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02-03-2009 07:25 PM
slf41002 This is the winch I have and couldn't be happier with it.Note it is a series wound motor.I seen it on Ebay for $446 and called Greg Smiths and talked to a sales rep and ended up getting it to my door for $416!!!And it come with the mounting plate,wired controller plus a wireless controller. Atlas 10,000 LB. Wireless/Wired Recovery Winch With Metal Control Box - Greg Smith Equipment Sales, Inc
02-03-2009 07:02 PM
recon4christ
Look at Superwinches

I just bought a Superwinch, its an EPi9000. 4.5 tons of pulling power and the company is out of Conn. USA... plus they now have a lifetime warrenty on all the mechanical stuff and 3 years on the electrical stuff and its half the price of a warn. Its a nice unit and its water proof, looks very well built I couldn't pass it up. Can't wait to use it.

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02-03-2009 06:36 PM
jeepjeep i had an xrc8 but i broke it then bought a mile marker havent broken that one yet...
02-03-2009 05:34 PM
Duck Dodgers I run the Smittybilt XR8. It has been a very reliable winch. How ever I do not use it all the time. If I were wheeling every weekend and for months in the summer I would buy a Warn or Ramsey. My XR8 has done well and I am happy with it for the money I paid. If I was wheeling by myself ( Never do) and depended on it to save my life......Warn. IMHO
02-03-2009 04:15 PM
zfender14 Just purchased an xrc10. I have heard many good reviews about the xrc8 for moderate off road use. Havent heard or seen anything much about the 10k. Its series wound, 5.5hp (I think thats the same motor as this gen of xrc8). There is one review that I found on an FJ forum but nothing about use, just install. I will update with pics when I get it (should be another day or two).
12-30-2007 12:29 PM
slomover
slomover

my winch is in & should ship first of the week more to follow
12-29-2007 05:49 PM
slomover u so luky ordered my smitty in nov and still no word i did get my bumper wich fit and looks good pics 2 follow in the ner
07-29-2007 11:19 PM
AzTJ The only winches that I'm looking at are Superwinch, Warn and Ramsey.
07-29-2007 10:26 PM
Texapple It may be a few weeks for pics - it's on my dining room floor right now.....we have a "path" among the various boxes of Jeep goodies (darn I wish we had a garage)....oh well, what girl can complain with a set of ARBs on the placemats!!!
07-29-2007 10:13 PM
Redrubicon2004
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Originally Posted by Texapple View Post
...of which one??? mine's in the box - looks real shiny & new no opinion yet

...here is Frank's Warn, it's been a relaible work horse on many occasions
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Yours, I havent seen any pics of them besides the ones on 4wd's site.
07-29-2007 09:22 PM
2002Apex I heard line speeds are horrible in the cheaper winches. That also means long pull times. which means over-heating, blown fuses, battery drain. If i had the money it would def. be sunk into a warn. My friend had the m8000 on his cj. He paid 525 brand new from 4wheel parts. We put it on his jeep, and never used it for like 2 months. He comes outside oneday and someone had cut it off his jeep. Later found out they sold it on ebay to someone. Really pissed both of us off. It was the first winch between the both of us and we never got to use it.
07-29-2007 05:57 PM
nicolas-eric
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Originally Posted by debruins View Post
china winch is that the name of it, kinda seems like they would want to hide that it was made in china
i name it "china winch" because it´s made in china. it comes from the same factory where other companies (milemarker, t-max, ...) buy their winch parts.

here´s a better pic:



in my opinion such a winch is enough for moderate offroad use. i only want to get out of some mud when i´m in the wood without somebody else.

on the trail or in off road parks i don´t need a winch. there´s everytimea friend with a 2nd or 3rd ... jeep with me that can pull me out of the mud.
07-29-2007 05:50 PM
debruins china winch is that the name of it, kinda seems like they would want to hide that it was made in china
07-29-2007 05:47 PM
nicolas-eric
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Originally Posted by ripbiker13 View Post
You spend $300 and if it stops working after 2 or 3 years, what have you really lost? Calling a wrecker a couple times costs more than that. I'd say just go for it, sounds cool.
that´s why i bought a cheap 300$ 12.000 lbs china winch.
it has a series wound motor and the transmission is made of steel and not plastic like other cheaper winches.

a friend has such a winch for over 5 years and he uses it very often. it´s a bit slower as a warn tabor winch and the overheat protection comes on a bit faster.

but with his lightweight 5500 lbs mecedes G it never had a problem. only once when he winched an unimog out of deep mud.

i will install the winch in the next weeks and will post then about my first tests.

btw. my 300$ winch came with a radio remote control...

07-29-2007 05:33 PM
Texapple
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Originally Posted by Redrubicon2004 View Post
Pics?? What is your opinion on it?
...of which one??? mine's in the box - looks real shiny & new no opinion yet

...here is Frank's Warn, it's been a relaible work horse on many occasions
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07-28-2007 11:02 PM
Redrubicon2004
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Originally Posted by Texapple View Post
My new Smittybilt is in the box waiting to be mounted. No problems ordering & recieving from 4 Wheel Drive Hardware a few weeks ago.

Frank has a big Warn on the front of his and since we're usually together, I couldn't see spending all that money on another one at this time

Pics?? What is your opinion on it?
07-28-2007 06:51 PM
GrnTJ
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Originally Posted by tlucier View Post
Hey guys! Newb here with a question. I was thinking about getting a Warn XD9000i and then I saw the Warn M8000 for $440 less than the 9000. So for you experienced winchers out there, (1) for an 01 TJ that sees woods, trails, some mud, and mild rock is the extra 1000 LB capacity worth the extra cost? (2) is the extra 24 feet of cable worth the extra cost?

What's the general consensus of M8000 vs XD9000i? I'm in the camp of pay for the W and put your mind at ease while wheeling!
For the money and the amount of use it will see, save yourself the cash and get a M8000. A Wrangler is plenty light to be muscled out by 8000lbs too. As far as the cable goes, if your riding trails and woods with some mud and rocks than you'll usually have a tree close by anyway. You can also always winch to a friend. Plus you should carry a recovery strap which you could use for a little extra distance if you really need it. Hands down Id say spend that extra money else where and get the M8000.
07-28-2007 06:48 PM
debruins personally i would just get the M8000, because your jeep only weighs oh about 3ooo#'s, lets say we double that b/c of mud, thats still only 6ooo#'s, the extra 24 ft sound nice, but remember as you puul out line the winching capacity becomes lower, so off the first 25 feet you ge the full 8000# pulling capacity but by the time you get to the last wrap you're down to like 3000#'s so the extra 24 ft doesnt mean anything, heck if your worried about the length of the line, buy a synth line that is the same length and kill two birds withn one stone


so in summarizing that get the M8000 and get a synthetic line with the money you save, it will be way safer and last longer
07-28-2007 05:36 PM
Texapple My new Smittybilt is in the box waiting to be mounted. No problems ordering & recieving from 4 Wheel Drive Hardware a few weeks ago.

Frank has a big Warn on the front of his and since we're usually together, I couldn't see spending all that money on another one at this time
07-28-2007 04:39 PM
4Jeepn
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Originally Posted by AzTJ View Post
Or you can avoid those kinds of situations all together and save yourself $500

Unlike scout I don't wheel at JC Penny's
07-28-2007 04:26 PM
tlucier Hey guys! Newb here with a question. I was thinking about getting a Warn XD9000i and then I saw the Warn M8000 for $440 less than the 9000. So for you experienced winchers out there, (1) for an 01 TJ that sees woods, trails, some mud, and mild rock is the extra 1000 LB capacity worth the extra cost? (2) is the extra 24 feet of cable worth the extra cost?

What's the general consensus of M8000 vs XD9000i? I'm in the camp of pay for the W and put your mind at ease while wheeling!
07-28-2007 02:38 PM
1BLKJP
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Originally Posted by AzTJ View Post
Did you buy it used or new and from who?
Yeah, it was used however when we went thru it after I got it there hadn't been much use at all. It was just some random guy in Pennsylvania that had it listed on an auction. 9000i with rope for 500 Buy it Now. I didn't even mess with the auction and just hit the Buy It Now. Didn't need to see if I could get it for a better deal, it was good enough for me since I was looking for a winch anyway. $25 for shipping and it was at my door a couple weeks later.
07-28-2007 02:33 PM
AzTJ
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Originally Posted by 1BLKJP View Post
actually found a sick deal on an 9000i on Ebay with rope instead of cable for 525 shipped to me.
Did you buy it used or new and from who?
07-28-2007 02:25 PM
Tj Bunch
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Originally Posted by Redrubicon2004 View Post
I went to 4wheel parts about a month and a half ago, and asked about the smittybilt winch. I was told "They are on a huge back order, I have never seen one, and it seems like they may not even be stocking them yet. It may be over a year before they are readily avalible."

But if they do become avalible, I am going to buy one for my fiance's jeep....Mine has a 3 year old used and abused warn, it still works just as good as it did on day one!
Everything from Smittybuilt is on Back order I tried to get a bumper in January and am still waiting, i bought somthing else instead but man those Guys are Slow at getting stuff in. Thay just made the Fresno store alot smaller like an Old sears Catalog Showroom Nothing in stock but you can order from our Vast Catalog sir.....
07-28-2007 02:25 PM
1BLKJP Fella's I used to be the same way. I was bugging Joe about this winch and that winch because they were great deals. He showed me all of the parts for a Warn that he could get for me in less than a day if we ever needed them. He reminded me that ever rig he's ever had used a Warn winch. He reminded me that he also never got any of them for free as a shop owner and so he put his own money in Warn's hands. I finally got the point and actually found a sick deal on an 9000i on Ebay with rope instead of cable for 525 shipped to me. So just remember that Warn not only has the name, but it has the reliabilty and service of the company to back it up. I know guys that have ran 8274's for more than 10 years without a problem at all.
07-28-2007 02:21 PM
RIPBiker13
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Originally Posted by AzTJ View Post
Or you can avoid those kinds of situations all together and save yourself $500
You and I BOTH know no one will ever do that. What fun would that be!? :chair:
07-28-2007 02:15 PM
AzTJ
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Originally Posted by 4Jeepn View Post
So here is the question: So when you are winching your jeep up a 75 foot hill side with your family in it...
Or you can avoid those kinds of situations all together and save yourself $500
07-28-2007 01:22 PM
RIPBiker13 I'm going to spend the extra cash and drop it on the Warn. The name is famous for a reason, they work. I don't take chances w/ the family in the rig.
07-28-2007 10:04 AM
EnigmaMan [QUOTE=4Jeepn;110204]So here is the question: So when you are winching your jeep up a 75 foot hill side with your family in it, do you want to be thinking about how good a deal you got on the winch and in the back of your mind hoping it does not die atthat moment or would you rather have paid more for the most likey better winch and thinking hey, once we get to the top of the hill its lunch time!QUOTE]

If you get stuck w/ a your entire family in the jeep, thats just extra hands to help push :-) j/k

I was surprised with that winch from Sams as it included a mounting plate as well. Also since its a little bigger winch you will be less likely to beat it up as hard.
07-28-2007 09:54 AM
GrnTJ Thats what I run and I gotta tell you, that thing is a complete work horse! I love that winch very very much. I had a Tabor 9K before that and it did its job but it had a very slow line speed and every once in a while it blew my alternator fuse because of the amount of amps it drew. With my M8000 the line speed is nearly double that of the 9K and it just seems like a far more reliable winch. Not to mention it draws way less amps or somethin because my voltometer never drops below 13 when Im winchin with it, even on long cycles. Its a great deal for that winch if you can get it for about $500.
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