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Old 11-25-2010, 05:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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SmittyBilt XRC8

I am looking to get a XRC8 winch and I am not sure how the roller fairlead mounts. My current bumpber has winch plate but no tab to mount the fairlead. From what understand the XRC fairlead needs to mount to a tab. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-25-2010, 07:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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buy it
figure out how it mounts
make mounts if needed
take pics of it mounted so we can see
let us applaud your effort or let the flaming begin


iv got a quick noob question,
iv never ran a winch so i dont have a fawkin clue,
do all winches use the same bolt pattern? i guess youd call it that
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Old 11-26-2010, 12:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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check out a to z fabrication they have a winch plate that mounts the fairlead and winch. the plate and winch is a good combo, thats what i use anyway.
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My only suggestion......

NO NO NO NO NO

That is THE worst winch EVER.

I have installed a bunch and had to repair MANY. The last one I installed...brand new....had the solenoid pack wired wrong from the factory. This is the second one I have seen like that.

YouTube - Stupid winch

I have seen less harbor freight winch failures on the trail then I have of the xrc8. All kinds of failures, drum busting in half, gears stripping, housing cracking, bursting into flames, no power in one direction or the other.



Other than that, the roller is standard size. Just weld on some tabs. The winch has a standard mount pattern also, which is nice because when you pull the xrc8 off and toss it off a cliff, you will be able to bolt on another winch easily.
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What are other peoples opinions on this winch?
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Old 11-26-2010, 07:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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We have one on our TJ and one on the CJ. Both been there a year, multiple pulls on each, so far so good. Got screaming deals on them new, so

I'll run them until they quit or burn up.
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