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Rugged Ridge - Rugged Ridge 8500 lb winch

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Product Information

MSRP: $339.00
Average Price: $302.15
Manufacturer: Rugged Ridge
Yes: 18 / No: 2
Company Website:

• Durable 5.5 HP Series Wound motor for long
life and extra pulling power
• Tough 3 stage planetary gear box with a
172.8:1 gear ratio delivering power and reliability
• Includes 94’ of 5/16” diameter wire rope and latched hook
• Automatic load holding brake system (in the drum brake system)
• Exclusive light mount roller fairlead included- allows for easy
no-drill mounting of up to 2 off road lights!
• Tough stainless hardware is used on the body of the winch to
eliminate rust
• Each winch includes a durable 12’ all weather cable remote
solenoid box that can be mounted in multiple positions (over
roller or over motor)
and angles to accommodate most winch bumpers including
the Rugged Ridgeฎ XHD Bumper System!
• Limited 3 year warranty against manufacturing defects


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Jeeprogue's Reviews
10-23-2015, 11:17 AM
Price: $299.99
Pros: It works, appears to be water proof, have had it submerged many of times, will move alot more than 8.5k
Cons: Can't think of one
Recommended? Yes

Comments: This little winch just wont die, it has saved my *** several times, in addition ive been able to use it to prevent body damage. It somehow managed to pull out a chevy 6x6 extended cab long bed with a 21 foot 5th wheel camper buried up to the frame in mud, although i did have to tie the TJ to a fullsize parked behind me to keep from moving, but that little winch pulled it off with no snatch block. Point is you will not be disappointed with this winch, ive had it for 4 years and it never ceases to impress me, IF it ever dies i will not hesitate to buy another.

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thetolleyman's Reviews
10-13-2015, 06:16 PM
Price: $400.00
Pros: Works good
Cons: Not the best looking or highest quality
Recommended? Yes

Comments: It gets the job done. Not too fancy.

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JeepCats's Reviews
10-16-2014, 01:18 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Low cost strong winch
Cons: This is just a winch, with no extra bells and whistles.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I have been happy with this winch though it has not been used much. I have never used it on the trail because it has not been needed yet. I have used it to move the Jeep when the engine blew. I have used it around the yard for a few things.

I bought it because it was $300 and a guy pulled me out of a trench with his. It had the power that was needed. I might consider paying more to get a winch with an air pump as well.

I had difficulty mounting the solenoid in the center and had to mount it on the side.

Registered User
ChaseRogers92's Reviews
07-24-2014, 06:08 AM
Price: $249.00
Pros: N/A
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Great product!

Registered User
kydoghunter's Reviews
03-08-2014, 09:11 PM
Price: $499.00
Pros: price
Cons: none yet
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Nice winch for the have been using it for 2 years and have no complaints.


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DoughBro's Reviews
03-05-2014, 01:32 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: strong cheap reliable
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: very good winch for the money. It's gotten me out of a lot of situations where I wouldn't have gotten out without it. It's hard to beat for the price I paid


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wjidaho's Reviews
02-17-2014, 10:51 PM
Price: $277.99
Pros: Great price
Cons: None so far
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Great product for the price, and I really like how I could mount my KC's on the front

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joeasy10's Reviews
12-20-2013, 02:12 PM
Price: $220.00
Pros: Cheap, Easy Installation
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I'll be able to update and add more information when I use it for the first time.

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Danobrienordie's Reviews
12-11-2013, 09:20 PM
Price: $400.00
Pros: cheap
Cons: none so far but haven't used it alot
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Used it only a handful of times but it's done the job each time I've used it.

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Offroad91's Reviews
11-07-2013, 02:49 PM
Price: $250.00
Pros: Great price. Easy install.
Cons: none so far. I'll update after I use it on the trail.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: The price was to good to pass up. Easy to install and wire up. Like I said in the Con's field, I haven't used it on the trail yet. When I do use it a few times I'll update my review.


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HAFICON's Reviews
09-17-2013, 08:25 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: Price, Good winch works pretty good for a JKU little under rated but it works fine.
Cons: Stainless steel bolts in aluminum.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Over all is a really good winch just have to PMS it and put anti seize on bolts to keep them from getting corroded.


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Dluenz's Reviews
05-15-2013, 06:16 PM
Price: $270.00
Pros: Always works great, Has been doing a GREAT job
Cons: Non yet
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Its honestly been doing great, I cant believe the stuff its pulled.


cheftrail's Reviews

01-26-2013, 12:04 AM
Price: $450.00
Pros: Price, smooth and strong
Cons: waterproof boots on wires are cheap
Recommended? Yes

Comments: great winch for the $ with synthetic rope, and aluminum fairlead!

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Anthony13's Reviews
07-27-2012, 01:23 PM
Price: $350.00
Pros: low cost
Cons: started heating up really quickly to the point of smoking...
Recommended? No

Comments: i am greatful to have a winch. however, because this is the first winch i ever purchased i didnt know what i was looking for. i got stuck on a mountai and was 1 foot away from rolling off a cliff so yaa, it help a lot, but knowing whati know now, i would probably go with a more known brand such as WARN.

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JK4x4Wrangler's Reviews
03-12-2012, 06:13 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Inexpensive easy install
Cons: Big, I actually have the 10.5 but it wasn't listed as an option
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Easy install. Relatively inexpensive but reliable.


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Mol's Reviews
10-17-2011, 11:57 AM
Price: $399.00
Pros: Cheap
Cons: Everything
Recommended? No

Comments: My 8500 Rugged Ridge winch came with a bad solenoid that assembled improperly. It failed the first time I used it. They warranty replaced the solenoid. I had one succesful pull the next time out, and 20 minutes later it broke again. It took off on its own (spooling in), with the remote disconnected, and snapped the hook/bent the fairlead. I had to quickly disconnect my battery and remove power from the winch. This could have been a HUGE safety issue. Terrible, terrible product.

Registered User
thegladiator's Reviews
10-04-2011, 05:29 PM
Price: $309.00
Pros: 8500lbs for cheap
Cons: none yet
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I haven't used it yet

Registered User
nottusyeroc's Reviews
09-12-2011, 06:49 PM
Price: $200.00
Pros: gets you out
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: i have had it for 2 years now and always comes in handy i use it almost every weekend

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svjeep's Reviews
06-25-2011, 10:20 PM
Price: $0.01
Pros: Just Purchased
Cons: Just Purchased
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Just Purchased. No info yet. -------------------------------------

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RustedWrangler's Reviews

04-11-2011, 11:02 PM
Price: $269.99
Pros: Stainless steel components to prevent rust. Heavy duty and well made. Fast line speed for quick spooling when not under load.
Cons: Haven't found any yet
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I just installed mine, but I bought it after using two others over the past couple of months. I have seen them make at least 50 pulls over the past few weeks and they have performed flawlessly. I guide with a group of rock crawlers and we are forever winching vehicles out of trouble.

I also liked the fact that they used stainless steel construction to prevent rust.


Update: I have used the winch several times now, yesterday pulled a JK 4 door rubicon and a TJ rubicon out of a stream bed where they were buried up to their rockers (both lifed with at least 33's). Winch works well and I seem to be able to pull almost without limit on my stock alternator and 550 CCA battery. I obviously leave the ole YJ running, but it's electrical system can handle pulling out these bloated pigs.


Still pulling strong. I have righted flopped buggys and continue to pull stuck vehicles and trees with no problems.

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