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Unread 06-09-2013, 03:35 PM   #16
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I have heard the weak point on the badlands winches are the relays. Upgrade those if it gives you trouble. I have considered one my self but if i find a used warn i would go that route. Engo is pretty good to from the reviews.

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Unread 06-09-2013, 08:10 PM   #17
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i bought whatever brand tractor supply sells. has worked great the three times i used it to pull branches and trees out of the yard. 4500lb, i think.
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Unread 06-09-2013, 09:03 PM   #18
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My humble advice would be to look closely at the hard parts of the winch. Molded cases, stamped steel components, markings stamped or printed on the motor if visible. I'm afraid you'll find many of the winches are identicle. (Harbor freight (badlands), quadratech, engo, smittybilt. Most of the things you can get at harbor freight can be had elsewhere, usually at a higher cost. Tractor supply, autozone, Walmart etc sell the same tools, just with a different name than Pittsburg or central. In fact a lot of the craftsman power tools are the same, just molded or painted in a different color. Rebadging is the way it goes now.
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Unread 06-09-2013, 09:37 PM   #19
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I installed an 8,000lb rated Road Shock winch from Harbor Freight in 2010. I have never had any other type of winch to compare anything to, and I haven't really researched them either. My setup is just a parts store battery and alternator, and a Harbor Freight winch plate bolted to the frame.

It has done several easy pulls that were mostly convenience (easier than trying to use a snatch strap in the conditions), and a few hard pulls where a vehicle was basically hanging off the winch, single line. I used to run 31" All Terrains and I needed it sometimes in winter, the trails go from a 3 or 4 to a 7 or 8 with some ice and snow. One day it pulled me up a big climb, I couldn't go backwards and I could only move forwards a little before sliding back. It also pulled a JK Rubi backwards out of an icy water hole the same day.

It pulled a TJ up while we got it lined up so he could back down an obstacle, he was teetering sideways. He really was hanging off of my winch. It has always done whatever I told it to do, no problems

I dunno, if you're running 37's and black diamond rated trails every time, and folks are breaking driveshaft yokes you might need something more to pull a stranded vehicle up a trail like that. Shrug?
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Unread 06-10-2013, 07:20 AM   #20
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I ended up with a Mile Marker SEC8 for $299 from Q-tec if you want the good name and price....I realize it's not the 12k winch but the chances of me needing 12k of pull are slim to none.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 08:49 AM   #21
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I run a badlands 12K winch and it works very well. As others have mentioned, the line spool speed is slow but thats no issue to me. I didnt bother using the relays that came with the winch. I wired in a circuit breaker with comparable specs as the relay. Got it on amazon for around 20 bucks. it is waterproof and mounts to the fender rather than that jenky battery post mounting system.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 09:58 AM   #22
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Edit: Double post. I seem to have gotten a little to happy with the clicky clicky.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 09:59 AM   #23
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I have the engo. I have no complaints. Lifetime mechanical warrenty and a year on electrical. Same exact warranty Warn offers but its $1200 less. I have used my Engo ALOT. I like mud deep mud.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 11:29 AM   #24
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I bought one of the Badlands 12K winches on sale this weekend - I will report back how it works. Went wheeling Sunday but didn't get to install the winch prior, as I picked up the winch on the way to the trails...

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Unread 06-10-2013, 06:17 PM   #25
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my thoughts: if you want 5000 lbs the 12000 ought to just work. If the winch was really worth 1500, then they would price it that way. I have 30 year old HF stuff, and stuff that broke during the first use, and a 50 amp battery charger that might just do 10 amps on a good day. If I use it once to save me a 500 tow bill, then 299 was worth it.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 10:08 PM   #26
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I picked up an Engo for cheap at a swap meet,

cost vs how much your gonna use it should be looked at.

I have never needed to use a winch, A simple tug has got me out when I have been stuck. I go wheelin with friends so purchasing a 450-1500 dollar warn was a hard sell for something I dont use. if my Engo dont work, I get heckled by my friends oh well. It worked when i set it up and pull my corolla up the road. I have no doubts it will work if I need it.

I have a friend who does take his jeep where needs to winch himself. he has a competition Warn that is awesome, I however for the time being have no need to pay that much for one. If that day comes Ill run mine till it breaks and get a warn.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 11:20 PM   #27
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Picked up the 12k model today hope Ill let you know how it works out.
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Unread 06-11-2013, 01:31 AM   #28
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I've used mine around 50 times so far and she's still doing great.
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Unread 06-11-2013, 04:49 PM   #29
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I bought the 12k hf winch. Love it. I use it for logging. I mounted it on the front loader of my tlb. I have the free replacement, and I plan on getting a new one every two years.
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Unread 06-11-2013, 07:45 PM   #30
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Hey guys, got a response today from Warn:

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The current version of the VR8000 is designed by us, manufactured overseas. All of our other truck winches are manufactured here Clackamas, OR using some parts that are globally sourced.
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Todd Wright - Technical Service Representative
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