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Old 11-02-2010, 09:26 AM   #1
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Winch question

Whats a good size winch and brand i can put on my jeep, looking fo a good winch thats reasonably priced.

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Old 11-02-2010, 09:33 AM   #2
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Another ? that has been beat to death. Warn Winch, and don't look back.

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Warn M8000 is considered the standard for Jeeps. (8000lb)

you can get them for 539.00 on the web fairly easily.

You can save some cash by going with a Smittybuilt, superwinch, etc. But as a rule, Warn is king.
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:48 AM   #4
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size is my main concern, wasnt sure if 8000 is big enough, im runing a 4inch lift and 33s mostly ride in sticky mud
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you can go 9500 if you feel it necessary, but no its not.
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warn is the best . The 8000 would be more than enuff for your jeep . I have one on my s10 blazer .Got a 10,000 on the full size blazer and a 12,000 on my 82 pick up never had one problem with any of them besides cable's getting tore up .
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the m8000 can pull 16,000lbswith a clevis,(pulley) if need me... so you should be fine.
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I have a warn M8000 and it hasn't let me down. Everytime I go wheeling most of the winches I see are warn.
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I also have an M8000, but I got mine at a great price ($350) and couldn't turn it down. While it hasn't failed me, I have to say, I think there are some who are jaded by the brand (Jerry is going to kill me )

There are many other companies who are churning out some great winches. Superwinch is one of them. Mile Marker is another. Read reviews, search Google before making your decision. Even Smittybuilt is putting out winches that have been getting some great feedback (the XRC-8 has been received well, the biggest complaint is that it is slow but it works), but I've also heard that the XRC line is really made by Mile Marker. Avoid Harbor Freight or Tractor Supply lines (Chicago, Champion, etc.) they're great for a trailer pull at the race track... not so great in the woods.

8,000lbs. is fine for the Jeep and mid-size SUVs. You're pulling roughly 4,000 lbs. and the general rule is 1.5x that minimum.

THAT SAID (Jerry you can breath now ) WARN will stand behind there products. Call them up, tell them something is faulty on your winch THEY DO BACK THEIR PRODUCTS UP! There are 3 million parts available and it's fairly user serviceable. Having dealt with Rugged Ridge and SmittyBuilt, I can tell you that customer service is not the number one priority.

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The next question your going to have is, steel wire or synthetic rope? Spend the extra and replace the line with synthetic rope. Your hands will thank you. Your rollers will thank you. Even the unit itself will thank you.
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I tend to agree with you Burton. Warn is great, but there are others that seem to be very good...for some it just comes down to the customer service after the sale. (and some of the other companies are apparently improving this as well).
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Get a winch made in the USA. There's lots of threads on this forum asking the same question. Use the search function and get more info. Personally I run a Ramsey 8000# that has served me well for over 25 years.
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I got a warn 9500ti and love it. Pulled my guy out of a pretty stick mud pit from almost 100 feet away last weekend without a hesitation. While there are alot of other good brands out there I'll stick with warn till i have a reason not to.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:55 AM   #13
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Buy quality once, and you'll never regret it. Cheap out, and you'll end up kicking yourself. This has been beaten into the ground on this forum.

Would you put WalMart tires on a Corvette? Why put anything less than the best on your Jeep?
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I also have an M8000, but I got mine at a great price ($350) and couldn't turn it down. While it hasn't failed me, I have to say, I think there are some who are jaded by the brand (Jerry is going to kill me )

There are many other companies who are churning out some great winches. Superwinch is one of them. Mile Marker is another. Read reviews, search Google before making your decision. Even Smittybuilt is putting out winches that have been getting some great feedback (the XRC-8 has been received well, the biggest complaint is that it is slow but it works), but I've also heard that the XRC line is really made by Mile Marker. Avoid Harbor Freight or Tractor Supply lines (Chicago, Champion, etc.) they're great for a trailer pull at the race track... not so great in the woods.

8,000lbs. is fine for the Jeep and mid-size SUVs. You're pulling roughly 4,000 lbs. and the general rule is 1.5x that minimum.

THAT SAID (Jerry you can breath now ) WARN will stand behind there products. Call them up, tell them something is faulty on your winch THEY DO BACK THEIR PRODUCTS UP! There are 3 million parts available and it's fairly user serviceable. Having dealt with Rugged Ridge and SmittyBuilt, I can tell you that customer service is not the number one priority.

Champion winch question - YotaTech Forums

The next question your going to have is, steel wire or synthetic rope? Spend the extra and replace the line with synthetic rope. Your hands will thank you. Your rollers will thank you. Even the unit itself will thank you.
The reason we're recommending Warn is because of experience, not reviews we read online. Experience is worth a billion online reviews. The people who are giving positive reviews are the people who cheaped out on their inferior winches but don't want to admit it to themselves or others.
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And 25 years experience with a Ramsey isn't worth anything?
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And 25 years experience with a Ramsey isn't worth anything?
I was mostly referring to the Smittybilt junk that sees its way on to the occasional Jeep. Not Ramsey......that's why I didn't quote your post.
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8000# is plenty and 9500 is nice to have too. I have run a Ramsey 8000 for 12 years and have had no problems with it. If line speed is what you are after then go with a sieries wound motor winch. It will pull more amps but will run longer and faster without overheating. I have found that most winch situations call for just a few feet of winching.
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Get an 8k Smitty...inexpensive...but a tad slow. Put on the synthetic line and learn how to make a 2:1 ratio using a pulley and some webbing....thereby giving you 16k lbs of pullin power. Just a thought
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I dont think there is a winch that is 100% made in the USA. My Warn 12000 motor has made in Brazil stamped on it
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The reason we're recommending Warn is because of experience, not reviews we read online. Experience is worth a billion online reviews. The people who are giving positive reviews are the people who cheaped out on their inferior winches but don't want to admit it to themselves or others.
But your review is no different then anyone else. People are having a positive experience with the XRC line and Mile Markers. I don't think Warn is the end all to winches. They're overpriced in my opinion. But for the fact they're overpriced they're not letting you down. But I would bet you the fail rate isn't all that different on these other winches. It's a lot of hype.
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But your review is no different then anyone else. People are having a positive experience with the XRC line and Mile Markers. I don't think Warn is the end all to winches. They're overpriced in my opinion. But for the fact they're overpriced they're not letting you down. But I would bet you the fail rate isn't all that different on these other winches. It's a lot of hype.
On the contrary, my review is different from yours. I'm recommending Warn because I own/wheel a Warn. You're recommending winches that you don't even have. I would say that makes our reviews polar opposites.

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