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Which winch do YOU use? :P


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#1 OFFLINE   RCWD21

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 08:32 PM

Gonna be finally building a bumper in the next couple weeks. Looking into the badland winches as they have pretty favorable reviews and don't cost a small fortune (my pathfinder was only $400 mind you)... so yea. I'm leaning towards either the 9k lb or 12k lb winch and was curious what everyone else uses (brand, size, how long you've owned and used it, what you generally use it for most).

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:01 PM

Just finished my bumper, I am looking at the superwinch tigershark 9500.

By the way, I have about $220, including paint, in my bumper. That doesn't count welding rod, wire, grinding wheels, etc. Just metal and paint.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:07 PM

Could you post some pics of it? I have part of mine drawn up but pretty much figured out in my head (if only it were that easy right?)

It's based on probably 3 different designs but it's still meant to be light weight but super strong in the middle where it needs to be.

There's a wholesale metal recycling place a little over an hour from me that can supply me with everything and even cut it to my needs so depending on the price I might just come home with pre-cut pieces lol

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:20 PM

http://www.nissanpat...e-2#entry792194

Pics in my build thread. I did mine all in my head and then mocked it up with cardboard. Center is all 1/4" plate, wings are 1/8". I estimate it weighs around 80 lbs. It is light enough to carry around and install by myself. I wanted as light as possible. Kind of modeled it after the ARB, but with the, IMO, unnecessary 1/2" plate across the top. This thing isn't a 1 ton dually. There are pics of the mounting points off a few different bumpers at the link below. I pretty much did the ARB mounting style in Precise1 pics.
http://www.nissanpat...h-bumper/page-1

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:44 PM

Awesome, I'll take a look at those here in a few. The bumper I have in my head sounds similar to what you built.

Also I found the winch I'm probably going to go with. Here's the link:

https://www.amazon.c...?tag=tapainc-20

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:52 PM

I have a Rough Country 9500#.  Only that particular one because I won it in a raffle.  Haven't even used it other than to prep it for use.  Seems to be good quality though, dragged my truck 90' across the front lawn no problem, lol.



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:54 PM

Yup. The bumper I had planned looks nearly identical to what you have, just a little thinner top to bottom.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:10 PM

Citron, how much steel did you get to do your bumper? Just looking for a ball park figure, tomorrow I'm going to Sears to get some fridge boxes so I have big pieces of cardboard to work with.

Also could you take a pic for me of how your bumper mounts to the frame under the front onto the frame rails?

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:25 PM

T-Max 12.5K mounted in an ARB - Got it almost brand new, but technically used, with wireless control adapter for dirt cheap from a guy who was just trying to make his mortgage payment.

Years... not sure how long :shrug: Pulled myself and a few other trucks out.

12.5K is way more than you need for a pathy, but I could not pass up the deal.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 07:57 AM

I think I'm going to go with the smittybuilt seeing as they offer a much better warranty than Harbor Frieght would and I don't have to pay an additional $40-$80 for only a 2 year warranty. Not to mention it's lighter than the 12k, isn't as amp hungry, and spools a little faster.

Now I just need to find out what work is doing this week, get some cardboard and start mocking things up.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 08:11 AM

+1 for Superwinch Tigershark 9500

I have one and it puts in WORK. It pulled me out of knee deep mud/waist deep water, completely submerged.

That's a good winch. I assure you


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Posted Yesterday, 04:09 PM

Just bought a smittybilt XRC 9.500 yesterday, 350$ from 4wheel parts with 3 year all inclusive warranty, even if I crash the truck lol. I really wanted to try a badlands cause I've had great experiences with harbor freight stuff before but for something like a winch I was totally willing to go smittybilt which lists for the same price as the badlands 9,000 lb, so it pulls more for the same and I trust smittybilt over HF as a general rule



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Posted Yesterday, 04:52 PM

Sorry for not responding, for some reason this was not showing up on the new content button. This forum does funny things on mobile.

With the 2" body lift I had to make it that high top to bottom to cover everything. If I had made it another inch or so it would have looked better and been right under the grill, but I didn't want the extra weight. I was mainly trying to cover the holes in the body.

I will get that info and pic for you asap.

Keep in mind that I haven't used it yet. The true test will come once I use it to pull myself out. I am sure it will be fine, but you never know.

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Posted Yesterday, 10:04 PM

A lot of the guys here run the Smittybilt winches. Fast spooling and great no questions asked warranty. I have the HF 12k used for a price you'd be stupid to pass up. It's slow and I have only used it to respool using the rear hitch. I'll build a bumper when I get the engine and transmission in order again.

Nissannut has builds of his on his web page

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