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?
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
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.
2010 Rubicon, 4" lift, Currie control arms and trackbar, 40" Procomp MTR
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.
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.