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05-10-2013 09:40 PM
UFOtestpilot I'm always on the hunt for a great deal on a used Warn 8274. Having the shop in the same area so I can rebuild one is a bonus, but I'd probably do it the same anywhere else in the USA too.
05-10-2013 08:03 PM
JeepersDave I too, bought the Warn, but well used. Fortunately, I work across the street from the Warn repair facility at their Oregon factory. My winch was 25+ years old, still worked quite well, but I wanted it tested and freshened up. I can't say enough good things about the people at Warn service! Mike, you rock! It came back better than new with all the upgrades possible for very fair money. In these days of overseas service and tech centers, it's a great comfortable feeling to personally see the people who will be working on your equipment, and talk to them in English!
Buy American!
05-09-2013 08:23 PM
1jeeplvr I bought a Warn because when I need my winch it must be a pretty rough situation (Ive got front & rear lockers) so I want to be able to rely on something that I feel is the best & I think thats what Warn is.
05-09-2013 03:34 PM
MFsoftball22
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Originally Posted by SuicideSaints View Post
HAHAHA my keyboard died from coffee on that post. What I meant to say...

Sometimes I hate these threads. Everyone has a personal preference. Yes, warn winches are great winches, I have had them before. For me personally the Q series works fine. I do not winch that much, if I winched all the time in really rough terrain I would get another Warn. But for my application as of right now the Quadratec does the job and does it pretty well so far. Quadratecs website even says the winch is designed for "casual trail use" or the casual offroader, from their website "The Q9000 provides all of the capability that most enthusiasts will ever need for occasional use on their Wranglers and CJs". I have only used it twice now and it has done well. Plus the warranty puts my mind to ease.
X2 There is a wide variety of Wheelers on the site and each has his or her on Wheeling habits, opinions and experiences. Hard core offroaders will mainly say WARN, others will say you can get buy with a cheaper wench. I would have to agree. I have a Recon 10,500 winch with synthetic rope which i bought for right about $500. People can say what they want but it has never failed me yet and there are quite a few people that are glad i have it. The main thing i looked at is if it does fail me some day and i have to buy another one, i'm still at the price it would cost me to buy a WARN with synthetic rope. It's your money. buy what you feel will suit you best.
05-09-2013 01:06 PM
jeepwayoflife
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Originally Posted by InvisiblePants View Post
Not my winch, but here is a pic of an engo that recently failed on a club member.

Engo replaced it, but that doesn't do anygood when stuck in the woods.
What failed? The waterproof seal on the solenoid box? Just from rain? I hope he wasn't stuck in the woods. I would just take the positive and negative cables and connect them directly to the winch and unhook when done pulling, bypassing the solenoids. Or use jumper cables from the battery to winch motor posts. It would get me unstuck and I could deal with the box later.
05-09-2013 11:24 AM
SuicideSaints
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Originally Posted by SuicideSaints View Post
Sometimes I hate these threads. Everyone has a persoanl preference. Yes, warn winches are great winches, I have had them before. For me personaly the Q series works fine. I 0,.= ,/ sdfjk']'l81`o not winch that much, if I winched all the time in really rough terrain "k67 809m
HAHAHA my keyboard died from coffee on that post. What I meant to say...

Sometimes I hate these threads. Everyone has a personal preference. Yes, warn winches are great winches, I have had them before. For me personally the Q series works fine. I do not winch that much, if I winched all the time in really rough terrain I would get another Warn. But for my application as of right now the Quadratec does the job and does it pretty well so far. Quadratecs website even says the winch is designed for "casual trail use" or the casual offroader, from their website "The Q9000 provides all of the capability that most enthusiasts will ever need for occasional use on their Wranglers and CJs". I have only used it twice now and it has done well. Plus the warranty puts my mind to ease.
05-09-2013 09:40 AM
SuicideSaints Sometimes I hate these threads. Everyone has a persoanl preference. Yes, warn winches are great winches, I have had them before. For me personaly the Q series works fine. I 0,.= ,/ sdfjk']'l81`o not winch that much, if I winched all the time in really rough terrain "k67 809m
05-08-2013 10:55 AM
SpoiledRotten
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Originally Posted by techflork View Post
I bought a chinese piece of junk, and it is a chinese piece of junk. But in its own defense it hasn't failed me yet. I will replace with a warn when I have the cash and this one dies but I don't see this one dying yet. It's been over 2 years, and still going fine. It pulls rather slowly but it gets the job done. It's an Engo 9000. Word of advice, if you live up north just by synthetic. This stupid steel line is rusting like no other and I have now kinked it so badly I must buy a new one. Best of luck!
That is the key statement. Slow is better than Stuck. I have the cheap HF winch and have been using it now for about 5 years. It might let me down someday, and when it does, I just hope there's someone else around me to help out. I've pulled a huge front end loading John Deere out of a mess. The JD wouldn't crank and the FEL bucket was sitting on the ground. I had to lock up the Jeep to keep it from rolling, and although it tried to slide a little, it grabbed and got the job done.
05-08-2013 10:41 AM
TJDave
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Originally Posted by JeepnJim View Post
Smittybilt XRC8.
The OP asked for good and cheap. You got the cheap part right.
05-08-2013 10:29 AM
InvisiblePants Not my winch, but here is a pic of an engo that recently failed on a club member.

Attachment 246659

Engo replaced it, but that doesn't do anygood when stuck in the woods.
05-08-2013 09:57 AM
Morris4x4Center
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Originally Posted by Cameron138 View Post
Just wondering if any of you have any cheap winches you would suggest, I'v done alot of research and I'm starting to like the Q10000. I just wanted to hear your guys personal opinion, I think 10000 might be a tad much for my jeep.
The words Good and Cheap, shouldnt be used when it comes to Winches. SmittyBilt makes good winches that are decently priced. Same for MileMarkers Winches as well.

Smittybilt XRC 8,000 Winch System SB-97281

Smittybilt XRC 10,000 lb Winch System SB-97210

Mile Marker Winch, Sec8 Electric 8000Lb 77-50141
05-08-2013 09:49 AM
1rbotma my grandma always told me "you get what you pay for". a cheap good winch seems to be an oxymoron. shell out some dough and buy a decent winch. you'll have less headaches and problems. Jeeping isn't a cheap sport. spend some money. or sell your jeep
05-08-2013 08:38 AM
SuicideSaints I will post up in a couple weeks, like I said I am going to Moab on the 24th and I am sure I will use it there........
05-07-2013 04:53 PM
Gixxer86g I just ordered the Q9000 myself, and the Smittybilt raised plate. I think I'll be a happy camper.
05-07-2013 02:57 PM
thgr8alex
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Originally Posted by SuicideSaints View Post
I have the Quardratec Q9000. I love it so far, though I have only used it once (other than the initial cable stretch pull). It looks nice and performed when I needed it to. The line speed was about average. I go the black one, I didnt like the look of the silver one. The lifetime mechanical warranty and 1 year electric warranty was appealing. The Quadratec rep hooked me up with free shipping and it was here in 2 days. I have no complaints so far. I am headed to Moab at the end of the month so we will see what it can really do.
Post back up after you get back and use it some. Im interested in the q9000 as well
05-07-2013 02:48 PM
SuicideSaints I have the Quardratec Q9000. I love it so far, though I have only used it once (other than the initial cable stretch pull). It looks nice and performed when I needed it to. The line speed was about average. I go the black one, I didnt like the look of the silver one. The lifetime mechanical warranty and 1 year electric warranty was appealing. The Quadratec rep hooked me up with free shipping and it was here in 2 days. I have no complaints so far. I am headed to Moab at the end of the month so we will see what it can really do.
05-06-2013 07:26 AM
JG Hines
Tiger Shark 9,500

To echo what HobieSailor mentioned, we're big fans of the Tiger Shark 9,500. We've been selling these hand over fist all season. The reason?

It's a really well built, well thought out winch. Stainless hardware, rollers and tie bars are a rare feature on winches costing more that 2x the $349 we sell it (with free shipping too).

We've got a nifty solenoid comparison to the Warn VR as well. Check it out.

Good luck,

jg
superwinchexperts.com
05-06-2013 02:14 AM
InvisiblePants
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Originally Posted by jeepwayoflife View Post
.... The line is galvanized so unless its really torn up it shouldn't be rusting too much. How did you kink it?
I'm curious as well.
05-05-2013 02:19 PM
jeepwayoflife
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Originally Posted by techflork View Post
I bought a chinese piece of junk, and it is a chinese piece of junk. But in its own defense it hasn't failed me yet. I will replace with a warn when I have the cash and this one dies but I don't see this one dying yet. It's been over 2 years, and still going fine. It pulls rather slowly but it gets the job done. It's an Engo 9000. Word of advice, if you live up north just by synthetic. This stupid steel line is rusting like no other and I have now kinked it so badly I must buy a new one. Best of luck!
Why is it junk if it hasn't failed you? It pulls low amperage and pulls at an average speed for a 9000lb winch. The line is galvanized so unless its really torn up it shouldn't be rusting too much. How did you kink it?
05-05-2013 12:27 PM
techflork I bought a chinese piece of junk, and it is a chinese piece of junk. But in its own defense it hasn't failed me yet. I will replace with a warn when I have the cash and this one dies but I don't see this one dying yet. It's been over 2 years, and still going fine. It pulls rather slowly but it gets the job done. It's an Engo 9000. Word of advice, if you live up north just by synthetic. This stupid steel line is rusting like no other and I have now kinked it so badly I must buy a new one. Best of luck!
05-05-2013 11:51 AM
thetoadLJ I've winched myself out of mud and other jams about 6 times with my smitty xrc8. At the time I was strapped for cash and didnt have many ppl to go off roading with so I needed something for self recovery. So far it has performed exemplary. However once it takes a dump I will probably get a warn due to the great things I've heard about them and I try to take every opportunity I can to buy American.
05-05-2013 11:50 AM
s14sh3r
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Originally Posted by jrussblues View Post
Watch the exclamation points...people are sometimes sensitive about those too.
Sometimes people need to stop taking things on the internet so seriously. Something typed in sarcasm or jest may not come across that way to someone else. Shit's crazy, yo.

A winch is on my list of things I need. I almost got myself seriously stuck the other day in a swampy area. I stupidly decided to see if I could make it through this unused path that had about 3 feet of water in it. Huge mistake. I managed to back out of it, but only just barely. I'd love to have a Warn winch, but can't afford one. Hell, I can't afford a cheap one at the moment either, because I'll need to fabricate a winch plate to go with it. When I can, I'm leaning toward one of the Quadratec winches. The reviews I've read have been favorable and I like Quadratec. They've been good to me and I don't see them going away anytime soon.
05-05-2013 11:43 AM
jrussblues
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Originally Posted by 1jeeplvr View Post

Notice the LOL !!
Watch the exclamation points...people are sometimes sensitive about those too.
05-05-2013 11:39 AM
1jeeplvr
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Originally Posted by 1jeeplvr View Post
I go wheeling with people that dont have winches.How do you think I make extra money lol
Notice the LOL !!
05-05-2013 11:39 AM
1jeeplvr
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Originally Posted by 98 tj sport View Post
I wouldn't do that idk about anyone else but I have heard this saying more than once, lockers get u into trouble and a winch will get u out, and I have used my winch more since the lockers cuz I now do harder obstacles and lines
Its a viscous cycle.Now I have front & rear lockers I have to find bigger & harder stuff to make it a challenge
05-05-2013 11:37 AM
1jeeplvr
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Originally Posted by Cameron138 View Post
You don't help other jeeps out? Sell your jeep as soon as possible.
Really,of coarse Im kidding.I have used a dozen times on others,no I didnt charge them,loosen up will ya lol.
05-05-2013 08:45 AM
HobieSailor Superwinch Tigershark 9500lb for $350.

I rarely see this winch mentioned but it's what I have and the quality seems good for the price. BTW this warning is off the superwinch site, found it interesting...

Warning: Synthetic rope cannot be used on this off-road winch. Synthetic rope can only be used on winches with steel drums designed specifically to withstand the rigorous forces created-by synthetic rope; for example the Superwinch Terra Series, the Danny O'Day S4000, the S4000SR or the Talon Series. In addtion, the heat generated by the brake which is located inside the Tiger Shark drum exceeds the heat limitations of Dyneema synthetic rope. Many of our competitors will sell you a winch with a similar brake in drum setup with aftermarket synthetic rope and will not warn you of the damage which may occur to the winch, rope, vehicle or injury to the winch operator.
05-05-2013 08:29 AM
JeepnJim Smittybilt XRC8.
05-05-2013 07:42 AM
98 tj sport
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Originally Posted by 1jeeplvr View Post
Maybe Ill sell my Warn.Since Ive had these lockers put in I dont even use it anymore
I wouldn't do that idk about anyone else but I have heard this saying more than once, lockers get u into trouble and a winch will get u out, and I have used my winch more since the lockers cuz I now do harder obstacles and lines
05-05-2013 03:12 AM
jeepwayoflife My engo 9000lb winch was $289 to my door and has a lifetime mechanical warranty. I replaced the steel line with 3/8" synthetic line from Viking after shredding the steel line (pulling trees). Not one problem with the winch and have had it on my jeep through 100degree weather in the summer and below zero temps in the winter. My only complaint is the solenoid box has faded, but still looks fine. My friend has the Q11000 on his JK and we haven't had a problem either.
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