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SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch

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Product Information

MSRP: $900.00
Average Price: $306.61
Manufacturer: SmittyBilt
Yes: 276 / 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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Socaljeep1's Reviews

07-02-2008, 11:19 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $320.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: i haven't had to use it yet so it would be hard to rate it other than ease of install and good looks

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Blue_Bomber's Reviews

07-01-2008, 04:25 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $268.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Just got it, haven't had a chance to test it yet. However i think for the small size of the my CJ5, i think it will do just fine for me.

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lewis95yj14's Reviews

07-01-2008, 01:44 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $300.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: its not the wort thing ive ever baught but after breaking the cable the first time i used it i re welded it and havent had many problems since than its an ok buy for only $300


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jboom's Reviews

06-26-2008, 11:21 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $301.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Awsome! Great winch for the money. Took about two hours to instaul(the winch plate was the worst part). Ready for fun!


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bguerrero's Reviews

06-24-2008, 06:09 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $289.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Light,low profile a good winch for the weekend warrior. Had a issue with the soleniod. Smittybilt sent out a new soleniod.


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Bigboyky's Reviews

06-21-2008, 09:28 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $329.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: So far it's done what it's supposed to do. Get my butt out of trouble. Pulled me up a wet nasty hill with no isses. It's been flawless.


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Shag's Reviews

06-15-2008, 07:49 AM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $269.99
Recommended? Yes

Comments: This seems like a good winch for the price. Will keep updated about use and longevity.


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masterwacker's Reviews

06-06-2008, 10:24 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Recommended? Yes

Comments: It was free haven't used it yet. Plan on upgrading to a syn rope with thimble sometime in the future. Excellent rating until I use it.

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yeahsowhat's Reviews

06-06-2008, 11:32 AM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $279.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Still in box. I will be putting it on this weekend.


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Red-Rover57's Reviews

06-04-2008, 01:00 AM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $435.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Wow! what "bang for the buck!" The bumper, mount, and winch with night-lit control is worth every penny, and then some. Very well made, and dependable.


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06trailrig's Reviews

06-02-2008, 10:20 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $321.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Works great and is more affordable than all other brands. Will last a long time unless you use it for rock crawling but if you just trail ride you should not have any problems with it.

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WFO1's Reviews

06-01-2008, 12:00 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $365.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: great deal for a good product that looks good and works nice on the fornt of a smitty bumper

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Power5's Reviews

05-30-2008, 08:26 AM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $329.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Just put it on, no field testing yet. Will update this after I get to use it on the trail.


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pilot-one's Reviews

05-23-2008, 09:59 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $299.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: This thing has worked great for me. I hid the control box under the hood and added cab controls.

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washone's Reviews

05-21-2008, 07:43 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $300.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: love it the smittybilt XRC8 is a good winch for the price if you don't do alot of off road it will work for u

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kfbagt's Reviews

05-19-2008, 12:00 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $299.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Just got it. Haven't got the chance to use it yet. I will let you know how it does!


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JeepDoo's Reviews

05-14-2008, 03:12 AM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $299.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Got the winch about a month ago and havent been wheeling with it yet, but i hauled a big tree out of the ground in my front yard with it and it worked great. Cant wait to get it on the trail and get stuck.


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Calvin9r's Reviews

05-10-2008, 02:59 AM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $300.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Great Value. Just right for what I needed. Simple to install, well made, Good bang for buck ratio.

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nycnomad's Reviews

05-09-2008, 11:03 AM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $289.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Not exactly a warn, but useful - has worked when I needed it and was inexpensive.


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CopperCJ7's Reviews

05-06-2008, 04:02 AM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $299.99
Pros: Good looking black & silver motif, great deal for $299
Cons: LAME instructions, but there's a supplement out by Smittybilt
Recommended? Yes

Comments: MAKE SURE you get the second generation of this winch with the 5.5hp series wound motor NOT the 4.1hp magnetic motor.

The first generation XRC-8 was below average with its 4.1 hp magentic motor. The newer version is MUCH better. The instructions are TERRIBLE and very vague. Wish the cable end had a metal reinforced eye instead of plain cable and hook. If your winch doesn't come with the "mounting supplement" instruction sheet, write to Smittybilt and ask for them to email you one. It makes it much easier to deal with.

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