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Old 01-19-2011, 04:02 PM   #1
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Winch advice

I am looking into buying a winch, i am on a very fixed budget and wonder what my best bet would be. Would an 8,000 lb. winch get the job done with my 2 door YJ? It wont be doing too much work all the time, just an occasional recovery. Advice?

i've been looking at this one:
Smittybilt XRC 8,000 Winch System*SB-97281 by the Jeep Specialists | Morris 4x4 Center

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Old 01-19-2011, 04:18 PM   #2
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I would go with a name brand for little more money. Plus amazon has free shipping:

Amazon.com: Superwinch 1585202 LP8500 Series Winch: Automotive

Amazon.com: Superwinch 1510200 LP10000 Series Winch: Automotive

But if you are stuck on that winch here it is for 285.00 shipped:

Amazon.com: Smittybilt 97281 XRC Black Winch: Automotive

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Old 01-19-2011, 04:27 PM   #3
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And how about the poundage? Will an 8,000 lb. get the job done? or should i go 10,000?
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:48 PM   #4
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8000 pounds is a good size for Jeeps.
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:48 PM   #5
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8,000lb would be fine. I have the XRC10 and couldnt be happier. XRC makes a damn nice winch for the money.
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:53 PM   #6
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Buy a snatch block with your winch, it will turn an 8,000lb winch into a 16,000lb winch. 8,000 will be plenty
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:53 PM   #7
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Great! thank you.
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:01 PM   #8
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The Smittybilt has a bad reputation on this site, but I've been using one for two years and haven't had any trouble with it. In my opinion its not a bad winch for occasional use.
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:44 PM   #9
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The Smittybilt has a bad reputation on this site, but I've been using one for two years and haven't had any trouble with it. In my opinion its not a bad winch for occasional use.
I agree. Its like the WARN users look down on Smittybilts like Jeeps do Hummers. My XRC10 has been dropped, ran into a few trees, submerged and overloaded. It just wont quit!
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:11 PM   #10
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I agree. Its like the WARN users look down on Smittybilts like Jeeps do Hummers. My XRC10 has been dropped, ran into a few trees, submerged and overloaded. It just wont quit!
From what I've seen on this forum, Smittybilt's reputation extends far beyond just winches.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:49 PM   #11
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Glad to see this info. Been wanting a winch myself.
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:05 PM   #12
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when I finally pull the trigger on a winch, it will be warn power plant,
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:46 AM   #13
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Check the vendor forum a special deal we're running on the Superwinch LP8500 for $319 shipped. However, if you're looking into a XRC8, we're getting ready to offer a special deal on that with a free winch cover as well for around $299 shipped. Add in the cost of the winch cover and it beats the Amazon price.

The newer designed Smittybilt winches are a vast improvement from their old design and are much faster and more reliable.
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:48 AM   #14
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Look around on CL and you might come across a Warn 8274 for around that much. They are bar none the best winch ever made and since they have been made for 40+ years, there are alot of used ones out there.
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Look around on CL and you might come across a Warn 8274 for around that much. They are bar none the best winch ever made and since they have been made for 40+ years, there are alot of used ones out there.
That's pretty much the pinnacle of winches in my opinion, however I've never seen one used that someone hasn't asked for my firstborn for.
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:13 PM   #16
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lol, I've bought several in the last few years for 250-350 that need this or that.
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I'd be more than happy to replace a solenoid or two for that!
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:13 PM   #18
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I was just in the market for a winch like yourself and was considering a Smittybilt XRC-8, but that was until I saw one with the planetary gears tore up. I immediately canceled the order I placed for the XRC-8 and bought the Warn.

Here's a link, Suspension Lift Body Leveling Kits 4x4 Off-road Truck Jeep Chevy Ford Dodge, you can buy the Warn M8000 for $539 with free shipping.

I bought the M8000 with the wireless control for $599 (no shipping costs). If your budget can afford it I'd go with a Warn. When I'm in a bad spot and need something to work I know I can trust the Warn.
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I have a mile marker. I didnt really shop around for it or anything i found one used at a local 4wd store in nc for 100$ its a sl12000 and its got me out of everything I ever been stuck in.

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