Installation Time: Afternoon
January 09, 2018
Overall I like the winch, only tested it once, and haven't had to use it, though, so an update will be needed after several uses.
My biggest complaint so far is the solenoid mounting options. If you mount the solenoid over the cable drum as I did, then you'll found out just how many corners a company will cut in order to reduce the price. It's not solid, it's not held in place by a screw or bolt of any kind. It's not even really "clipped" in place. I followed the instructions to the letter, but if you were to set a heavy coffee cup on the top of the solenoid, it would fall down onto the cable coils. It's insulting really. My wife has an idea for zip tie-ing it and that will probably be much stronger. If I move it over to the side, it will at least have some screws holding it, but it will be "floating" over the motor, attached only at the side. This is my first winch, so I don't know if they're all that cheap, or just this one.
But if I can ignore that for the moment, everything else seems solid and the installation was straightforward. I installed it on a winch-ready bumper that was already mounted. It took me three hours, and I had to get my wife to use her tiny hands to reach into some tight spaces a couple of times. There was plenty of slack in the cable to reach the battery terminals. In fact I had about 18" too much of the negative wire. My battery is officially under-rated at 600CCA, the instructions call for 650CCA minimum, however I was able to power in 70 feet of cable under a small load with no problems. I guess I'll need to add a battery upgrade to my ever growing list of mods...
This winch is not recommended for a 4 door, but mine is still fairly lightweight, and with some common sense, a snatch block and a little luck, it should be enough to get me out of most situations until I can afford to upgrade.