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Unread 09-23-2007, 07:00 PM   #1
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Superwinch EPi9.0 or Warn 9.5ti

I have got my winch choices narrowed down to Superwinch EPi9.0 or Warn 9.5ti. I will not be rock crawling. I go through mud, and when the flood comes from the hurricanes, I go through water. Basically, the JK is going to be a hurricane ready vehicle. My main requirement is getting a winch that will hold up in salt water. I know it's electric and no electric winch is really water proof. Some are more water resistant to others though. It also gets very hot down here, so heat might be another factor for me. I don't care about speed because I will never be in a hurry winching and will not be racing or doing any other competition.

I made a chart in excel that I did a screen capture of to show comparisons of popular winches. The prices are rough and I have seen some of these models priced and higher and lower than what the chart shows, but the prices are about average. $599 + shipping is the lowest I found on the Superwinch and on the Warn 9.5ti, the lowest I found was $975 with free shipping. To me these two models are very close in performance. I am leaning towards the superwinch because it draws less current than the Warn. It's also substantially cheaper. On the other hand, Warn is the more dominant brand. I thought about going hydraulic, but decided not to and do not intend to discuss that further.

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Unread 09-23-2007, 07:21 PM   #2
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i'm pretty anti-hydraulic but in all honesty, i think hydro woudl be your best bet....


salt water shouldn't be a major concern unless you plan to drive in the ocean.... sea spray is the only salt water that will get onto the winch otherwise, and you could easily rinse it off, or let mother nature do it with a rain storm. i WD-40 my entire winch everytime i wash the jeep and everytime i head to the beach or a 4 wheeling trip..... that helps quite a bit.
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Unread 09-23-2007, 07:42 PM   #3
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So which of the two? I'm having trouble posting the chart today for some reason even though the file size is within the limitations.
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Unread 09-24-2007, 07:34 AM   #4
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open it up.... hit print screen...... go to ms paint...... click edit... paste..... file.... save...... and post that screen shot
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Unread 09-24-2007, 09:12 AM   #5
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I hate to bring it up but I grew up in a small South LA town near Erath and if I were still there I would seriously consider the hydraulic winches. I had one and recently switched to an electric because of the wheeling I'm doing but in the mud and for real work (non recovery) you can't beat the hydraulic winch... it's as close to waterproof as it gets as well. My old mile marker hydro is in my garage and I might let my Dad have it for his truck because they're also in the hurricane zone.
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Unread 09-24-2007, 01:58 PM   #6
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try Redrock4x4.com for the superwinch. It's 590 shipped.
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Warn's are more money, but they're warranted for life
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Thanks for the input. I almost went hydraulic, but I came across a great deal on the Warn. Brand new in the box Warn 9.5ti $800 + $45 shipping. I figure, with that kind of price, it's hard to go wrong.
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Unread 10-22-2007, 03:22 PM   #9
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Warn's are more money, but they're warranted for life
I believe Superwinch just upped the ante and has a better warranty than warn now.
Lifetime mechanical
3yr Solenoid
1yr parts

I think it was mentioned in the comments to the Moab Jeeper shootout.
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