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Old May 13th, 2009, 11:23 AM   #21
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so should i tear beckys apart? she has the 10000 t max. we have used it 7 times with no issue so far, but i am sure it has the same pin as whiterhino.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 12:16 PM   #22
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so should i tear beckys apart? she has the 10000 t max. we have used it 7 times with no issue so far, but i am sure it has the same pin as whiterhino.
I have the same one and was wondering the same thing...however the only pull mine ever did was to get the slack out of the line when i first mounted it!
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Old May 13th, 2009, 02:36 PM   #23
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Here's what I can tell you. The difference from free spool to engaged is about a 45 degree tilt from straight up to forward. It moves quite easily and can be deceiving that you actually moved something internal. So, I think that some people have a tendancy to try to move them further than the required 45 degrees. Should you fix it? Probably not a bad idea.

It should also be noted that the way the T-max engages is very simple. So, if you happen to break on the trail, a couple well placed zip ties will hold the handle in place with the winch engaged. How do I know? That's what I had to do. So, it's more of a aggravation than a dead winch.
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It should also be noted that the way the T-max engages is very simple. So, if you happen to break on the trail, a couple well placed zip ties will hold the handle in place with the winch engaged. How do I know? That's what I had to do. So, it's more of a aggravation than a dead winch.

So that means Kelly could have finished the upper part of Rattlerock.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 03:12 PM   #25
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So that means Kelly could have finished the upper part of Rattlerock.
You mean if he did not have a vagina?
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Old May 13th, 2009, 09:40 PM   #26
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So that means Kelly could have finished the upper part of Rattlerock.
Yup, that's true.

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You mean if he did not have a vagina?
Who the hell are you to talk? He made the trip and wheeled until he couldn't winch anymore. How was he to know that he could have still used it? If I had been there at the time I could have helped him but oh well.
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You mean if he did not have a vagina?

I'd give him more shit too, but after over heating (eletrical issue), blowing a hub, ripping out two 6" valve stems and then having the winch failure in less than 20ft and what seemed like 20 mins ... it's probably a good thing he bailed where he did.

He also went out on a limb and wheeled with a group he was totally unfamiliar with.

That being said .... has nothing to do with his vagina, it's still huge.
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Not sure what you consider "junk" but I ran a ramsey 8000 for two years without issue, it was just stupid slow, then I went to a ramsey 9000 that I got a good deal on for two years, never had an issue, just still stupid slow. Then I upgraded to a "high end" warn, and in the 1.5 years I ran it, I had a motor failure, my controller broke, had a solenoid go bad, then ultimately the brake wore out. When I went to purchase the part, and found out what Warn charges for the replacement brake , I decided never to give that company another penny.


Cliff notes: High end winches = total failure from my experiences.


My winch is also wired to a in-dash toggle switch system, but wireless is much better imo.


We have worked on a few tow trucks lately at work and the three I worked on had Ramsey winches and I know they use them alot, they were original to the trucks one of which was a '98. They must be pretty good.
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Yup, that's true.



Who the hell are you to talk? He made the trip and wheeled until he couldn't winch anymore. How was he to know that he could have still used it? If I had been there at the time I could have helped him but oh well.
Im the guy that tells people what to do, regardless if they ask for it or not......like the guy I think should go to the badlands instead of the mounds....for the good of michigan wheeling
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Im the guy that tells people what to do, regardless if they ask for it or not......like the guy I think should go to the badlands instead of the mounds....for the good of michigan wheeling
Yes, I have noticed ever since you sold your jeep you have become a bigger dick with very few productive comments.
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Your just noticing that?

I was an umproductive dick when I had a rig
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It should also be noted that the way the T-max engages is very simple. So, if you happen to break on the trail, a couple well placed zip ties will hold the handle in place with the winch engaged. How do I know? That's what I had to do. So, it's more of a aggravation than a dead winch.
I just bought a new XRC8 from Ironman and this has me concerned.

So your saying if the pin does break on the trail its just a matter of being able to hold the lever in position to keep using it until you can fix the pin?


I finally bit the bullet and bought a replacement for my 5 year old Champion and then I read this! My Champion has only let me down once in 5 years due to a burned up connection,other than that it has been a perfectly good {loud,slow,hot} winch for the couple hundred I paid for it years ago.
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I just bought a new XRC8 from Ironman and this has me concerned.

So your saying if the pin does break on the trail its just a matter of being able to hold the lever in position to keep using it until you can fix the pin?


I finally bit the bullet and bought a replacement for my 5 year old Champion and then I read this! My Champion has only let me down once in 5 years due to a burned up connection,other than that it has been a perfectly good {loud,slow,hot} winch for the couple hundred I paid for it years ago.
I wouldn't get too worked up. This sounds like a very good winch. It just happens to have a very minor design flaw, wich can cause some major headache on the trail if not upgraded first.
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Well after another fun day at R&V, we used 2 different T-max winches with zero problems.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 08:46 PM   #35
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I just had the same problem with my smittybilt, thanks for the easy fix. I wish I would have read the original post the spring and ball shot across my garage, but I was able to find both.
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Old September 15th, 2009, 10:57 AM   #36
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I think my smitty built just did the same thing

Going to take it apart tonight.
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My t-max Did the same thing. But my end case also broke. The end case is a very soft case. Becareful the case doesn't break. I tried to find a replacement part from T-max but they are no longer in bussiness. I WOULD NOT BUY ANOTHER T-MAX if the company is no longer in bussiness. I called Smity built and asked them if there parts would fit on a t-max winch. They told me they don't know but I was willing to try it it looked the same and measurements were the same. I ordered a new handle (it came with a spring and a little ball) and three end cases so when it breaks again I have a spare to replace it.

IF YOU ARE THINKING OF BUYING A T-MAX DON'T
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My t-max Did the same thing. But my end case also broke. The end case is a very soft case. Becareful the case doesn't break. I tried to find a replacement part from T-max but they are no longer in bussiness. I WOULD NOT BUY ANOTHER T-MAX if the company is no longer in bussiness. I called Smity built and asked them if there parts would fit on a t-max winch. They told me they don't know but I was willing to try it it looked the same and measurements were the same. I ordered a new handle (it came with a spring and a little ball) and three end cases so when it breaks again I have a spare to replace it.

IF YOU ARE THINKING OF BUYING A T-MAX DON'T
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tmaxx is still in business but they were bought out by westin. i have had rounds with them about warranty claims. none of the old winches are covered. they must have the new westin mark on them.i did get the claim done, after 3 weeks of calling the president of the company.....
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