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Old 10-14-2018, 06:01 PM
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Which winch to get?

I suspect that this question has been asked a lot. I tried to use the search feature to find past posts, but didn't have much luck.
I have a 2018 two door Jeep Wrangler JK.
Looking at all the different winches can be confusing.
How important is synthetic over steel cable?
How important is the winch being waterproof?
I am looking at the new Quadratec Q9500I winch.
Is the one Harbor freight sells just as good?
Any help will be appreciated.

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Synthetic cable is safer and lighter. But depending on the terrain may not be optimal. Waterproof, do you cross rivers or plan on getting stuck in really deep mud? If not water resistant will likely be fine. And just for reference the two you winches you mentioned are lower end. They might be fine for short pulls like get off a rock. But longer pulls will fry them if you dont manage them like a hawk. For not much more look at engo or the warn VR line. 8k-10k will work well for a jk.
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I have absolutely no issues with my Smittybilt X20 10,000 lb with synthetic rope. I've used it 8 times in the last 4 months or so. Once back to back pulls, and yesterday 4 pulls in about an hour. Price and reviews were good.
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i installed a smittybilt x20 for a friend, and just by handling it could tell that it was a quality unit. it also comes with an awesome wireless remote.


i would get synthetic line because you never have to wear gloves when handling it and dont have to worry about if the line snaps.
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Synthetic rope usually weighs half of steel cable.
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I suspect that this question has been asked a lot. I tried to use the search feature to find past posts, but didn't have much luck.
I have a 2018 two door Jeep Wrangler JK.
Looking at all the different winches can be confusing.
How important is synthetic over steel cable?
How important is the winch being waterproof?
I am looking at the new Quadratec Q9500I winch.
Is the one Harbor freight sells just as good?
Any help will be appreciated.
I have the Q9500. It seems fine, but I have not yet had to use it in anger. I am more likely to use it pulling a tree or shrub out of the ground then anything else.
I would not go with a steel cable unless you had a specific need for a steel cable. For most I think the safety aspect of synthetic makes it the way to go.
I wanted a Warn winch. But I looked at the cost vs how often / much I am likely to use it and decided to go with a cheaper option to start. I may down the road find I need a better winch. If that happens I will buy a better winch. I went with the Q9500 in part because I have bought enough from @Quadratec to feel comfortable with how they will stand behind it. They have been good people to deal with so far. That is not a reflection on the others options, just that for me Quadratec is a known quantity and I have had good experiences with them. But so far it has not been an issue. I have not had an issue with the winch yet.
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Synthetic rope usually weighs half of steel cable.
And is safer. Most folks opt for synthetic these days.

Of course there are dumbasses like me who stick with steel...


Oh, and for a quality, affordable winch look into the SuperWinch TigerShark series.
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I suspect that this question has been asked a lot. I tried to use the search feature to find past posts, but didn't have much luck.
I have a 2018 two door Jeep Wrangler JK.
Looking at all the different winches can be confusing.
How important is synthetic over steel cable?
How important is the winch being waterproof?
I am looking at the new Quadratec Q9500I winch.
Is the one Harbor freight sells just as good?
Any help will be appreciated.
Unless you legitamently wheel a lot, I would just get a warn 8000lb winch with a steel cable. Its really all you need for a Jeep. I would never buy anything from shittybilt. I'm a firm believer that you get what you pay for and I have witnessed first hand their winches fail.

You winch doesn't have to be waterproof. Unless you plan on submerging it in deep river crossings it doesn't matter. Besides the rubber cap will cover the points when its not in use and you will probably have it covered when you aren't using it.

I am not a huge synthetic rope fan. If you put a weighted bag on your winch line you will never have a problem if it snaps. Steel will last you longer and just bring a pair of gloves with you when you wheel. Steel lines will also save you some money and you wont have to unspool and respool the line because most winches come with a steel line attached. Besides do you know how hard it is to snap a steel line? Since you are asking questions about getting into the winch game im guessing you are new to 4wheeling and dont wheel to much. Just get a steel rope so you dont have to worry about cleaning and maintaining the synthetic rope.

I also would never buy a harbor freight winch. I'm not going to elaborate more on that. Just stay away from their winches, their cheap tools are fine but dont buy their winches lol.

I would also not buy a quadratec. buy a warn. Heres the thing, you are never going to use a winch until you need it. And quadratec has has a few complaints about moisture getting in the winch and killing the motor. The worst feeling in the world is having to use your winch to get you out of a bad situation and it doesn't work... it happened to me.

Buy yourself an 8000lb warn with a steel cable and never worry. Its worth it.
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Thanks to everyone for your input and answers. I really appreciate the information you have given. I have had four wheel drive vehicle's for a long time and never needed a winch. But, with my new JK Wrangler I thought I would get one. Hopefully I will never need it.
Thanks again for taking the time to help educate me on this issue.
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I am not a huge synthetic rope fan. If you put a weighted bag on your winch line you will never have a problem if it snaps. Steel will last you longer and just bring a pair of gloves with you when you wheel. Steel lines will also save you some money and you wont have to unspool and respool the line because most winches come with a steel line attached. Besides do you know how hard it is to snap a steel line? Since you are asking questions about getting into the winch game im guessing you are new to 4wheeling and dont wheel to much. Just get a steel rope so you dont have to worry about cleaning and maintaining the synthetic rope.

I've had steal and synthetic winch line. I highly prefer the synth line for the simple fact that it is much easier to manage by yourself. Steal just never goes where you want it to go. No such problems with the rope. I also keep a cover on my winch....no maintenance needed.
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If you are getting a winch, I'm selling my never used Warn

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Don't overlook ComeUp Winches ---- they were making private label for many of the name brands and recently started selling under their own name. They've got entry level to pro products.
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If you get one that works, there is nothing wrong with a Harbor Freight winch. They are slooooow, you can't get replacement parts if it breaks but they are cheap. I run one because I bought it for something completely different than what I use it for now. I put on 95' of synthetic line and a safety thimble and it does what it needs to do so far.

So, if you only have $250 to spend on a winch, it will do. Don't expect it to last forever, don't expect it to run fast and certainly don't expect to be able to repair it should it break.

When mine breaks, I'll be looking at a good one. It will have a decent line speed and the availability to buy repair parts. But I have no regrets on using the Harbor Freight winch right now.
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So here's my take. My Jeep when purchased had a Smittybilt 9500 lb winch on it. I have found no reason to take it off and replace. I have used it multiple times and never had an issue.

Two weeks ago I winched a minivan up a 20 degree incline about 100 feet and never had an issue. Don't ask how he got down there... Can't fix stupid.

I would probably never buy one, but it hasn't let me down yet. I know that is kind of a mixed message. Also never really wheel alone so if it does fail I have a backup...lol.
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