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Unread 05-16-2011, 07:18 AM   #1
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Best winch for the money

I'm looking for a 8000lb winch. Which is the best for the money?

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Unread 05-16-2011, 12:58 PM   #2
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Look on Amazon they have awsome deals on Superwinch epi!
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Unread 05-16-2011, 01:11 PM   #3
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Look on Amazon they have awsome deals on Superwinch epi!
I like Superwinch's X9 and S9000 winches which are both made here in the U.S.

But virtually all of Superwinch's other model winches are imported from China and I wouldn't touch any of them.

The below photo is from 3 weeks ago after I was through winching a Ford over some big rocks. Notice there are two winch cables out... mine (Warn XP-9.5) and from the Ford owner's Superwinch. His brand-new unused Superwinch 8,000 lb. capacity winch failed after its first two short uses on those rocks.

To me, the best winch for the $$$ is never the least expensive... and personally, I'll always go Warn.
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Unread 05-16-2011, 01:40 PM   #4
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Just remember you get what you pay for. The cheapest is not always the best way to go.
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Unread 05-16-2011, 07:24 PM   #5
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Yeah that's what I was thinking . 8000 or 9000 lb? I have a 05 TJ with 33's
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Unread 05-16-2011, 07:30 PM   #6
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8,000 to 9,500 lbs. is about right for a Wrangler. Not to mention you may get asked to winch a bigger vehicle like the big-*** Ford I had to winch in the above photo. If $$$ is not a big issue, I'd go 9-9.5K lbs. since bigger capacity winches require fewer amperes at the same loads that smaller winches do.
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Unread 05-16-2011, 07:35 PM   #7
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Thanks for all your help
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Unread 05-16-2011, 09:03 PM   #8
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Find the oldest, dirtiest, most used looking winch you can find for cheap that is a good USA made Warn or Ramsey, and rebuild it.

You'll end up with a like-new winch, you'll know how it works, and most importantly, you'll know how to fix/jumper/make it work IF something should ever fail on the trail like a solenoid or something.


I bought TWO Ramsey RE12000s for $400. They are $1200 winches brand new. One had a brand newish wire rope, one had a (supposedly) bad solenoid, and the other had a sticking clutch mechanism.

All I had to do was clean the contacts on one winch, greased up the clutch on the other, and I had two usable winches. Unfortunately I GAVE one away to a friend since I had to move, though I still feel I got my money's worth.

Worm gear winches are INCREDIBLY slow... but you will NOT stall them and there is no brake that can possibly fail.
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Get the superwinch epi9000. Great winch and great price, not too expensive. Got mine about 2 yrs ago for $600 new. Good luck.
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Have a buddy that bought a Duke Winch. About the same time I bought a Warn 8274.
Now I paid alot more money for my winch than he did for his. I think his was a 9000 lbs and mine is a 8000. He said I was crazy for spending that kind of money.
His quit in a couple of years, bought a 9000 lbs Harbor Freight winch. Again great winch and great price.
Lasted a couple years. Quit again. Got another off brand winch (9000) Quit again. (couple of years)
Now then I would think he could have bought some new parts to keep all these winches working and really he probably paid about the same price for all these winches as I did for my 8274.
Why though?
I am not saying that you will never have a problem with a Warn winch, but when you are out in the middle of nowhere with out anyone else around or you are being pulled up a rock face which winch would you choose.
Oh by the way he did finally buy a Warn winch (9000) and I still have the same 8274.
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Unread 05-16-2011, 11:06 PM   #11
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Here is the winch I have on my TJ.

http://www.winchdepot.com/Winches-Wi...&t_pn=WAR26502
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Any of you experienced winchers have an opinion on the Warn PowerPlant HP with the built in OBA? I realize they're pretty pricey but I love the idea of killing 2 birds (quality winch /on board air together) and my 05 LJ Rubicon seems kinda naked now that I got the new bumpers on. I suspect I'd use the air more often than the winch and 4WheelOnline has a pretty good discount on them now.

I've never had a winch before so I'm a total virgin when it comes to all things winch!
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Warn is a superb brand but for a TJ/LJ, their Powerplant is absolutely HUGE and it's heavy too. I think it looks out of place on a TJ front-end since it's just such a huge device.

But my biggest problem with it is that if something fails on it, however unlikely, you've lost two critical and very key pieces of equipment.... the winch and compressor simultaneously would both be lost.

I really like most of Warn's products but that's one product I wouldn't select for my Wrangler.
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Warn is a superb brand but for a TJ/LJ, their Powerplant is absolutely HUGE and it's heavy too. I think it looks out of place on a TJ front-end since it's just such a huge device.

But my biggest problem with it is that if something fails on it, however unlikely, you've lost two critical and very key pieces of equipment.... the winch and compressor simultaneously would both be lost.

I really like most of Warn's products but that's one product I wouldn't select for my Wrangler.
Thanks Jerry - it is certainly not small! Any reccomendations on alternatives?
Anyone else using one of these?
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