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Unread 11-21-2011, 12:07 PM   #1
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What winch to buy?

I am looking to buy my first winch and I am down between two so far. I know everyone always says buy a Warn but I am a high school student so my budget isnt to high. When I go out on trails Im always with other people so my winch might get used a few times a month if that. I am down between the Smittybilt XRC8 and the Rugged Ridge 8500 winch. I have read that some people have had issues with the Smittybilt but the customer service is good to work with. The Rugged ridge also has good reviews from what Ive seen.

Can anyone suggest out of the two what they would buy? Dose anyone have good or bad experience with either of the two?

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Unread 11-21-2011, 12:28 PM   #2
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alot of those winch's are made by a company in china... sooo they may actually be the same winch.
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Unread 11-21-2011, 12:37 PM   #3
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I would seriously consider this... (warn vr8000)
http://www.4wheelparts.com/Winches-and-Winch-Accessories/VR8000-Winch-by-Warn.aspx?t_c=18&t_s=300&t_pt=100702&t_pl=6407&t_p n=WAR86245&utm_source=google&utm_medium=froogle&ut m_campaign=product&emlprox=out

It was my backup idea if I didnt get my m8000 for a good deal.

EDIT: There is currently a 50 dollar mail in rebate from Warn for this... and black friday may have a good deal.
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Unread 11-21-2011, 02:16 PM   #4
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I'd save my $$$ until I could afford one of the U.S. made winches like from Warn.
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Unread 11-21-2011, 05:35 PM   #5
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Buy the right winch the first time. Otherwise you may regret not putting out the extra $. WARN.
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Unread 11-21-2011, 06:02 PM   #6
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you can pick up a new Warn VR8000 for under 5 bills right now at most places.
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Unread 11-21-2011, 06:57 PM   #7
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for the price you can't beat a tabor, they're made by warn, i have a 12k paid around $650, hasn't let me down yet and it gets used quite a bit, only complaint is i had to fab a bracket for the solinoid pack which isn't a big deal
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I bought my Warn M10000 used for $300. I have since sunk somewhere in the five hundred range in it. I should have just gone with a M8000 new from the start.
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I just bought the Smittybilt XRC8 with synthetic line. I know it is not a Warn and that the Warn is a top product. I do think Warn is t the top of the hill but others are catching up. I will say more need to research Warn before we go this made in the USA propaganda. Since the Warn name sold and stepped away from the company in 2000 and then in 2003 they joined Dover Group a GLOBAL manufacture. Then in 2005 they open their sales office in the Netherlands and a manufacture facility in Mexico. So yes Warn is assembled for the most part in the US but not totally made in the US. Just like Leupold Optics assembled in the US but internals made in Asia.
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Any opinions on the Superwinch Epi9.0? It seems like the a good bang for the buck (line speed/prices to sell).
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Unread 11-21-2011, 08:35 PM   #11
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Im buying the RC 1200 winch. Why? Because its cheap and functions like every other winch that costs several hundred dollars more.
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Unread 11-22-2011, 12:24 AM   #12
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Any opinions on the Superwinch Epi9.0? It seems like the a good bang for the buck (line speed/prices to sell).
I have the Ep9.0 and I know it will break a 12k steel cable without stalling it, I haven't busted the 18k synthetic line yet.
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Unread 11-22-2011, 06:19 AM   #13
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A truck broke a axle this weekend at a local off-road park. He burned up the motor on his Warn and had to be pulled out by a Badlands winch.
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Unread 11-22-2011, 09:39 AM   #14
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I just bought the Smittybilt XRC8 with synthetic line. I know it is not a Warn and that the Warn is a top product. I do think Warn is t the top of the hill but others are catching up. I will say more need to research Warn before we go this made in the USA propaganda. Since the Warn name sold and stepped away from the company in 2000 and then in 2003 they joined Dover Group a GLOBAL manufacture. Then in 2005 they open their sales office in the Netherlands and a manufacture facility in Mexico. So yes Warn is assembled for the most part in the US but not totally made in the US. Just like Leupold Optics assembled in the US but internals made in Asia.

Its not where its built, its where it is designed, and who stands behind it. The VR series parts are made elsewhere, but they are made to spec from the company here, and the same company has good customer service.

I am in total understanding of anyone who is on a budget, and dont knock anyone wanting something like that. But if you can find a warn, even a VR series for a good deal, I would jump on it. Thats the reason I got my M8000...
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Unread 11-22-2011, 11:26 AM   #15
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I just bought the Smittybilt XRC8 with synthetic line.


So you bought a cheap Chinese winch with synthetic. So just how useful will that nice synthetic line be when the winch wont work.

Better to spend money on a good winch with steel cable, at least every thing will work. Then when you get money later replace the steel cable with Synthetic line.
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