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Winch advice

Smittybilt or Warn?

I read an article stating that Smittybilt "is the best winch for your money": https://4wdlife.com/smittybilt-winches-review
There were charts and stuff, pretty convincing. But a friend of mine is a big fan of Warn winches. I value his opinion but I need more info
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Re: Winch advice

Iíd suggest looking at Badlands winches also. 12,000lbs for around $320 is hard to beat. They get good reviews.


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Re: Winch advice

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I have a Warn, they are a local company for me. I support locals as much as I can. A good winch, saved my bacon a few times. Make sure what you do get will fit the front bumper/winch mount you'll be getting

Probably not what you are looking for but here are two links to searches.

Forum search, threads with winch in the title:

https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/foru...rchid=34492274

Google search of this forum for 'best winch'. There are other non forum related hits.

https://www.google.com/search?source...30.Mae0oJdx5PE

They will help, a lot of good choices, but its up to you.. Good Luck
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Re: Winch advice

I know a few here rate Come Up too.

In the ‘old days’ it was pretty much Warn or Superwinch but today there are lots of budget options more than adequate for occasional use, lets fave it they’re pretty simple nit of machinery.

If you want synthetic rope bear in mind it can be cheaper to buy a winch with either wire rope or no rope and order the synthetic separately too, that’s what I did.

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Come Up is also from Oregon. Great company . I 100 percent would recommend a Come Up winch. I have used mine A lot this past week
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Re: Winch advice

just purchased 2010 FJ, no winch
need recommendation for complete winch hardware
need to replace bumper?
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Re: Winch advice

I agree with ZerosFJ, synthetic rope for me is most critic point, much improved safety and ease of handling.
Then amperage draw at load, larger capacity winch pull less power doing the same amount of work compared to a lower capacity winch operating at it's limit is inefficient.
Cost has really come down. I have the same 12,000 lbs Badlands winch for 8 years, still works like day one with no weather protection.

If your going to be doing a lot of recovery a hydraulic winch is industrial grade with commercial price.

You'll need to consider your battery size as well as bumper.
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Re: Winch advice

I am a Warn fan. Years ago the old style wireless remote died. They replaced it with the new style for free. Great customer service, and a great winch.
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Re: Winch advice

I like my Warn. Consider line speed also.
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Re: Winch advice

Considering retrieving speed is great idea. Another thing to to be honest with yourself and the reason you are buying it. Iíve had mine about 8 years now and only used it maybe 3 times to pull me or someone else out. That included 1 time use on Rubicon.


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