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Kodysteeler43 06-20-2010 04:03 PM

Winch Question
I was just wondering what size winch i will need for my jeep. I will rarely use the winch for this is my DD and not many trails around here. Will a 8,000 or 8,500 lb. winch work just fine? Im looking for something under $500 for sure and found a couple that fit my budget.

Barrie 06-20-2010 04:07 PM

8000-8500 will be fine. You can buy an American made Warn for just a touch over $500.

rketr 06-20-2010 04:23 PM

^^ x2

jskinn27 06-20-2010 04:36 PM

dont get any of the cheap imported winches. stick with USA made

Kodysteeler43 06-20-2010 06:01 PM

im trying to stay cheap because im saving up for tires and wheels and need every last bit. is the Rugged Ridge and Smitybilt us made?
Rugged Ridge 15100.01 - Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty 8500lbs. Winch - Quadratec

distortedtj 06-20-2010 06:25 PM

^^^^ Nope.

03 RUBI 06-20-2010 07:06 PM

Use the search function and find lots of info on this question.

s3nt3nc3d 06-20-2010 07:22 PM

Spend the extra few bucks on the go cheap and it'll most likely leave you stranded that one time you need it most. And then once you pay the bill for the towing company to winch you out, you'll realize it would have been cheaper to have bought the Warn which will last for years.

I believe the Warn M8000 is $539 shipped from only $39 over your upper limit and it won't leave you stranded.

One thing to keep in mind with get what you pay for. Buy a cheap winch, the quality/reliability is going to reflect that.

rbraden1970 06-20-2010 10:57 PM

I would stick with warn M8000. Everytime I have been out wheeling about 90% of the jeeps are running a warn winch of some sort which has to say something. Everyone wants to save money but you want it to work the time you need it to. I picked up mine for under $600. Save up and by one you can trust...

HOUND 06-21-2010 08:39 AM

It really won't matter what tires or wheels you run if you still can't get out of the mud. If you NEVER go offroad, then get wheels/tires first. If you plan to get into offroading, then get the winch first. If you decide on that first trip to "test your limits", you'll be more than glad you've got that winch mounted!

Kodysteeler43 06-21-2010 07:00 PM

so the warn m8000 self recovery will pull my jeep just fine. Its 8000lb pull.

Jerry Bransford 06-21-2010 07:19 PM


Originally Posted by Kodysteeler43 (Post 663236)
so the warn m8000 self recovery will pull my jeep just fine. Its 8000lb pull.

Absolutely, it's a good quality US-made winch and that capacity is fine for a Wrangler.

Personally, I consider the Chinese-made Smittybilt to be junk. The Rugged Ridge is made in China too. :)

Kodysteeler43 06-21-2010 07:21 PM

how much will a winch plate run me to put on my stock bumper?
for this winch (m8000).

Kodysteeler43 06-23-2010 04:17 PM


YJoey 06-23-2010 04:32 PM

A winch plate can be made pretty cheap or purchased for around $75. I got the smittybilt winch and im really happy with it. They have redesigned it from the first model. Now it has a series wound motor rated at 5.5hp i believe. To me I couldn't justify spending the extra $400 on a superwinch when I was only going to use it a few times a year. Just something to think about.

Another thing, I bought the smittybilt XRC front bumper also. Got it pretty cheap from and it has an intergrated winch plate. Just throwin it out there.

cru9 06-23-2010 04:33 PM

$100 new maybe cheaper on craigslist if you can find a used one

Nic of HJP 06-23-2010 04:50 PM

Got my rugged ridge winch plate for about $60. No problems with it and it seems pretty heavy duty. I like it.

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