold the other two rigs but right now Im running the 8274 and its my favorite yet. That thing is a tank and its soooo fast. If you have the dough or you can find one used like I did, get it!
We went down to Melbourne Florida yesterday to buy my buddy a Jeep Rubicon as a replacement for his 23 year old Toyota mud machine (RIP). I had hoped he would buy a new winch, and sell me his 23 year old Warn that still works great!! Alas, he is going to put it on the Rubicon...
Well if tis the 8274 (sounds liek it is if its 23 yrs old and still kickin) then I cant say I blame him! Fastest line speed of any production winch on the market. Glad your friend decided to step up to a Jeep, and a Rubicon no less. Tell him to stop bein cheap and buy a new one and sell you his
I've got a 6K Warn winch. Been sitting on the front of a 85 Toy since Jan '85. The only issue I've had was weather related before I bought a cover. Had to break it down and repack the gears with waterproof grease. Had to buff the contacts on the electric switches as well. On the Toy, it was a pulling SOB and got me home on many occasions. I can't imagine it wouldn't do well on a Jeep. Also have a Ramsey snatch block, and have only ever used it to change the direction of pull, never to double the line back on itself.
In a previous job, Uncle Sam bought me a Ramsey 9K winch, and except for slow line speed, that was the toughest winch I've ever used. I got stuck A LOT, but since I wasn't paying the parts bill, I took more chances. Got better over time, and learned a lot about how to 4 wheel. I'll bet over time, Uncle paid me a years salary while I was digging trucks out of the mud. I don't break MY stuff near like I broke the Gov't stuff. Still have my moments, though!
ive heard bad things about superwinches and ramsey winches..
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Personally, if Warn were to disappear from the face of the planet, I'd go with either a Tabor (made by Warn), Ramsey, or one of the US made Superwinches. For a lot of reasons, I'd never run any of the Chinese import winches being sold by Milemarker (their electric models), Smittybilt, Chicago, etc. The Chinese have earned (!) a reputation for shoddy poor quality products, they can't even reliably produce safe products for human consumption. I may be just one of those "buy American" types (when possible) some like to criticize but hey, I'm also proud of that mentality. And in China's case, I've become very anti-Chinese in recent years.
Remember that having a different opinion doesn't also require one to be a jerk when expressing it.
I like the buy American mentality as well. I have heard great things about the Warn winches. Thanks guys. Now I have to get my list to Santa before Christmas...
There are a lot of opinions out there and yes the cheap winches are better than nothing, but I guarantee if you go with either a Warn first off like I said in my first post in this thread or a Ramsey you won't be disapointed and you won't have to worry if your winch is going to work or not whenever you need it.
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