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Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty 8,500 lb. Winch

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Features, Videos & Details

  • Series Wound Motor
  • Extra Pulling Power for Towing
  • Light Mount Roller Fairlead for Easy Mounting of Up to Two Off-Road Lights
  • Weight: 84 lbs
  • 94 Foot of 5/16" Diameter Wire Rope & Latched Hook
  • Includes Stainless Steel Body Screws and Bolts
  • No Drilling Required
  • Universal Application

Review & Installation Video

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.

Function. The Rugged Ridge 8500 LB Winch is driven by a 5.5 HP series wound motor that delivers sufficient pulling power for towing. Featuring a tough three-stage planetary gear box with a gear ratio of 172.8:1, it offers a powerful performance and includes 94 feet of 5/16" diameter wire rope and a latched hook.

Easy Mounting. This Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty Winch features special mounting brackets that allow you to mount the solenoid in multiple positions and angles for versatile use. Stainless steel body screws and bolts are durable and resist corrosion. You can easily mount up to two off-road lights by using the light mount roller fairlead that comes with the winch. The fairlead saves you the effort and hassle of drilling.

Compatibility. The solenoid can be tilted to accommodate most winch bumpers.

MPN# 15100.01

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What's in the Box
  • Winch and Steel cable
  • Solenoid box
  • Roller fairlead
  • Wiring kit
  • Remote lead
  • Cable hook
  • Red indicator flag
  • Hardware
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Winch Specifications
Manufacturer Rugged Ridge Line Capacity 8,500 lbs
Motor Specs 5.5 HP, Series Wound Line Type Wire Cable, 94' x 5/16"
Gear System 172.8:1 Planetary Warranty 2-Yr Winch/1-Yr Electrical

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      Questions & Answers (10)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      I have the Rugged Ridge XHD Modular front bumper, do I need a plate or can I mount directly to the bumper?

      • A winch plate would not be required for installation of this winch.

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      Will this winch fit my 2017 Rubicon Wrangler?

      • Yes, this will fit as long as you have a bumper or a winch plate that supports a winch with a 10x4.5" mounting footprint.

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      Will this winch fit my stock 2001 TJ se steel front bumper?

      • The Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty 8,500 lb. Winch will require a winch plate, or a bumper with a built in winch mounting solution.

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      The winch plate on the front of my 2001 TJ has predrilled holes roughly 10" by 4.5 - 5", will I need to do any modifications for this winch?

      • Thank you for your question! If you currently have a 4.5"x10 bolt pattern on your winch plate you should not need to do any modification to the winch plate, and this winch will fit.

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      Will this winch fit on my Jeep with a stock front bumper?

      • Thank you for your question! If you have the stock Hard Rock steel front bumper this will be able to fit. If you have the ABS plastic front bumper this will not fit, or be strong enough to winch off of the bumper.

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      5 More Questions
      Hey, I have a quick question...Last year, I bought this bumper: RedRock 4x4 Rock Crawler Front Grille Guard - Textured Black (87-06 Wrangler YJ TJ). Will this winch, with the right winchplate fit om my bumper. If so, what winch plate do you recommend that I get? Thanks. Pete 1 answer
      Will this winch fit on an arb bumper? 1 answer
      Hello will this winch fit the Barricade Trail Force HD Front Bumper? I would like to order both of these products for a 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Mountain Edition and I am curious if these items will fit my Jeep? 1 answer
      Will it fit on the stock YJ front bumper? 1 answer
      Can you install this on the Smittybilt SRC stinger front bumper without a winch plate or is that something that would be required on installation? 1 answer

        Customer Reviews (51) Write a Review

        Overall Rating 4.7

        out of 5 stars

        Installation Time:Afternoon

        Installation Cost:$100-$250

        • Pulling Power 4.7 4.7
        • Fit 4.803922 4.8
        • Appearance 4.705883 4.7
        • Bang For Your Buck 4.745098 4.7



        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          July 23, 2019

          great product

          easy mount, fits on new bumper great..super easy to install great buy and makes my jeep feel better!

          denaree

          Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (0)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          November 11, 2018

          rugged ridge 8500 lb.

          so far excellent winch for the price. will be buying a few more for my other jeeps and trailers

          RayS

          Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (3)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          July 01, 2018

          Nice winch

          Pretty easy install. The instructions aren't great, but it's still easy. I did the install with the bumper on my wrangler. It was pretty difficult to install a couple of the bolts. It would be MUCH easier if you put the winch on with the bumper removed.

          JohnS

          Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (4)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          November 23, 2017

          Winch review

          I really like this product, and it is the 2nd one I have purchased. Just a note, be sure to hookup all the wires possible before installing the winch to the plate. It will save time and bad words. The elevated control box mounting works best for the electric cables. As with my previous winch, the controller connector cover should be rotated 180°. The wind will keep it blown open. °°°

          Climber

          Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (6)

        • 4/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          November 06, 2017

          winch

          looks nice havent used yet guess thats a good thing

          ReggieM

          Year: 1995Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (5)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          October 03, 2017

          Great

          Love the way it fit on our Jeep and the remote is easy to use

          ValarinaL

          Year: 2009Submodel: Rubicon

          Helpful (4)

        • 3/5

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          September 23, 2017

          Great products

          The power wire came up short,would make it to the battery. But All in all seams to be a good product. Guess I will find out on the trail

          Jonathan B

          Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (4)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          August 29, 2017

          Winch

          I used it to get my truck off a slippery hill and it moved it with ease. That one time made it worth it and saved me money and time.

          MannyE

          Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (4)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          August 16, 2017

          Gives me confidence on trails I used to skip

          Now that I have this winch I push my ability a bit more than when I didn't. It's pulled me out about five times so far all with ease. Once through two feet of thick, heavy snow. Make sure you tighten down the rollers in the front before installing the actual winch. It's a huge pain trying to get to the bolts once the winch is mounted.

          Phil

          Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (5)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          June 30, 2017

          Fair price and it works

          For the price it's gotten me and my friends out of a few situations. Works great and easy to assemble and mount

          ZachR

          Year: 1993Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (4)

        • 4/5

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          June 25, 2017

          Winch Install

          Winch looks good and was pretty easy to install with basic knowledge of electrical and mechanics. I haven't really had any chance to use it yet so not to sure on the power aspect. I would give it a 5 but instructions were kind of lacking. It says nothing about when inserting control cable that it must me turned to the right till it clicks to make proper contact so I thought it was bad at first. I had to find a u-tube video online to figure it out so wasted time. Other wise very happy with it..

          DavidA

          Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (5)

        • 4/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          June 22, 2017

          Real easy install

          Nice and easy, a 17 year old installed it with no problems and a nice strong winch great for self or. Indy recovery. Not recommended for pulling out vehicles all day.

          NateG

          Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (13)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          June 22, 2017

          Rugged ridge 8500hd

          Does the job. As long as you have a good battery. The battery I originally had was the correct CCA but some cheap offbrand. I tried to use it to winch a lady out during a winter storm and all it did was kill the battery, however, I bought a optima red top and my god, this thing works. I've so far pulled out a stuck Chevy and myself out of a mud bog up a 60° incline without breaking a sweat. And that was with maybe 20-30ft of line out so it wasn't even at full power.

          JoshuaD

          Year: 1991Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (5)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          June 20, 2017

          Looks tough

          Looks great on my bumper. Easy to install. Only takes about 30 minutes to mount and run the wiring.

          UKFAN4LIFE

          Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (4)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          April 19, 2017

          Get this!

          I'm in love with my winch. Works great. Easy to install. And I can pull practicly anyone. My little 2 door JK pulled a Chevy K5 with no problem, just had to steam a JKU behind me so it wouldn't drag me.

          Alopezjr08

          Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (5)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          March 21, 2017

          Winch

          This winch works great, it was super easy to install and works like a charm.

          ZachScaturro

          Year: 2009Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (6)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          March 14, 2017

          Good quality

          Great product would definitely recommend and is very strong and durable

          WillyP369

          Year: 1993Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (4)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          February 16, 2017

          Great winch for what I intend on using it for.

          Dude this thing is solid! It's much less expensive than "name brand" winches, but it does not in any way feel cheap. I mounted this sucker up to my Jeep using the Smittybilt winch plate and their SRC Classic front bumper. Installation took about an hour and I did it by myself. The directions were easy enough to follow and I had no problems getting it all done. What's great is that the fairlead has two holes on top of it that I was able to use to mount my stock fog lights since my new bumper wasn't drilled with mounting holes on it for fogs. Overall, I'm very impressed with the winch and accessories it came with. I intend on using it once or twice a year and did not need to spend $1000 or more on a name brand winch with all the bells and whistles. I needed a solid, affordable, bare bones winch that works when I need it... and that's exactly what I got with the Rugged Ridge winch! I'm very happy with it. It looks great and I'd have no problem rolling up to a trail and parking my jeep with this winch next to everyone else's.

          AlamoJake

          Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (4)

        • 4/5

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          February 10, 2017

          Bad remote

          Remote doesn't work when you twist it clockwise I have called for a replacement ,still waiting for a response.

          WilliamI

          Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (4)

        • 5/5

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          December 23, 2016

          Just what I wanted .

          It was so easy to order came very quickly it was so easy to install an hook up.very happy with this produce. Thanks you Extreme terrain ......HAPPY.

          Lwt

          Year: 1995Submodel: Wrangler

          Helpful (6)