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Unread 11-18-2011, 08:00 AM   #1
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best weekend off roader winch

my jeep is my daily driver 4in with 33's. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg for a winch but I want peace of mind when I c a mud hole. What winch has the best bang for your buck without overkill

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Unread 11-18-2011, 08:31 AM   #2
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IF I were you, I would go with a harbor freight, their cheap and good for a few pulls but the reliability of long repeative pulls simpily isnt there, but it'll get you home.
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Unread 11-18-2011, 10:27 AM   #3
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Get a Smittybilt. Mine lasted almost 2 1/2 years!
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Unread 11-18-2011, 10:56 AM   #4
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The Engo is pretty inexpensive winch. Sub $300 for a 9k.
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Unread 11-18-2011, 11:38 AM   #5
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The best weekend Winch is one that will be reliable 100% of the time and give you some peace of mind rather than Affordable. Try Craig List or Ebay for a used Warn.
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Unread 11-18-2011, 11:57 AM   #6
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I got one that has one of these on it W

I am mostly a weekend wheeler and not even every weekend or even other weekend. Sometimes I wheel during the week. I have used the crap out of my winch for many things and it just keeps working. I have had it for about a decade and I am confident that whatever weekend I choose to wheel on it will work. If you do the math I have maybe paid 80-90 dollars a year for it, and won't stop working anytime soon. Doubt these cheapo one will cost any less.
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Unread 11-18-2011, 04:43 PM   #7
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Thx I was looking at a smittybily what size do your think and what's the pros and cons between cable line and rope line
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Get a Smittybilt. Mine lasted almost 2 1/2 years!
BEFORE IT QUIT WORKING.

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Thx I was looking at a smittybily what size do your think and what's the pros and cons between cable line and rope line
Sorry, I should of been a little more clear with my above post. I fixed it.

It's a great price, and some have had great luck with their Smitty winches. But, it is luck, and I wasn't so lucky. It was only used occasionally, and worked every time I needed it.....until the last time I needed it.
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Unread 11-18-2011, 06:58 PM   #9
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Mine is a daily driver and a weekend wheeler, I chose the Warn M8000. It's a bit more expensive compared to other inexpensive winches, but in the long run it will probably be less expensive than having to buy a 2nd cheaper winch after a few years if the first cheap one fails.

(edit) Wait a second, did the price of the M8000s go up recently? I purchased mine almost a year ago and if I remember correctly it was just a bit over $500. On the warn site it's listed as 900 something, and on quadratec it's 700 something. ??
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Unread 11-18-2011, 09:57 PM   #10
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Yep, they went up in price. I got my M8000 for $404.00 to the door during the sale/rebate around a year ago.

Other folks did even better (around $320.00 to the door).
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Unread 11-19-2011, 11:02 AM   #11
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Not sure when I will get it installed but picked up a Superwinch LP8500 this morning at the Farm and Fleet for $289. Time will tell whether it was a good investment. Good luck, Dave
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Unread 11-19-2011, 12:24 PM   #12
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Thx I was looking at a smittybily what size do your think and what's the pros and cons between cable line and rope line
rope line is great, it's lighter, easier to work with, and won't kill anyone if it should snap.

That said I think it's retarded to buy a cheap Chinese winch and then buy rope line for it.

Better to spend that money on a Warn winch with steel cable. The winch will last for ever, and even if there is a problem it's repairable. When you get money later on add the rope line to the Ware.
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Unread 11-19-2011, 02:54 PM   #13
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Thx for the feedback guys. Im ordering a poison bumper to mount it on
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Unread 11-19-2011, 06:21 PM   #14
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Find you a good, used M8000. My WJ is my daily driver, 3" of lift and I put my five year old, pretty heavily used M8000 off my truck on it when I upgraded to a XD9000i on the truck. Even at seven years old now, I still trust the thing more than I would a brand new, Chinese winch...
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Unread 11-19-2011, 10:12 PM   #15
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Heres a good winch. I see a lot of weeked off road type jeeps and trucks with these. You can get them used for as little as 10-40 dollars. Even new there fairly cheap. Sure plenty of people will tell ya spend your money and buy a warn. These little bad boys work great! I'm sorry I just had to. But really just buy the best you can afford. But dont be the guy who didn't want to spend more than 50 bucks and then bought one of these.
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