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caleath

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Enthusiast I

I have the Smittybuilt x20 12,000 ....I included pictures...yes I pulled a stuck Case Bull dozer out of the mud. I have dual batteries had 3 pullies and the ramchager chained to a big tree. It took a little while...poured water over the motor when I thought it was getting hot....IMG_1078.JPG IMG_1079.JPG
 

caleath

Rank III
Member

Enthusiast I

I have the Smittybuilt x20 12,000 ....I included pictures...yes I pulled a stuck Case Bull dozer out of the mud. I have dual batteries had 3 pullies and the ramchager chained to a big tree. It took a little while...poured water over the motor when I thought it was getting hot....View attachment 84676 View attachment 84677

I would buy another one...I still cant believe it pulled that tractor out...looked it up 16,800 pounds.
 

KonzaLander

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Pathfinder I

1,798
Junction City, Kansas, USA
Member #

15814

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Superwinch EPi 9,000 on my Rubicon. Bought in 2008. Winch arrived dead, I installed it and pulled the cable to spool with tension and it did not pull the line in. Superwinch customer support was AWFUL. I was finally able to make contact with somebody in charge at Superwinch via a forum friend after a few weeks of no customer service response. A new winch was then over-nighted to me. The replacement has been flawless for 10 years. No repairs.

Warn VR 8,000 on my Land Cruiser. Bought when the VR line was first introduced, but installed in 2017. It is slow and very noisy, but it too has worked great. Free spooling this winch cold is easier than free spooling the Supwerwinch when cold. No repairs.
 

PCO6

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Pathfinder I

1,798
Newmarket, Ontario
Member #

12534

I think there's a similar thread on this , but ... I have a Warn VR10,000 on the front of my LJ and a Superwinch 10,000 on a winch plate, shown here (without the cable) on the back of my XJ. The portable one came in handy when we hooked it up to a friends trailer when I dragged home a MJ barn find last summer.

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smritte

Rank V
Member

Pathfinder I

2,271
Ontario California
Member #

8846

Ham Callsign
KO6BI
I have a 12k Warn on my Jeep and a 12k Come-Up on my Cruiser. Ive burned up the motor on the warn a couple of times moving rocks and trees doing Adopt a Trail work. The Come-up hasn't been used much yet but is a little louder and just as slow. Doing heavy work on my Adopt a Trail, I've watched about every winch work side by side. People would be surprised how well the Smitty Built holds up. From what I'm told it's the same manufacture as the Harbor freight. Their a little slower than my Warn but, they do well.

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slomatt

Rank V

Influencer I

1,723
Bay Area, CA
A used Warn M8000. With synthetic line this is a really lightweight yet strong setup, there's an article on ExpeditionPortal with some details.

 

toxicity_27

US MidWest Region Member Rep
Member

Pathfinder I

2,528
Minnesota
Member #

0656

ComeUp Seal Gen2 9.5rsi. I figured if it's good enough for Artic Trucks, it's good enough for me. The few times I've used it it's been great. Though the top cover corroded pretty quickly due to the salt that Minnesota uses. Contacted customer service and they sent out a new cover. Still have to put it on. Purely cosmetic and doesn't affect the way the winch works.
 

k_dipietro

Rank I
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Traveler I

271
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
First Name
Kris
Last Name
D
Member #

9086

I'm running the Warn VR10-S winch (WRN96815), and I'm loving it so far. I've only had it installed for 1 summer, and I've done only a few pulls so far but it hasn't failed me yet!
Worth noting, they don't make a specific cover for the VR10-s, but I purchased the WRN81761 cover and it fits almost perfectly. No issues with fit, or falling off. Remember, it's important to protect your synthetic rope! The cover keeps the sun, rain, snow, and dirt off the rope, and prevents bouncing rocks on the highway from dinging your rope.

I also went through the extra step of installing a 500a relay to disconnect it from the battery when not in use. This was for safety and security reasons. I like that I can keep it off always, except when I need it.

Album of winch pics here.

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Lindenwood

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Advocate II

2,522
Ft Walton Beach, Fl
First Name
Jacob
Last Name
McDonald
Member #

2636

My 9500lb Smittybilt with aftermarket synthetic line worked fine here. However, I won't be putting a winch on the F250 that replaces it since the picture below is the only time I really "needed" this winch. Even then, I had several other [admittedly more labor-intensive] options available.

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Every other time I used my winch, it would have been both quicker and safer to use a strap. I won't be adding a winch to my current rig due to the expense and weight relative to the odds of actually needing it.
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Cendee

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Pathfinder I

3,341
West Haven, UT, USA
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Cendee
Last Name
Bjerregaard
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16487

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Warn VR 10 for me. Was to cheap to do synthetic so I went with the cable. Kinda regretting that now that I know a thing or 2 about winches...
 

TacomaDave

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Supporter

Advocate III

I run the Smittybilt X2O 10K winch . I've always had good luck with their products and it's not something I hope I need to use very often. So I decided to save some bucks. So far in 2 years I've used it once. And that was just to pull my brothers van onto a car trailer.
 

old_man

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Contributor III

2,484
Loveland, Colorado
First Name
Tom
Last Name
Houston
Member #

8300

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I have carried a multimount 9000# winch for the last 20 years of rockcrawling. I have used it 4 times to help others get unstuck, never for myself, and I do a ton of serious rock crawling.

I have learned that the importance of winches is overrated and the importance of experience is underrated.

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RichieFromBoston

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Advocate I

1,836
Nahant Ma.
Member #

3728

And after finishing 60 days of 2019 on the road I am doing my routine maintanence and found my warn 12S thats only a year old, the entire drum is rusted to hell and the set screw is junk. hencho en china isnt worth your money. a winch is something people have and depend on a rusted POS thats only a year old and has been maintaned shouldnt be rusted to heck. CALLING RED WINCHES.