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02-17-2012, 07:22 PM
Which winch?

I was in Harbor freight and saw a 3k winch for around 150ish.
Are these o.k? Anyone have one? I'm not in the mood to spend 500 on something that I can get for 150.
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02-17-2012, 07:32 PM
I just saw some Vipers on ebay for $200 and I have a Promark it was about $150 and I haven't had any problems with it. Look around I'm sure you can find a good one for a better price.
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Check out the site sponsor motoalliance. I ordered my 3500lb viper max from them. It was $200 shipped to my door in Canada. Very good quality, haven't had a single problem yet. It also came with a ton of accessories, wiring, handlebar switch, remote, snatch block, cover etc etc.
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02-17-2012, 08:09 PM
I like Warn and think they're worth the money. If I couldn't have a Warn, I'd go with Viper.

I've got the XT30 http://www.gowarn.com/prodDetail.aspx?partNo=WAR76500
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02-17-2012, 08:14 PM
I got a ProMark 3000# off of ebay NIB with the mounting plate for $99 to my door. Seems well built and haven't heard too many negative things about them.

Additionally, the last time i was at Cabela's, they had a superwinch 2500# on sale for $99.
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x2 on the Viper. Harbor Freight, I'd pass on their winch.
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I have a Warn but it was on the Grizz when I bought it, so that is why I have a warn. If I were in your shoes or the next time I'm in the market for a winch I'll try Viper, I've heard good things.....They are soo inexpensive you just gotta give them a shot.
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i put a harbor freight $60 winch on my inlaws honda, used it for plowing and getting it unstuck [would not have been stuck if it was true 4x4], its slow and under powered but workes

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The last time I seen a HF winch it decided to run in reverse spooling itself into a rat's nest for a while until it self destructed and shorted out......all due to getting splashed.

I didn't feel too silly 'blowing' money on a Warn and not getting the HF 'bargain'.

I have the Warn XT30 but I'd also look at a Viper. I haven't used it yet since the Grizz never seems to get stuck, but I like the piece of mind of having quality emergency hardware.
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Has anyone tried a Ramsey ATV winch?
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I've had a KFI but it couldn't handle being submerged often like the Warn. I have Warn on my Rhino and Grizzly. Took me 4 years of some serious abuse to wear out my first Warn. Not even a year on the KFI.
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I have a Superwinch Terra 35, about $220. Its been bulletproof so far. Its built like a tank. Be sure to get the KFI mount because some others won't work on the grizz, due to the winches big size. This series is totally different than the older Superwinchs, It's heavy duty. It's got a kinda weird circut breaker, but I wrapped it in some rubber electrical cover and electrical tape. I'm glad it has it now.
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I have had the following, viper 3000lb $129, warn 3000lb $259, milemarker 3000lb $179, and the harbor freight $139, winches.

I cold not tell any difference in the way they pulled or worked, however I had an issue with the warn filling up the motor with mud and ended up burning it up. I think the milemarker and harbor freight would do the same but the viper is supposed to be sealed. That is what I have on my bike right now and have had NO problems with it yet.

Just my .02 get the viper, best total package deal out there.

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Only witches I have experience with are Viper. In 2008 or early 2009, I bought a 2000 lb. viper max. The winch itself was awesome, never had an issue with it. The handle bar switch on the other hand sucked. I went through two in the last two years. I recently bought a 3000 lb viper elite. Haven't used it yet as it just got installed last week but it is super quiet and the handle bar switches are now waterproof so I am hoping I won't be burning through those. Nice winches and being they're based in MN (where I am), I got the winch shorty after ordering. Ordered on a Friday night, winch was on my door step the following Tuesday.

I had numerous questions for them when I upgraded to the elite with a synthetic cable and they were extremely quick at responding and they thoroughly answered my questions
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Got a warn 2500 thats maybe a year old. I have seen it apart and cannot see howw water or mud can get inside, Sealed up tight. Heck, I sit in the creek for minutes at a time, with my front end under water, and see no signs of internal water leaks. As for harbor freight, you for sure get what ya pay for.
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