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Old 07-09-2016, 11:04 PM
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A Winch By Any Other Name...

Looking to purchase my 1st winch for my '93 YJ and I must admit, I'm a little overwhelmed.

I've been searching reviews and I'm no closer to making a purchase than when I started. Opinions vary from site to site and I haven't noticed a general consensus on any brand.

I'd like to hear some words of wisdom from those that have had success and failures with various winches, especially with what appears to be the 4 most commonly used: SuperWinch, Smittybilt, Ramsey and Warn.

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I'm happy with my 9k Quadratec winch.

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Old 07-10-2016, 12:01 AM   #3
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No complaints with the RS9500 from Rough Country. It was a good fit for my budget and intended use. Whatever you chose, go with the synthetic cable. Also, consider upgrading your charging and electrical system. I'm running the 140A alternator from a 98 Grand Cherokee, 1050 CCA AGM battery and up-sized cables #2 from battery and #4 from alternator.
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Get what you can afford. Warn's are nice but expensive, the good part is that you can get parts to fix it if you break it. Superwinch and ramsey also have some parts available. I have a champion from Costco, it has worked great and the cool thing it is made by ramsey. When you look at the cheaper ones many times they are made by a one of the bigger companies.
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I've got a hand-me-down warn from my pops LJR. It works, I havent really used it at all on my YJ. I think the only time I used it was when I had to recover a 4 wheeler from a low flow ditch a few years ago, and it didn't struggle to pull the quad out. I agree with Yello, get what you can afford.
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That's a really slick set-up!!!!
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I think I've ruled out a Warn. Just not gee-haw'ing with my budget. I'm now looking into the Rough Country and Quadratec.

Also, I've noticed that 8-8.5k winches are quite common in the Jeep community. I've been looking at a water-proof 10k winch with a synthetic cable. Is 10k overkill?
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That's a really slick set-up!!!!
Sorry, this was meant for Airslot.
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Harbor Freight has a 12K# winch for $300.00 when it is on sale. Just register for their e-mails and you will get the monthly sales.

At $300.00, if it fails you can just go get another one. They are rated surprisingly good.

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Warn does make a budget series of winches. I have one friend that had to replace something on his Warn. That's it. Very low fail rate with easy to find parts. They are manufactured in Oregon. I have no experience with Ramsey or Superwinch. They are not common where I live. The cheaper winches have had problems with improper grease. Two friends had problems with their Smittybilt winches. They each disassembled, used proper grease and are now happy. My Warn has been flawless since I bought it sometime around year 2000. Recently upgraded to synthetic line.

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Warns M8000 is ALL USA made. Thats enough for me and guys who wheel all the time on all these forums swear by it. You can save a few hundred and buy the VR8000 with a bunch of off shore Asian parts BUT you bought a Wrangler.... NOT a Patriot. So why cheap out on the winch??

Ramsey, ex Tulsa Winch makes more winches than anyone. And they are bullet proof. The winches they make for Jeeps are a tiny part of this Industrial, Oil Field giant.

Heres an old Oshkosh 6x6 with a Ramsey 60ton winch. I drive for a towing company and I tell him you buy that? I'll drive it for free !!
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I am also looking to purchase my first winch. Does anyone have comments on the Badland winches from Harbor Freight. I saw one (12000 lbs) for $399.99.
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I am also ready to buy a winch. I am torn between the seeming bullet proof Warn M8000 and the less expensive Smittybilt XRC 9.5.

I was on the trail the other day and a guy with a Smitty winch recovered 2 vehicles. My buddy has a Smitty and swears buy it. I went to a Jeep meet the other day just to look at winches. I saw winches by Smittybilt, Barricade and Badland. Not one Warn.

I really want the Warn so I don't need to worry about it.

I read this somewhere and it stuck in my head..... you get what you pay for, but on the trails you get what you deserve.
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I've been checking out the Tiger Shark on Northern Tool. The 9500lb model is $349 and the 10k is $399. Both have really good reviews.
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Ive had a m8000 in the past on my TJ. It ate solnoids all the time. When I worked at 4wp the gen1 sb winches had issues the gen2 worked great. I bought a gen2 xrc8 comp ive had it for 5 or so years its been a great winch honestly, Id but another one.
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I am also looking to purchase my first winch. Does anyone have comments on the Badland winches from Harbor Freight. I saw one (12000 lbs) for $399.99.
I've got the 12k on my Jeep, and it's never let me down. Some family friends run them on their wheeling rigs, and while they might be a bit slow, they are reliable.

As mentioned earlier in the thread, watch for it to go on sale. It seems like they regularly knock the price down to $300.
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I have an 8k SmittyBilt. I bought it used, and right off the bat the control box took a crap. Since I replaced the box, it's worked out okay. I'm still not sure I'd buy another one. Mostly I've used it more to pull other people than for myself. I'm probably not taking enough risks.

Anyway, for the money, Warn is by far going to probably be the best quality wench you'll find.
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I've had the Harbor Freight for 4 or so years now and do use it around the farm and have pulled out my 3/4 ton Ram with it before, never had to winch my Jeep out "Yet"! It cost $299.00 onsale and a years ago I bought another one to go my Ram 3500, They are a little slower than some, but they are very Strong. I just got a flyer in the mail and they are on Sale in Agust for $299.00 in the mailer, with the coupon. The bad Lands [H.F.] winches look just like so many of the other ones like smittybuilt, tiger shark, rough country, ect. most all made in China, Warm and Ramsey most likely are the best, I just don't need the big name to do what little I use one for, If I had a Tow service I may have one, but not for what I do, I can buy 3 of the BadLands 12K for the Price of one Ramsey.
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Got lucky today and traded for a used Warn 8000lb winch with a mounting plate, new cable and roller faring. It solid with some surface rust from not being covered while not in use. Going to start the mounting process this next week. Here goes nothing...
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Spent a couple of hours this morning and got the winch installed. Pulled the cable out and rewound it. Very pleased with the over all speed and power winch has.

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