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SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch

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Product Information

MSRP: $900.00
Average Price: $306.58
Manufacturer: SmittyBilt
Yes: 277 / 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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ModernJ's Reviews
09-10-2009, 03:48 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: Nice fit with the stock bumper and mounting plate.Works good nice price
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Its best to install the unit wiring first. Put the switch box on it. Then attach winch to plate prior to mounting on Jeep. Last run the wires to your Battery. Its a custom fit everything lines up.

Registered User
LandoCommando's Reviews
09-09-2009, 12:41 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: Works. Works well. Gets the job done. The job done it gets. Reliable. Quality for its price.
Cons: Its not a warn, don't expect it to be.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Itll get you unstuck

Registered User
TeamFATBOY's Reviews
08-16-2009, 10:45 PM
Price: $320.00
Pros: Price and Function
Cons: None so far
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Have had three warns with no problems with them on other vehicles and they worked great for pulling others out of trouble but never used them enough for myself to justify spending that much on a winch I may use three times a year on myself. Havn't had any problems with the Smittybilt

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Adamlee78's Reviews

07-31-2009, 04:26 PM
Price: $275.00
Pros: great. has pulled my Tj out several times and others too!
Cons: ? none yet
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I installed on the smittybilt XRC front bumper on my TJ and it works great. Smittybilt sent me a new controller box for free to accomodate for the winch bar being in front of the remote socket. And i did not need to return the other. Will work even better if i ever need a part!


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mav383's Reviews
05-28-2009, 04:22 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: gets the job done, go where few have gone before
Cons: some not as well developed features
Recommended? Yes

Comments: A friend has one and well I thought I'd reveiw it because it is 9 times out of 10 yanking my WJ out of stuff way too deep/steep. been in multiple situations pulling at odd angles and has performed remarkably. Just a few qirks like the free spool leaver getting gunked up and becoming immoble or loose and the control recepticle cover falling apart. but other than that absolutely worth the money he paid and money I've saved!

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John O's Reviews
05-27-2009, 11:16 AM
Price: $299.00
Pros: Inexpensive, complete and ready for installation and use, good instructions. Decent line speed.
Cons: Haven't found one yet.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Purchased from the Winch Depot (good customer service) for $299 and free shipping. Came complete and ready to install. Clear easy to follow instructions. The day I installed it I pulled out a TJ that was framed in sugar sand...the winch free spooled easy and pulled out the TJ w/o a hesitation. Great inexpensive winch!

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itsa67's Reviews

05-25-2009, 10:06 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: Great price Works great so far Plenty of pulling power
Cons: The remote is kinda chinsey Not made in the US
Recommended? No

Comments: I got this winch for 299 shipped with a winch plate, i have the 2nd generation. The whole thing bolted up in less than a half hour. Have had it on for almost a year, and have used it about 5 times. Its worked great every time without any problems. The engangement lever got stuck shut once, but some wd40 losened it real quick. Overall a nice winch for the money, i dont see how you could go wrong.


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wilywillie's Reviews

05-15-2009, 11:32 PM
Price: $260.00
Pros: price
Cons: Chinese made
Recommended? Yes

Comments: great price--more than paid for itself after using twice. Works great, too, I just don't want to have to rely on it (or ANY winch) when I'm really up the creek!

Registered User
NorcalYJ92's Reviews
05-12-2009, 04:03 AM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Awesome
Cons: NONE
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Awesome


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Feetwet's Reviews

04-08-2009, 08:19 AM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $299.00
Pros: Low price, easy install, stainless housing hardware
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Works like a Big Dog. Strong and stable. Decent line speed with 5/16 wire rope. Long cable on controller. Solid fairlead. Has series wound not perm mag motor. These motors are standard now.


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the_weirdo's Reviews

04-06-2009, 11:32 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $260.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I have winched with the XRC8 about a dozen times and it has impressed me each time. I would not hesitate to buy it again.

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SCHRISCO's Reviews

04-01-2009, 03:23 AM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $200.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ayeohellucks's Reviews

03-30-2009, 11:31 AM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $299.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Haven't needed to use it for real yet, but its nice to have peace of mind. great price


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rock-rocker's Reviews

03-26-2009, 10:38 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $299.99
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Haven't had a chance to use it yet. I only installed it just in case I have to help someone else get un-stuck (right)

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bsouth's Reviews

03-26-2009, 06:58 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $300.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: old permanent wound crapped out but 4wd was great and sent me the new style with the series wound motor 100x better

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jeephildo's Reviews

03-25-2009, 09:54 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $299.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Great winch for the price for a poor person like me. Def. recommend to others.

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chucklesk's Reviews

03-24-2009, 05:51 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $270.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I got an awesome deal on this from it was $299 on sale with free shipping and a winch plate, plus I had a 10% off coupon. It has pulled me out out of the snow twice. I also used it pull my sisters Subaru out of the driveway after she got plowed in this winter. Its probably the best 300 I have spent so far.

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rip_1986's Reviews

03-24-2009, 03:27 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $299.99
Recommended? Yes

Comments: nice winch for the price, rough sounding at first, but after it is used a couple times it starts so sound smother


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82Renegade's Reviews

03-23-2009, 08:56 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $300.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Only used once- so far, so good. Certainly not highest quality, but should be fine for the few times a year I'll need it. Good value if it holds up.

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xXArcticWolfXx's Reviews

03-22-2009, 10:09 PM
SmittyBilt XRC 8 Winch
Price: $300.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I've only had to use the winch once since I just put it on yesterday, but it worked amazing and I'm very pleased so far!

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