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Old 08-18-2012, 08:17 PM   #1
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Going to purchase a winch for my JK next week. Opinions? I was looking at the vr 8000 from Warn but the Smittybilt prices are really good and so are the ratings I'm seeing. Your thoughts are welcome
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:44 PM   #2
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I have been looking at winches also. Are you using the factory bumper?

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Old 08-18-2012, 09:05 PM   #3
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If all your going for is looks then buy the cheapest one you can, but if your going to use it a lot you get what you pay for. I almost got the mile marker winch but after a few late nights reading reviews I went with the warn m8000. I've used it quite a few times pulling myself and friends out of some really sketchy situations. I would not cheap out on something that could save your life someday.
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My m8000 has pulled me and several friends out of many a bad spot. It's true, you get what you pay for. Whatever you do, stay away from the warn i series winches. Integrated solenoids can not be jumped or changed on the trail if they do fail. My friend was an engineer for warn. He says a majority of their warranty returns were i series winches, (like the xd9000i). The 8000 is plenty of pulling power for a jeep. use snatch blocks if you need more pulling force.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:09 PM   #5
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Another satisfied long term m8000 owner here too..
No other winch "so far" has a better track record on a Jeep "long term".
There are a few out there for less money, that are getting closer in my opinion though.
Long Term? Time will tell. Good luck either way...
From another satisfied m8000 owner.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:04 AM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like the 8000 is the way to go. I'm retaining my factory bumper and found a good winch plate that mounts up firmly to the frame for it.
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I have been looking at winches also. Are you using the factory bumper?
I am using the factory bumper. There were two winch plates I have been looking at that match up to the factory bumper.
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:22 PM   #8
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All i can say is you get what you pay for. Smittybuilt is cheap cause its china parts made in china. IMO I think 8000lbs is kinda small for a JK I would look at a stronger 9.5K or 10K one.
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Any thoughts about Engo E9000S? Seem to have good reviews. American made and reasonably priced.
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Any thoughts about Engo E9000S? Seem to have good reviews. American made and reasonably priced.
I know someone who had one. He liked it alot
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i am running a smittybilt 8000 and so far seems to hold up, no issues
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:45 PM   #13
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Run the M8000 on my JKU you too. I'm a pretty heavy JKU, wish I would have went with a 10k winch.
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i've got Warn VR8000.
haven't had a chance to actually use it what it's made to for, but... WARN is a local - Clackamas, Oregon company... you know the motto... "Buy local..."
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I have a Smittybilt XRC8000. I have not used it yet - kinda what I figured. Why spend so much on something you may not use that often!?

My only complaint is the finish has gone south after only a few months.

I am planning on running synthetic line soon.
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I have a Smittybilt XRC8000. I have not used it yet - kinda what I figured. Why spend so much on something you may not use that often!?
Cause when u do need it to save ur a** and it doesnt work youll wish u had spent the dough.
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Going to purchase a winch for my JK next week. Opinions? I was looking at the vr 8000 from Warn but the Smittybilt prices are really good and so are the ratings I'm seeing. Your thoughts are welcome
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Check out TJM winches i believe they have high quality products but thats for u to decide. Also comes with much more options standard than other brands.
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I have a Smittybilt XRC8000. I have not used it yet - kinda what I figured. Why spend so much on something you may not use that often!?

My only complaint is the finish has gone south after only a few months.

I am planning on running synthetic line soon.
You get what you pay for. I got a Warn 9.5ti cost $1300 Ive used it 3 times. Twice to pull people out and once when my starter went out up at Moab. Learn how to use it properly and safely. Practice using your winch with other recovery gear. Dont for get to preload your winch before you use it. Nothing worse then not know how or what do when your suck. Or using it improperly and making the situation worse or unsafe.

I was out in the snow up at TSF one person slid off the trail and was stuck rear in a ditch. Person behind being inexperienced wanted to pull the persons rear end back up on to the trail. Not realizing if they did that that the front end would of slid into the ditch and flop the jeep on its side.
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Forgot to mention my M8000 was stolen two years ago, and have been using my older XD9000i. Yes, it is noticeably stronger and faster then the M8000.. I got my XD9000i 12 years ago for a very reasonable price.. and have used the crap out of it with no issues at all on a fs Bronco. The 9.5 Warn is even a better unit much faster and stronger, the price is considerably higher though.. But if you can get it on sale.. Go for it.
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I am looking a winch plate options for a factory bumper on a 2012 JKU. Found installation reviews for the Smittybuilt and the Rough Country. Warn appears to have been overlooked because of their high price. They now have a kit for the 2012 model, 88140, priced at $263, which is not a lot more than the RC with D rings. Does anyone have any experience with installation of this Warn plate?
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:53 PM   #21
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The Smittybilt will not work, I called them and they confirmed it for the 2012. The brake pump vacuum has to be relocated and the RC and Warn are the only ones that offer that at this time. I thought a bought buying the winch plate for the stock bumper but after much research it's not worth the money or the time to put it on. Long term for me is a new Hanson bumper and winch.
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I would not own anything but a Warn.....
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The Smittybilt will not work, I called them and they confirmed it for the 2012. The brake pump vacuum has to be relocated and the RC and Warn are the only ones that offer that at this time. I thought a bought buying the winch plate for the stock bumper but after much research it's not worth the money or the time to put it on. Long term for me is a new Hanson bumper and winch.
Hanson and warn. Excellent set up
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I Like my XRC8, works .
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I've only had my Quadratec 9000 for a year, but so far it's worked flawlessly. I know Quadratec is supposed to be ghetto, but I'm happy so far.
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I have a smittybuilt xrc 8k winch. I use it more often then alot of others use there winch. I've yarded logs, pulled stumps, fench post and for recovery aside from use on the farm. Many people down talk the smitty builts. No complaints here.
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*pulling fence post out of the ground*
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I've only had my Quadratec 9000 for a year, but so far it's worked flawlessly. I know Quadratec is supposed to be ghetto, but I'm happy so far.
It's supposed to be ghetto?? I've heard nothing but good things about the Qtec, and the numbers are great. Not to mention that it looks nice too.
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That's what I've been told. "Nice winch, but its not a Warn."

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