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post #1 of 11 Old 08-18-2012, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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vr8000 vrs. xrc8 comp

I am debating between these two winches. Any comments or suggestions. I want actual comments rather than people just saying to go for a warn.

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-18-2012, 02:45 PM
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Any particular reason you decided upon those two?
They just did a "Massive Multi-Winch Shootout" (http://www.fourwheeler.com/techartic...t/viewall.html) and the Engo E9000 did very good. With synthetic line, a 10k is still cheaper than the two you listed.

Anyways, not trying to sway you from your choices, just giving you some info...

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post #3 of 11 Old 08-18-2012, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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I was looking at the engo and didn't like some reviews it received. The shootout didn't test smittybilt if i recall correctly and the reviews seem good for them. Thats why i was looking at that smittybilt. Then i was looking at that warn model because of cost. I am not looking at spending a lot of money. So the two models i chose seem like the best deal for the money. Your thoughts?
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-18-2012, 02:51 PM
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I can't comment on the xrc8 but I can on the vr8000. I bought it about 4 months ago and have probably used it a dozen times. Both pulling my self out as well as two stuck trucks. I've been more than impressed by it. Line pulls not the fastest but it gets me home. Hope this helps
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-18-2012, 08:48 PM
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I just bought a VR8000 for my rear bumper. Haven't used it yet but I can tell you the difference. I have had more than my share of winches. The VR8000 is, by the look of it a chinese made Warn, which is disappointing but that is why it costs less. The main advantage of the Warn over the other chinese winches is the controller and the solenoids. I have another chinese winch ( don't remember the brand ) and it has a single solenoid that isn't all that impressive, and has failed once, and replaced under warranty. I also ordered one of the Quadratech winches a few months ago and the solenoid is not as good on it either. The Warn uses 4 solenoids, banded together with solid copper bars, where the others usually don't. It does make a difference in durability and power. Warn also has the best plug in for the controller that doesn't fail as often.
Solenoids are usually what fails on a winch, not the motor.

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post #6 of 11 Old 08-18-2012, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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As of now i am looking at getting the vr8000. Just standard everything then upgrading the line and stuff later. I will likely mount it labor day weekend possibly and let ya'll know how it goes.
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I installed the vr8000. Extremely easy for me, i didn't even have to worry about reading the installation manual. So far i haven't pulled anything with this winch but it seems well built.
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post #8 of 11 Old 09-01-2012, 10:19 PM
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Ithat winch article is over a year old.

I had the Smittybilt XRC8....it was ok, did its job for. A couple years without issue...but you could tell it was a lot of plastic and cheap....but you get what you pay for.

I replaced it with the Smittybilt X20 Comp Winch w/synthetic line....it's a much more solid winch and remote. Very very happy with it. Very easy installation.

Engo was at the top of my short list, but at the time it was back ordered, so I took a chance on the new Smittybilt.
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-01-2012, 10:28 PM
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I do a lot of bashing on Smittybilt because of their low quality and poorly designed body armor for the JK, but I do have to say they make a decent winch. A friend of mine has one on his YJ that he's used countless times, it's rusted to hell and back, and it's never failed. I ran one on my last JK and used it a number of times and never had a problem. You can't go wrong with Warn, though.

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I am very happy with the warn in my signature, but it sounds like that is more money than you want to spend. This is a superwinch that gets very good reviews and many forum members have positive comments about.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/92140_0212_07.htm

It's not as expensive as the warn in my signature, but is a bit more than the two you asked about.

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