Which winch?


Chicsol94

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Looking at replacing my winch. Jeep came with one, can’t tell brand but no cable, and no remote... I’ve narrowed down to a WARN VR EVO. Now, should I go with the 8,000 or just go big and get the 10,000? I was also looking at the Smittybilt Gen 2 XRC with 9,500. Any input? FYI 2007 JK 2 door, live in South Florida.
 

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You'll never pull anything heavier then your Jeep so why would you want the bigger ones?
 
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I have no idea which winches are the best, I took the winch off my Jeep when I bought it and sold it. Then I have 2 portable winches I made that I can use on any of my 3 trucks. The steel front bumper added enough weight without carrying a winch that i'd probably never use.
 

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I have the Smittybilt Gen 2 XRC I`ve used it a couple of times seems to work well. The wireless option is nice. Now you could always put a jib crane on the front.
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I have a harbor freight apex 12k badlands. It is one of the big wins from HF. The quality is there and it is about a quarter the price of a very comparable Warn.
 
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I have no idea which winches are the best, I took the winch off my Jeep when I bought it and sold it. Then I have 2 portable winches I made that I can use on any of my 3 trucks. The steel front bumper added enough weight without carrying a winch that i'd probably never use.
So what type of portable did you go with? I don't like the one car aspect of a mounted winch and as you say I could use it on my jeep or my Frontier or even pulling stuff like loading my adv bike into my truck bed.
 

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So what type of portable did you go with? I don't like the one car aspect of a mounted winch and as you say I could use it on my jeep or my Frontier or even pulling stuff like loading my adv bike into my truck bed.

 
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I gotta say the Apex 12k winch is great!! Pulls the HECK out of whatever I hook on with no troubles. Yes I bought it at Harbor Freight, and yes the name isnt as fancy as Warn, or Smittybilt, but the machine just works, very well. Plus as a bonus I bought a lift with the money I saved.
 

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I have no idea which winches are the best, I took the winch off my Jeep when I bought it and sold it. Then I have 2 portable winches I made that I can use on any of my 3 trucks. The steel front bumper added enough weight without carrying a winch that i'd probably never use.
Everybody's winch is the best,.....Just ask them
 

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i have Smittybuilt on mine, just picked up my wife JK Sahara today, if we put a winch on it I think I’ll try the Harbor Freight Badlands winch and see which works out the best! Figure we go out we will have two winches to choose from.
 
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Different strokes for different folks 🤷🏻
Fair nuff. Someone reminded me recently that you can't pull more than you weigh so no need going extra. Reliability to me is a key factor too and I'm sure for a grand that mofo is reliable. Ya get what ya pay for more (mostly).
 
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