I've been debating and obsessing over winch decisions for months. I'm restricting myself to a budget of ~$1000> for this and have eliminated all but these choices based on research. Please spare me the default "Warn. Becuz Warn. Buy American" etc. statements in favor of experience and empirical information and provide a reason for your vote, especially since some of the Warn candidates have non-US parts. This will be my first winch and I don't foresee very heavy regular use. Maybe a few times a year if I'm wheeling hard but I would like it to work when I need it to, especially since I may have to wheel alone/just GF and I sometimes. I'm leaning heavily toward synthetic line for ease, safety, and weight since my truck is my daily driver and I already have added tons of weight to it. I probably don't need a super fast winch, I just need one that's reliable and will last, but speed would be nice. Will be inside my plate bumper.
1. Warn M8000 kit with Viking synthetic rope and Viking safety thimble OR hook and Viking hawse fairlead for $850. I LOVE this package and it's a great deal for the sum of those parts.
Pros- Tried and true go-to quality winch. Cust. service, parts avail. Black fairlead and thimble will be more unassuming than any other setup, which is one of the goals in my build. Looks hot in the parking lot if you look close though
Cons- Expensive. Old school solenoid that may benefit from upgrading to Superwinch unit. Sealed? Not sure?
This is what I've been a click away from buying three times already, then hesitated.
2. Superwinch Talon 9.5SR with 80' x 3/8" Amsteel synthetic rope, hawse fairlead and hook for $807. Why is this a competitor against the M8000? Below...
Pros- Faster if performs as advertised. More powerful if performs as advertised. Sealed. Superior contactor "solenoid" that many Warn owners upgrade to and I probably would too. Great warranty. Excellent value for the performance and price. Superwinch carries a good reputation from my research.
Cons: ? May have some non-US parts/mfg.. I don't care as long as it performs.
3. Warn VR8000S for $633.
Pros- Warn rep., warranty and cust. svc. Cheap syn package.
Cons- Slower. New to market/unknown long-term quality/performance. Expensive. Old school solenoid that may benefit from upgrading to Superwinch unit. Sealed? Not sure?Performance falls off quicker? Also admittedly non-US parts.
4. Warn M8000S for $795 and add syn line later.
Pros- The tried and true, warranty, etc.
Cons- Adding syn line and fairlead later negates initial low cost. Price similar to syn. packaged Superwinch with good/better specs. Old school solenoid that may benefit from upgrading to Superwinch unit. Sealed? Not sure?
5. Warn VR8000 for $425 and add syn. line later.
Pros- Cheapest entry level Warn. Adding syn line and fairlead later negates initial low cost. Slower. New to market/nknown long-term quality/performance. Old school solenoid that may benefit from upgrading to Superwinch unit. Sealed? Not sure?Performance falls off quicker? Also admittedly non-US parts.
6. Other- please state why!