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zzekeman
02-12-2012, 03:35 AM
Ive been looking to add a winch to the JK and was wondering the pros and cons. Id like to buy american, and from what Ive read Ramsey and Warn seem like good choices. Also what is everyones opinion on synthetic line. I work for a major utility company and have been using synthetic line in heavy, high voltage tower construction and maintenance for the past 24 years and am pleased with its performance, with the exception of keeping it covered from the elements. Any info to guide me in the right direction, being a newbie to the hobby, would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Zeke

Indefatigable
02-12-2012, 05:31 AM
Warn 8274

Would not own anything else.

Its not fast

Everyone else is just slow

I have had is 6-8 years now, on its second Jeep for me. My winch's serial number dates back about 30 years.

Works better with 3/8 than with 5/16

As for the cable:
http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?470-Synthetic-vs.-Steel-Winch-Line

zzekeman
02-12-2012, 05:47 AM
Thanks for the link, dont know how I missed that one. I guess Im just gettin old and am having a tough time keeping up with technology....lol

snopro
02-12-2012, 08:41 AM
Running the Warn powerplant!!!

94YJBeaver
02-13-2012, 03:38 AM
Mile Marker for now... Until I start my major build, then it will be the Power Plant...
:rock:

piginajeep
02-13-2012, 03:59 AM
Ive had my Warn power plant for over 4 years, its been in the snow, salt, extreme heat, below zero temps. Its been great. Never let me down!

What little issues I've had Warn has stepped up and replaced the parts way after the warranty period was over.

zzekeman
02-13-2012, 04:05 AM
Chris that is great to hear. Customer service is an important point in my decision....

zzekeman
02-13-2012, 04:07 AM
It seems as though what Ive heard so far Warn is the way to go. Does anyone have any experience, or know anyone who has experience with the Ramsey winches? thanks for all the replies so far...

Shadow's_Jeep
02-13-2012, 04:54 PM
Using a Warn M-8000

highoctane
02-13-2012, 08:17 PM
An old Superwinch EPi9. Still going strong.

JK Swoop
02-13-2012, 09:40 PM
I have the Smittybuilt XRC-8, it's dragged JaKe through bumper deep mud without a problem. I'm satisfied.

Jim

Indefatigable
02-14-2012, 03:31 AM
Does anyone have any experience, or know anyone who has experience with the Ramsey winches? thanks for all the replies so far...

One of my club members has a 8k. Its an old one. Broke it twice in two years when he started wheeling in the PNW. 1st time it broke was when it was used to power out and let a Jeep roll down a hill (roll over recovery) some 60'. Planetary issue.
Second breakage was a friend backed into him, hitch below bumper hit gearbox and broke it off.

Winch repaired now sits on trailer. Jeep now has an 8274.

snopro
02-15-2012, 05:01 PM
I did a lot of research on winches and also on board air systems. If you look at the stats the power plant is as fast and faster than the large expensive on board air setups. Plus later on you can add a small tank allow use of air tools.
My wife loves running the stopwatch while I air up at the same time as my friends with all these expensive on board air setups
I usually am done and start helping the guy beside me air his up !!
I found mine on Amazon shipped for under $1250

piginajeep
02-15-2012, 05:29 PM
I did a lot of research on winches and also on board air systems. If you look at the stats the power plant is as fast and faster than the large expensive on board air setups. Plus later on you can add a small tank allow use of air tools.
My wife loves running the stopwatch while I air up at the same time as my friends with all these expensive on board air setups
I usually am done and start helping the guy beside me air his up !!
I found mine on Amazon shipped for under $1250

I love my powerplant, I would buy it again, however it does not work very good with power tools. I have the tank. It works for the initial hit, which may work to loosen a really tight bolt. But its not something you can run powertools from.

zzekeman
02-15-2012, 11:16 PM
Can you use the Powerplant to run ARB air lockers?

Indefatigable
02-15-2012, 11:33 PM
Can you use the Powerplant to run ARB air lockers?


No.

Simple reason, the motor spins the compressor when operating the winch. It needs to be unrestricted discharge during winching operation.

Its an either-or situation.

This is what the WARN rep told me years ago when the winch first came out. They were dealing with failures as the compressor chuck was left hooked up during winch operation (the air chuck was plugged in to keep junk out of the receiver).

Maybe something has been changed since?

the Yes answer would be if you used the powerplant to charge a tank and then disconnect the powerplant from the tank.

wildandwillin
02-16-2012, 12:09 PM
Warn 9.5ti

nacho
02-16-2012, 01:21 PM
smittybuilt x20 10. I have used it several times, price/performance is a good mix for me. Time will tell on how it holds up.

JeepFan
02-16-2012, 08:51 PM
Recently installed the Warn 9.5 Cti-s.

john_mora
02-16-2012, 10:16 PM
RECON winch here:

- 10500
- Synthetic
- wireless and wire remote control
- waterproof
- 429$

Love it!

20jk08
02-16-2012, 11:03 PM
Warn m8000, pulled a beer truck "uphill" to get him unstuck, straight pull...no free beer though......>:(

snopro
02-17-2012, 02:29 AM
I love my powerplant, I would buy it again, however it does not work very good with power tools. I have the tank. It works for the initial hit, which may work to loosen a really tight bolt. But its not something you can run powertools from.

There's a valving kit you need to buy to help you out on your tank and also how large is your aux tank that you have connected.
www.offroadengineering.com

snopro
02-17-2012, 02:30 AM
Can you use the Powerplant to run ARB air lockers?

Yes you gotta have a tank setup with the correct valving kit
www.offroadengineering.com

snopro
02-17-2012, 02:32 AM
No.

Simple reason, the motor spins the compressor when operating the winch. It needs to be unrestricted discharge during winching operation.

Its an either-or situation.

This is what the WARN rep told me years ago when the winch first came out. They were dealing with failures as the compressor chuck was left hooked up during winch operation (the air chuck was plugged in to keep junk out of the receiver).

Maybe something has been changed since?

the Yes answer would be if you used the powerplant to charge a tank and then disconnect the powerplant from the tank.

www.offroadengineering.com

BONDSY
02-17-2012, 05:27 AM
I run the Warn 9.5ti. (9.5cti now ?) I've moved trees off the trail, winched myself off of rocks, I think it's the power plant platform, just without the compressor. It is powerful enough to pull a heavy Jeep when a snatch block is used. I use synthetic winch-line and haven't been disappointed yet. I had a MileMarker and it failed me after a year. :grayno:
Lots of people I know run the Power Plant and I wish I would have save up a little more to get one. But for now I'm happy.

piginajeep
02-17-2012, 05:30 AM
I run the Warn 9.5ti. (9.5cti now ?) I've moved trees off the trail, winched myself off of rocks, I think it's the power plant platform, just without the compressor. It is powerful enough to pull a heavy Jeep when a snatch block is used. I use synthetic winch-line and haven't been disappointed yet. I had a MileMarker and it failed me after a year. :grayno:
Lots of people I know run the Power Plant and I wish I would have save up a little more to get one. But for now I'm happy.

As far as I know your correct, same motor and gearing as the powerplant. The new Cti just has the powerplant like case.

zzekeman
02-17-2012, 07:11 AM
I appreciate all the info you guys are posting so far. You've given me many options to go with now...Thanks

GreyWolf
02-19-2012, 04:32 AM
570571X2O Smittbilt 10K
Love it!
:clap2:

zeddjb
02-20-2012, 10:04 PM
I run a Warn 9.5Ti and for the most part it's pretty good. 9.5k lb. capacity, but I opted to trade out the steel cable with synthetic line that has a 10ton breaking capacity; not for the strength mind you, but for the simple fact that steel cable will break and when it does, it can be devastating. I didn't want to risk that happening to me.

Also, see images attached of my steel cable that was wrapped on top of itself and cause the cable to thread out a bit. That lowers the strength of the cable.
Also see attached images of the synthetic line on my old '09 Jeep. I upgraded to a 2012 but didn't swap out the line yet; I have had it on there for two years now. I just love the stuff.

721722723724

I hope these pictures help ya out a bit.

JK GABY
02-20-2012, 11:45 PM
Warn 9.5xp

Nicholas
02-27-2012, 12:46 PM
Recently got a warn VR 10000

JK GABY
02-28-2012, 01:34 PM
Warn 9.5xp

SOBX
02-28-2012, 03:51 PM
Smittybilt XRC8 comp on a Smittybilt bumper. Works great, the synthetic rope it light and safe.

Munday
03-02-2012, 03:18 AM
Brand new 8274 ....Yup... Love this winch,figure it will be the last one I need to buy.

Ramasun
03-02-2012, 03:27 AM
Warn Dual Force PowerPlant

Yeti-09
03-04-2012, 06:04 PM
Warn cti-s... Love this thing, super fast line speeds

RyanMcD
03-05-2012, 07:15 AM
Warn vr 8000 and love it so far!

1068

Serg5000
03-06-2012, 04:46 AM
XRC8. It was freeeee

harathor
03-11-2012, 10:11 PM
I have the warn m-8000, have used it on my toyota for 4 years, minor break user error not the winch. Now it is fixed syntetic line on my jeep and it still works great. Pulled a scout of of mud when he trans stuck in gear and also pulled a 1 ton out of the snow. Gets the job done well for me.