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Old 07-28-2007, 06:51 PM   #31
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Hey guys! Newb here with a question. I was thinking about getting a Warn XD9000i and then I saw the Warn M8000 for $440 less than the 9000. So for you experienced winchers out there, (1) for an 01 TJ that sees woods, trails, some mud, and mild rock is the extra 1000 LB capacity worth the extra cost? (2) is the extra 24 feet of cable worth the extra cost?

What's the general consensus of M8000 vs XD9000i? I'm in the camp of pay for the W and put your mind at ease while wheeling!
For the money and the amount of use it will see, save yourself the cash and get a M8000. A Wrangler is plenty light to be muscled out by 8000lbs too. As far as the cable goes, if your riding trails and woods with some mud and rocks than you'll usually have a tree close by anyway. You can also always winch to a friend. Plus you should carry a recovery strap which you could use for a little extra distance if you really need it. Hands down Id say spend that extra money else where and get the M8000.

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Old 07-28-2007, 11:02 PM   #32
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My new Smittybilt is in the box waiting to be mounted. No problems ordering & recieving from 4 Wheel Drive Hardware a few weeks ago.

Frank has a big Warn on the front of his and since we're usually together, I couldn't see spending all that money on another one at this time

Pics?? What is your opinion on it?

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Old 07-29-2007, 05:33 PM   #33
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Pics?? What is your opinion on it?
...of which one??? mine's in the box - looks real shiny & new no opinion yet

...here is Frank's Warn, it's been a relaible work horse on many occasions
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You spend $300 and if it stops working after 2 or 3 years, what have you really lost? Calling a wrecker a couple times costs more than that. I'd say just go for it, sounds cool.
that´s why i bought a cheap 300$ 12.000 lbs china winch.
it has a series wound motor and the transmission is made of steel and not plastic like other cheaper winches.

a friend has such a winch for over 5 years and he uses it very often. it´s a bit slower as a warn tabor winch and the overheat protection comes on a bit faster.

but with his lightweight 5500 lbs mecedes G it never had a problem. only once when he winched an unimog out of deep mud.

i will install the winch in the next weeks and will post then about my first tests.

btw. my 300$ winch came with a radio remote control...

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china winch is that the name of it, kinda seems like they would want to hide that it was made in china
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china winch is that the name of it, kinda seems like they would want to hide that it was made in china
i name it "china winch" because it´s made in china. it comes from the same factory where other companies (milemarker, t-max, ...) buy their winch parts.

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in my opinion such a winch is enough for moderate offroad use. i only want to get out of some mud when i´m in the wood without somebody else.

on the trail or in off road parks i don´t need a winch. there´s everytimea friend with a 2nd or 3rd ... jeep with me that can pull me out of the mud.
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I heard line speeds are horrible in the cheaper winches. That also means long pull times. which means over-heating, blown fuses, battery drain. If i had the money it would def. be sunk into a warn. My friend had the m8000 on his cj. He paid 525 brand new from 4wheel parts. We put it on his jeep, and never used it for like 2 months. He comes outside oneday and someone had cut it off his jeep. Later found out they sold it on ebay to someone. Really pissed both of us off. It was the first winch between the both of us and we never got to use it.
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...of which one??? mine's in the box - looks real shiny & new no opinion yet

...here is Frank's Warn, it's been a relaible work horse on many occasions
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Yours, I havent seen any pics of them besides the ones on 4wd's site.
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:26 PM   #39
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It may be a few weeks for pics - it's on my dining room floor right now.....we have a "path" among the various boxes of Jeep goodies (darn I wish we had a garage)....oh well, what girl can complain with a set of ARBs on the placemats!!!
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The only winches that I'm looking at are Superwinch, Warn and Ramsey.
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Old 12-29-2007, 05:49 PM   #41
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u so luky ordered my smitty in nov and still no word i did get my bumper wich fit and looks good pics 2 follow in the ner
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my winch is in & should ship first of the week more to follow
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Just purchased an xrc10. I have heard many good reviews about the xrc8 for moderate off road use. Havent heard or seen anything much about the 10k. Its series wound, 5.5hp (I think thats the same motor as this gen of xrc8). There is one review that I found on an FJ forum but nothing about use, just install. I will update with pics when I get it (should be another day or two).
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I run the Smittybilt XR8. It has been a very reliable winch. How ever I do not use it all the time. If I were wheeling every weekend and for months in the summer I would buy a Warn or Ramsey. My XR8 has done well and I am happy with it for the money I paid. If I was wheeling by myself ( Never do) and depended on it to save my life......Warn. IMHO
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i had an xrc8 but i broke it then bought a mile marker havent broken that one yet...
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Look at Superwinches

I just bought a Superwinch, its an EPi9000. 4.5 tons of pulling power and the company is out of Conn. USA... plus they now have a lifetime warrenty on all the mechanical stuff and 3 years on the electrical stuff and its half the price of a warn. Its a nice unit and its water proof, looks very well built I couldn't pass it up. Can't wait to use it.

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This is the winch I have and couldn't be happier with it.Note it is a series wound motor.I seen it on Ebay for $446 and called Greg Smiths and talked to a sales rep and ended up getting it to my door for $416!!!And it come with the mounting plate,wired controller plus a wireless controller. Atlas 10,000 LB. Wireless/Wired Recovery Winch With Metal Control Box - Greg Smith Equipment Sales, Inc

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