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sparkyXplorer

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So I realize that I could go and drop like $1,400 for brand new Warn 12k powerplant (Drool), but do I need that at my age with my rig? Prolly not, I am 18 but and I use my X as a DD but do offroad it a bit, (would like more and plan to) So the winch doesn't have to pull a semi, won't get used daily, and doesn't have to pull me at 20 mph...

So I have looked around and I found some on Ebay, (Yes, I know it's ebay). They have a 8k but for the price why not go to 10k and just put less stress on it...

So before I tell you the name or price here are the listed specs...
5.6HP 12V electric 10000 lb winch
Advanced 3 stage planetary gear train
Automatic load holding brake
Power in and Power out operation
Low profile free spooling actuator
Heavy duty wound dc motor
Complete with Solenoid
Complete with 2 guage battery cables
Complete with heavy duty roller fairlead
Complete with controller with 12' lead
Industry Standard 10 by 4 1/2 inch mount bolt pattern
Clutch: Sliding Ring Gear
Braking Action:Automatic In-The-Drum
Drum size: Diameter2.5" Length 8.8"
Cable:94ft of 21/64" diameter
Fairlead:4-Way Roller Fairlead
Remote Control:Included
Battery:Recommended:650CCA minimum for winching
Battery Leads:2 gauge,72"
Weight:N.W.84lbs G.W. 94lbs
Overall dimentions: (L×W×H)21.3"×6.3"×8.6"
Mounting Bolt Pattern:10 INCHES BY 4 1/2 INCHES
Pull, Speed, Amps, First Layer)
Line Pull/Line Speed FPM/(Amps)
0/22.0ft/80
4000 LBS/11.5ft/170
6000 LBS/9.2ft/220
8000 LBS/7.8ft/280
10000 LBS/6.5ft/340
Line Pull And Rope Capacity In Layer
Layer/Rated Line Pull/Tatal Rope On Drum (ft)
1/10000 LBS/19.6
2/8000 LBS/ 42.6
3/6670 LBS/ 72.0

The only thing that I can't find on teh 10k is the gear reduction, on their 8k it says 235:1, the 9k says 218:1, and 9.5k says 265.2:1, and the 12k says 265:1


Hmmm...from that it seems ok

The name is a Vortex Brute 10000 and off of Ebay with shipping I can have to to my door for $350 and they say thats with a 2 yr. warranty

Here is a link, http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-10000-LB-RE...goryZ310QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

So what do you guys think? Should I be the lab rat and try this out?
Seller has a 97.8% positive on 18,389 Feedbacks...

or if anybody has a 8k or 10k, warn or other brand winch for about $350 shipped to 80534 let me know...
 
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Personally I save up for a Warn or atleast a the Warn re-branded Tabor. I've seen Milemarker & Chinese clones burn up after one day of medium to hard use. Take a look at the Warn XD8000 or XD9000 or any of the 8K-9K winches.
 
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4WheelParts usually has Warn 8000 for $525. Also take a look at the Smittybilt 8000 winch , 4WP has those for $300 and are pretty good.
 
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I am going to just save up and spend my tax money on the Warn PowerPlant HP. Quality does matter, especial when out on the trail - you sure want your winch to work.
 
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Thanks, That was some of the responses I have been looking for...
I think I am going to keep my eye out for some specials, and maybe wish for one from santa :D
 
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It doesnt look that bad but I would also go with a Warn, Tabor or T-Max over that one. 10,000 is overkill for the Explorer, I would go with a 9000.

Warn makes a great, quality winch and you cant go wrong in buying one. I use a XD9000i on my Explorer. I decided to cheap out somewhat in buying a winch for my dedicated crawler rig and went with a T-Max winch. I have been very pleased with the T-max as well and they are becoming more popular since I bought mine. It has good line speed and is durable. I have had my crawler hanging on by the winch many times. The only downfall is the remote on the T-Max, it is not as durable as the Warn remote.
 
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So I see that the tabor have been said a few times, and I have came across those prior to this...So I took a look for some, I like the size and am ok with the look of the 9k tabor and I think that I might of found one (waiting for respones)
 
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I am looking towards the Smittybilt X8 8000 or a Tabor.

Proven fact that people with winches will go places people without wont

Tim
 
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Well said
$500-$800 lighter, only can they can go further because their wallets are
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prove me wrong:p::p:;)
 
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Winch required.

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Nice, picture...
 
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prove me wrong:p::p:;)
Plus technically a winch is added weight to the vehicle which means it is technically (especially in the buggy/competition world) slightly more difficult for a vehicle with a winch to climb.
 
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unless the winch weight provides extra traction. Or the addition of the winch to suck up suspension gives significant gains to override and ill effects from the weight.

:p:

(BTW Mr. Obama, have you gotten Oprah in the sack yet?)
 
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