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Unread 02-13-2011, 02:32 PM   #1
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what should i get for a winch

hi i need some help on buying a winch i dont know what to look for i know i need a pulling stenght of at least 6000 lbs but what brands r decent o and i am on a budget so i dont have to much to spend thanks

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Unread 02-13-2011, 02:45 PM   #2
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i'd go with atleat 8k lbs

Best 100% bang for your buck in my opinion is to get a harbor freight road shock 10k lb winch when its on sale

think i paid 299 plus tax on sale, then got the 2 yr warrenty, covers everything but if you crash and destroy it. when the 2 yrs gets close, burn it up, then get a free one and renew your warrenty for 50 more dollars
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Unread 02-13-2011, 02:49 PM   #3
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Make sure you have a proper winch bumper
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Make sure you have a proper winch bumper
yeah or you could go cheap and get a hitch mounting plate and even a front hitch and go that way
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Unread 02-13-2011, 07:58 PM   #5
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Reese, Draw-Tite and Hidden all make front hitchs for the XJ. That and a winch mounted to a hitch plate and you're good. I would get the Smittybilt XRC8 winch. Good bang for your buck. 4Wheel Parts has it for $299 and free shipping.
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im a big advocate of warn and ramsey, neither of mine ever let me down
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Unread 02-14-2011, 09:10 AM   #7
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a buddy of mine says he will sell me his warn 6000lb for 250 is that a good deal but I see that smitty 8000 for 300 I think I migt lean towards the smitty
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a buddy of mine says he will sell me his warn 6000lb for 250 is that a good deal but I see that smitty 8000 for 300 I think I migt lean towards the smitty
I would not get anything under 8K. Remember, the rating is on the LAST WRAP of cable. Also, an XJ mired in the mud can require more than 6K of force to extract. You can invest another 100 or so in a snatch block to double your power, but that also halves the distance your cable can reach.

My Ramsey 8.5K is adequate but I wouldn't mind having something a little bigger.

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Rule of thumb is 1.5 X vehicle weight, minimum. However if you have ever been stuck in mud it takes a lot of pulling power to overcome that suction so that minimum may not get you out. For most of us it comes down to money. With a winch you pretty much get what you pay for.
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Rough country has a new line of winches out that sound decent, take a risk on that the vendor here on jf will give you a 10% discount and i think free shipping
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Warn M8000.


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Unread 02-14-2011, 03:15 PM   #12
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Another question I have is if the winch says its waterproof does that mean it submerciable and still work and if a whinch isn't water proof and it gets put under water will it no longer work?
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