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Old 08-15-2017, 10:45 AM
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I just walked past my warn m8000 on the work bench and got the itch to start thinking about a replacement winch. I got a solid 5 years out of my warn for around $800. That seems like a short time for the price. I was looking at smitty built and for half the price I can get a 1000# winch. Does anyone have experience with smitty built or any others? Everyone says their is no comparison to a warn but only 5 years of service from it makes me think twice.

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Old 08-15-2017, 10:57 AM
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Why is your M8000 dead? Warn sells replacement parts, which unless it's something major will be cheaper than a new winch. My XD9000 is about 12 years old I guess and it's off the truck because of mag chloride and the drum rusting, necessitating me repainting it. It was time for a rebuild anyway.

My $0.02 is that if you killed an M8000 then a cheaper winch won't last that long either. My feeling is it's the lack of use that kills winches more often than not. Corroding seals, contacts, motor windings, rust, lack of grease (or wrong grease) being worked around from inactivity.
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:30 AM
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Come up and superwinch are two that I would say compete with warn eye to eye. I have a come up and so far so good.

That being said, I agree with Dave. You should rebuild your warn, it should be better and cheaper than any smitt built.

I did run a smitty built on my 60, and it never let me down. However, I'm a big supporter of buying the best I can afford. This go around I could afford a new come up, so that's what happened.
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Old 08-15-2017, 04:12 PM
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Buy a rebuild kit for the M8000 and a solid state solenoid pack.
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:30 PM
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It's in sad shape
I do plan on taking it down to predator 4wheel drive and see what it will take to get it working again but I'm not optimistic.

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Old 08-15-2017, 06:36 PM
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I worked it every month or so to keep the grease moved around, worked the clutch lever (which still works but needs the seals lined up again). The salt in Ohio gave it a good thrashing and after five years in my bumper it gave up. Cracked housing must have allowed water into the motor and it was all down hill from there. Everything is corroded. The drum would barely move enough to salvage my blue line.

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That is a lot of corrosion. Was that buried in an ARB or something the whole time? Do you suppose Milemarker or Superwinch or Smitty would have fared any better? Salt + steel = rot. But, yeah, there's no saving that one.
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Shrockworks bumper. I'm not sure how the others would have fared. It was certainly an extreme situation. My thought is if an other company is comparable and half the price and I get t years out of it here in CO then I'm way ahead.

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Holy crap man.
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That's not warns fault. You installed it on an ocean fishing rig!
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