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welfare wheeler
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im looking for a winch.
so far, im leaning towards a new warn m8000.
i have owned 2 winches recently, an hs9500i and an 8274-50.
both worked pretty well. the m8274 was scary fast!
the hs9500i was nice, worked well on the hitch carrier.
this winch will be hard mounted to my front bumper.
my jeep is garaged in the winter, so salt intrusion is not a concern.
im leaning towards rope, over cable, but i could live with either.

if you were looking at a new or close to new winch, would you want integrated solenoids, or a moveable solenoid box, and why?

i prefer the look of integrated solenoid winches, but its not a deal breaker.

thx for your opinions, and knowledge!:beerbang:
 

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welfare wheeler
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i know the 8274 is the best winch. mine had amsteel on it too.
it was great. i dont like the look of an 8274 on a tj.
its perfect for a buggy, truck, or cj even.
im wanting a more modern look though.
i dont wanna block that much radiator either.

i went to look at an xd9000i used.
when i powered it up, it barely worked, and smelled like burnt electrical.
so i passed on it.

liking the m8000, leaning towards rope too.
trying to avoid the china winches.
though the price of the entry level superwinch is damn good.
their entry level winch is china made.

thats contactor pack looks like a cool upgrade too!
 

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A little slow
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I think the new M8000's have the contactor pack on them. There are probably older, new on the shelf M8000's with the solenoids on, so watch for it.
 

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i know the 8274 is the best winch. mine had amsteel on it too.
it was great. i dont like the look of an 8274 on a tj.
its perfect for a buggy, truck, or cj even.
im wanting a more modern look though.
i dont wanna block that much radiator either.

i went to look at an xd9000i used.
when i powered it up, it barely worked, and smelled like burnt electrical.
so i passed on it.

liking the m8000, leaning towards rope too.
trying to avoid the china winches.
though the price of the entry level superwinch is damn good.
their entry level winch is china made.

thats contactor pack looks like a cool upgrade too!
That's cuz TJ's aren't real Jeeps. :d:
 

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I would say non-integrated and mount the solenoids pack up high and dry under the hood. This would also block slightly less of the radiator. I have seen the m8000 in action and they work well and haven't had any problems. Although if you find one used, I would take either or.
 

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I've been running a Warn xd9000i for 9 years and have had no problems. Not competition fast but it works. Best upgrade was changing to synthetic rope.
If I were to upgrade I'd get the Warn Zeon 10S.

You say your 8274 was crazy fast, is it the one that came with the buggy when you bought it? I know they're fairly fast anyways but can be modified to be even faster.
 

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I bought a new “factory defect” M8000 off cl. The guy said that the winch made a grinding noise when new, and Warn sent him a new one(minus the control pack). I paid $120 for it hoping it was something simple that was wrong. I disassembled it, and found it was missing a $3 drum bushing. I then purchased the contactor and remote control. So now I have a basically brand new Warn M8000 for less than $400.

I installed it in an ARB bumper on my WJ. The only use so far has been pulling stumps and trees out where I am planning a pole barn. It actually pulled a 10” diameter tree, roots and all, completely out of the ground. The use of an additional cable, and 2 snatch blocks aided the extraction.

Cool story huh. Now back to are regularly scheduled thread.
 
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