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Winch question???

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by MTNative, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Jul 12, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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    MTNative

    MTNative [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Anyone have any knowledge on the Smittybuilt XRC 8,000lb winch? Amazon is listing it for $299 with free shipping. Any info would be greatly appreciated. I will be putting it on my new ARB :D

    If this winch is a POS then help me figure which one would be a decent winch for the money.
     
  2. Jul 12, 2011 at 11:22 AM
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    I would like to know too lol, hopefully someone on here has some experience with that winch
     
  4. Jul 12, 2011 at 11:25 AM
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    colinb17

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    seen them in action many times. great winch for the price. just make sure to waterproof the soleniod. i'm getting the comp version that has the external brake and synthetic line. if you can, i'd go that route. new synthitec line is usually about $200, but the comp (comes with the synthetic) is only $150 more on amazon.
     
  5. Jul 12, 2011 at 11:25 AM
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    There are a few threads out there about it. I was researching this winch the other day and just googled it. Seems like an ok winch but I think im just going to go with a warn m8000.
     
  6. Jul 14, 2011 at 11:44 AM
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    MTNative

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    Okay so I just ordered the superwinch xrc8 comp winch.:D Should be here next week. $449 shipped to the door from amazon. I will post some pics and reviews once it's on and used.
     
  7. Jul 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM
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    brutalguyracing

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    F.U> GUYZ
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    i have tghe xrc 8 and used it many times ...
    1 day it worked for over three hours pulling pulling n more pulling
    waterproof the soleniod and its a good winch for the money......
    its no warn but you cany beat the price
    got mine over a year ago for $269 free delivery....
     
  8. Jul 14, 2011 at 11:53 AM
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    I lost track thousands of dollars ago.
    I have one it's great the only thing I don't like is the free spool it's tight as hell. But I have an older one and they have changed the grease and the new one free spool much easier.
     
  9. Jul 14, 2011 at 12:02 PM
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    brutalguyracing

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    this ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    forgot about the free spool issue.....:D no biggie tho
     
  10. Jul 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM
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    I lost track thousands of dollars ago.

    Yeah i free spooled a new one a few weeks ago and just about fell on my ass because i thought it was going to be like mine.
     
  11. Jul 14, 2011 at 12:10 PM
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    I have the newer XRC8 and it free spools with ease.
     
  12. Jul 14, 2011 at 12:12 PM
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    Yeah whatever :p
     
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    Just out of curiosity, how would one go about waterproofing said winch?
    I mean the price is pretty darn good, so spending another hundred bucks or whatever on waterproofing it seems worth it to me.
     
  14. Jul 14, 2011 at 3:31 PM
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    it's not the winch that needs it, it's soleniod (box on top of most winches). a big tube of silicone will fix her right up
     
  15. Jul 14, 2011 at 3:39 PM
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    The waterproofing is easy if you know how to operate a tube of silicone :cool:
     
  16. Jul 14, 2011 at 9:12 PM
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    Yeah, that's what I meant. Cool, that's the info I needed. Thanks
     
  17. Jul 14, 2011 at 9:34 PM
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    3"revtek lift 265 cooper discover st afe cai blackedout steel wheels warn m8000 winch mounted on custom hiddenwinchmount.
    I had a smittybuilt xrc 8000lb winch it had a very powerful motor on it. But that was about the only thing good about it. It wouldnt free spool @ all even when it was new out of the box& the free spool knob breaks the roll pin that hold the knob in place. It breaks very easy.not a very good design. The other downfall is its bulky as hell. Its got to way in @ over 100lbs easily. That plus that heavy arb bumper. Your adding about 240+ lbs onthe front of that truck. Hope u have the heavy OME springs on there.
     
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    Hmmm... that's interesting that yours weighed that much. I have the XRC8 Comp. Winch, cables and solenoid weighed 60 lbs. I've read that the wire cable does add about 20 lbs but thats still only a total of 80 lbs with the steel winch cable.
     
  19. Jul 14, 2011 at 10:20 PM
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    It's a good winch. I pulled JLee's ass out a few weeks ago

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    I relocated the solenoid under the hood and the remote control in the cab
     
  20. Jul 15, 2011 at 2:19 PM
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    Sorry i was off by 6lbs. The regular xrc8 weighs 94lbs. 100ft of 5/16 steel cable weighs 15lbs & the roll er fairlead weighs 12lbs. @ least warns roller fairlead does so subtract 27lbs by going with synthetic rope & aluminum fairlead. 67lbs is still heavy for a synthetic rope winch.
     
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