(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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- How to Install Smittybilt Gen2 XRC 9,500 lb. Winch on your Wrangler
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This Smittybilt Gen2 XRC 9500-Pound Winch is for those of you that are having 1987 and up Wrangler, and are looking for a good workhorse winch that's going to be less expensive than some of the other options out there while still being a waterproof winch. And that's what really sets it apart from a lot of the other winches in this price range, 9500-pounds, steel cable, kind of a basic winch when you look at it from that standpoint, but this is going to be a waterproof winch where a lot of the other ones are not going to be that. Now, Smittybilt also offers their X20 line, which is going to be an integrated solenoid, creating a bit of a stronger winch, however, that's also going to be more expensive, and they'll also offer that X20 with its synthetic rope if you wanted to go that route. So this is going to be a little bit less expensive than some of those other options, but again, waterproof, which is really what sets it apart from the other winches in this category.As far as construction goes, this is going to be fairly standard for a 9,500-pound winch, except for, of course, the fact that this is IP67-rated, so this is going to be a waterproof winch. You have your solenoid pack right over here, which can be mounted in a variety of different ways, either horizontal or vertical up on top of the winch itself, or some people do choose to remote-mount those solenoid packs, but you would, of course, have to extend your wiring if you chose to go that route. The winch body itself has a 6.6 horsepower series wound motor, it has a three-stage planetary gearbox. Again, these are fairly standard features as far as a 9500-pound winch goes.Now, let's talk about that 9,500 pounds for a minute. The rule of thumb for choosing a winch is that you want it to be able to pull one and a half times the loaded trail weight of your vehicle. So if you have a light two-door, 9,500 pounds is going to be more than enough. If you have a heavy on-road up four-door, maybe you wanna go with one of the heavier duty winches, something around 12,500 pounds. But it also matters what type of wheeling you're doing. If you're going out there and you're burying your Jeep up to the axles in thick, heavy mud, of course, going with something that has a little bit more pulling power is going to be a good option.Now, in general, there are winches out there that are going to be more expensive than this one with some additional features. As I said before, this is going to be sort of your basic entry-level winch, it's going to be at that price range where it should be, but you're still gonna get something that's waterproof, which does set it apart from some of the competition.As far as the install goes, definitely a one out of three wrenches as is the case with most winches. This is only going to take you right around an hour to get installed, and the only other pieces that you're going to need to get it bolted up is some sort of winch plate or a winch-ready bumper. Winch plates and winch-ready bumpers will be already predrilled for what is essentially a standard footprint of all winches. So, all you're going to have to do is set the winch in place using the included hardware to get it bolted down to that winch plate or that winch-ready bumper. You can go ahead and mount your solenoid either before or after you get the winch mounted on the bumper, and then you'll have some connections that you have to make from the solenoid box to the winch body itself, and from the solenoid box up to the battery.So most people will choose to run those longer lines up to the battery either through or underneath the grille, along the inside of the fender, and make your connection on the positive and the negative terminals of the battery. After that, a couple of finishing touches to do. You'll have your roller fairlead, that also comes with this kit, to install onto your bumper, and, of course, install your hook onto the end of your cable.So, like I've been saying, what sets this winch apart from some of the others in the same price range is the fact that this is waterproof. So this is going to be a 9,500-pound waterproof winch for $300. Now, Rugged Ridge has a $300 winch that is also waterproof but theirs is only an 8,500-pound pulling capacity. And Barricade has a 9,500-pound pulling capacity winch for $300 but theirs is not waterproof. So, as you can see, there's gonna be a trade-off one direction or the other. This has that slightly higher pulling capacity and it has the fact that it's waterproof. So, as far as $300 winches goes, I think you're getting a pretty good deal here.So, if you're looking for a basic waterproof winch, I would definitely recommend looking further into this one from Smittybilt, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Strong and Fast. Be prepared for what the trails may throw at you. One of the best ways to be prepared is by having a well-made winch that can get you out of sticky situations quickly. Smittybilt's Gen2 XRC 9,500 lb. Winch features a 6.6 HP motor with a 3-Stage Planetary Gear system for a quick recovery. Its reversed gear ratio enables optimum pulling power while still performing at lightning-fast line speeds.
Lasts a Lifetime. Smittybilt's winch is finished with a rugged UV-resistant matte black coating. The hardware is stainless steel with aluminum crossbars. This winch has a 161.28:1 gear ratio that will easily pull up to 9,500 lbs. Not only does the system look great, it will also last you a lifetime.
Additional Features. The Smittybilt Gen2 XRC 9,500 lb. Winch features a 4-way roller fairlead and sliding ring gear mounting clutch that will keep the cable from easily snapping.
Installation. The Smittybilt XRC mounts using a 10.0" x 4.5" bolt pattern. A remote control is included to enable you to instruct the winch both by the winch itself and at a safe distance from whatever you're pulling. A 650CCA battery is recommended as a minimum requirement for winching.
Lifetime Warranty. To ensure you receive the highest standards, Smittybilt has included lifetime mechanical and 3-year electrical warranties. The winch shall be free from mechanical defects for the life of the Gen2 XRC Winch. With respect to electrical components, this winch shall be free of defects in material and workmanship for 3 years from the date of purchase. Subject to the terms and conditions, please see manufacturer's warranties for details.
Application. This Smittybilt Gen2 XRC 9,500 lb. Winch will fit 1966-2023 Jeep CJ and Wrangler models.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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