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SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch

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Product Information

MSRP: $900.00
Average Price: $305.47
Manufacturer: SmittyBilt
Yes: 279 / 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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Registered User
niles6284's Reviews
02-07-2011, 11:09 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Excellent winch for the $$$
Cons: none so far
Recommended? Yes

Comments: used it on many ocassions hasnt failed me yet.


in therapy
DocJake's Reviews

02-06-2011, 03:28 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: Cheap!
Cons: Instructions? good luck. Needed to modify the installation when used with the Rugged Ridge XHD bumper with grill guard.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: As stated, not a bad winch at great price. I won't reiterate what's been said by many others, but I did enjoy testing it. A car illegally parked and blocking our driveway was no match for the XRC8 which quickly "relocated" this vehicle away from our driveway and into a hydrant zone.

For those who will be using this unit in the Rugged Ridge XHD bumper system with grill guard, take note. The hand control unit will not plug into the socket on the solenoid housing as it's blocked by the grill guard tube. Modification is not hard, but as the XRC8 had useless instructions, I thought I'd post the warning and the fix. I modified the rear mounting process slightly and posted the details and photos on this thread:


Registered User
kd006's Reviews
02-02-2011, 11:42 PM
Price: $400.00
Pros: easy mounting, connections
Cons: Poor directions
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Got this from Quadratech, the mount plate came first and there was an obvious interferance with the front of the bumper, called QT and they were almost no help. Finally loosened the lower bolts and was able to push the bumper back and the mount forward enough for bolt head clearance. Still overall happy with it, easy enough to install but the directions could have been better written.

Registered User
jgallo's Reviews
01-25-2011, 08:36 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: great price
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: lowest price 8k winch and durable


Registered User
TheDirtyGeneral's Reviews
01-16-2011, 02:51 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Cheap and Reliable
Cons: Directions might as well be written in Japanese, good luck!!!
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Winch is great it works awesome, I had to replace the handle assembly because when setting the gears in place I lost the ball bearing. The directions were very vague and hard to follow about setting the gears in place, have someone whos done it before help you.

Registered User
nwco4x4's Reviews
01-10-2011, 09:08 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: great price great quality
Cons: heavy amp draw but then again most winches do
Recommended? Yes

Comments: great winch for the price. quality made product.


Registered User
brand0nlp's Reviews
01-02-2011, 12:33 AM
Price: $330.00
Pros: not sure yet i have not used it yet.
Cons: not sure
Recommended? Yes

Comments: great price great reviews still have not used it yet.


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pacsman's Reviews
12-22-2010, 10:16 AM
Price: $299.99
Pros: Easy install, great quality.
Cons: N/A
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I bought this winch after review several others. I was impressed by the quality and craftsmanship as compared to the price. Smittybilt has a great reputation and the local dealer wear I bought has never experienced any problems with this particular winch.

Registered User
kidofhockey's Reviews
11-03-2010, 09:50 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: The winch can pull my jeep out of just about anything.
Cons: The color faded, but it's not a problem at all.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: This winch works great and is easy to sent up. I pulls my jeep out of any level of mud.


Registered User
ThunderFoot's Reviews
10-16-2010, 11:23 PM
Price: $500.00
Pros: Adequate for my needs.
Cons: Instruction manual needs work.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I haven't any comment on the Pro's or Con's of this item as I just installed it today. The instructions aren't exactly the best written, especially the part about attaching the cable. "Take the old cable off and note how it was attached, then attach the new cable" doesn't really work when this is a new winch without a cable.

There is a red cable that stands out amongst the other cables. I intend to wrap it with a nylon split cover mearly to hide the color; the added protection being a plus.

I debated with myself (can't lose that way) whether to get a winch. In the end it came down to the adage, better to have and not need than to need and not have.

Registered User
patricknash1's Reviews
10-14-2010, 02:27 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: Quick install, great looking product.
Cons: None so far
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I havent been stuck enough to actually use it yet but it's a nice product and so far I havent found anything I dislike about it.

Registered User
BallerJeep's Reviews
10-09-2010, 11:14 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: looks great up front, fairly fast.
Cons: yet to find one
Recommended? Yes

Comments: just got it, never used it yet...

Registered User
markxj2k's Reviews
10-03-2010, 10:50 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: It's cheap and it works
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I actually have the Rugged Ridge version of this winch, but it's manufactured in the same plant to the same specs and sells for the same price. I know Warn is considered the God of winches, but I don't have that kind of cash. This one has worked fine for me and I've used it several times.

Registered User
Shakey's Reviews
09-15-2010, 02:46 PM
Price: $250.00
Pros: Cheap!
Cons: Cheap!
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I've now used it about 6 times, and it's worked every time. I've had my Jeep plus m416 hanging by the cable and it pulled well. Already paid for itself.

Registered User
robbyb413's Reviews
08-31-2010, 10:36 AM
Price: $250.00
Pros: Inexpensive way to get the benefits of having a winch, great customer service.
Cons: Slow when winching, some parts not very durable.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: The winch is a solid performer, although if you're looking for speed it's not the winch for you. Great customer service - my solenoid stopped working and SB replaced it quickly without question which is so rare in this day and age. The lever to engage/freespool on this winch isn't very strong, the first time someone other than me touched it to spool it out they broke the lever right off, and the remote control is flimsy - a case of beer being dropped on mine smashed the handle to bits.


Registered User
nibblesupreme's Reviews
08-09-2010, 08:20 AM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Cheap
Cons: Doesn't free spool very easily in the beginning
Recommended? Yes

Comments: It was cheap

Directions suck, do your best to follow them.

It doesn't free spool very easily in the beginning, you have to just keep at it and it will finally loosen up.

Registered User
95YJohn's Reviews
08-04-2010, 11:06 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: its a winch
Cons: couldn't read horrible photocopy of instructions
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I have not used it yet, but so far it works, and looks good.

Registered User
jcmooreusmc's Reviews
07-30-2010, 09:00 PM
Price: $275.00
Pros: Plenty of pull and good quality for the price
Cons: Color tends to fade on the controller. Smittybilt doesn't send stickers.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: So far, I am very pleased with this product. I've only NEEDED it once, and that was 2 days after I installed it. I was on the river and completely stuck, but thanks to the winch, I got out with ease. I don't go wheeling very much, but I'm glad I had it on this occasion. I like the look of having the winch bare, but keeping it covered would probably prevent fading in the color. The winch did come with a free cover and I've finally started using it. The controller comes with ample amount of cable so the driver can sit in the driver's seat and control the winch at the same time.

Jason D

Registered User
Jason D's Reviews
07-26-2010, 10:50 AM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Great price
Cons: Made in China, connection for winch controls is flimsy. Paint faded VERY fast.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: You just can't beat the price. Yes, it's made in CHina, which sux, but I didn't need a winch enough to justify spending twice as much. Some say it's slow, but it's fine with me. It gets the job done.

The connection where you hook up the controls seems very flimsy and every time I've used it I thought I was going to break it. Also, the black paint faded to a milky grey within a couple of months.

Registered User
bvjeep's Reviews
07-21-2010, 05:52 PM
Price: $299.99
Pros: Great price and reliable
Cons: None at this time
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Purchase this winch because a friend has the same winch and he has had no problems with the winch. I am also on a budjet, so I have to watch what I spend

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