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Old 03-23-2011, 04:23 PM   #1
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rough country winch question.

i dont know which one i should get. ive decided on rough country. im not getting anything else so please hold back all your urges. (warn peolpe esp.) my tax return comes this week finally.

Rough Country Recovery Systems

im deciding between the
9,500 steel
9,500 synthetic
12,000 steel.

im getting the RC winch mount also.

the reason why i was considering the 12,000 is b/c alot of my buddies had full size trucks and if they needed help i could be at their assistance.

also whats the advantage to the synthetic? is it worth 100 more dollars? if you put weight on the cable everytime i dont see the need. am i missing something?

also what kind of snatch block should i get?

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Old 03-23-2011, 06:00 PM   #2
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I would go with the 9,500 over the 12,000 as for synthetic or cable, do you plan to use this quite a bit or just as a "in case I need it" winch? If you plan on regular use go synthetic. It will hold up to alot of use better than cable. I went with cable myself as I don't plan to use it every weekend or multiple times a month. Some prefer cable if you play in the rocks alot to keep from fraying the synthetic on sharp rocks. Putting weight on the cable is always a good idea in case of the cable or hook breaking.

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Old 03-23-2011, 10:39 PM   #3
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I would go with the 9,500 over the 12,000 as for synthetic or cable, do you plan to use this quite a bit or just as a "in case I need it" winch? If you plan on regular use go synthetic. It will hold up to alot of use better than cable. I went with cable myself as I don't plan to use it every weekend or multiple times a month. Some prefer cable if you play in the rocks alot to keep from fraying the synthetic on sharp rocks. Putting weight on the cable is always a good idea in case of the cable or hook breaking.

what are your thoughts on the 9500 vs the 12000? why go with the lesser?
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9500. You can always use snatch blocks to double and triple the poundage. And synthetic too.
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don't mean to steal the post or whatnot but i gotta ask a noobie question. What is a snatch block? I may be getting a winch, do I need a snatch block?
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Before you jump to conclusions, I'm not a "warn guy." I've only ever owned a mile marker winch on a previous vehicle.

Judging by my experiences with Rough Country and their suspension products, I really believe they cut corners. For something that can be as crucial as a winch, I believe you should spend the extra cash for a better known name.

That's just me though. As for the line, go synthetic.
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I have a 4" inch RC lift and have been looking at their winches too. If their winches are anything like the lift I got I will be more than pleased! I have had a great experience with the lift. I would definitely go with the synthetic rope though. My friend just got one and likes it 10X better. His steel cable rusted and got all tangled up. So it would be worth the extra hundred bucks.
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don't mean to steal the post or whatnot but i gotta ask a noobie question. What is a snatch block? I may be getting a winch, do I need a snatch block?
It's a pulley for winching. Can be used to change directions of the line and/or double or triple the pulling power depending on how many are used. No you don't have to have them.

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Before you jump to conclusions, I'm not a "warn guy." I've only ever owned a mile marker winch on a previous vehicle.

Judging by my experiences with Rough Country and their suspension products, I really believe they cut corners. For something that can be as crucial as a winch, I believe you should spend the extra cash for a better known name.

That's just me though. As for the line, go synthetic.
thanks for the thought, but this winch is more for just in case. its not going to be used all the time. and i have other hobbies, and i would like to get a new rifle.and possible a lunchbox locker. i see my money going to better use this way.
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No problem. You should make a review of it when you get it.
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Be careful don't pull your Jeep apart.
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:09 PM   #12
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No problem. You should make a review of it when you get it.
ill be sure to.ive looked around and really have not heard that much about them. i really hope to make a great find here.I got faith.

i had to call a tow truck 2 months ago and it was 70 dollars. as long as i get 4 pull outs with it i honestly will be happy.im sure i will get more than that tho.

alot of guys talk about winches as a life or death equipment. i dont understand this. maybe b/c im from indiana. but if im going to go out 75 miles out i am going to have a friend. and if i didnt, i would not be realing on a winch but more or less my survivor skills and my rifle.i mean my gas tank gets 200 miles on the high way so i realalistically would not go more than 30 miles off trail.

i know by me saying this that this is going to bring alot of warn guys into this but its the truth.
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It's not a life and death type of deal. It all depends what kind of trails you ride. Sometimes it's just not feasible for someone to tug you out. When it comes to recovery equipment, I prefer not to skimp out. I guess it's kinda like toilet paper. If you don't buy charmin, it's gonna be a rough day.
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Before you go jumping on the "everyone hates Rough Country stuff" bandwagon... look at the facts.

"Their" winches have a 265:1 gear reduction, meaning they will be slow, but there won't be as much stress on the motor, as well as a 3-stage planetary gear system much like Warns.

For the price I think it's a hell of a deal in whats included. Weather or not you plan on using it every weekend or every few months, I think it's a good deal and I actually plan on getting one this summer.
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I will say I prefer warn. One of my main reasons is it is made in the US. I know smitty isn't but rough country may be
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my asian built 8500 lb winch pulled out my buggy at minus 47 in a blizzard so it paid for itself right there / its your money buy what YOU want
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my asian built 8500 lb winch pulled out my buggy at minus 47 in a blizzard so it paid for itself right there / its your money buy what YOU want
I'm not saying they won't work I'm saying a warn winch supports American jobs.
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I will say I prefer warn. One of my main reasons is it is made in the US. I know smitty isn't but rough country may be
I wouldn't bet my life on it. I've read some interesting threads elsewhere that cast doubt on that claim.

I did buy Warn bumpers front and rear, and their grill guard, and their mounting plate. I will buy their spare tire carrier as well, but they (Warn) are making some silly mistakes like sending me the wrong bolts with my grill guard and forgetting to include spacers in someone elses kit. Just sayn'.
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I wouldn't bet my life on it. I've read some interesting threads elsewhere that cast doubt on that claim.

I did buy Warn bumpers front and rear, and their grill guard, and their mounting plate. I will buy their spare tire carrier as well, but they (Warn) are making some silly mistakes like sending me the wrong bolts with my grill guard and forgetting to include spacers in someone elses kit. Just sayn'.
I've only had good experiences with my winch. It seems to be very nice and I also didn't have to install it (PO did it) so maybe it was a bitch to install.
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I wouldn't bet my life on it. I've read some interesting threads elsewhere that cast doubt on that claim.
They are manufactured in Oregon, despite some claims to the contrary by a few who have questionable motives.





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They are manufactured in Oregon, despite some claims to the contrary by a few who have questionable motives.





I watched part of the first one but my iPod won't load them very quickly interesting though from what I can see a very solid American made product.

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