View Full Version : Winch question.....

12-26-2008, 07:44 AM
what is best...GF said she will get me winch when she gets her tax $$ back...

Debating on 8000 Warn or 10 000 princess aut brand???

going on an 1987 Ford ranger 2.9L with currently a 3 inch body lift and will be getting a 4-5 susp lift in the near future gona put half tone stuff under it....and eventualy 33" or possibly 35"

what would you do?

12-26-2008, 07:55 AM
I've ran cheaper lines of winches produced by reputable winch manufacturers, but I wouldn't run a "house brand" from princess auto or napa, etc. I ran a 12,000lb tabor built by warn, lighter weight like a warn 8,000lb, great pulling power for someone that doesn't pull steady.

I would look at the Tabor winched on warn's web site, skip on princess auto.

12-26-2008, 08:52 AM
I'd go with the warn... it's not like you're spending your own money on it! :D

12-26-2008, 09:01 AM
geez man..that;'s a great idea.....

in the end it's allways my $$...lol just means she gets less of her own shopping $$ now..lol

so no go for the Princess Auto...what bout Superwinch...Warn is just so darn expensive...:S

12-26-2008, 11:28 AM
if you can find a second hand 8274 they are great winches for electric winches. they hold 150ft of cable and can be easily rebuilt

m j
12-26-2008, 11:59 AM
brand names.
warn or ramsey.
I wouldnt touch a tabor or champion or Tmax, maybe a Tmax but I havent seen one personally

dirka dave
12-26-2008, 12:56 PM
I have a t-max 10000, it out pulls a warn...

12-26-2008, 06:41 PM
Had a champion, was broken out of the box. Never again.

12-29-2008, 12:26 PM
Don't waste your money on "cheap" winches. Pony up and get a good one or you may find yourself stranded or backing 3 miles out of a trail because the damn winch fried up. Warn is expensive for a reason as are the other top shelf winches.

What's it worth to ya to recover your wheels?

That being said, any winch can be fried quickly. Pay attention to the duty cycle when you use it and a good winch will last for years.

12-29-2008, 12:43 PM
i've seen quite a few champion 9500's work great, NUMEROUS TIMES, and yes i've seen the the same one work more then once, pulling through the thickest nastiest mountain mudd, i have nothing bad to say about them other then they're slow, but they work! and yes i've seen many great working warns, blah blah blah, ive also seen many warns fail and break down too, if i were going to buy a winch id just buy a champion, or try out a t-max like dave has. theres good things and bad things about each winch out there, good ones that last forever, bad ones that die after 1 pull, they're all out there!

In The Zone
12-29-2008, 12:45 PM
Is it worth to buy a QUALITY winch = yes

cheapen out On a winch when u need to rely on a working winch .=No

i got a warn 8274 pulls great.. cost 250.00w front bumper....
very reliable and serviceable
shop around or go spend big $$$
buy new

12-29-2008, 01:07 PM
Warn is da bomb, I got a 9.0rc and wouldn't look back

12-29-2008, 05:40 PM
there was alot of people having trouble with the champion 8000lbs but from what I have read they improved them in the 9500 flavor and they have alot less screwups. I have a 9500 Champion on my toyota, pulls good and hard, just a little bit slow, but for the 1 or 2 times i need to use the winch a year I wouldn't justify spending alot of money on it.