|03-18-2013 02:47 PM|
|TJ in GA|
|03-18-2013 02:15 PM|
|Lutzkanin||Warn. Save up. Get the vr8000 $480|
|03-18-2013 11:37 AM|
|Philmycrackin||i have the smittybuilt XRC8 used it 3 times since i got it last year. worked fine everytime. i could have gone with the warn,but like some here have said im on a budget and got the XRC8, smitty built rear bumper, 2in BB boost in stead of just a winch. the parts are made in china i guess i didnt look. i also dont check to see what part of the middle east the gas i put into it comes from either.|
|03-18-2013 11:15 AM|
Bought a trailer years ago for racing. It came with a Harbor Freight brand winch in it (6 months old). One day we broke an axle and went to use the winch to get the racecar back onto the trailer.. lets just say it didn't work out the way we were hoping.
Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty 10,500 Lb Off Road Winch With Steel Cable 15100.10
^ would be perfect. I don't recommend skimping on winches, it will save you time and money doing it right the first time.
|03-04-2013 04:54 PM|
|Jeep21||I just bought the 12000 lbs winch from HF but still haven't used it. I had to buy a new bumper off eBay because their winch plate wont fit my tj. It should be here by the end of the week. Its a 97' 2.5L. I got the winch for $299 too|
|03-04-2013 04:29 PM|
I'm happy with my (limited) use of the 9K Engo w/synthetic cable. I've only used it 3 times but it worked well.
I would have loved to "buy American" but there were no options in the price point I was looking to spend.
So I based my decision off the winch shootout & the Engo seemed to hold it's own quite well. No complaints so far.
|03-04-2013 04:00 PM|
|03-04-2013 02:00 PM|
|lee indy||what happened to it. i had to rewire my control cable once but it was a 3 second fix.|
|03-04-2013 01:52 PM|
|CMA_Rider||Ive pulled an antique tractor out of a barn thad had been sitting for 15+ years with my Rugged Ridge 8.5k,on the 3rd line out, without so much as a hiccup or it slowing down. $299|
|03-04-2013 01:44 PM|
I just didn't want to deal with it, since I found a cheap replacement "W".
|03-04-2013 01:35 PM|
|03-04-2013 01:29 PM|
|rmuller||As mentioned above, it's all hit or miss... I've been wheelin' with the same group of guys for about 10 years, ton of silty Pine Barrens water and mud... we have a variety of winches, Warn, Superwinch, Milemarker and a cheap 'Gorilla' one... guess which one has worked the best? The 'Gorilla' one... all of the rest of us have had to rebuild solenoids, replace motors, etc... that Gorilla just doesn't quit. With whatever you get, just remember to keep it clean and maintained, and test it before you go out on your trip. It also never hurts to make sure you have a backup, either a hi-lift jack or a come-a-long.|
|03-04-2013 01:24 PM|
|03-04-2013 01:23 PM|
|GoldenSahara00||If I showed you one of my pulls, actually someone recovering me using the same winch (Engo 9k) you would probably call me nuts for getting in that situation. However we were more worried about recovering me than taking pictures.|
|03-04-2013 01:14 PM|
It seems to be hit or miss with winch reliability, especially on the cheaper Chinese options.
Many have had great luck with their inexpensive winches, and many have not.
I personally have not had good luck. I have a HF winch that is not working. So, I bought a new Smitty XRC8 and it also failed within 2 years. Luckily, I found a used Warn I bought from a friend that gave him years of zero problems.
Anything mechanical has a chance of failure. A lot has to do with maintenance and upkeep also. I think the reason we see so many "Warn or nothing" comments is because there seems to be fewer failures with that brand. Many in my Jeep club have decades old Warns that have transferred to newer rigs over the years.
|03-04-2013 01:04 PM|
this saving up for something better tends to be from people who have no experience with the brands being mentioned. i equate it to harley vs honda. honda makes a very good motorcycle that will last for years and does everything a harley does and probably does some things better. but you dont get to strut around like your poop dont stink.
for those who are going off about buying what you would call "better" how many winches have you used and how many pulls are on your current winch.
current winch smitty xrc8. 100+ pulls.
|03-04-2013 01:03 PM|
|Finally got a Jeep||I'm leaning toward the Engo 10,000 lb unit. Anyone have experience with the model that has an integrated air compressor? I'm waiting to hear from Warn whether or not it will fit in their elite series front bumper.|
|03-04-2013 12:54 PM|
|TJGARMA03||I agree on not getting a harbor freight also. Shoulda thrown that out there!|
|03-04-2013 12:51 PM|
|GoldenSahara00||I agree, personally|
|03-04-2013 12:51 PM|
|jcoon10||I want saying its warn or bust and also didn't mean for him to go buy the top of the line. Just recommending to save a few extra bucks and get sumptin a lil more quality than harbor freight. IMO.|
|03-04-2013 12:50 PM|
|TJGARMA03||Bought an Engo 9k for $280 shipped 2 weeks ago. Haven't used it yet but from other reviews and people's recommendations I feel confident it'll be just fine. You don't always get what you pay anymore these days. Well maybe a expensive name if thats what makes you sleep well at night.|
|03-04-2013 12:45 PM|
No need to apologize, but don't post stuff that is gona make people argue with you unless you want them to argue
That's something you'll learn. I am all for USA products, etc. But they need to be competitive in the market. I can't purchase the most expensive thing for my jeep. It is not a luxury vehicle. It's build for a purpose. I research good products that work well, and I purchase them. I did my homework on the Engo before I bought it and it paid off. The brand has a good background, and while it is Chinese, so is everything else. That's not a reason to discount it. I know that will piss Jerry off, and it frustrates me too, but when there isn't a US brand putting out a viable option at a reasonable cost for people of lower income, what else do we do?
|03-04-2013 12:38 PM|
|sakicnut||I've used my smittybilt jack at least 10 times if not more and it's never given me a problem. I've used my winch twice on recoveries and it pulls like their is nothing even their. If every jeeper did it the "right" way the first time, then we couldn't have the money to do anything else. I'm on a high school budget, i cant afford a warn winch or old man emu lifts. But the lift, bumpers, and winch i do have, haven't failed me yet.|
|03-04-2013 12:35 PM|
Just trying to make a joke. Like my last sentence said. Sry
|03-04-2013 12:31 PM|
If we followed the "you get what you pay for" for everything, we would all be driving lambos and living in million dollar houses right?
|03-04-2013 12:27 PM|
Harbor freight is cheap crap and quadratec is overpriced.
Check out morris4x4center. It's out of Florida and does free shipping over $100 orders
To echo Jerry B's post - save up and buy something quality. It's something I've learned over time and not just with jeep stuff.
"You get what u pay for".
BUT - if ur into the "looking cool" thing like some jeepers then just get the cheapest thing out there and mount it next to the high lift jack you'll never use either. Not saying that's u just joking around.
|03-04-2013 12:19 PM|
|sakicnut||Got my Harbor Freight 12k winch for $350 with 2 year warranty. Pulls great but it is slow. It's worked everytime i've needed it too.|
|03-04-2013 11:51 AM|
|BigTwig||I've got a smittybilt and it works great. For the price I definitely can't complain. Most of the wenches will come with everything you'll need to get started except the wench plate to mount it. You can pick those up for around $75. I would keep clear of the harbour freight.|
|03-04-2013 11:47 AM|
|GoldenSahara00||If you want to be eco friendly and plan to winch off of trees, buy a tree strap. A good pair of gloves is nice as well. I typically winch off another vehicle.|
|03-04-2013 11:43 AM|
Thanks for the feedback! It's great to have a community of folks out there able to share the knowledge. We have a Miata as well and there is a very similar knowledge base. Thank goodness Al Gore invented the internet so we can do this
Looks like Engo is the way to go for me until Quadratec gets just a bit more time under their belt.
I assume I need a tree sling or protector, block of some sort? gloves of course. What's the minimum I should carry to work with the winch...sling, some sort of block, and gloves?
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