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Smittybilt XRC8

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Product Information

MSRP: $550.00
Average Price: $324.15
Manufacturer: Smittybilt
Yes: 66 / No: 3

8000lb winch


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CalebPorterMe's Reviews
02-15-2016, 04:08 PM
Price: $349.99
Pros: Parts readily available, bulletproof
Cons: Kinda slow
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Works great, very reasonably priced. I've been using it on 3 different rigs over the last 3 years, it's tired now, but still pulls hard.

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john02tj's Reviews
05-09-2015, 12:13 AM
Price: $550.00
Pros: 5 year warrenty, works well, quick spooling
Cons: the housing paint has faded fairly quick
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Does its job well and has been sumerged once and worked fine after and has saved me and others from a bad day.

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mike51robo's Reviews
10-07-2014, 10:37 AM
Price: $249.00
Pros: affordable
Cons: steel cable, faded stckers
Recommended? Yes

Comments: It works every time I need it

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BlackJeep2013's Reviews
01-29-2014, 07:11 PM
Price: $400.00
Pros: Easy Install
Cons: None yet have yet to use it.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I like it so far but haven't needed to use it yet


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TJDaveX's Reviews

08-28-2013, 10:09 AM
Price: $299.00
Pros: Price
Cons: Hard to free spool line out. High current draw. Slow. Loud. Cheap plastic solenoid cover.
Recommended? No

Comments: Bought the new 5 HP series wound version. It worked for less than two years before it gave out on me. I did not bother fixing it due to the poor performance when it did work. I wouldn't even call it a good entry level winch. Beginners especially need something they can rely on to get them out of trouble. This winch is not it.

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14chavez's Reviews
08-19-2013, 11:51 PM
Price: $400.00
Pros: It works pretty well.
Cons: Not fast
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Its the first winch that the jeep has. I've never personal had to pull my self out but more so of me pulling other people out. It comes in handing and is out of the way compare to a tow strap.

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Weetay1's Reviews
03-19-2013, 07:57 PM
Price: $700.00
Pros: anphibious
Cons: none yet
Recommended? Yes

Comments: My actual model is SmittyBuilt X2O 8000... but it wasnt listed in the drop down


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turbonusse2's Reviews
01-17-2013, 07:39 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: reliable winch
Cons: slow and loud, cheap grease
Recommended? Yes

Comments: this is a good winch for a starter winch. i would recommend getting synthetic line instead of a steel cable. it would also be good to rebuild the winch and use fully synthetic grease. as long as you can get the parts clean the synthetic grease will make it free spool nice and you can silicone the parts to prevent water from getting in.

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DNance1's Reviews
10-19-2012, 01:22 PM
Price: $550.00
Recommended? Yes


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XxWranglerTJxX's Reviews
08-11-2012, 08:33 PM
Price: $270.00
Pros: good price, works great.
Cons: none so far.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: first winch I've ever bought but seems to be good quality.

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Diggercole's Reviews
05-03-2012, 07:33 AM
Price: $350.00
Pros: The Price
Cons: None yet
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I have an 8k winch on a 4Door JK. It does the job! Alot of people go for the highest pulling weight (thats fine) but if you are looking for a winch that will not cost you a Kidney, is made in America and will get the job done every time get it..

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billzcat1's Reviews
04-28-2012, 01:03 AM
Price: $299.00
Pros: Inexpensive, functions well
Cons: Slow, high current draw, heavy
Recommended? Yes

Comments: What's to say? The Smittybilt XRC8 is the "fan favorite" budget winch. It's always performed when I need it, although the line speed is a little slow. The current draw is high but no more so than expected for an 8000lb winch.

The only real downside is that it is very heavy and I have it set up in a Multi-Mount cradle. The assembly is 110lbs and can be tricky to get mounted. Other than that I have no complaints.


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mikesloudjeep's Reviews
02-01-2012, 09:20 PM
Price: $298.00
Pros: Great price with warranty and available parts for rebuild.
Cons: None for the avid weekend user.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: First off I trail every weekend I'm not a boulevard Jeeper. So I looked into Warn and other big names. This winch had the same 8000lb rate to it. But more so had replacement parts available. More so however. I've had water in the Jeep up to my mid section and realized I've only ever been stuck one time in a year! That was to my own direct stupidity. I knew I was going to get stuck. No doubt did it on purpose. So I decided to get the xrc 8 for "casual use" and have made a great choice. Easy install everything from the start to finish is labeled and color coded and "Lettered" a-d ect. You can't screw this up. Super winch. If you live in Alaska or need to pull up a 100 foot Mountain you might want a back up. But the mitty will do it anyways. Well, for the record it'll pull you up anyways. Over twice the weight pull....


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Flyboy161's Reviews
12-23-2011, 07:55 PM
Price: $264.00
Pros: Inexpensive, easy installation, great insurance
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I bought this online shipped to my door for 264.00! The directions were straightforward and all hardware was included. I just wish the directions showed how to mount the relay box. I figured it out, but I'm just saying...

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W2001J's Reviews
09-21-2011, 02:45 AM
Price: $299.99
Pros: Cheap, east to install.
Cons: Already fried my first one and I am on to my second one. Warranty replacement.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: This is a good starter winch. Maybe I had bad luck with the first one.

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williamellison's Reviews
06-21-2011, 12:17 AM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Looks great, performes great, great price
Cons: Slow recovery rate
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Pretty sweet for the price. A must for the casual/cheap off roader


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Muddeprived's Reviews

06-01-2011, 12:44 PM
Price: $299.00
Pros: Pulls hard and fast.
Cons: lever is weak
Recommended? No

Comments: I've had this on the front of my xj for a good two or three years now. It has not failed me when I used it until yesterday when the lever just popped off in my hand for some reason. I put it back in the hole but couldn't get it in gear. I heard this was a common issue with the winch so I'm currently emailing 4wd about this. I have the extreme warranty.


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mrmark's Reviews

05-02-2011, 07:58 AM
Price: $299.00
Pros: strong power
Cons: poor lever design to engage/free spool, controller is cheap (2 broke already),
Recommended? No

Comments: I have had this since Jan. (4 months). I got the first one and the and the "shift" lever was jammed (took 5 minutes to get in to engage not good when stuck in the mud) and I took it back to replace the entire winch.

Then next time I used it the cable with controller broke and wouldn't unwind the winch (not a huge problem as you can free spool it out) They sent me a new one with out any questions.

The same issue with the controlled occurred a second time (still waiting to talk to them about a new one)

Then the bolt that hold the cable to the winch disappeared and the cable came free from the spool. Creating all kinds of winching issues on while out in the mud since the end was flapping all over the place and creating a binding issue with the outer housing supports. Smittybilt says they don't have a screw to put in at this time. So go to the hardware store and buy what the guy at Smittybilt told me would fit. I take off the cable and and don't find anyway to reattach the cable with what the guy said. It appears that the bolt has sheared off and there is no way to attach it.

Nothing but problems with this brand winch. Yes, it can pull it's weight when it works right but if you plan on really using it I would upgrade to a better quality. It sucks to be out there and you look like a fool because your winch is a POS, and you can't get out because your POS is broken.

I guess if you are doing a little pulling and not really using it a lot it's very good, but doesn't stand up to real use.

I am going to buy me a Warn the next chance I get. Probably today since the POS I have is broken!!!!!!!!!!

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Tagal's Reviews
04-19-2011, 09:32 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: easy to install
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I haven't really had to use this much but i have tested it and it doesn't seem to have many weaknesses.

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Beefalobart's Reviews
02-11-2011, 01:11 AM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Cheap, dependable, reliable
Cons: weak engage lever
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I had a problem with the engage/freespool lever in which the roll pin inside snapped. I purchased it from 4wd with the extended waranty and they did not send an exact replacment but instead shipped me an upgraded thicker and stronger part which to this day has not failed yet. This is the BEST winch for the money and then some. Good speed and pulls very good.

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