(approx) 30 Minutes
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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.
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July 23, 2019
easy mount, fits on new bumper great..super easy to install great buy and makes my jeep feel better!Helpful (0)
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 trailersHelpful (3)
July 01, 2018
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.Helpful (4)
November 23, 2017
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. °°°Helpful (6)
November 06, 2017
looks nice havent used yet guess thats a good thingHelpful (5)
October 03, 2017
Love the way it fit on our Jeep and the remote is easy to useHelpful (4)
September 23, 2017
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 trailHelpful (4)
August 29, 2017
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.Helpful (4)
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.Helpful (5)
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 mountHelpful (4)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for your question! You will have to do modification in order to mount a winch plate and a winch on this bumper. Any flat winch plate should work for the modification.
We would need to know which ARB bumper you have to double check fitment. I suggest you give us a call so that we can help you out with fitment.
Hello, yes, this winch will fit the Barricade Trail Force HD Front Bumper.
Hello, you will be able to use the Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty 8,500lb. Winch (87-17 Wrangler YJ, TJ & JK) on your YJ Stock Front Bumper, but you will need a Winch Mounting Plate, just like the Rugged Ridge Universal Winch Mounting Plate (87-06 Wrangler YJ & TJ) which you can find here: http://www.extremeterrain.com/rugged-ridge-universal-tj-yj-112381.html
The Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty 8,500lb. Winch (87-17 Wrangler YJ, TJ & JK) would require a winch plate to install on the Smittybilt SRC Stinger Front Bumper. As well, all other winches will require a winch plate for proper install.
(approx) 30 Minutes
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
What's in the Box
|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|