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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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YJeeps's Reviews
03-22-2012, 12:03 AM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Works great for occasional use. Price.
Cons: Remote plug on winch is kind of cheap design
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Good price for entry level winch


Registered User
Steel4Pens's Reviews
02-13-2012, 10:20 PM
Price: $250.00
Pros: Cheap works great
Cons: no wireless remote
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I love this winch. I was able to get it for a discount at the local off road store which helped. I like that the winch is a lot cheaper then some of the other brands. I do wish that it came with a wireless remote. I have mine installed on a winch plate mounted to a receiver hitch adapter so I can take it off when I'm just driving down the road and don't want the extra weight. Overall I love this winch.

Registered User
Gajeepxj's Reviews
02-05-2012, 05:03 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: price
Cons: rust
Recommended? No

Comments: This winch will work for every need without fear of breakage, however, surface rust plauges these winches.

Registered User
ez412c's Reviews
01-25-2012, 08:32 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: cheap
Cons: works
Recommended? Yes

Comments: x

Registered User
jerrym_7758's Reviews
01-10-2012, 05:51 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Great value
Cons: Bit slow
Recommended? Yes

Comments: ...

Registered User
paulandcarollib's Reviews
01-10-2012, 12:19 AM
Price: $299.00
Pros: inexpensive, well made
Cons: inexpensive, no frills
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Some day when I have mo money, I'll upgrade to a Warn or a SuperWinch but until then I have this inexpensive, hard working winch. I haven't had any problems after 2 uses recovering myself once and a stuck Subaru!

Registered User
kr1's Reviews
12-02-2011, 09:40 AM
Price: $299.00
Pros: Great price on a very usable product
Cons: Can't think of any.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Have winched a huge double stump with this winch. It worked flawlessly. It does suck the current though. I have also test winched the jeep up a hill just to test and get use to how it works. I have found no difficulties in installing it either mechanical or electrical or in using this winch. Its a good buy and works well.


Registered User
chopperkid2000's Reviews
11-25-2011, 09:17 PM
Price: $379.00
Pros: This is an X20 (waterproof) Cheap with a 3 year return if anything breaks warranty
Cons: Cheap.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I haven't had a chance to use it yet. I will repost when I get some winch time.

Registered User
SwiftJeep's Reviews

11-12-2011, 07:01 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: 5.5 hp motor. 100' wire
Cons: nothing yet
Recommended? Yes

Comments: used it today for the first time. pulled a quad then a xj and finally my tj out of a mud pit at least 10 times within a few hours putting it to the test


Senior Member
DallastheJeeper's Reviews
10-16-2011, 11:21 PM
Price: $500.00
Pros: Works every time I need it, Came with synthetic line.
Cons: Relay is not sealed, its kinda slow but thats ok
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Works when i need it.

Registered User
dscabra's Reviews
10-10-2011, 11:04 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: Cheap price -- good enough for what I needed it it for
Cons: Build quality may not hold up to the elements over time very well
Recommended? No

Comments: I don't off-road my Jeep, but wanted a simple winch to mount on my bumper. I do drive in the snow quite a bit in the winter, so the winch was for the "just in case" scenario. After less than a year, however, the finish is fading and I just hope it actually works in the event I do ever need to use it.

Registered User
mattwillard06's Reviews
09-30-2011, 03:45 AM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Cheap, works when I need it,
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Used this a few times so far and has pulled me right out when stuck in the mud without the need for a snatch block or making it a single line on the drum full strength pull.

Registered User
05SilverSi's Reviews
09-22-2011, 02:21 PM
Price: $250.00
Pros: Seems pretty strong
Cons: Has solenoid issues
Recommended? Yes

Comments: This was on my jeep when I got it. The winch seems to be strong but as stated I have had solenoid issues.

Alohi Ahi

Registered User
Alohi Ahi's Reviews
08-20-2011, 08:34 PM
Price: $439.00
Pros: Easy to use Good price
Cons: None so far
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Great entry level winch. Upgrade to synthetic rope for 100 more.

Registered User
lowell1042's Reviews
08-20-2011, 12:07 AM
Price: $300.00
Pros: price
Cons: have not found any yet
Recommended? Yes

Comments: what times i have used it it worked good. I have nothing to compare it to, but the holes it pulled me out of made it well worth the money.

Registered User
glenn99's Reviews
08-19-2011, 05:12 PM
Price: $400.00
Pros: looks nice
Cons: wish I would have bought the warn with the compressor
Recommended? Yes

Comments: never used so..don't listen to me

Registered User
cont7's Reviews
08-04-2011, 02:35 PM
Price: $350.99
Pros: Good looks, awesome packaging, awesome finish
Cons: Install on a XRC front bumper is a PITA. But one thing is for sure, if someone wants to steal it, they will have a hard time taking it off
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Install on a XRC front bumper is a PITA. But one thing is for sure, if someone wants to steal it, they will have a hard time taking it off

Registered User
Jeepnation2011's Reviews
07-09-2011, 09:25 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: love it. Cheap and reliable.
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Good and reliable for what I do. Trail riding in mountains. Not allot of rock crawling. But for the price and quality it's good for my lifestyle of Jeeping.

Registered User
bhoover61's Reviews
07-02-2011, 01:36 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: cheap
Cons: not as good as warn
Recommended? Yes

Comments: good winch

Registered User
motlemans's Reviews
06-13-2011, 06:33 AM
Price: $400.00
Pros: Dependable
Cons: Product of China
Recommended? Yes

Comments: great product for the money. Easy install. Now that WARN has come out with a 8k winch for the same price I think I would go with that instead

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