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Old November 20th, 2008, 09:38 PM   #1
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The wife just gave me the go ahead to get a winch for the flatty, There are 2 versions of this winch, the 1st generation and second generation. The first has a 4.1hp permanent magnet motor and the second gen has a 5.5 hp series wound, anyone know how to tell the difference in the 2 winches?

Or anyone know of another decent winch in the $300 range? I wanted a PTO winch on the flatty, or an old school warn, but it just isn't in the cards right now, and won't be for awhile, I figure when I upgrade this can be a rear winch for the YJ.

The most use it will get is raising and lowering the snowblade
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Old November 20th, 2008, 10:58 PM   #2
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Slowest winch I've ever seen. But it did the job . . . . is this less then the harbor freight Chicago winch?
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Old November 20th, 2008, 11:39 PM   #3
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mine works but as said its SLOW.. and the controller SUCKS ! im on the 2nd one and its doing the same thing.. the rocker switch keeps sticking It got bumped in the cab and stuck in the spool out mode.. causing the entire spool of cable to get all fucked up !

if you're only using it to raise the blade buy a cheapo $50 atv 2k from HF ive got one on our car trailer and its pulled the s-10 u single line running off only a jump box
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Old November 21st, 2008, 07:16 AM   #4
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mine works but as said its SLOW.. and the controller SUCKS ! im on the 2nd one and its doing the same thing.. the rocker switch keeps sticking It got bumped in the cab and stuck in the spool out mode.. causing the entire spool of cable to get all fucked up !

if you're only using it to raise the blade buy a cheapo $50 atv 2k from HF ive got one on our car trailer and its pulled the s-10 u single line running off only a jump box
It would get used for recovery too... once in awhile, I don't plan on wheeling the fattie a ton once the YJ is done.

Do you have the first or second gen winch?
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Old November 21st, 2008, 07:37 AM   #5
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I think they are still giving crazy deals on T Max winches... for another $100 you might consider them... I went with a T-Max because it was 1/2 the price of a warn at "cost".
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I have the Smitty series 1. It is slow, but has never stalled. I've never had an issue with the remote either. I've had about 4 or 5 easy recoveries and 3 or 4 hard pulls with it. No worries at all.

The 4.1hp motor is the 8K rated winch. The 5.5hp is 10K rated.

the cheapest place I found was www.winchdepot.com
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I just checked the t-max and their motors are 6.6hp, I think the warns are just a little behind them. not really useful info, just somethign worth noting.
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I have the Smitty series 1. It is slow, but has never stalled. I've never had an issue with the remote either. I've had about 4 or 5 easy recoveries and 3 or 4 hard pulls with it. No worries at all.

The 4.1hp motor is the 8K rated winch. The 5.5hp is 10K rated.

the cheapest place I found was www.winchdepot.com
then 4wd.com has an error on their site, they are showing the gen 2 XRC8 has a 5.5hp series wound motor.

http://www.4wd.com/productdetails.aspx?partID=40271
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the first gen xrc8 is a mile marker, the second gen is a t-max.
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then 4wd.com has an error on their site, they are showing the gen 2 XRC8 has a 5.5hp series wound motor.

http://www.4wd.com/productdetails.aspx?partID=40271
I would buy that and use the 10% storewide promotion
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I would buy that and use the 10% storewide promotion
Winch depot is still cheaper after shipping from 4wd is tacked on... I just checked
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I have the 2nd gen XRC8, and I have had no problems. All winches are slow to me, plus I am never in a hurry when winching anyway.
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