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Old 12-08-2013, 01:38 PM   #1
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Rough country winches.

I've read a lot posts and the general idea seems to be that most people don't like rough country. I'm considering buying a winch and though I think I could answer my own question, but I'll ask anyway how do the rough country winches hold up?

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Old 12-09-2013, 12:06 PM   #2
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Boy, I don't have an answer for ya but I kinda wonder the same thing. It seems now there are so many manufacturers to choose from It's really hard to tell what's cost effective.Then you have to factor in the type of use you're getting it for compared to the longevity of the unit. It can be boggling at times.

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Old 12-09-2013, 12:18 PM   #3
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I have one on my TJ. I have only used it for one recovery (JKU) and it did perfectly fine.
I have not had to use it enough to have any complaints or praises about it. It worked when I needed to and that's the best I can say.
I did just recently swap in synthetic line in place of the cable.

I have no concrete evidence to base this on but I assume (from visual notes) that most of these import winches are made in the same factory and just have a different sticker on them.







I would also like to note that I have just upgraded to a new Warn winch. I had the opportunity to get it at a price that I could not pass up.
I will likely keep the Rough Country winch to mount on a trailer or something.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:22 PM   #4
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With all of that said, you can either by the rough country for $300 plus shipping or pick up a Superwinch from Northern tool for $350.
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:35 PM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback. I may have to try them out but if it's like you said that they all pretty much come from same factory then maybe it's best if I just save up a little more and buy a Warn.
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I'd spend a little extra and get this.
WARN 26502 M8000 8000-lb Winch : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:25 PM   #7
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^ good advice.

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