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Old April 10th, 2008, 03:09 PM   #1
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I am getting ready to purchase a winch for my TJ. What would you guys recommend?
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Old April 10th, 2008, 03:18 PM   #2
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milemarker from costco...cheap and deep
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Old April 10th, 2008, 03:23 PM   #3
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what about smittybilt?
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if its less than 300 go with it. my outlook on winches are 8000 lbs is more than enough unless you have a monster truck and slam into the largest deepest mud you can find. smittybuilt makes a pretty decent product so al long as it winches youre good.


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Old April 10th, 2008, 05:52 PM   #5
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Warn M8000, you can usually find them for $530.00 with roller fairlead and 100' of line. I recommend not messing with the cheap off-brand ones but just my opinion.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 05:59 PM   #6
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superwinch 9.0 ep or epi. love mine. 500 new
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Old April 10th, 2008, 06:00 PM   #7
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smittybuilt for the money is a sweet winch.they just changed some stuff on it and came out with a 10.000 pound one...warn is always good but pricey.i think milemarker is junk...tmax is a good in between and they are decent price. go to the winchdepot or pirate 4x4 and you will find some good deals.
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most bang for the buck...tough to beat a superwinch epi (which I personally have) or a warn m8000.

Slightly more than the "discount" brands but the quality is heads above. A cheap winch will fail when you need it most. I've just seen to many people fight/cuss and yell about a bargain winch that quit working..even under limited or "light" usage.

I have worked my winch in some hard tough long pulls and it never blinked, I have seen many warns do the same...work harder than it's "anticipated" use and never miss a beat.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 06:48 PM   #9
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Best for the money depends on what you want out of it.

Are you just looking to get yourself out of a mudhole/snowbank, or do more?

A slow winch is dangerous/useless when climbing, when you are rearing up and need the winch to take up slack as you go up.

Warn M8000s are very good values, and not too slow.

I currently have an M8000 with rope, but will move to something faster later this year.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 07:03 PM   #11
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I just bought the new Smittybilt XCR8000 $299 with free shipping from 4wd.com Also picked up a lifetime warranty for $30 extra. I figure it's not a Warn but, if it breaks I am covered for life.

They also just changed it from the origional.

old part number 97280 had = 4.1hp with 265.1 ratio

new part number 97281 = 5.5hp with 173.1 ratio

Have not used it yet but once my winch plate gets here she is going on!!! I should also add if I had the money I would buy the Warn M8000.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 07:06 PM   #12
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M8000 may be an old standby, but they are extremely reliable and will provide many many years of service. Not to mention the resale if you decide to upgrade later.
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I bought the Champion 10000#. It was cheap ($420 w/3yr warrenty) and it included a ton of accessories. Honestly I wouldn't do it again. I ended up replacing the motor twice only to find out that it was wired wrong from the factory. When it's working, it works well. I just don't trust it very much anymore. I don't really work it all that hard (my TJ is pretty light) Anyway, I will be purchasing a Superwinch or a Warn soon.

I say just buy a good one the first time.
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Would you folks rather have a steel cable or synthetic?
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Would you folks rather have a steel cable or synthetic?
synthetic.

safer is better...there are few situations where steel cable is a better choice. the pros outweigh the cons with syn line by a long shot.

I plan to get syn line in the next few weeks.
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I bought a smitybuilt, but haven't used it yet. $285 to your door from www.thewinchdepot.com
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Would you folks rather have a steel cable or synthetic?
Synthetic here too, I recently put sythetic rope on my M8000, and I love it.
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Warn M8000, you can usually find them for $530.00 with roller fairlead and 100' of line. I recommend not messing with the cheap off-brand ones but just my opinion.
Xwhatever. I bought a mile marker and it lasted a year and a half and approximately 20 pulls. The housing is plastic vs. the metal on the Warn. I was bent on saving money and didn't see the necessity of buying Warn. Lesson learned!
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I personally like the Milemarker hydaulic units. Alittle on the slow side but tons of grunt.
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