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Unread 11-09-2011, 08:08 AM   #16
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what about a smittybilt xrc 8 comp series?
I had the XRC-8 non comp series. That's what I was mentioning above about failure. Now, don't get me wrong, each time it failed they took care of the warranty in a nice, quick way, but I got upset having a winch I no longer trusted out on the trails. If you use it once, maybe twice a year, go for an XRC-8. If you will be using it more than that, go with a Warn M8000 if you're worried about price but still want something with good quality.

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Unread 11-09-2011, 10:09 PM   #17
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Any 8,000 pound or more winch will work for you, but when your buying it, keep in mine the horsepower of the motor and line speed with a load on it, some cheapo winches go really slow.
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Unread 11-09-2011, 10:39 PM   #18
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Chinese made? blah, blah. Where a product is assembled really doesn't mean much, other than a personal opinion on economics. What matters is good engineering and the demand placed on quality control. If that is found overseas, then does it matter?

My Superwinch Epi9.0 was assembled in China. Does that make it a bad winch? Because it's line speed, amp draw, reliability along with warranty beg to differ.
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Unread 11-09-2011, 10:46 PM   #19
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Unread 11-10-2011, 10:52 AM   #20
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Just an FYI, we are offering a $50 rebate on all of our truck winches until Dec. 31. We're also offering five of our winches with synthetic rope:

VR8000-s
VR10000-s
M8000-s
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Unread 11-10-2011, 11:15 AM   #21
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I had the XRC-8 non comp series. That's what I was mentioning above about failure. Now, don't get me wrong, each time it failed they took care of the warranty in a nice, quick way, but I got upset having a winch I no longer trusted out on the trails. If you use it once, maybe twice a year, go for an XRC-8. If you will be using it more than that, go with a Warn M8000 if you're worried about price but still want something with good quality.
X2!!! Posting to confirm this is not an isolated incident. I have a non-comp XRC8 as well. It's even the newer series wound 5hp model. It is now sitting on my garage floor after something let go inside, and it will not spool in under a load. It was 2.5 years old when it died. I have not bothered to tear into it and order parts yet.
I replaced it with a used Warn XD9000i that I bought from a friend that sold one of his rigs. It has been working great and is faster with less battery drain than the old, newer XRC8. With the money I spent on both winches, I could of bought a brand new Warn from the start.
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Unread 11-10-2011, 11:32 AM   #22
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X2!!! Posting to confirm this is not an isolated incident. I have a non-comp XRC8 as well. It's even the newer series wound 5hp model. It is now sitting on my garage floor after something let go inside, and it will not spool in under a load. It was 2.5 years old when it died. I have not bothered to tear into it and order parts yet.
I replaced it with a used Warn XD9000i that I bought from a friend that sold one of his rigs. It has been working great and is faster with less battery drain than the old, newer XRC8. With the money I spent on both winches, I could of bought a brand new Warn from the start.
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Unread 11-10-2011, 11:50 AM   #23
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My girlfriend bought me a rough country winch for my birthday. So far so good. I have used it about 8-10 times since march. Its a little slow but has preformed well thus far.
So far this year I have seen two different Warn winches malfunction when we needed them. One of them the controller wouldn't work at all. The other one would not stop pulling winch line in.
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Unread 11-10-2011, 04:09 PM   #24
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I know I've posted this before but my old man has had the same Warn he bought used when I was in junior high, I'm in my 40s now. I've had an M8000 for almost seven years, used it hard clearing timber at my small piece of farm property when it was on my truck. It's now on my Jeep and I have an XD9000i on my truck now for three years. Also have a Warn 2.5 on my ATV since '06.

None have EVER let me down yet! I very seriously doubt ANY Chinese winch would last the almost 30 years my old man's Warn 8274 has lasted him.

If you've got it to spend, spend the extra for a Warn...
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Unread 11-11-2011, 01:01 PM   #25
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I'd put my Superwinch EPi9 against a Warn any day. Not saying a Warn isn't good. They're great in fact. But the Superwinch is just as good.
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Unread 11-15-2011, 03:58 PM   #26
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Theres been a Warn 8274 on the front of my Jeep for as long as I can remember (Dad's old Jeep). Funny thing is, it will still pick the back wheels up off of the ground if when you tie it to the bottom of an old fence post (with about 150# of concrete on the bottom) and try to pull it out of the ground

That one got fun....
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Unread 11-15-2011, 11:22 PM   #27
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And don't forget to get a good battery...very important, no matter what winch you buy. Battery goes dead it doesn't matter what you have up front...
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Unread 11-16-2011, 04:53 PM   #28
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i don't off road all that much, once in a while on mostly simple trails...if i were to buy a winch for "just in case" stuff, how many pounds should one be looking for?
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Unread 11-16-2011, 05:11 PM   #29
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All winches are for just in case situations. 8000 lbs is the norm. Could you use a 3000lb atv winch with a bunch of snatch blocks? I guess so. You could winch with a hi-lift jack too. Probably at the same speed as the atv winch.
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Unread 11-16-2011, 05:20 PM   #30
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Warn M8000. 8000 lbs of reliability. I think mine was about $550. It was a birthday present. Only problem was it is difficult to mount the box over the wires as the instructions show, so I mounted it on the other side. Also, the rubber-ish decal on top of mine came off sometime recently, but Ill just e-mail Warn and they will probably send another one. They sent me a free windshield decal when I inquired last time!
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