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Hi, I'm Kevin Tetz for ExtremeTerrain.com, and this is my review of the Rugged Ridge 8,500 pound and 10,500 winches. Now, we will never talk down to anybody that's just entering this hobby or needs a little bit of help deciding that they actually need to buy a winch. If you've ever been off-road and got stuck, well you need to know why. But if you get stuck in the mud or high sanded on an obstacle, that's when a winch comes in really handy. Not to mention the fact that a winch gives you extra confidence and inspiration when you're driving knowing that you can get yourself out of trouble. Now, the basic rule of thumb is that you need about one and a half times the curb weight of your vehicle in pulling power when you're deciding about a winch. This JK behind me, the factory says the curb weight's about 4,100 pound times 1.5, that's 6,300 pounds. So either one of these winches rated at 8,500 pounds or 10,500 pounds will both do the job with some room to spare, because sometimes the weight ratio, well, you need a little bit extra pulling power, depending on what you're pulling yourself out of. Now, you're not done just buying the winch. Obviously, you can't mount this big heavy winch into a plastic bumper. You got to buy a winch mounting plate, or what a lot of guys do is upgrade eventually to an integrated winch mount in an aftermarket bumper, and there's tons of choices for that. So let's start with the 8,500 pound winch. It's got a powerful series wound motor, and comes with its own fair lead, with two light mounts here. You can mount off-road lights on the front and mount the fair lead on the front of the bumper. This has got a powerful series one motor with five and half horsepower, with a 172.8 to 1 ratio for slow and steady torque. What I like about the control mount box is that you can mount it on the top of the winch body itself, or you could remote mount to put it where you want to put it on your Jeep and customize it a little bit, keep a low profile on the top of the winch. Pre-terminated lines help and obviously it comes with a hook and a strap. Now the controls, it's a cable lead. There's nothing wrong with the cable lead. It's a long lead so you can get away from your winch, you can look and see what you're doing. But there's no frills here. This is a budget winch. It is user friendly. It is all business with no bells and whistles. Now, the 10,500 pound rated winch, well, more is more. It's got power. It's still got the stainless steel fair lead, stainless steel hardware, the same winch controller hook, and terminated ends, as well as virtually the identical control box. Where this is different is that it's a 6.6 horsepower motor, and it's got 2,360 force line although it's still 94 feet. So it's going to be heavier, but it's also going to be stronger. It's got a 218 to 1 gear ratio, so it's going to feel like more torque. So the 10,500 pound winch, that's for the guy that's got a fully armored up four door JK or somebody, like we said, that's wants to do some recovery and help his buddies out. Or even somebody with a full sized rig and they just need that extra grunt for pulling power. So if you've got an '87 to 2016 Jeep of any flavor, this 8,500 pound or the 10,500 pound winch will fit your budget and they'll fit your Jeep, depending on what you want to do. And let's face it, we all want to upgrade. If you want to upgrade down the road, you can always go to the website and get a winch with more bells, more whistles, more accessories. But that's kind of the fun part, isn't it? So this is my review of the Rugged Ridge 8,500 pound and 10,500 pound winches that you can get at ExtremeTerrain.com.
Installation Time: (approx) 30 Minutes
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
|Manufacturer||Rugged Ridge||Line Capacity||10,500lb|
|Motor Specs||6.6 HP, Series Wound||Line Type||Wire Cable, 23/64"x94'|
|Gear System||218:1 Planetary||Warranty||2 Yr Winch/1 Yr Electrical|
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Installation Time: Full Day
February 19, 2017
Installation of bumper and winch
Well we purchased the barracade bumper and 10500lb winch. After having to adjust holes for mounting bumper to frame of the jeep, we the removed and installed the winch, installation went great with winch to bumper. We then free spooled all cable off winch and re-spooled tighten cable to winch, all worked great. Took actually longer because having to adjust holes on bumper. If not for that could have done full installation in 3 hours,
Pulling Power 5
Bang for your Buck 5
Installation Time: Afternoon
July 03, 2013
For the $ its great
The looks, function and everything else after the install is great.....The installation.....not so much. I worked all day installing my new bumper and all the accessories on it and then added the winch. The very last step after installing the winch is to wire it up. The back wires were easy and took about 5 minutes. There is a negative and ground wire on the bottom of the winch that is impossible to get to on my bumper after everything is hooked up. I laid underneath my jeep for 1 hour trying to get the wires installed and could not due to the limited space and not being able to get both hands anywhere near there. I ended up having to spend the latter part of the afternoon taking off everything and redoing it all. Was not to happy about that. Next time I will use common sense and not the work instruction.
Pulling Power 4
Bang for your Buck 4