Trust me I'm not crying here. Just after all the buy American talk, and how the XRC8 is crap, I find it hilarious that the big "W" choose to have their remotes made in China. If the quality of China products is so bad why in the world would the big "W" compromise their name with a crappy remote. Yes the remote is probably the cheapest part of the winch besides the roller fairlead, but a winch without a working remote is about as useful as an A-10 Warthog flying around with no ammo. I've also seen at least 2 people out on the trail while I had my XRC8 that had their Warn wired remotes crap out on them. Lucky for them there was another person with a remote handy.
I had my XRC8 an entire year, used it plenty of times, never had a failure, and my Chinese made XRC8 had a rather nice blue lit remote which was handy in the dark. The first Gen XRC8 I had did pull slow, but it never failed, the remote never broke, the Mexican/Chinese solenoids never went out, and Smittybilt backed their product and quickly sent me replacement bolts when mine started to rust.
I now have a Warn XD9000i and the original remote was DOA. I ordered a new one and while I was at it I bought the wireless setup. The winch is much much faster, but the finish over the solenoid pack is falling off, and it draws a lot more amps vs the XRC8. I'm glad I have a Warn winch now, but I honestly can't stand here and say that the XRC8 was a total POS and that it left me stranded.
05 Electric Lime Green LJ with a 4spd Auto, 2.5inch Suspension Lift, OME Shocks, OME Steering Stabilizer, 32inch BFG M/T's on 17inch Moab's using Spidertrax Spacers, UCF Aluminum TC Skid, Novak Cable Shifter, Brown Dog MML, Rokmen 1/2 BL, Banks CAI, Diehard Platinum Marine Battery, JW Speaker 8700 LED Head Lights, Safari Nets, G.E.A.R Overhead Console/G.E.A.R Tailgate Storage, Rugged Ridge XHD Front Bumper, Warn Gas Tank Skid, Mopar Rock Crawler Rear Bumper, Warn XD9000i Winch with Warn Wireless Remote, and a Uniden 880 CB Radio