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Old 01-09-2011, 08:52 AM   #1
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Warn 9.5 XP VS. Smittybuilt XRC-8....

I really want the Warn 9.5 XP, but the Smittybuilt XRC-8 sounds awful good for the $$$. $1,188 VS. $450.00.... Would a average weekend warrior be content with the Smittybuilt? I like the idea of the synthetic line too... PLEASE HELP!!!

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You're comparing apples and oranges, but regardless, here's a tip: don't buy Chinese stuff. Putting your neighbor out of a job to save yourself a couple dollars is pretty pathetic, I'd say.

How 'bout a Warn M8000 for about $530 if you shop around online?

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I didn't realize the Smitty was Chinese.... I had the same thought after I hit the submit thread icon..."Comparing apples to oranges".... Sounds more and more like WARN all the way!
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You really can't go wrong with the Warn, and can feel good about buying it, too!

A Warn M8000 fits 80' of 3/8" Amsteel Blue quite nicely, by they way.

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Thanks for the info Computeruser. One of my old Jeep buddies told me years ago,"Don't buy anything but a Warn or you'll be wasting your money" I'm on my 3'rd Jeep now but have yet to winch up! My 1'st Jeep was getting built up quite nicely when I rolled it(totaled). I think I'll take some good advice from my fellow Jeepers and go for a Warn! Do you like the synthetic line? It just looks a lot easier to deal with than steel cable... Thank again!
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How 'bout a Warn M8000 for about $530 if you shop around online?
do you have this winch? i was wondering how it is?...hope im not hijacking this...
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I have nothing but good things to say about smittybilt winches. I have an xrc8 and it has pulled me out of every situation I've been stuck in and it cost me $300. Obviously warn is amazing (I can't deny that), but smittybilt is also really good. Hopefully more people with smittybilt winches will chime in.
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You absolutely can't beat Warn's 9.5XP, it's the fastest and most powerful winch in that weight capacity that Warn has ever produced. It even has a series/parallel wound motor that gives you the best benefits of both type motors. After my last TJ with its Warn HS-9500i was stolen, I went with the new 9.5XP and I'm very pleased with it. I wish they had an integrated version so the solenoid pack was not separate but that's a very minor thing.

Personally, I wouldn't even consider that cheap Chinese Smittybilt as anything but an expensive bumper decoration. I wouldn't be able to trust it 100% like I can my Warn.
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I cannot say anthing bad about Warn or Smittybilt. I run the XRC8 and have had zero problems.
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You get what you pay for in most cases. I will not trust my Pride-N-Joy to anything but a WARN ! My .01 (after taxes)
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Thanks for the info Computeruser. One of my old Jeep buddies told me years ago,"Don't buy anything but a Warn or you'll be wasting your money" I'm on my 3'rd Jeep now but have yet to winch up! My 1'st Jeep was getting built up quite nicely when I rolled it(totaled). I think I'll take some good advice from my fellow Jeepers and go for a Warn! Do you like the synthetic line? It just looks a lot easier to deal with than steel cable... Thank again!
I don't dispute the reports that the Smitty works well, I just don't care to subsidize Chinese businesses where I have a viable US-made alternative in the m8000, as well as a number of the Ramsey and Superwinch models. Now if the only choices were the $300 Smitty versus Warn's m8274 at MSRP, well, yeah that might be a tougher sell.

As for the synthetic line, I'm on the fence - it weighs less and is in many respects safer to use, but requires more care around abrasive objects. My friend is in the rope business and is now making winch ropes and extensions, so we put a length of 3/8" AmsteelBlue on my winch for testing purposes. And at his wholesale price, it makes going synthetic a lot easier to swallow than if I was paying MasterPull $284 for an 85' length with a hook.


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do you have this winch? i was wondering how it is?...hope im not hijacking this...
Yup, Warn M8000 is mine in the picture above. It has been on since around 2006, when I retired the Ramsey that I previously used.

Just a tip for those of us who live in wet snowy climates, and particularly those where road salt is used: hide your solenoid pack! Mounting it out front on the winch itself will only serve to make the solenoid pack's internals corrode and cause your solenoids to keep failing. I mounted mine under the hood, where it has been quite happy:

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You really can't go wrong with the Warn, and can feel good about buying it, too!

A Warn M8000 fits 80' of 3/8" Amsteel Blue quite nicely, by they way.
Dude. I'm sure this has been said but your license plate says wf! Like wrangler forum
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Hijacking sorry I had a guy try to sell me a Ramsey platinum 9500 winch from a yj for $350. Good deal? The cable looked pretty worn
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Wire cable is easily replaced which is a normal part of owning a winch. I went through three wire cables on my old winch before going to synthetic. $350 is a pretty good price for a Ramsey 9500 which is American made. Make a big deal out of the bad cable though and offer him $300.

You can get a new cable from Off-Road but unfortunately, their website now sucks in that it got fancy and no longer gives pricing for their cables. You'll have to call them but I bought several cables from them and they were less than anyone else around. You'll want 125' of 5/16" wire rope for the Ramsey 9500.

If you can afford synthetic instead of wire rope though, 100' of 3/8" synthetic would be a very (!) good investment. www.winchline.com/ is a great source, the two owners (aka Viking Offroad) are a couple local wheelers with a very good reputation.
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Yeah it needs the remote too. I just don't have the $300 unless I can convince mom to loan me 200. I really want a winch haha
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This is the winch on his jeep. Does not come with plate as it's welded to his bumper
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