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Unread 10-04-2008, 08:59 PM   #1
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Vortex Winch, any good?

I was on Ebay just looking, and I found this 12,000 lb winch made by Vortex. Here's the listing:
Vortex 12,000 lb Winch

It has a wireless remote that is neat, but, do the stats match up? The price is unbelievable! I was thinking of a Warn Power Plant for the air compressor option, but, it's a little steep in price. Should I just hold out for the Warn PP, or, would this Vortex get the job done if needed. Thanks,

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Unread 10-04-2008, 09:02 PM   #2
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Looks good and the price is great.
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Unread 10-04-2008, 09:09 PM   #3
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Yeah, I think so! This is the first winch that I've seen besides the Warn that actually doesn't look cheap!! I want something that will last, but, the Warn PP is just too much for me to swallow. I did see an guy on the West Coast of FL that had a Warn 8275 that he had on his CJ3B, but I was going to get something like that for my old '62 DJ instead. I wanted something new anyway for the YJ anyway.

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Unread 10-04-2008, 09:12 PM   #4
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Probably just depends on how often you'll actually use it. I looked at those before too, but I'm just gonna get the Warn 8k.
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Unread 10-04-2008, 09:17 PM   #5
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Well, I don't do anything too extreme because of my drivetrain and gears. I just want some insurance for the trail; if I get stuck, just hook up the winch and not beat the drivetrain. I want to know, that, if I get into trouble, that winch WILL get me out! Reliability is a strong point with me, hence why I was dead-set on getting a Warn. Timatoe, did you see the winch in person? Just wanted to know if it looked like it was solid like it seems.

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Unread 10-04-2008, 10:53 PM   #6
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that price isnt THAT big of a deal, $350 + $70 shipping = $420, youre going to need a fairlead, $100, and a hook, $25-$50, total $545 - $570



go to winchdepot.com, they have better, trail proven units at that same price with free shipping
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Unread 02-08-2009, 10:39 PM   #7
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Vortex Winch..

So i looked it up.. They are made by the same company and are exactly the same as Gorilla winches. Here are links to the gorilla websight and the ebay page. You can even see the place where the gorilla sticker is supposed to go on the ebay winch.
Gorilla winch http://www.gorillawinches.com/truck-...ery-winch.html

Ebay winch Item number: 110346432295 or search (NEW 10000 LB 10000LB WIRELESS WATERPROOF RECOVERY WINCH)

I found your post looking for the answer to the same queastion.
I'm gonna buy one. They are exactly the same and the eBay one has a two year waranty where the gorilla has a one year...
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Unread 02-08-2009, 10:51 PM   #8
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If you want a cheap but really good working winch I would recommend
the smittybuilt XRC 8 or XRC 10. I have a XRC 10 on my boom truck and it gets used almost daily never had any issues. It was $420 to my door from 4 wheel parts, complete package.

http://www.4wheelparts.com/Winches-W...0702&t_pl=6426
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Unread 02-09-2009, 08:30 AM   #10
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that price isnt THAT big of a deal, $350 + $70 shipping = $420, youre going to need a fairlead, $100, and a hook, $25-$50, total $545 - $570



go to winchdepot.com, they have better, trail proven units at that same price with free shipping
Did you bother to read the description, IT COMES WITH FAIRLEAD, HOOK, LINE, everything except a mounting plate!
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Unread 02-09-2009, 10:07 AM   #11
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I got a vortex winch for christmas. it's the 6000lb one, but sense it was a guift, I'm not going to complain. I'll use it till it quits, then replace it with a larger one. anyway, here are some pics, and some things I noticed.




ok, here are some things I noticed about it.
1: some of the screws for the cover(on the end for the planitary/clutch) were loose.
2: I pulled that cover, just to check it out, and it seemed like it was a little low on grease, I'll add more before I use it.
3: the rollers on the fairlead are just tube with a bushing in each end. it those bushings get worn, I could see that causing some issues. HOWEVER, keep in mind, my winch is only 6000lb, the larger winches might have a different fairlead.
4: the hook is a little small. I tried hooking it to the smallest clevis that I had, and the safety catch still wouldn't close.
5: there is a littel bit of a delay when using the wireless remote. however, I've heard this is common with all wireless remotes, so I'm not conserned about it.

this is the first winch I've ever had, so please don't take this the wrong way. I'm in no way complaining, these are just things that I noticed, and felt were worth mentioning.

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PS, the mount isn't done yet, I still need to pull everything back off, finish welding, clean it up, and paint it.
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Unread 02-09-2009, 10:12 AM   #12
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I would still recomend the smittybuilt over that one on Ebay. You only really need an 8 or a 10K winch anyway.
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Unread 09-04-2010, 09:02 PM   #13
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Hello, i have a vortex winch the 8000 lb one, it works great in short pulls, the only thing i have a problem with is i burnt you the solenoids. but over all a great winch, i have had it for 3 years now
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Unread 10-01-2010, 09:23 PM   #14
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does that vortex 6000 get the job done with your jeep, thought about buying the 6000 for my jeep yj when i get stuck, which is relatively often (no lockers...yet) or should i go with an 8000. have you had any problems with it pulling, or anything? would you recomend it or not, thanks.
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Unread 10-02-2010, 06:37 AM   #15
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The size of your winch needs are determined by the depth and thickness of the mud you are stuck in. A stock YJ weighs in at around 3000 lbs. The deeper you are and the angle you are pulling yourself to can greatly increase your weight (resistance).
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