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Old 07-30-2010, 10:43 PM   #1
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smittybuilt XRC-8 winch

i was wanting some usage reviews on this winch (smitty built XRC-8)
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:54 PM   #2
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Everyone on this forum will say stay away from it due to the fact that it is made in China. I have it with the synthetic rope, had it since Feb. and used it about 5 or 6 times and is still running strong. It has been sumurged in water and worked fine after. Its a fine winch if your on a tight budget. But you can also get a Warn 8,000 pound winch for around $550. Made in the U.S.A. and is trusted by all off roaders.

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Old 07-30-2010, 10:55 PM   #3
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I have xrc10 and have no complaints ... Used it about 15 times .. Even pulled my jeep through mud pit with 33s digged all the way in (there was no water .. All mud!!)
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:56 PM   #4
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thanks for the info.
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Old 07-31-2010, 12:13 AM   #5
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To quote a couple members from past winch threads...

Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford
To that good advice, I'll just add that no one who ever bought a Warn ever came back & said they should have bought a Smittybilt instead.
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Listen get a good winch, Warn or whatever, pay the price if it cost more. You'll be glad you did when you need it most.

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Old 07-31-2010, 01:27 AM   #6
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Personally, I wouldn't mount a Smittybilt winch (which is made in China) on my TJ if Smittybilt paid me to do so. I trust my US-built Warn and from all the problems I've read from some running the Smittybilt, I wouldn't trust it as far as I could throw it.
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:15 AM   #7

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Old 07-31-2010, 12:14 PM   #8
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I have had my XRC8 for over two years. I bought it as my first winch with the intention of replacing it in a couple of years with a Warn, and mounting the Smitty on a car trailer. Life has gotten in the way, and I do not have my car trailer yet, or a Warn winch.
Lucky for me, the Smitty has worked everytime I have needed it. Nothing major though, just a tug over an obsticle now and then or to pull myself back on a trail I have slid off. I did use it all day long last Thanksgiving on a snow run/winch fest and it worked well. I was backed into last Memorial Day, and the solonoid box was crushed, and it still worked . The problems I have with this winch are: The free spool is very hard to pull. It is made in China....and, Everyone bashes it........which I guess is their problem, not mine.
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Old 07-31-2010, 12:21 PM   #9
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I've never understood why everyone hates Smittybilt. Sure it's made in China but most everything is. I've got a smittybilt bumper as well as a winch and both are very tough. Sure Warn is better, but if you don't have money then Smittybilt is the best option, imo.
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Old 07-31-2010, 04:48 PM   #10
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Here's my observation. remember its worth what you paid for it.

Many people who have the smittybuilt winches like them. some have issues. if you can't/dont want to afford a warn, it will probably work well for you.

However if you do have the cash, and feel its necessary, the warn winches are trusted by many around the world. They have set the bar for the other brands. (you can't go wrong with a warn)
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Old 08-01-2010, 09:46 AM   #11
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I have the xrc-8 comp and i have had no problems with it. I have never had a problem with smittybuilt i have there tube fenders, sliders, rear full corners with the tube flares, front stinger bumper and rear tire carrier.
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:32 AM   #12
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:39 AM   #13

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Many people, myself included, feel that putting anything less than a Warn on your beloved Jeep is like giving your wife a cubic zirconia for your wedding anniversary. Yeah, it'll look good at the mall, but upon closer inspection, it's still not a diamond. There's a reason that Warn is used worldwide in all kinds of competitions. If you have a Smittybilt and it works for you, fine. I won't bash them anymore. There are things in this life that I won't settle for a compromise, and self-recovery is one of those things. It just meant that I had to save a little longer to afford a Warn. No biggie.
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:30 PM   #14
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I have a friend who had a Smittybuilt Warn for a run........just A run though. Sold it to a mallcrawler and bought a Warn the next week.

With all that being said, I have had my Warn XD9000i for 5+ years, with a LOT of pulls on it, some where a failure might have been catastophic. I would not trust my rig or my life(or someone elses) to any other winch.

I have seen a lot of people buy other winches, and 9 times out of 10, they eventually buy a Warn. I have never seen the situation reversed.
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:55 PM   #15
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I'll probably get a Warn when I get the money. The Smittybilt works fine for now...but I don't think I would trust the full weight of the Jeep on it!!!

As low as a Jeep's top speed is...I wouldn't recommend trying to reach it
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