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Unread 09-24-2013, 09:20 AM   #1
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Warn Powerplant 12,000 winch

Just picked up a Warn powerplant HD 12,000 winch with built in air compressor...thing is huge and awesome....Bought it new from a buddy who isnt into wheeling. I am missing the fairlead and was wondering If any fairlead would work?? It claims to be a 9'' drum i beleive so would i buy a 10'' fairlead? I am new to winches and this was a deal of a lifetime. Any help or tips are appreciated, This is my first winch and i've only seen them in action i've never owned one or operated one...Thanks..

PS-May be for sale if its too big for my JCR winch bumper

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Unread 09-25-2013, 09:06 AM   #2
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any info? Anyone use or own one of these??
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Guy in our club has that on a Rubicon. Its ok for him. He tried to use it to recover a bronco in mud. Even with block it failed and stalled. IMO warn has gone down in quality in the past few years.
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If you've never operated one, please take the time to learn to use it safely. While they are great tools they can be very dangerous.
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I have the 9500 on my Rubi that is only 5 months old and when I went to tension it some of the connections from the contactor to the motor were loose and it fried one of the connectors and will no longer work.
I worked with Warn and got the trouble shooting guides and the contactor and motor need to be replaced which they will send me no problem but they also said just send the whole thing back and we will make it right. So tomorrow I go back to the shop that put it on for the PO of my Jeep and they will remove it and send it in. Now that is customer service!

I will suggest that before you power it up double check all of the connections then you should be fine. The little I used it to test my air hose it was cool to have the compressor and that part worked great, filled up my 35's from 10psi to 30psi in about 2 minutes. That is until the magic smoke came out! LOL
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Running wire or synthetic? I`d keep a Warn winch authentic with Warn gear. Obviously - any cheap Fairlead that fits would work.

http://www.clemson4wheel.com/warn-57...-fairlead.html

The PowerPlant is such a awesome winch. Having a air compressor on the front of your ride comes in really handy!

If you are new to winching the Warn Guide to Winching Techniques would be a good start.

http://www.clemson4wheel.com/warn-winching-guide
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I`d keep a Warn winch authentic with Warn gear.
What does this mean?

As to the powerplant it is a beast that I wouldn't want to carry around. Yes, air is great but other ways to do that.
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What does this mean?

As to the powerplant it is a beast that I wouldn't want to carry around.
Yes, air is great but other ways to do that.
I think that they meant use a Warn flair head but could be wrong.

That is true but you have one you got cheap or in my case came with my new-to-me Jeep you may as well use it huh. It will be faster than a small portable compressor, just saying.
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I think that they meant use a Warn flair head but could be wrong.

That is true but you have one you got cheap or in my case came with my new-to-me Jeep you may as well use it huh. It will be faster than a small portable compressor, just saying.
What's a flair head? You mean a fairlead? Zero need to use a "Warn" fairlead. Use what ever you have or want as long as in good shape.

Small portable compressors suck too. Engine driven compressor or CO2 is the way to go.
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Was just stating the obvious. You can get a made-in-china $10 Fairlead and put it on your $1700 winch if you want. Im sure it will be perfectly functional. Same goes with the Powerplant. You DONT have to use the air compressor and can carry a tank in your trunk or rig up something. Me? I`d just use the Powerplant. To each his own I guess. =-)
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You could even have the power plant compressor and run a diverter valve to a separate tank and have the best of both worlds. I can use the winch, compressor and have a visit 2.5gal for storing air.
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You could even have the power plant compressor and run a diverter valve to a separate tank and have the best of both worlds. I can use the winch, compressor and have a visit 2.5gal for storing air.
Realistically what do you think a 2.5 gallon tank gives you? Any time you start filling tires or whatever that much air only going to last you 5-10 seconds and then you are on the compressor. Air tanks are great when they are big enough. Unfortunately tanks that are big enough don't fit real conveniently in jeeps.
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Same goes with the Powerplant. You DONT have to use the air compressor and can carry a tank in your trunk or rig up something. Me? I`d just use the Powerplant. To each his own I guess. =-)
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You could even have the power plant compressor and run a diverter valve to a separate tank and have the best of both worlds. I can use the winch, compressor and have a visit 2.5gal for storing air.
Sorry guys but part of the testing I did with mine clearly states that the tank must be empty in order to use the winch. The pressure valve on the tank that shuts the motor off when full ALSO shuts the motor off for the winch.
Weird I know but hey, that's how they made it.
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Which is why running a diverter valve with a check valve works... And as far as the utility of a 2.5 gal tank..it's not the end all but for what I do with airing up floats for the kids and using my stored air to clean firearms after training sessions and trips to the range it works great for me.
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Which is why running a diverter valve with a check valve works... And as far as the utility of a 2.5 gal tank..it's not the end all but for what I do with airing up floats for the kids and using my stored air to clean firearms after training sessions and trips to the range it works great for me.
My thoughts exactly. Ive watched a friend inflate a 4 man river raft many times with his Powerplant and top it off with a hand pump. The convenience of having the Powerplant far outweighs..well, not having it.
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