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Rough Country PRO Series 12,000 lb. Winch with Synthetic Rope (Universal; Some Adaptation May Be Required)

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      Video Review & Installation

      Merideth: If you need some extra confidence while you're out on the trail, this Rough Country Pro Series 12,000-pound Winch with the Synthetic Rope will be a great addition to your Wrangler. Now, a winch is one of the best tools that you can use on the trail, or really for whenever you or a friend gets stuck and you need to get out of the sticky situation. Now, this one by Rough Country will be a quality one to do it with a large 12,000-pound pulling capacity, being able to take a lot of load, and will have a synthetic line for the Jeep owner who wants to be a little bit safer when winching. Now, not only will it be a great tool, but it's also going to stylishly complete the look of any front bumper that you pair it with, especially with the black and gray construction.Now, getting into the build, this will again, have a 12,000-pound pulling capacity, a 3-stage planetary gear system, a 265-to-1 ratio, and a 6-horsepower 4.5-kilowatt motor. Now, usually, the rule of thumb is to choose a pulling capacity that's one-and-a-half times the weight of your fully loaded Jeep. So, essentially, what those numbers mean is that this will house a lot of torque and be able to move pretty quickly under load, even for heavier rigs compared to some other choices. Not to mention, this will come with 100-feet of synthetic line that is a little bit safer than skill cable, considering it doesn't store much energy under load, so it's not going to snap back at you, that may cause damage to either you or your Jeep. This kit will also come with a black anodized billet aluminum fairlead, a hook, a flag, as well as a wired remote being a complete kit.Now, you can also rest assured that this will fit on virtually any winch plate, considering that it has the standard 10 by 4.5-inch bolt pattern. Now, getting into the price, this will come in at roughly $550. Now, comparing this to other options on the page, this will have a pretty high horsepower rating and numerical gear ratio, compared to other 12,000-pound winches, while also incorporating extra feet onto the rope compared to most that have about 86-feet. And I also really like the rugged look that this winch offers. Winches usually aren't all about style, but I like the fact that Rough Country added some stylish touches compared to some other simplistic choices. Now, overall, if you need a good quality winch on your side for those just-in-case moments, this is going to be a great option to choose.Now, the install will be a light two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, but it will vary depending on your bumper and your setup. Now, I would say, roughly, it should take you about an hour to get the job done with some pretty basic hand tools. Now, the tools that you'll need will most likely be a socket set ranging from 10-millimeters all the way up to 19-millimeters, and a ratchet or 2 depending on the drive. Now, at this point, one of our customers has installed this themselves, and is gonna show you a detailed breakdown on their Wrangler. That's gonna wrap it up for me, let's go ahead and get into the install.Man: So, the very first thing you're gonna need is your tools. For the base plate, it'll be a 19-millimeter socket, and for the retaining nuts that holds it to the bumper, will be 16-millimeter. The only other tools you'll need is depending on your battery, mine has 2 terminals, which is the 12 and 13-millimeter. The very first thing is to install the base plate. So, you got your lock washer, and of course, your bolt and nut. Base plate goes right towards the truck. And what I like to do is get in there first just to make sure it's lined up, put them both on, and then tighten it up, again, with the socket. Again, this is the 19-millimeter one. Now that that part's done, you have the 4 bolts, you got your 16-millimeter bolt with your square nut. Now, the thing about the square nuts is they have to go in on the bottom. Right there.All right. So, before we put the winch on the bumper, we are gonna connect the negative line. The positive's already connected, so the negative's gonna go right towards the back, right here, and you're gonna use a 15-millimeter to fasten it. I like to run all my wires in the same direction so I have it facing forward. All right. So, now that the negative terminal is connected to the winch and our four square nuts are aligned, we are going to set it up. You wanna make sure that the hook side is facing forward. On the barricade mount, also make sure the rope is pulled through prior to tightening.Pulling power lines can be difficult. So, one thing I do is I'll use an extension cord or rope, drop it through the top to pull the lines straight up whenever they're ready, and it makes things a lot easier. That way I'm not struggling to figure out where the lines are while I'm trying to pull them up. Zip tie facing different direction, that way it is more easy or easier to pull straight through. But again, by doing this, you save a lot of trouble from trying to run the lines. Another alternative you could do is run the lines from the top before you start, but due to the positive already being connected to the winch, and due to location having to connect the negative before you start, it's easier this way. All right. So, now that the battery is connected and the botls are in place, next we'll do the hook.Always make sure, when dealing with the synthetic wire or even a shear pin, that you utilize gloves because they are easy to rip up your hands. And it's always good just to be safe. So, there's a couple of different ways to do this. Once it's in here, I am just gonna land up hooking it to one of my D-rings, and then we will move on to uptesting the winch. Now, I went ahead and got the wired one instead of the wireless one. There's no problem with either one, but if you're like me and lose things, it's not gonna work. And last thing you want is to be in a position to where you have to use your winch, and the battery's dead, and you can't use it. Good thing about the wire one is it has a long enough wire to where you can connect it and use it even in your driver's seat. So...So, right here is your in gauge. This is whenever you wanna wind it up, and this is when you wanna loosen out. So, let's bring it out a little bit. Again, anytime you're dealing with synthetic, make sure you have it. Here is your wired remote, in-out, self-explanatory, so easy I can even use it. It's a good thing, again, if you're on a trail or something, it's long enough and you don't have to worry about running out of battery. Now, what I'll do, I'll land up holding it to have a little tension on the line. And that is, again, the Rough Country Pro 12,000 Winch.Merideth: So, that's gonna wrap it up for my review and the install of the Rough Country Pro Series 12,000-pound Winch with the Synthetic Rope fitting all year Wranglers. For more videos and products just like this, remember to always keep it right here at

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      • Powerful 6hp Motor
      • Hawse Fairlead
      • 85 Feet High Quality 3/8" Synthetic Rope
      • Replaceable Clevis Hook
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      • Winch Description


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      You'll never see a mud hole the same way again when you've got Rough Country Recovery Systems on your side. Our high-powered, high-quality recovery solutions are durable, strong, and sure to come in handy when the situation gets a little murky. Each unit features Series Wound motors which are extremely efficient at higher speeds and less prone to overheating compared to Permanent Magnet motors. Speeds range from 5.5 HP on 9,500lb capacity units to a staggering 6 HP on 12,000lb units. Better still, Rough Country Recovery Systems utilize a 3-stage planetary gear train boasting a 265:1 gear ratio; allowing enormous torque in such a small housing.

      Winch Detailed Specs:

      • Rated Line Pull 12000 lbs. (5440 kgs)
      • Gear Train 3 Stage Planetary
      • Gear Reduction Ratio  265:1
      • Motor Series Wound 6hp/4.5kw
      • Cable 100' Synthetic Rope
      • Clutch Sliding Ring Gear
      • Braking Action Automatic In-The-Drum
      • Drum Size: Diameter / Length 2.52" / 8.82"
      • Weight 98 lbs
      • Bolt Pattern 4 Bolt Pattern, 4.5" x 10"
      • Overall dimension (Length / Width / Height) 21.3" x 6.3" x 8.6"

      Pictured is the RS9500S****

      Freight Notes. Freight items can only be shipped within the continental 48 states, no expedited methods.

      Rough Country PRO12000S

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