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SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch

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Product Information

MSRP: $900.00
Average Price: $306.63
Manufacturer: SmittyBilt
Yes: 275 / No: 9

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The NEW Smittybilt XRC8 8,000lb winch has a hand wound permanent magnetic motor which is the standard for the true off Roader. This is the most reliable motor on the market today. Two Year Limited Warranty, 4.1 hp motor, 3-stage planetary gear system, 265:1 reduction ratio for fast line speed, free spooling, automatic load-holding brake, power in and out and a roller fairlead. A 12 ft illuminated handheld remote control,. Comes with a 5/16" x 92 galvanized aircraft cable with replaceable hook. Mounting bolt pattern: 10" x 4.5", OAL Dim. 21" x 6.22" x 7.283". This item incurs a $19.99 shipping surcharge.

-Rated line pull: 8,000 lbs. (3629 kg) single line
-Gear train: planetary gear system
-Gear ratio: 265:1
-Motor (permanent magnet): 4.1 hp (3kw), 12volt


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rogerv's Reviews
06-17-2013, 01:50 PM
Price: $350.00
Pros: Good value
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Great winch for the money spent. If I had to do it over again, I would probably go a little bigger. Installation was a breeze.

Registered User
swissmike's Reviews
02-14-2013, 11:06 PM
Price: $280.00
Pros: Easy install
Cons: None yet
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Just added the winch this winter and used it a couple time to pull someone out of the ditch. Works great.


ROWA's Reviews
02-03-2013, 08:31 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: Does the job
Cons: Slow
Recommended? Yes

Comments: This winch is slow, but get's the job done. I added a Badland wireless remote.


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houndman72's Reviews
01-21-2013, 12:22 PM
Price: $259.00
Pros: Easy to install and wire to vehicle system
Cons: heavy! LOL
Recommended? Yes

Comments: works great, no issues in the water or mud at all. It's a great looking winch and look forward to having it get put to use when OTHERS get stuck.

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RemoteTrax's Reviews
01-12-2013, 12:49 AM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Decent price and it works well.
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I have use this winch a few times, light duty and heavy duty winching. This product worked very well and had plenty of power for my use. For the price, I think this is product.

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MarkPlano's Reviews
12-30-2012, 05:02 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: Easy Install
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Only used it once so-far. Worked Great! Just need to upgrade alternator case I use winch for a longer period of time,don't want to kill my battery!

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Justin_WJ's Reviews
12-10-2012, 11:08 PM
Price: $120.00
Pros: great power
Cons: slow line speed
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Great product, very sturdy. only thing i dont like is the slow line speed

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GootsYJ1990's Reviews
11-14-2012, 11:32 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Waterproof, easy install, looks great, easy to use.
Cons: None.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I've only had to use it a few times, but for the times I did put it to use it worked flawlessly. I would definitely buy it again.

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slamtheright's Reviews
11-11-2012, 10:03 AM
Price: $285.00
Pros: has never let me down
Cons: cheap controllers, known for failure
Recommended? Yes

Comments: i have used it for every weekend for about two yrs. still strong.

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govols74n's Reviews
10-03-2012, 06:48 PM
Price: $289.00
Pros: Price, reliability.
Cons: It's not a Warn.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I've used the winch a few times, it does the job, works great, wasn't hard to mount (did it by myself) and the price fit my budget.

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jeepersjeepjk's Reviews
09-10-2012, 09:38 AM
Price: $399.00
Pros: Synthetic rope
Cons: Sometimes the "Emgage/Free Spool" lever gets stuck (maybe once a year). Little WD-40 and it's good to go. Not really an issuse.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I've done some hard pulls and everything worked great. This will be my 4th XRC8 and I've used them for tree work, setting up fences, pulling people of of ditches in the winter time, and helping out on the trail. Great winch! Highly suggest.

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Rhulain's Reviews
08-22-2012, 01:24 AM
Price: $299.00
Pros: been great no downs so far. really strong with the snatch block.
Cons: havent found any yet. my jeep dosent get stuck often enough to use it but it pulls trucks out great. down side it has enough power to pull my jeep into the hole with the stuck vehicle. can pull anything with my snatch block.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: havent found any real downs yet. my jeep dosent get stuck often enough to use it but it pulls trucks out great. actually one down side it has enough power to pull my jeep into the hole with the stuck vehicle. can pull anything with my snatch block and winch combo.

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darren2569's Reviews
08-21-2012, 08:47 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: Great winch for the price
Cons: none so far.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Only used it twice so far but it worked great both times

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tclewis's Reviews
08-12-2012, 09:54 PM
Price: $10.00
Pros: It was free
Cons: Its not a warn power plant 12
Recommended? Yes

Comments: have not had a chance to use it yet but it was easy to install.

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tmichael921's Reviews
08-12-2012, 01:50 AM
Price: $280.00
Pros: Install is easy (as long as you wire before mounting to winch plate) runs good
Cons: Very hard install if doing on your own
Recommended? Yes

Comments: This is a quality winch that has worked quite well so far. I've used it a few times to for my YJ and also to help other jeeps and it seems like it will hold up. You may want to buy the winch cover or make one yourself just because the plastic solenoid casing seems like it may weather easily.

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Ahendo's Reviews
07-22-2012, 09:17 PM
Price: $249.00
Pros: Affordable. Decent reviews, good reputation for occasional winching. Free cover (junk).
Cons: China winch. Could die at any moment.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Bought at 4WP truckfest, so good prices were to be had. I don't winch often, so this product is ideal for me.

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JEEPSRK's Reviews
05-26-2012, 01:54 PM
Price: $449.99
Pros: strong, easy to use
Cons: not water proof
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I love this winch its strong, durable and any one can use it (even your wife LOL) but it is water RESISTANT so if I get stuck and it is under water I'm in trouble.


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Tom95YJ's Reviews
05-17-2012, 02:16 PM
Price: $412.00
Pros: Price, Synthetic Rope
Cons: It's not a Warn
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I bought this over a warn vr8000 due to the price being the same and it came with a synthetic rope which is safer and would have ran me $200 more if I had went with the Warn VR8000. It it slow but I'm not into comps so I dont need insane line speed .

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Bud2011JK's Reviews
05-06-2012, 01:38 PM
Price: $400.00
Pros: Works Great and was not hard to install.
Cons: None so far, but it's still new.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I bought a cover and found that I had left the cables to the battery short and they were up against the front grill too tightly to be able to even slide the cover between them. Just a small glitch. Looks great too. Of course I also purchased the Smittybuilt stuby front bumper with it and together they are a sight for sore eyes. Very good looking and useful makes a great combo. It has more than enough power to get my Unlimited Sahara out of a sticky situation. (Pun intended).

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boxjeep's Reviews
04-01-2012, 12:37 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: cheap, reliable , and it has helped me help others out of hairy situations
Cons: cheap....some of the pieces r brittle plastic and can break
Recommended? No

Comments: ok winch at a cheap price, too many little pieces of plastic that can break easily
but over all not many problems with winching ppl or things out so until i have to breakdown and get a more serious winch ill stay with this pup...

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