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Stanton Tucker 01-24-2012 04:05 PM

What Winch Would You Buy?
 
I just ordered the smittybilt stinger front bumper for my 97 tj. Now I am looking at buying a winch, I know I want to get a Warn winch but cant decide on which model.. I want something reliable that will do its job and wont need serviced, I take very good care of my jeep and keep it out of the weather 99% of the time.. Has anyone had a Warn winch they have been really happy with? I am willing to spend about $600 give or take a few bucks.. is that enough to get a quality winch?
Thanks in Advance:thumb:

XJ Knight 01-24-2012 04:09 PM

the only warn winches I know of that you can get for 600 bucks or less are the M8000 on ocassion and the VR Series winches.. Most of Warn's winches are much more expensive then your price range..

Stanton Tucker 01-24-2012 04:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by XJ Knight (Post 1956270)
the only warn winches I know of that you can get for 600 bucks or less are the M8000 on ocassion and the VR Series winches.. Most of Warn's winches are much more expensive then your price range..

That being said, how much would a good one be?

KrzyMoke 01-24-2012 04:23 PM

The VR series is $479 on most sites and the M8000i is around $630 to $680.

I have the M8000i.

XJ Knight 01-24-2012 04:23 PM

the best of warn is $1000 plus.. The M8000 isn't a top of line Warn but is still a very good option for a 2dr Wrangler. I know the VR Series winches are made with cheaper components and what not which keeps the cost down on them..

Here is something for you to look at to give you an idea of all the warn 8000 - 10,500 lb winches available and some prices to go with them Warn Electric - 8,000 to 10,500 lbs.

XJ Knight 01-24-2012 04:26 PM

$540 Amazon.com: WARN 26502 M8000 8000-lb Winch: Automotive

TroutBumTJ 01-24-2012 04:46 PM

My vote is the m8000. Great value and plenty of power for the TJ.

tcate23-WRANGLER 01-24-2012 05:33 PM

everyone who says the vr series is not as good obviously doesn't have one and has a different one. The vr8000 has a lifetime warranty, just as much power as a m8000. I emailed a warn representative and the cheaper components arent used, some of their winched just have MORE components.

locked 01-24-2012 05:44 PM

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Originally Posted by tcate23-WRANGLER (Post 1956534)
everyone who says the vr series is not as good obviously doesn't have one and has a different one. The vr8000 has a lifetime warranty, just as much power as a m8000. I emailed a warn representative and the cheaper components arent used, some of their winched just have MORE components.

There is a reason they are cheaper. Most likely China made and of a little lesser quality. There are 5000 winch threads on here... Read reviews and make your decision. The M8000 would be my choice of the two that are being spot-lighted. Good luck!

XJ Knight 01-24-2012 05:54 PM

Probably made in Oregon like the rest of them im guessing Warn Industries - Corporate: About Us

Michigunman 01-24-2012 06:03 PM

I've thought about and reviewed winches for a while now, but don't have experience with them.

What winch do I want? - Warn 9.5xp at around $1050.

What winch would I buy? Warn M8000 at $540. This would really suit my needs better as an infrequent wincher. For me a winch is a better to have and not need than need and not have kind of item.

So depending on your use I think somewhere in between those two.

n2jeepn 01-24-2012 06:05 PM

It all depends on what your going to use it for and how often. Are you only using it for yourself once a year? Are you using it of others many times a year? Are you winching across 200 feet of snow field? Are you using it at Moab, UT to winch yourself up many rock faces at 75 feet pulls in 90 degree temps?

I ended up buying the mile marker hydraulic HI9000 as I have longer pulls many times a year. Helping others mostly and doing complex winching.

locked 01-24-2012 06:08 PM

They are most likely assembled here, of global parts. They use totally different motors, gear-train, remotes, and solenoids in the control pack.
As far as the changed parts, dont fix it if it aint broke. Its an entry-level winch, nothing wrong with that- I just dont see it lasting like the older ones did (do)

geiman 01-25-2012 08:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Michigunman (Post 1956631)
What winch do I want? - Warn 9.5xp at around $1050.

Exactly what I have been wanting to pick up.

If you're tight on money but want a quality winch, I'd take the other's advice and look at the m8000. Like they already said you can pick one up all day long for under $600, and it's a quality winch with Warn's reputation and warranty behind it.

Jerry Bransford 01-25-2012 08:51 AM

Warn's new VR series is definitely manufactured and engineered in Oregon, it just uses more imported parts.

needforspeed150 02-20-2012 05:41 PM

Any thoughts on the warn
9.5 cti-s synthetic cable aluminum housing
or
xd9000
xd9000I

coops98TJ 02-20-2012 06:23 PM

I would cruise Craigslist and find a used 8724, you should be able to pick up a used one in your buget...... IMHO there is no better winch out there and you can rebuild it on your own.

Tigereye2012 02-20-2012 06:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by needforspeed150 (Post 2054090)
Any thoughts on the warn
9.5 cti-s synthetic cable aluminum housing
or
xd9000
xd9000I

Just installed a 9.5 cti-s on a Shrockworks bumper. I was not totally satisfied with Warn. They did not have the hardware package in the box, then after waiting a couple of weeks I made a second call to customer service. They also sent the wrong hook for the synthetic line. On the positive side they were nice and it does look good.

AC0QR 02-20-2012 06:49 PM

I went with a Warn M8000 and that's what I recommend. I asked for opinions online a while back. Some old-timers said they used to run 4- and 5,000lb winches with no problems. There seems to be an "arms race" of winch ratings currently, apparently it didn't used to be like that.

I looked up vehicle recovery guides online and found that a winch capable of 2x your vehicle's weight will be sufficient for all except the most ridiculous situations (ie, dragging you, wheels locked, up a 45 degree boulder field).

Go for the M8000. Keep the relay box under the hood & out of the weather using some #2 welding cable. And get a thick winch plate - 8,000lbs will bend some steel.

blue6tj 02-20-2012 06:51 PM

I have the Warn DX9000 and love it... But it's $1K

Jerry Bransford 02-20-2012 07:05 PM

Any Warn winch between 8,000 and 9,500 lbs. of capacity will be fine. Know that the bigger the winch, like comparing the 9,500 to the 8,000 capacity winch, the less amperage it requires to pull the same size load.

My first winch will likely be my all-time favorite, the Warn HS-9500i. Sadly it was on my TJ when it was stolen last year. My current winch that I am happy with is a Warn 9.5xp which is probably their strongest/most robust 9.5K lb. capacity winch ever.

ballistx 02-20-2012 07:12 PM

long time Warns
 
Bought my first Warn winch in about 73. It was an 8274. Since I have had quite a few, all Warns except one Ramsey. Put the Ramsey on car trailer because it was SO slow. Most of mine have been the M8000's.

I was transferring the winch (an M8000) and the ground terminal twisted off. I contacted Warn just asking what was the best approach. This was for a 15 year old winch. Their answer was a brand new motor in the mail, NO CHARGE.

I have abused the Warns pulling logs to the point of having the motors smoking. Never had a failure.

Guess it is obvious my vote goes for the M8000's. Only have 2 right now.

Will George 02-20-2012 07:26 PM

i know everyone on here is a warn or nothing basically, but has anyone ran the smittybilt xrc-8? for 300 bucks at 8000lb it sounds like a decent deal, but i haven't run into many people with them, thought id ask you guys, thanks in advance

TyJeep97 02-20-2012 07:32 PM

I have the xrc-8 on my Smittybilt stinger, it has worked well for me. Ive used it in 2 pretty bad situations and no problems yet!

XJ Knight 02-20-2012 07:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Will George (Post 2054600)
i know everyone on here is a warn or nothing basically, but has anyone ran the smittybilt xrc-8? for 300 bucks at 8000lb it sounds like a decent deal, but i haven't run into many people with them, thought id ask you guys, thanks in advance

I never had one personally but I've been recovered a few times buy one :D

I know 2 guys with the xrc 8 and one with a xrc 10.. The xrc 8's are 2 or 4 years old and the guy who has the xrc 10 I know has had it for almost a year

Will George 02-20-2012 07:51 PM

I'm thinking about buying one just for the price... also what is the difference in sythentic lines and normals?
i know the sythentic is better, other wise it wouldn't cost more lol, but is it a big difference
i wheel moderately, my pullouts aren't extreme, but sometimes i need to get out of a trench or pulled over a rock... any other winches to recommend, cheaper the better like everything. but i have some dough currently
buying some brand new 33's =)

XJ Knight 02-20-2012 08:18 PM

On the cheap end of winches I like the engo alot as well.. I have yet to hear a complaint yet. On a WARN note though while your at it look at there VR Series winches and the M8000. It's among there more affordable winches to those who don't have money growning out of there A$$

Plowboy1970 02-20-2012 08:22 PM

Search craigslist. I picked up a Warn XD9000i for $400 I also see Warn 8274's on there too for $500-800

TJDave 02-20-2012 08:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Plowboy1970 (Post 2054917)
Search craigslist. I picked up a Warn XD9000i for $400 I also see Warn 8274's on there too for $500-800

I also bought a used Warn XD9000i from a friend. My Smitty XRC8 died after only two years on the Jeep.

The difference is night and day. When it still worked, the XRC8 was hard to free spool, was slow when winching under a load, and drew a lot of power.

Sherpa 02-20-2012 09:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stanton Tucker (Post 1956261)
Has anyone had a Warn winch they have been really happy with?

Yep. I had an XD9000i I bought used from a friend. I installed it on the TJ I owned at the time, a '97 Sahara:

http://dempseybowling.com/cars/pastcars/97sahara.jpg

This winch performed flawlessly for me. It allowed me to pull myself up a local dry "waterfall" obstacle as tall as my Jeep, then turn around and pull my winchless friend up after me. The obstacle in question (that is my friend Ralph parked at it):

http://dempseybowling.com/pix/jeeping/con_ra02.jpg

I was a complete fool and I didn't remove this winch when I sold the Jeep... so now I'm on the hunt for a winch for my current TJ. I am trying to decide between another XD9000i, a 9.5cti or a 9.5xp. I like having extra capacity (in case I need to pull a heavier vehicle) and the lower amp draw.


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