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Old 06-28-2012, 07:44 PM   #121
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When ordering synthetic rope for a Jeep size winch, it is a very good idea and strongly recommended going with 3/8" and not 5/16". Yes 5/16" synthetic is more than strong enough but since synthetic is obviously more easily abraded than wire rope is, the extra safety margin you gain with 3/8" typically rated at 19K lbs. or more is well worth the slight extra cost.

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When ordering synthetic rope for a Jeep size winch, it is a very good idea and strongly recommended going with 3/8" and not 5/16". Yes 5/16" synthetic is more than strong enough but since synthetic is obviously more easily abraded than wire rope is, the extra safety margin you gain with 3/8" typically rated at 19K lbs. or more is well worth the slight extra cost.
I'm entertaining going to synthetic too, thanks for the heads up on the 3/8" line info JB.

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Well, I decided to keep this post going rather than start a new one, even though this one has gone way left, then way right, and now back on center with the original topic...lol.

I got my Q9000 via UPS yesterday, unpacked it and its installed. Here is my experience from purchase to install, and I will continue to post it as usage and wear occur.

First off, I PM'ed Quadratec Joe on here and he set up an order for me for a blemished Q9000, 269.00 shipped. UPS delivered it three days after my order left the warehouse and I can tell you, it is heavy! Like real heavy! The UPS guy took a couple breathers as he struggled to get it to my door. It had UPS stickers all over it saying "Caution, over 70lbs" and it was no joke. I couldn't lift it from my living room floor, i had to unpack it right there.

I sell a lot through ebay and Craigslist and even on here in the for sale section, there is no doubt in my mind the shipping on this thing was a lot, and Quadratec shipped it free to me, bonus points to them.

Mine was a blemished unit so I wont comment on the finish, but it is all superficial, and considering my jeep is far from a car show winner, it really doesn't matter.

Instructions were printed in book form (no unfolding a thin piece of paper, looking for the english side) on heavy card stock, better print than their catalogs, in full color, with pictures. No German, French or Spanish here, all English and written well.

Everything was unpacked and and accounted for. All grade 8 hardware where necessary, stainless for the solenoid mounts. The controller is a rubber handle, which to my surprise is pliable, but super durable....I have seen other controllers that are plastic bodies (clamshells) but this looks like you could drop it and it would bounce , not break. I wish I know the terminology for the rubber (vulcanized, blow molded, ect) but I don't. I just know it was a nice surprise vs. concern.

I chose the side mount on the solenoid, and sitting in my living room (it's been over 100 degrees here for a week or two, so yea, I was sitting on the carpet in the a/c!) had it hooked up with no issues or confusion.

I had bought a winch mount for my jeep also earlier so it was not installed, so in the A/C I bolted up the roller fairlead to the mount, then the winch to the mount, all effortless and without issue.

I took it out to what felt like the surface of the sun (my garage) and put the torque wrench on the winch bolts, then mounted it to the bumper.

Cables were well thought out for a Jeep, they were perfect in length to get to my battery, with slack in them so they are not pulled tight, but its not possible to for them to get in any moving parts.

That's where I stopped, my battery post bolt stripped coming off and the family was wanting me to get cleaned up so we could go celebrate the 4th of July at the town picnic.

I'll get it hooked up today and re-spool the cable, and have a trip Sunday planned to go wheeling and hope to use it.

I'll continue to post as i get use out of it.

My overall impression, having had one in my hands, is a good one. There is nothing light or cheap about it. And Quadratec has obviously thought it out a lot with the effort in their instructions, the controller handle ect. It may only be a entry level winch, but its by no means cheap at this point.
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:26 AM   #124
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I got my q9000 2 bays ago and install it on my jeep wrangler i like it a lot tried it out works great only thing I don't like about it power wire too short had to go over my air box just to get it to the battery now every time I have to clean my k&n air filter got to disconnect the power lines
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Well, I decided to keep this post going rather than start a new one, even though this one has gone way left, then way right, and now back on center with the original topic...lol.

I got my Q9000 via UPS yesterday, unpacked it and its installed. Here is my experience from purchase to install, and I will continue to post it as usage and wear occur.
Great review! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on its operation. You won't be disappointed!

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Ps if u put the cylinoide in the middle the winch power wire is to short. Don't get me wrong I'm very happy with the q9000 winch quadratec might want to make the power wire. a foot long for the 2012 Jeep wrangler
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Ps if u put the cylinoide in the middle the winch power wire is to short. Don't get me wrong I'm very happy with the q9000 winch quadratec might want to make the power wire. a foot long for the 2012 Jeep wrangler
What bumper do you have on your Jeep? We haven't had any issues with this on the 2012 models we have here.

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Looks good, and thanks for the report. What brand winch mount?
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Its is a Bulldog winch mount, for TJ's. They have a standard and a heavy duty, I got the standard. I thought I was going to make one, then wanted it hooked up for this weekend so went to an offroad shop in town, they had a Warn and Bulldog to brand to choose from, same exact styling, Warn was thicker by 1/16th of an inch, but 100 more....so the wallet prevailed.

Since I'm posting I've since unspooled and tensioned the wire to the drum. Line speed is a lot faster than i thought it would be. I was at work, hooked to the front of a Peterbilt. Unspooled all 100' feet and pulling up a slight grade (enough that if I were to unwind, the jeep would roll backwards) started pulling and winding the drum. I am a bit of a stickler about this because I used to work on the river, with big winches on barges, and we had to wind the drums tight, no gaps.

Today if i ran the winch for 5 seconds then stopped to fix the wire, when I stopped the jeep would have enough momentum to continue rolling a foot, give or take, before it would want to roll back down hill. Made for a pain in the butt to spool it, loosing tension like that, but line speed was nice.

I'm still happy with it, so far no issues that make me regret buying it. We have a 15 Jeep outing this Sunday, that's when the real word, occasional user review will happen, LOL
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I often wonder how many of the "only buy American made" crowd in these winch threads are typing their post on iPhones made in Chinese sweat factories.
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What bumper do you have on your Jeep? We haven't had any issues with this on the 2012 models we have here.

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Hey joe i have best top rock
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I often wonder how many of the "only buy American made" crowd in these winch threads are typing their post on iPhones made in Chinese sweat factories.
haha! i have as well...or the clothes theyre wearing(which rarely is made in us)
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haha! i have as well...or the clothes theyre wearing(which rarely is made in us)
It's not the sweatshop part that bothers me, it's the quality. Foxconn puts out pretty good stuff. Chances are the motherboard in whatever you're using at the moment was made by Foxconn.

The Quadratec winch looks pretty good. I'd buy one in a heartbeat if I didn't have other things I need worse right now.
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It's not the sweatshop part that bothers me, it's the quality. Foxconn puts out pretty good stuff. Chances are the motherboard in whatever you're using at the moment was made by Foxconn.

The Quadratec winch looks pretty good. I'd buy one in a heartbeat if I didn't have other things I need worse right now.
That's my point. They don't care that thier iPad was made in China, why should they care if thier winch is, as long as its good quality? I have read good things about Super winch and Engo, but they keep yelling that we should spend twice as much to get a Warn.
I love America as much as the next guy, but truth be told, we kind of screwed ourselves. And I'm sure that Warn makes a great winch, they are the number one name for a reason... but I just need something to pull me out every now and then, not pull me up a mountain.
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I won't be getting a winch until December or January, but I think I will be getting the Quadratec Q9000.

The "Blemished" one looks like it may be a good deal if one plans on painting it.
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I won't be getting a winch until December or January, but I think I will be getting the Quadratec Q9000.

The "Blemished" one looks like it may be a good deal if one plans on painting it.
Plasti dip would be an excellent choice in this case, IMO. Get rid of the ugly grey (Sorry, Quadratec) and able to peel it off easily in case you need to return it. Win/win
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Plasti dip would be an excellent choice in this case, IMO. Get rid of the ugly grey (Sorry, Quadratec) and able to peel it off easily in case you need to return it. Win/win
sounds like a excellent idea to me!...winch is on my list eventually and i might do this idea as well...
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Plasti dip would be an excellent choice in this case, IMO. Get rid of the ugly grey (Sorry, Quadratec) and able to peel it off easily in case you need to return it. Win/win
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sounds like a excellent idea to me!...winch is on my list eventually and i might do this idea as well...
The guy from Quadratec already said that painting it was ok, as long as you don't open the housing, but yeah. Plasti Dip is the go to thing for this. If you ask me, I don't see why they don't PlastiDip these things from the factory. That stuff is awesome.
Plastidip (spray and dip) has been used in the R/C hobby to water proof stuff like servos, battery packs, circuit boards and receivers for a while. A few coats of the stuff and it seals up all the little openings around screws, end caps etc that could let water in. Spray a few coats over some wire connections for a water tight seal, coat the outside of an MDF speaker box to help protect it from moisture, paint the back of your iPhone or Droid with it to prevent scratches, use it like electrical tape for hard to reach places or very fine wires, works great for masking as well... great stuff. It's the new Duck Tape.
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It has so many uses other than making stock rims black.
But it sure looks good on your grill.
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Even if this is a dead thread, I thought I'd throw in my $0.02 now that I've had the winch (and used it some)
If you're a hardcore wheeler who uses a winch all the time, don't waste your time with it. Weekend warriors should go with it. The first thing that happened when I installed it, was that I broke the solenoid temp wire connector (not a big deal, just threw on a new connector) Later that day, I went to check the winch line for any damage, and when I got down to the bottom, the wire came flying out of the bottom. Here's my biggest con of the winch; the end of the wire (at the bottom) is not actually screwed into the drum, there's a piece of metal that just holds the loose end down. Not a fan of that. At some point the cotter pin on the hook broke off, which is my fault, but those hooks are months backordered for the correct parts (Quick run to home depot has it solved for now) The line MUST be properly lubed and maintained, even if you aren't using it. I spray WD-40 white lithium on my winch lines to keep out rust and dirt... Never have a dry cable, you're more prone to a break with a dry cable. And last but not least, on my winch, the large braided strands are starting to come apart about 60 feet in. I ordered a Warn cable to perfect any other issues I've had so far.

Now don't let this rant convince you that it's a bad winch, I work in the towing industry and earlier tonight I used it to pull one of our trucks that had rolled over on its side in a swamp.. The truck weighs around 10,000 and I had 2 layers of rope out. Quite impressive.
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I went to check the winch line for any damage, and when I got down to the bottom, the wire came flying out of the bottom. Here's my biggest con of the winch; the end of the wire (at the bottom) is not actually screwed into the drum, there's a piece of metal that just holds the loose end down. Not a fan of that.
A lot of winches are like that...they require a certain number of wraps around the drum before you can pull with it anyway. Starting a pull with no wraps will cause damage no matter the brand...

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The line MUST be properly lubed and maintained, even if you aren't using it.
That also goes for ANY winch...
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A lot of winches are like that...they require a certain number of wraps around the drum before you can pull with it anyway. Starting a pull with no wraps will cause damage no matter the brand...
Actually all winches are like that. It is the friction of the wire or synthetic rope that prevents it from coming off, not that little .20 cent crimp connector that holds the rope to the winch drum. It takes a minimum of 4-5 wraps of the rope for it to have enough friction to keep the rope from being pulled free. The sole purpose of that little connector that secures the rope to the drum is to hold the rope in place so you can begin wrapping the rope around the drum. Like briefly placing your finger on top of the knot on your shoe laces to hold it in place until the knot can be completed.
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Sounded to me like he understood that, he just didn't like that the end of the wire wasn't actually fastened to the drum with a screw. Personally I wouldn't like that either. I'd be curious to see how it is held to the drum at the end.
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Mine isn't held down with a screw either, I used a bit of duct tape. Wrappig the rope over the top of itself is what holds it in place.
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I understand what holds the rope in place. Tape works fine with synthetic rope, mine is taped and screwed into the side of my warn so I'm familiar with both. It's more of a convenience thing for me. If I was using steel cable, I'd want a secure way to hold the cable to the side of the drum. And again, that has nothing with functionality, just personal preference; it's much more convenient for me.
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I have had a warn m8000 for a couple of years now and its been great. Thanks for the rec.Jerry, wish I had been firm with the mechanic on the .456 gears...whats a thousand huh!

I want to plug Quadratec too. I have replaced almost every part on my 01 TJ and as stated paid no shipping. The two returns were on their dime as well and I will continue to buy parts from a company that stands behind their products.

I can't comment on Q's winch but can comment on their willingness to make things right. I couldn't ask for more.....other than maybe start selling warns cheaper than amazon Joe
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I've had the sealed solenoid 9500 Q Tec winch for about 8 months now. Had their side mount solenoid prior but upgraded after an encounter with a guardrail and my front end. Both, I think, are exceptional values for a good product. I'm more of a week end warrior off-roader and the Q Tec has served me very well. And you're right, with their free shipping and price match deals, it's hard to buy from someone else.

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