(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
- How to Install Barricade 12000lb Winch on your Wrangler
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I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation of the Barricade Winch, fitting all 1987 and up Wranglers. These winches are available in a few different configurations. They're available in a 9500-pound and a 12,000-pound pulling capacity, with a steel cable or a synthetic line, and the 9500-pound are also available with a wireless remote if you decide to go that route. Today, we are going to talk through the installation of one of these winches, which is a very simple one out of three wrench installation. You do have to do a small bit of wiring. However, it's a very simple process of just hooking up to the positive and the negative battery terminals on your Jeep. As far as getting this bolted down, you will need a winch plate. But other than that, there's just four bolts that hold it into place. You should be able to get this installed in under two hours. But we'll talk a little bit more about the installation in a second. We're also going to talk about the construction and a few of the features of these winches. A winch is for those of you who go off-roading and get yourself into a situation where you might get stuck and want to be able to recover yourself easily. You can take a winch line and go around a tree, using a tree saver of course, or to another vehicle to get yourself out of any sticky situation, whether that's deep mud or high centered. Now, a winch does have some benefits over a tow strap or a snatch strap, and they can also be used in conjunction with each other or in different recovery situations, but having a self-recovery winch like this mounted on your vehicle does give you a great option when and if you do get yourself stuck. Now, there are, as I mentioned, two different lines available on these winches. You can get these with a steel cable or with a synthetic line. Now, the steel cable does hold up really well out in the elements. There's no need to really keep that steel line covered. However, there are a few drawbacks to a steel line. One, it can be a little bit heavy and cumbersome when you're dragging it around, trying to get it hooked up to that vehicle or that tree or whatever you're hooking up to. It can also get kinked, it can fray. But most importantly, a steel line will store energy. When it's under load, when it's stretched, it's storing energy. And if that line does break, it'll snap back and it could hit somebody, cause an injury, or hit a vehicle causing damage. Now, that's really the main benefit to a synthetic line. It still stretches just like that steel cable does, however, it doesn't store the energy. So if a synthetic line breaks, it just falls to the ground harmlessly. It's not going to snap back, injure or damage anything. Now, synthetic line has come a long way. It is still recommended that you keep your synthetic line covered because the U.V. rays can damage it. However, it's not as big of a concern as it was when synthetic lines were initially introduced. Now, a synthetic line is also something that does require a little bit more upkeep. You're gonna wanna make sure you keep it clean. And the life expectancy of a synthetic line is shorter than that of the steel cable, and a synthetic line is more expensive to replace than a steel cable. So this is very much a pros and cons decision. You have to decide what's best for your Jeep, for how you plan on using your winch, and for what your budget is because synthetic line, again, is going to be a little bit pricier. Now, as far as the pulling capacity of your winch goes, the general rule of thumb is you want your winch to be able to pull two-and-a-half times the loaded trail weight of your Jeep. So that's loaded down full of fuel, how much does your Jeep weigh, and multiply that by two-and-a-half, and that should be the pulling capacity of your winch. Now, when you're using a winch, you can go to a snatch block and back to your vehicle, halving your line speed but doubling your pulling capacity. So there are some additional tricks. But again, that is a good general rule of thumb. So if you have a nice, light two-door, maybe you don't have a lot of armor or you're utilizing aluminum armor, 9500 pounds might be the way to go. If you have a big, heavy steel armor, four-door and you like to get it buried up to the axles in thick, sticky mud, then maybe the 12,000 pound is a better option for you. Either way, you're going to get a really strong high-quality winch that is going to save you some money over some of the others on the market. Now, if you're somebody who's going out on the trail and you're using your winch for long, hard pulls every single weekend, then maybe you do want to spend a little bit more for one of those winches that has been around for a long time, that is really strong and tested, and has a bunch of additional features built into it. However, if you are more of the occasional user, if you're not gonna be doing those long, hard pulls, if this is only gonna get used a couple of times a year, you'll have somebody else out there on the trail with you just in case you need some additional assistance, then this is a really nice way to save yourself a little bit of money over those top quality winches that have those additional features but still have a self-recovery winch mounted on your vehicle. As far as construction goes, these are steel-bodied winches. The 12,000 pound has a 6.6 horsepower, and the 9500 pound has a 5.5 horsepower motor. Both use a three-stage planetary gearset, with different gear ratios depending on whether you're going with the bigger 12,000-pound or the 9500-pound winch. Now, the synthetic line winch, of course, comes with the synthetic line I just pulled on it and a Hawse fairlead. The line that you have the steel cable on will come with steel cables pulled up and a roller fairlead that you can use with that line. All of these winches will come with a handheld remote that has a near [SP] in and near [SP] out, which will plug directly into the top of your solenoid box. If you do have one of those winches that has the wireless remote option, you'll also have a switch on your solenoid box that will switch it from wired to wireless mode, and you'll have a separate wireless remote that of course is battery operated, and you will want to keep some fresh batteries in it. But the good thing is you always have the option to go wired as well. If you do run out of battery or if for some reason you lose your other remote, that is a really nice feature of the wireless winch that is both wired and wireless. You don't lose the wired functionality if you purchase the wireless winch. Now, as with a lot of winches that have their solenoid box separate from the winch themselves, this box will get wired into your winch, and it is designed to mount right up on top here. However, you can certainly remote-mount your solenoid box if you choose to. It does have electronic components inside of it, you will want to keep it somewhere where it's not going to pick up a lot of heat. But if you want to keep it off the front of the Jeep to keep it out of water, to keep it out of your moisture, to keep dust out of it, you can certainly remote-mount that solenoid box if you choose to. Of course, you'll have to have access to the top of it to plug it into your remote. But you can always remote-mount that if you choose.This winch does, of course, have your engage mode and your free-spool mode. It has a clutch mechanism built right into it. When you pit it into free-spool mode, you can very easily pull line out at high speed, instead of having to walk the line out very slowly by powering it out. And of course, this winch does come with your standard winch footprint. It comes with the bolts that you need to get this bolted down. In fact, in the bottom of this molded in, it does have a spot for a captured nut that you'll be able to install in the winch body itself. So when you're installing the winch, you can just install the bolts up through the bottom of your winch plate, into the winch body. You don't have to try to get a wrench on top of it because it can be a little bit tight in there. Of course, as you can see here, you get a hook with either one of those winch lines, regardless of which type you choose. So right out of the box, you are going to have everything you need to get this installed on your Jeep, assuming you have your winch plate already or a winch-ready bumper. That is one additional piece that you're going to have to make sure you have. There are winch plates that will go right onto your factory bumper. If you have an aftermarket bumper, a lot of them are winch ready, or they have a winch plate available from the manufacturer that you can purchase for that specific bumper. Now, if you're just looking at the specs of one of these winches versus something like [inaudible 00:08:31] winches which are known to be some of the highest quality winches on the market and also the most expensive, this will have a slightly higher line speed and a slightly more powerful motor when you look at it from the horsepower perspective, which generally would be a good thing. However, this winch weighs in at around 44 pounds when some of the [inaudible 00:08:51] winches can weigh 30 pounds more than that. And I think that is where the biggest differentiating factor is. With this winch, again, it's going to be great if you want it only for those occasional weekend uses. However, if you are going to be doing a lot of really long hard line pulls, maybe going with one of those more expensive winches that does have some additional features would be a good idea. As far as the installation goes, again, I'm giving this a very simple one out of three wrenches. You can do this in under two hours. All you'll need to do to get this bolted up is, of course, have your winch plate already installed on your front bumper. From there, you'll install the captured nuts onto the inside of the casting of the winch itself, making the installation all that much easier because you won't have to hold the nut that'll be captured in the body of the winch. Now, a little tip for installing these. After installing a few of them, I've realized that taking a small piece of electrical tape to hold that captured nut inside the body of the winch while you're moving it around and getting it onto the bumper is a great idea. Otherwise, it's gonna keep popping out on you and it can be very annoying. So, save your captured nuts into the body of the winch, tape them into place, set your winch on top of your winch-mounted plate, and use the included hardware to get it bolted down. After that, decide where you're mounting your solenoid box. If it's going to be on top of your winch, you can simply mount it up on top and then you're ready to start wiring your winch. This does come with all of the long cables and leads that you're going to need to get from your solenoid box all the way up into your battery. So you'll just stretch those through your grille, along your inner fender, and attach them onto the battery, as well as attaching these shorter leads onto these posts on top of the winch and this one post underneath the winch. After that, you'll have your fairlead installed, whether it be the roller or the Hawse, depending on whether you have synthetic or steel line. You'll install your hook, and you're gonna be ready to go. That's really all there is to it. Again, installation is going to be very, very simple. You'll need your traditional hand tools, and you can get this done in under two hours.What I would consider to be the baseline Barricade winch, the 9500-pound winch, with the steel cable, with the wired controller, comes in around $350, which is fairly inexpensive for a 9500-pound winch. And that winch is going to do a lot. It's going to be great for those occasional users that are going to use your winch every couple of weeks or a few times a year and want to have a self-recovery winch while saving themselves some money. Of course, if you go up to the 12,000-pound winch with the synthetic line, you're going to be at a little over $500, which is still pretty affordable for a self-recovery winch. As I said before, these are good for those occasional users. These are good if you're gonna be using it a couple times a year. However, if you are somebody who does a lot of really long, hard pulls, every single weekend you're out on the trail, you're using your winch, then one of those more expensive winches with a few more features may be a good idea. So if you're looking for a self-recovery winch that will get you out of a sticky situation when you're on the trail, whether it be deep mud or high centered, these are going to save you some money over those top tier winches on the market and be great for those occasional uses. So that's my review of the Barricade winch fitting all 1987 and up Wranglers, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Pulling Capacity. The Barricade Off-Road 12,000 lb winch delivers everything you need for a safe off-roading experience. If you consider yourself an off-roader, you know the importance of having a winch even on the easiest of trails. When you are searching for a winch, you want to make sure you get one worth your money, that will work every time, without ever having to worry if it will function or not. The Barricade Off-Road 12,000 pound winch is that winch. Barricade Off-Road builds this winch with budget and quality in mind. The 6.6 hp motor with a gearbox boasting a 187.2:1 gear ratio can pull you and your friends out of the messiest of situations, and is rated for a max pull weight of 12,000 lbs.
Winch & Line Specs. With 94 feet of 23/64 inch steel cable, you can be sure you always have enough winch rope to reach a recovery point no matter what the situation. Made to withstand the elements, the winch rope will last you for many years and many recoveries. The 12 foot lead on the rubberized remote ensures you can always reach your winch control box, even from inside of your Jeep.
Accessories. This winch comes with a 23/64 inch steel winch cable, hook, remote control on a 12 foot lead, and roller fairlead.
Application. This winch requires a battery with a minimum of 650 cold cranking amps to operate properly. Installs on all 1987 - 2020 YJ, TJ, JK or JL Wranglers.
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January 12, 2020
Great winch but the cable was never connected
Bought this winch a while ago and finally hit some hard trails that I had to use it on. When I pulled it out and connected it to the tree and tried to bring the cable in it was just free spinning. So I made sure it was off free spool, it was, the problem was the end of the cable usually is bolted to the drum. But In my case it wasn’t.Helpful (2)
December 21, 2019
be sure to mount when the bumper is off the jeep
Photos of this winch do not show the control box mounted on top of the winch. I am concerned about it being pulled off when off roading in brush country I know it is protected by a bull bar, but still I was hoping it was down along the side of the winch. It free wheels in 2 positions, the free wheeling position, and the off position... Not happy with that. I would mount on bumper before the bumper is mounted if you get the same barricade bumper I purchased. Not as easy as the lady in the video makes it lookHelpful (4)
November 22, 2019
This is a great winch for the money. The install video with Sara was perfect. I did this install without even touching the directions. The install took about 2 hrs and was pretty simple.Helpful (1)
November 19, 2019
Does what it is supposed to do, not to bad to install, and looks great!Helpful (1)
September 01, 2019
I’ve had this bumper since it came out. It holds my earn 9.5 CTI no problem and it looks great. It’s a little on the heavy side it’s held up well after years of wheeling.Helpful (1)
August 16, 2019
The build quality of it is OK to install insulation my 16-year-old and 15-year-old kids did it in less than two hours. for an entry-level I would recommend it because it is the best buy for the money. Now the winch quality though is the only thing we do not like about the winch. it is slow sluggish and cheaply made. The controller box plastic was cracked and broken but if you install it extreme terrain will not want to honor the warranty according to (Nicholas) so that is why I am only given it a 1 star review is because Nicholas didn’t honor the winch warranty instead he preached policyHelpful (5)
July 20, 2019
Installation in less than an hour. As the video says I had to take the bumper off to install it. Haven't used it yet, but looking forward to it!Helpful (1)
July 14, 2019
Very tough winch. Straight forward install. I haven't had the opportunity to get stuck yet but I'm actually looking forward to it with this mounted on the jeep.Helpful (1)
July 03, 2019
Amazing exactly what I wanted!
Amazing could not have received a better product. Was a bit skeptical at first but once I installed my Jeep wasn’t just more beefy but was able to pull the weight the item stated.Helpful (1)
June 29, 2019
Took no more than 30 minutes. Directions aren't all that great, but there are plenty of tutorials online. Looks great!Helpful (1)
Will I need to buy a winch mounting plate? Or is that included?
The Barricade 9,500 lb. Winch (Item Number J100204) does not include the winch plate, a winch plate would need to be purchased separately in order to mount this on your Jeep.
Will this fit on a JL Rubicon stock steel bumper?
If the stock OEM bumper on the JL has a mounting winch plate then this will fit on that. XT7SlotJ4Y
My jeep doesn't look to have a place to mount the silver wire feeder for this winch... I have a DV8 front bumper. It does have a wench mount but doesn't seem to have a place to install the front silver guard... How does this install? Any photos of the part separately so I can see the bolt holes snd where i could mount it. Also, is that even required to be able to use the winch.
The silver guard that is included with the Barricade winch: https://www.extremeterrain.com/barricade-12000lb-winch-j100205.html is called a roller fairlead. The fairlead will mount to some aftermarket bumpers that have a mount in front of the winch mount. This guard is not necessary, if your bumper does not include a place to mount the roller fairlead in front of the winch. The winch can still be used with out it.
I understand it can't go underwater. Can it hold up to heavy snow or rain fall? Is a cover absolutely required to prevent water failure?
The Barricade 9,500 lb. Winch is not rated to be submerged, but it is water resistant- rain and pressure washer would be fine. We would suggest a cover to help prevent water damage and to prevent damage to the winch line. Neither synthetic or metal lines are meant to be exposed to the elements for extended periods of time.
Sorry, I hit the wrong button earlier. I need to know if you have a submersible winch.
The Barricade winches are not submersible at this time. The Smittybilt Gen2 X2O winch is a great submersible option.
No, the weight of the fairlead is not included in the weight of the winch.
At this time we do not carry a winch plate for any of the Barricade tube bumpers.
That bumper with this winch would not need anything else to make then work together.
The Power Draw can get up to around 480 AMPS under full load. The Duty Cycle would be approx 5 min on with a 30 min cool down. But can depend on the load on the winch.
The Barricade Winch will fit the Deegan 38 Front Bumper.
The Barricade Winch absolutely allows the user to change the rope to any style or size at any given time.
The Barricade 9500 lb winch is manufactured overseas.
The Barricade 9,500 lb. Winch will take approximately 1 hour for installation depending on your mechanical capability. That installation time will include mounting thew winch and running the wiring for the switch.
The Barricade 9,500 lb. Winch is 8.6" tall with the solenoid.
This winch will include everything you will require for installation including hardware and a wiring harness.
(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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