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First off, I'd like to say this is the first winch I've owned, so I apologize for any bonehead comments I make haha. Just like to provide information for anyone curious about the new Q-tec winches. So..

Today was the first day I went wheeling since I got the winch on. I opted for the q9000 for my TJ. When I ordered it I noticed it said the shipping was still pending so I called in and they explained that they had some shipping issues with the first batch and that they were slightly blemished but could send me one now at a discounted rate if I didn't want to wait. Obviously I wanted it here as soon as possible. That following monday the winch arrived about 6 days, including weekend, from their nevada warehouse. (I live in Maine so it was pretty quick) Opened it like a kid on christmas as soon as I got home from work.

First thing I did was make sure everything was there, it was. Inspected the winch, and it didn't seem to have any noticeable blemishes other than the ones I made mounting the center solenoid mount. I got it all prewired and ready to put on my jeep. All the leads are heavy duty and are plenty long enough for any battery configuration. I chose to go thru the grille with mine. The remote is pretty heavy duty feeling, long enough cable to go over the hood and into the cab with plenty of slack. It feels pretty good in your hand and seems to be made of a none slip rubber/siliconeish material. Simple in/out controls.

I have the factory bumper on mine so I ordered the q-tec mounting plate as well. (have a torch, impact gun, and gallons of wd-40 if you've never taken your tow hooks out... a big wrench and breaker bar is what did it for me)

This afternoon I went to a spot where I had to turn around before or risk being mired.... (after 3 day downpour) it wasn't as swampy today so we went for it. Luckily with a heavy foot we made it thru the bog.. There was a 150 foot hill after the hole that was about 30-40 degrees in some spots with loose loamy sand and damp soil.. about 60% of the way up I started to dig in and couldn't go any further under the jeeps power. So we unspooled the winch.

(also, make sure you follow the manual and pre stretch the winch line before using it off road.. prevents damage to the line I guess? I didn't wanna take any chances to I did it yesterday)

Hooked the winch as far away as possible while keeping 4-6 loops on the drum.. Had some trouble getting the line off the drum and had to use the winches power to unspool it some before it came out freely. Got it hooked up and started pulling. Before any loads on it, the volt gauge barely wavers from the norm. Once the full load hits it slowly starts to drop. I tried to aim for 1 min pulls at a time and give it ample time to recharge and cool slightly. A couple times I got a little over anxious and pulled pretty long causing a dummy check gauges light to come on.. The volt meter drops all the way to the left (for reasons I have yet to research) obviously the dinky stock alternator is having some trouble tho... So I guess just be patient, it's not a race. I did find that I was running a little hot sitting for so long while pulling so keep an eye on that as well.. Pulled me about 70 feet with no real problems. The winch itself seems pretty quiet, I don't have anything to compare it too, but sounds the way a winch should IMO. The fairlead was making more noise than the winch at times.

I have a 850 CCA deka starting battery. I have a cousin that deals batteries so I got a deal on a dual purpose deep cycle that will be in in the next couple weeks. I'll post updates along the way as I upgrade my electrical system. I do plan on doing the 5.9 grand cherokee 136amp alternator swap as well so see if that increases the time I can pull before cause the gauge to go crazy. Guessing it will make a huge difference with the beefed up battery/alt.

I haven't come across many reviews or videos on the new q-tec winches so I hope this helps anyone that's looking. I'll try to post a video as soon as I get it uploaded as well.

Happy jeeping! :cheers2:
 

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nice review. I will be checking back so see how the new battery works out. BTW I live in Gray. Where do you wheel?
 

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Excellent review! I'm happy to hear that the winch performed well for you! Sorry to hear about the voltage/alternator trouble you had. I'm not sure if you were already doing this during winching, but it is best to keep your jeep at a high idle during loaded pulls. Roughly 2000-2500 rpm is the best to keep the alternator kicking out juice into the battery. I'd recommend checking out a Mean Green alternator. They are really good, very reliable and put out a lot of amperage. I had one in my personal jeep for 4 years along with a MileMarker 12,000lb winch.

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Yeah, I was kinda feathering it between 2-3k when I was sitting in it. The only time I wasn't giving it gas was when I was standing outside pulling in the excess line. Thanks for the recommendation on the mean green, but my wallet is leaning towards the 5.9 alt haha... not too far off on output, and with the little bit that I plan... "plan" on getting stuck, I think that and the new deep cycle should suffice.

Think it's great you guys get out on the forums and provide additional information:thumbsup:
 

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Put in a brand new Crown Marine deep cycle battery today. Went wheeling and got nice a stuck. Even though the battery is only rated 560 mma, the battery was impressive. Everything was well lit on the dash compared to the oe style battery with the volt gauge sitting just above 14v. When I clicked the winch on stuff dimmed initially then went back to full brightness. I was buried right up to the frame, purposely dug trenches in a cake batter consistency muck. It sounded like I was pulled a full load on the winch. The volt gauge dropped to about 11-12v, but kept pulling without a hiccup. Kept pulling and pulling then the gauge dropped to zero instantaneously... I think it has more to do with the alternator trying to replenish the battery more than the battery being insufficient. The battery was pulling consistently the entire time. I kept pulling right thru the dummy light until I was out. It didn't seem to hurt anything, although I wouldn't recommend doing that.. Nothing was too hot. The battery was warm, but it could have just been heat soak from the engine bay. The alternator was moderately heated, but not scolding like the first time... and the winch was the coolest thing out of the three.

All and all, I recommend the deep cycle for winch pulling. I'll update again if I get a chance to swap in a higher power alternator in the near future.

BTW, the Q9000... Great winch, can't beat it for the money. Probably have close to 15 pulls with it, all from deep mashed potato to frosting consistency muck up to the frame or doors at times and it just keeps pulling. So glad I got one. :D
 

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did you have the motor running? or did you shut it off?
Running, held RPMs at roughly 2500
 

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I'm installing mine on a westin trailblazer bumper and winch plate this week. I'll let you know how it all works out.
 

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A pure "true" deep cycle battery isn't recommended for Jeeping/winching.
Deep cycle batteries are recommended for high electrical load systems. A deep cycle battery would and is definitely recommended for winching. Considering the intense electrical load that a winch under load creates.

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Deep cycle batteries are recommended for high electrical load systems. A deep cycle battery would and is definitely recommended for winching. Considering the intense electrical load that a winch under load creates.

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It would not be recommended for starting the motor, but if it works for you go ahead and do it. Not sure if using a marine style battery for starting a motor will reduce its life expectancy.

I really don't think any battery you could fit in a jeep would be enough by itself for winching. The alternator is the key, a good battery is still import though. I have an 01 sport, it has the larger alternator that came with the package that had the AC, 115 amps I believe. I have a Warn HS 9500i and been pulling with it for over 10 years. The stock alternator has always worked for me. I am sure a bigger better alternator would not be a waste of money. If/when my stock alternator goes out I will probably up grade.
 

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It would not be recommended for starting the motor, but if it works for you go ahead and do it. Not sure if using a marine style battery for starting a motor will reduce its life expectancy.
Correct, if you're only using the battery for the starting, lighting, and ignition system a standard battery would be the appropriate choice. However, if you're running a winch, lots of auxiliary lights, or other electrical component add-ons, a deep cycle would be the best choice. The optima yellow top deep cycle that we sell (D34/78) has a CCA rating of 750 at 0F, which would more than plenty for starting up a jeep and running all those accessories. :cheers2:

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Installed q9000 on westin trailblazer bumper. Solid install. Pulled 3 cinderblocks across the yard as a test. Everything worked. Winch is definitely not hot. Ran quietly. Not one issue. Next test will be pulling the jeep up a slope. If all goes well, I'll be burying it in the mud (I I can).
 

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installed q9000 on westin trailblazer bumper. Solid install. Pulled 3 cinderblocks across the yard as a test. Everything worked. Winch is definitely not hot. Ran quietly. Not one issue. Next test will be pulling the jeep up a slope. If all goes well, i'll be burying it in the mud (i i can).
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jrdchiropractic said:
installed q9000 on westin trailblazer bumper. Solid install. Pulled 3 cinderblocks across the yard as a test. Everything worked. Winch is definitely not hot. Ran quietly. Not one issue. Next test will be pulling the jeep up a slope. If all goes well, i'll be burying it in the mud (i i can).
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Q9000 review: 1 year later

I LOVE it. Multiple LONG pulls, the control and connector are great (as well as the mud cover!). Low amperage draw motor means that the motor doesn't get hot. IMHO, a great winch for the money.

Mind you, I did most of Jeephammer's wiring upgrades. I use two Marine 820 cranking amp Dual Purpose batteries in parallel (with lend power for campsite or jumping), and I used 2/0 welding cable for ALL runs. I crimped, soldered, and sealed all connections with 2-stage shrink tubing, and I put a heavy duty marine battery switch (500 amp) to direct the power to the front, rear, or both. (I have a receiver-mount winch that can move to front or back). I also used 350 amp forklift quick disconnects.

Advantages to the Q9000 (or ANY Q-series winches): They have a warranty, their motors are intended for low amp draw, they have a solid-state, sealed contactor, and they are waterproofed. They were also designed by the Qtech team (I talked with a Qtech tech rep for about an hour on the phone), they have the design and parts availability on their website, and they WILL be in business in 5 years, so you can order any parts, if required.

It is a little longer than some of the winches out there, and location of the contactor is a bit exposed (when I put my tbi Buick 350 in the Commando, the contactor and controls will be moved under the hood). But nothing to gripe about.

You can find discounts for free shipping, and if you talk to them in person and can verify you are a vet, they *may* throw in another discount.

All in all, $299 is a great price for a winch, and if you spend the savings on proper connectors and some 2/0 welding cable and military grade battery connectors, you will not be disappointed.

I've used mine a BUNCH (mostly from trying spots that I had no business to with a Commando with a T-14 3 speed...)

That's the thing with a winch: you'll put yourself into situations you normally wouldn't go. Knowing how to winch, SAFELY, is time consuming, and unless you enjoy that kind of thing, (one winch per day trip is fun, but when you're winching out 3 or 4 times on a single trip, it gets old, FAST). Getting muddy boots also sucks when you're cleaning up...

Anyway, I'm more than pleased with the quality, power, and performance of my Q9000 (black). FWIW, I also upgraded to some quality synthetic line, so I ended up spending as much as a name-brand winch with cable... But I'm still tickled pink with the performance.
 
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