yea but the xrc doesnt say anything about stainless steel hardware.. im just going to go with the rr cause it has the higher weight and the stainless hardware.. do u guys think it would be worth it to get a cover for it???
sure i'll buy a Warn winch. I'll take the 300 im willing to spend on a winch plus YOUR 300 and then i will buy one. let me know when your ready to dump that 300 in my paypal account
They may be A LOT more money, but IMO if you are going to buy one for anything over and above just sitting on the front of your vehicle just in case you get stuck, then they are worth every penny!
I have two, an M8000 on my Jeep and an XD9000i on my truck that I bought mainly because my old man has had the same Warn winch since I was in high school and I'm in my early 40s now! Now my old M8000 has been used a LOT MORE OFTEN for clearing timber, setting fences, etc. than it has for pulling a stuck vehicle, and after 6 years, it still runs like a top.
I have a buddy who owns farmland near mine who bought a Smittybuilt XRC10 about a year and a half ago for dirt cheap off Amazon.com. I think he gave about $375 for it. He's burnt the solenoids up in it twice and curses the thing, but I don't think it's a fair assessment. He uses it regularly for work around the farm, usually in clearing trees. The thing just doesn't have the duty cycle to run it during a full days' work like that. I think for an occasional use winch, the Smitty's are fine. I have no experience with the Rugged Ridge, but would imagine it to be about the same. BTW, Smitty sent him replacement solenoids both times with a call tag to return the bad ones, so other than down time it was no problem.
2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
Old Man Emu HD coils, 265/65/17 Nitto Terra Grapplers, Warn M8000, home made light bar, Cepek 130 watt lights, Hella 500s
I know it isn't a choice in the thread, but: Go Warn. Made in America quality and not unknown Chinese made "probably crap" stuff. Great warranty too. Far better than a Chinese made product, I'd bet.
How many times have you used your winch, probably never so a Smitty would do just fine for most of us. I know a couple of people with them and they have no complaints. Warn is expensive, you could mount a Smitty front and back and still have lots of $$$ left over for probably a weeks worth of gas and beer. Cover your winch up to keep all the evil stuff of it but I got to admit I don't bother covering my winch.
Oh yeahhhh, the great Warn debate, yet again
My experiences with Warn have been written before so I wont repeat them.
Much like the other guys that have fallen victim to the "great" Warn warranty.....and Made In USA? Too funny.
The OP never asked about Warn, so I guess I can also go off topic and level the playing field a little
Flame on, never bothered me before, sure it wont bother me now. Oh to have unlimited Jeep funds, then we could all go and blow $900 on a $500 winch (Warns own numbers BTW).
1998 XJ on 37's.JK Rubi axles with chromo shafts and ctm's, 4:1 transfer case, etc etc etc.
2003 Range Rover HSE, 4.4 Quad Cam.
1998 Range Rover with a 6.0 LSx
1994 YJ, 4.3/700R4/OME SOA, etc
Western Star 4900EX 4 axle.
4.3/700r4/new frame buildup (YJ).... http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/swap-offically-underway-324622/
I have a Warn 9.5Ti and frankly I use it more to winch my coolers up trees and away from bears than I do for recovery (i guess that is recovery of a sort). If the Smitty's were available when I got my Warn I probably would have bought the Smitty to save some $$$.
I have pulled 50' trees down with my smitty...one right after another with 6-7" diameters...No issues. That was without using it for a year. FWIW, I have been reading more and more threads about warn solonids going. I got my XRC10 for 450.shipped from 4wd. com with a lifetime warrenty...and the sale was free shippping...so deals are there....
2006 Jeep TJ X Modded with toys
2008 Jeep Liberty Sport Stock
1987 Cherokee 4.0 Renix...Build in Process