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03-26-2012 12:44 AM
Ted_D I just got this one yesterday. Now waiting on the Warn plate so I can mount it. Would be nice for Warn to include one of those GO WARN front windshield decals in the box.
Hey Andy!! Can you hook me up??: whistling:

03-25-2012 05:04 PM
nmdriver I picked up the quadratec 9000 a good deal since it was a 25$ scratch and dent sale and I got a 25 giftcard as well. I paid 269 plus shipping so I payed 300 out of pocket. I put it on last night; looks good but haven't tried pulling yet.
03-25-2012 04:26 PM
kerryva Thanks fellas. I'm definitely going with a Warn winch of some sort (probably with a synthetic line), now I just need to decide what bumper I want (any ideas?). I just got a 2012 Rubicon JK and haven't driven it since driving it back from the dealership almost 3 weeks ago due to work
03-25-2012 03:28 PM
kik Basically, the best one is the one that someone has on their vehicle. I like my Warn 9.5XP. You really do get what you pay for. When it comes to a winch don't cheap it.
03-25-2012 01:55 PM
KarlG I went with the (new this year) Warn 9.5 cti-s.

You can't see it all that well as it's tucked down into the bumper, but a swarm of bugs came out to admire it.

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03-25-2012 01:59 AM
pprice72 I went with the Warn M8000 with the synthetic rope after tons of reading.
03-25-2012 12:55 AM
Jsjk Just bought an 8274-50 gonna do some modification to it
03-23-2012 10:05 AM
Ibuildembig Lets come back here 33 years from now and see who's winch is still working like mine is....guarantee it will be a Warn
03-23-2012 07:07 AM
JcrOffroad We've run many different brand winches in our days, but honestly, if you want something that is tried and true, buy a Warn.

I've never had a Warn winch let me down on the trail, but I have had quite a few others brands
03-23-2012 12:19 AM
3JKs1H1 You get what you pay for.

12k Ramsey bought in 1996, still works
12k military Warn in 02 - still works fine - workhorse
2 - 10,500 milemarker. Both failed within 1-2 years. Rusted Chinese junk.
2 Warn 9.5xp's - great. zero issues. fast line pull.
1 Warn 16.5 - perfect.
1 Warn M8000 - waiting to go on rubi.

8 winches on 4 vehicles, Warns and Ramsey never failed. The cheapest guy spends the most.
03-22-2012 11:48 PM
Casotakar1229 random...but I had a conversation with a gentleman today in front of my local home depot while I was installing my bumper and he told me to just buy a used/cheap/POS winch basically and use the hell out of it and learn to use a winch before purchasing a nice one...idk, but that made sense to me...I have no experience with winches so I can't vouch for that at all. apparently he used to off road a lot.
03-22-2012 08:40 PM
cadenas I just received the 10k engo winch from jeepaddons for only $309. Its great price for the winch. I have got to use it once already, yesterday I got to pull my friends 2008 wrangler and it had no problem doing the job. I have a stock battery and it never seem to have a problem supplying power to the winch. I highly recommend this winch. I have heard nothing but good things about this winch
03-22-2012 08:14 PM
Originally Posted by cavsvet74
The best winch is the one you have with you when you're stuck.
03-22-2012 07:46 PM
cavsvet74 The best winch is the one you have with you when you're stuck.
03-22-2012 05:36 PM
Warn Industries Hi all, we just signed up as a vendor here. If anyone has any questions about our products, you can feel free to PM me. You can also call our Customer Service team at 800-543-9276.

- Andy
03-22-2012 03:41 PM
zmotorsports The winch debate is as old as the Chevy vs. Ford debate and the emotions are just as much on the surface.

Years ago when I started wrenching I got to know a gentleman at a shop that we had rewind some of our electric motors at work. I went to his shop one day and he had a few winch motors that he was rewinding for a local off-road shop. We got talking about winches and he told me that there were some decent winch manufacturers out there and there was one that everyone else wanted to be.

I don't want to get into bashing brands on a forum so I will not mention any other brands but he saw very, very few Warn motors in his shop compared to the hundreds of the others. One thing he told me that stuck with me after some testing was that one brand that claimed to be as good if not better than Warn at the time had a series wound motor that when run @ 80% of rated capacity the motor would degrade by approx. 10% each time it was up against that much current. Obviously permanent magnet motors will be more so but are mainly for occassion use whereas series would motors are more for continuous use even though they do pull a few more amps.

If using a winch once in a while or as a back up for an emergency that one pull would more than likely be sufficient to do the job so it was not a concern and very few people used their winches enough to degradate their motors to the point of noticing any deminishing performance.

That said, I have always had a different theory on everything, not just winches. I try to purchase the best I can afford rather than something to "just get me by". I understand money is tight and other peoples opinions may differ but I research and buy the best product I can and if I cannot afford it at the time, I save until I can. This philosophy has served me well for the past 20+ years of my professional career whether it is tools, lawn/garden equipment, supplies and even winches.

I beleive Warn developed the VR series to merely compete with the others and not "cheapen" the series that put them where they are. I have been inside several Warn winches over the years and have been very impressed with the quality of the parts and components that make up a Warn winch, from gears and bushings down to each O-ring/seal. Not all winches are created equal and price should not be the only deciding factor.

For me it is Warn and nothing else. I want it to work at rated capacity whether I am using it once or ten times a day.

03-22-2012 12:23 PM
Originally Posted by jmb6420

Or this one that includes: 10ft Tree Saver / Tow Strap, 2 Bow Shackles and a Snatch Block and Free Neoprene Waterproof Cover.

Recon Winch Kit
This is the one I went with.
03-22-2012 11:38 AM
Ibuildembig yup 8274 or nothing.....I have an original 1979 Jeep 8274 dad bought brand new going on my GE
03-22-2012 11:31 AM
Daniel_M Bah, such an opinion based question and one people feel strongly about. Here is mine. Warn's are over priced, even their VR series is expensive to me. TONS of smittybilts out there that perform great. The Engo, IMO out performed the superwinch and warn in the shoot out and can be had at under $400. I have the Recon 10,500LB. It is waterproof, came with synth line, and a wireless controller. Had good reviews. If the winch saves your ass once then it is worth it. Busting up a sub $400 winch is an easier pill to swallow than a $1000 winch.

03-22-2012 11:16 AM
Jsjk If you willing to fork out the extra cash, I have have seen this setup pull truck out of impossible places.
03-22-2012 11:13 AM
Jsjk I just bought a used 8274 gonna rebuild with a few minor modification
03-17-2012 10:56 PM
oncewas I just purchased an Engo E-10000 with Synthetic rope for $426 shipped from the JeepHut if you are interested the 8500lb is even cheaper.
03-17-2012 09:58 AM
Casotakar1229 dang, 3rd place and close to 700 dollars cheaper than 1st and 2nd? must be doing something the others don't know about.
03-17-2012 02:39 AM
3JKs1H1 Warn. Holds up the best! Most of the others will rust and corrode their control boxes must sooner.
03-17-2012 02:11 AM
Jsjk Warn M8274

No argument discussion is over

My first car still own, its at my dads farm looking to see how I can ship it here

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P.S I bought the winch used at an auction re wired it and still runs till today
03-17-2012 01:28 AM
Radioman Installed an 8274 on my 78 FJ40 when it was new. Both are still working great all these years later. I was so impressed with the Warn, I bought a 9.5cti for my new Rubi. I believe I received value for my money then, and now.
03-17-2012 01:00 AM
Originally Posted by norski74 View Post
is it in the top three?
I actually got the HD over the HP. The HD is slower, but I like that it draws less current when itís running (because of the reduced gearing).

I figured I would only need a winch in an emergency - for me or someone else - and my wife and I are out wheeling by ourselves a lot, so I figured I needed a winch. I really liked the PowerPlant because of the compressor - I air down all of the time, so itís nice to have a really good compressor to air back up. When winching I wanted to minimize the stress on the electrical systems. The HD draws 318 amps at 8,000 lbs, the HP draws 420 amps, and the 8274 draws 450 amps. I also figured a longer line would be helpful so I have a 135í synthetic rope. It looks like the 8274 can hold more rope than the HD and HP.

If I was into competition, where every second counts, than the speed of the pull would be important. So far when Iíve winched someone out (done it 4 or 5 times now), Iíve never been in a hurryÖ
03-17-2012 12:52 AM
Arcticshaun Warn
03-17-2012 12:44 AM
norski74 is it in the top three?
03-17-2012 12:23 AM
Originally Posted by norski74 View Post
is the m8274 still the holly grail of winches?
Speed of the winch motor is not at the top of my list. I still like the PowerPlant better - use it every time I'm out wheeling.
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