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Old November 24th, 2019, 15:08
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Purchasing a Winch

Looking at purchasing a winch during the upcoming Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
Its been a long time since I looked at winches and shocked at their prices.
I am looking to replace the Ironman 4x4 winch on my '93 Landcruiser PZJ75 overseas and have been considering several Warn winches, but most are 3-5 times more money.
This is the winch I am looking at :

WARN 103252 VR EVO Series Winch 10,000lb with Steel Cable

[IMG]warn-103252-vr-evo-10-series-10000lb-winch-steel-cable.jpg[/IMG]


Experiences and recommendations of what and where to purchase are welcome.

Thanks....

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Old November 24th, 2019, 15:11
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Old November 25th, 2019, 11:15
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Re: Purchasing a Winch

That one is a great fit for our Jeeps.
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Old December 1st, 2019, 17:45
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Re: Purchasing a Winch

If you will be using it in the muck and mud I personally would go with the steel cable.
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Old December 2nd, 2019, 22:47
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Re: Purchasing a Winch

Personally I would go with a synthetic cable and get a cover for it. That way if you break it you can splice it back together on the trail and keep using it. Plus it's not that hard to rinse it out if you get it muddy
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Old December 2nd, 2019, 23:38
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Re: Purchasing a Winch

After spending a lot of time winching last weekend.....I'm wondering if anyone has insight into which is harder to free spool out? It seemed to me that a warn with synthetic line was way harder to pull out than a harbor freight winch with steel.

Is it the winch, or is it the cable type?
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Old December 3rd, 2019, 09:30
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Re: Purchasing a Winch

If it matters to you, the VR series winces are made in China. If it's in the budget, step up to the ZEON series. They probably have a lot of parts in them that are imported, but the end product comes out of Warn in Oregon. Yes, they are expensive....
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Grrrrrrr, sign of the times.
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Old December 7th, 2019, 10:28
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Re: Purchasing a Winch

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After spending a lot of time winching last weekend.....I'm wondering if anyone has insight into which is harder to free spool out? It seemed to me that a warn with synthetic line was way harder to pull out than a harbor freight winch with steel.

Is it the winch, or is it the cable type?
I think it probably was the winch. Mine doesn't spin very easily in free spool and I'm assuming that's because if you get it spinning too fast it will bird'snest the synthetic line like a fishing reel.
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Old December 16th, 2019, 17:20
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I think it probably was the winch. Mine doesn't spin very easily in free spool and I'm assuming that's because if you get it spinning too fast it will bird'snest the synthetic line like a fishing reel.
Actually on the synthetic it can "bind" itself to itself (the rope that is) Steel will be heavy and stiff on the other hand...
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Old December 18th, 2019, 00:20
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Re: Purchasing a Winch

That seems to be what I noticed....the line appeared to be melted to itself like licorice that got a little warm.
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