I have the smitty built XRC8. I bought for $289 from winchdepot.com and I love it. Dont listen to anyone who says its "sucks" or its cheap. people will say Buy a "warn" Smiitybuilt winches are built by TMAX from australia. The power cables on the winch actually say TMAX on them and yesterday my XRC8 pulled a f350 1 ton diesel running 37's out mud up to his bumper. For a once a week pull its worth every penny.
I have that winch BUT make sure you get the second generation version. It's got 5.5 hp, series wound motor and much better specs all the way around. 4WP is trying to get rid of first generation models, so MAKE SURE.
I got this winch because I don't see myself using a winch every time I go out. If you think you'll be using it a lot, get more substantial winch with a more substantial pulling rate.
Smittys are not the best winch on the market but they're not terrible - since all winches are (to varying degrees) made in China or with Chinese parts. Smitty winches are just rebadged T-Max winches.
__________________ Guns don't kill people... Bad trail spotters do.
Originally Posted by John Strenk
What CJ owner doesn't want to hack up his harness for the next owner to have fun with?
Originally Posted by Broseph
The thread will derail quicker than a walrus on a Crisco-soaked Slip 'n' Slide.
I bought the Smittybuilt. My thought was this. For the cost and the time I'll be using it I couldn't go wrong. It's saved my butt. Some people say it's to slow. But I don't need a winch for going fast, heck I drive a YJ with 33's and a 2.5l. I do have the second gen though as stated make sure of that!
I have the same HF 9,000 lb. winch. I have used it many times this past year with no issues. Another guy in the club has had his for several years and no problems. A couple other guys have the HF 8,000 lb. and have not had any issues I know of. Several have the Smitty 8,000 lb. and like it.
We have found that our clubs winching and recover seminars have helped out greatly. I have been on many trails and seen some yahoo's winching in some SCARRY ways!!!
Knowing how to properly rig and use your winch pays off in the form of NOT distroying your equipment or anyone getting hurt.
Silver '06 TJ w/ neat stuff on her!
"New" 1987 YJ Project for my son!
I had a 8000# that I bought used long ago. It work great but the reverse would go out. It was a brake issue not a solenoid problem. I cleaned it once before and worked great for awhile. Anyway I had to disengage the clutch to pull the cable out. The brake needed to be replace ($20.00).
HF said bring it in, pay for the warranty ($50.00) and they would swap out to the 9000# for $35.00 since they were out of the 8000# winch.
If you have a mail order winch, you will have to fight them over the phone, pack the winch up and send it back. You are looking at 2 to 4 weeks. That was one of my reasons I bought HF. You could get the winch swapped out on the same day.
90 YJ, 4.2 with 2150 carb 4.0 Head and headers, Nutter with TFI and MSD. 1" BL, 2.5" spring lift, 33", Goodrich KM Mud Tires. Dana 30 w Aussie, Ford 8.8 w LS. 9000lb HF Winch.