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Old 05-13-2015, 05:00 PM
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King of newbs here.

I know zip, zero, zilch about winches. I've skimmed some posts here and it seems like a lot of you like smittybilt. They seem like a really good bang for the buck.

I've been looking at the Smittybilt XRC Comp. It's pretty light (I imagine that's primarily because of the synthetic line), seems to have good numbers, and isn't ridiculously expensive.

So here are my newb questions.
1. Is this a good winch? Is there a cheaper better winch (trying to stay pretty light weight)
2. I am having a custom bumper built and really don't want the top of the winch to show (Yes I'm picky). The bumper I'm building/having built is gonna look kind of like this (http://www.customtrucksal.com/wp-con...1-1024x680.jpg)
How do I enclose the winch in the bumper if It has that box (solenoid?) on top. Can I control the winch by wiring a switch to the interior?
3. If something breaks on the winch, like the motor, where will I be able to buy a new one?

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Old 05-13-2015, 07:26 PM   #2
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it all depends on how much you are going to use it. Personally, for me, I bought the quadratec 9500. If i use my winch 5x's a year thats a lot. if you plan on using it a lot, spend the extra on a really good unit. good luck. the one thing about a pre made bumper is you don't have to worry about the fit, although most bumpers don't hide the winch.

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Old 05-13-2015, 09:33 PM   #3
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Worrying about how lightweight the winch is and hiding it under the bumper are the wrong issues to worry about (unless it is strictly for looks).

A winch on an off road vehicle should normally be capable of handing twice the weight of the vehicle. In order to use the winch for recovery, you need to have good access to the operational components as well as the spool.
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Worrying about how lightweight the winch is and hiding it under the bumper are the wrong issues to worry about (unless it is strictly for looks).
I always worry about weight. But you're right I shouldn't be worrying about hiding the winch.

So let's just talk about a winch. Is the smittybilt xrc comp any good?

Looking for the best bang for the buck! I've heard quadratec is pretty junky.
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All I can attest to is that I have two of the 2nd Gen Smittybilt XRCs. I have a 9.5 Comp on the front bumper, and a 4000 Steel on a hitch plate that I carry if I'm going out solo (cuz sometimes pulling forward just ain't gonna cut it.)

I have had the 9.5 on the front for about a year now. I got stuck the first week I had it, on a lark a few miles from my house when I saw a narrow trail disappear into the woods one night. I've had to use the winch seven times since then, including as recently as last weekend. Once three weeks ago it was submerged about halfway up its body when a puddle in the middle of an unknown trail turned out to be a small lake.

Not exactly a thousand pulls over 15 years, I'll grant you. But more than most people will use one in five years, if I had to guess.

It has been flawless. I do test fire it once a month or so, just to make sure nothing has happened to it before I go out. Always perfect.

If I had it to do over again I'd get the X20 10k, since it's, what, only a hundred bucks more? And I figure eventually the extra water sealing may prove to be valuable. Or not; winches have been on the fronts of trucks for decades without fancy water sealing. The XRC Comp is probably better than you'll need.

The 4k XRC has only been used twice, and it worked like a charm as well. But steel rope is a bitch. I'll probably replace with syn when I get around to it.
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X20 10K with synthetic line here. Like it a lot the 3 times I've had to use it so far. You can remote mount that solenoid if you're worried about it sticking up too far.

Wireless controller is really nice too.
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King of newbs here.

I know zip, zero, zilch about winches. I've skimmed some posts here and it seems like a lot of you like smittybilt. They seem like a really good bang for the buck.

I've been looking at the Smittybilt XRC Comp. It's pretty light (I imagine that's primarily because of the synthetic line), seems to have good numbers, and isn't ridiculously expensive.

So here are my newb questions.
1. Is this a good winch? Is there a cheaper better winch (trying to stay pretty light weight)
2. I am having a custom bumper built and really don't want the top of the winch to show (Yes I'm picky). The bumper I'm building/having built is gonna look kind of like this (http://www.customtrucksal.com/wp-con...1-1024x680.jpg)
How do I enclose the winch in the bumper if It has that box (solenoid?) on top. Can I control the winch by wiring a switch to the interior?
3. If something breaks on the winch, like the motor, where will I be able to buy a new one?
So, this is for an ATV right?
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They all work the same.. there is no special powers to any winch..the location its made can make a difference quality of parts and how long it lasts. Many of imported winches that have come out in the last 5 years or so.. are doing well.. keep in mind they do seem to have a higher failure rate(though most folks only report things that go wrong and don't post how good) that some of the better known higher end brands.. But I have seen those fail too. The synth line is a great upgrade and is so much safer than steel.. But again nothing wrong with steel if you need to save a few bucks. Having any winch when you need it is better than having no winch..
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X20 10K with synthetic line here. Like it a lot the 3 times I've had to use it so far. You can remote mount that solenoid if you're worried about it sticking up too far.

Wireless controller is really nice too.
I just bought a X20 10k and love it.You get a lot for the money.
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My XRC Winch 9500

I'm not a "winch expert". But... I'm driving a JK for a living in the Yukon (Canada). Probably have used my XRC 9500 winch 500 times over the last two years and can't complain about it. That thing is thougher than my Jeep itself, I think. I warmly recommend you to go ahead and order it.


It's a corded remote control (not wireless). And you need to plug it into the socket directly in the winch box. But the cord is long enough to reach the driver's window. So, you can drive and operate the winch at the same time. I do that all the time. I use my limb risers to make sure the cord won't fall on the ground while I'm moving.


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