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Anyone have the Badlands 12k winch on a smittybuilt m1 bumper. My buddy just sold his FJ and never I stalled him M1 and I can snag it pretty cheap. Also heard it needs a control box relocation kit is that normally with the smittybuilt bumper.or separate?

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What :unsure:
 

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Funny you start this thread... I have these exact two components sitting in my garage waiting for me to install them. Now if I could just get a day off of work to do some wrenching. I’ll be sure to post a thread here when I do.
 

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Are they better than Warn Winch? I just placed an order for one on 4wheelonline.
Are you Asking if the Badlands winch is better than a Warn ?
 
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Figured I would post an update... I’ve been working a few hours at a time at night as time permits, and the bumper and winch are 90% installed. I still have to connect and run the wiring into the cabin for the bumper lights, trim some of the plastic on the wheel well, and install the hook on the winch line.

The installation wasn’t too bad, but it’s not exactly “bolt-on.” It’s more like, “how comfortable are you using a sawz-all and an angle grinder?

If you’re going to attempt to install this combo yourself, you better have tools, and lots of them. The Smittybilt bumper requires cutting some of the front end supports to mount, and the Badland 12K winch solenoid box won’t fit unless you relocate the box, or cut & grind a cutout, which is what I chose to do.

I decided to swap in synthetic line while I was installing the winch, and it makes a big difference in weight for sure - probably 40 pounds lighter between the rope and hawse fairlead versus the steel cable and roller fairlead that comes on the winch.

Anyway, pics of the progress so far:




 

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I suspect this is not what you want to hear but, if I were buying a winch that I may have to depend on to get me out of a bad situation in the middle of nowhere, I would buy something that has a long reputation or working when you need it. Buy a good winch big enough to do the job and you won't have to buy another one.
 

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I suspect this is not what you want to hear but, if I were buying a winch that I may have to depend on to get me out of a bad situation in the middle of nowhere, I would buy something that has a long reputation or working when you need it. Buy a good winch big enough to do the job and you won't have to buy another one.
This winch has 12,000 lbs of pull capacity and all the “reputation” I need for my modest uses. I used it last week to buck and clear a downed tree on my property - it worked great.
 
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I suspect this is not what you want to hear but, if I were buying a winch that I may have to depend on to get me out of a bad situation in the middle of nowhere, I would buy something that has a long reputation or working when you need it. Buy a good winch big enough to do the job and you won't have to buy another one.
What brand can you recommend?
 
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