In J Rations standard issue 8 they tested 7 winches (Bulldog, Superwinch, Chicago Electric, T-Max, Ramsey, Mile Marker, and Warn). Out Of all 7 Chicago Electric finished 3rd, Superwinch, 2nd and Warn took 1st place. the cheapest finished with the best and never broke just was slow. I do have the SmittyBilt winch and have only had to use it once to pull a buddy out of the mud but it worked great.
You are right its not stainless. I am new to this. I think the winch looks sweet and from the reviews that i have read it works very well also. I am so excited to recieve it.
400 bucks for a 8000 pound winch with synthetic rope.. I cant wait!
They say the rope is rated for 8000 lbs. If you dig around on real synthetic rope sites like Samson Rope, Viking Offroad et al, you will find that an 8000 lb rated line is very small. The only line I can find that's rated at 8000 lbs is 1/4" in diameter which is usually reserved for large UTV's, ATV's and SxS's.
Not picking on you or your happiness, but they need to label this stuff a bit better. Just because it's blue rope, doesn't mean it's good blue rope.
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I'm still excited to get the winch.. I hope the rope works out.. I was considering getting the metal line and then decided go with this package.. I hope i did not make a bad decision. I'm not in anyway a hardcore off road person.. A little here, a little there. Upstate NY has rough winters so pulling myself or a friend out of a ditch might be the most likely use..
Thanks for the input regardless... ill remember the line is not that strong when im using it. I hope i dont snap it!
my xrc8 has been performing well, so far. its mounted on my 96 f-150 since they hit the market. i just decided to buy the newer version,xrc8 competion series w/synthetic for my TJ. for $400 i thought its worth a shot,especially since synthetic cable/rope alone is about $200. i ordered from 4wd.com,and right now it has an instant $50 rebate and free cover. as far as the chinese thing goes, nearly every manufacturer has gone that route,except some high end brands and model. a comparable domestic winch to the one i just ordered would probably be $900+. hell,even the imfamous T-Max from the land down under has gone to a lot of china stuff.
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