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I have been looking for a winch for my quad, and am finding out that there are so many different options, and you can pay anywhere from $100.00 to $600.00 for a quad winch. But, do you really get what you pay for? Or are you just paying for a name? Just yesterday I saw, on E-Bay, somebody selling complete winch kits for my quad, made by some company called Venom, and I could buy a complete 2500 lb. winch with switches and relays for less than $150.00. I look in my handy-dandy DK catalog, and see that buying a Warn 2500 lb. winch is going to run me about $400.00. On the shelf at the local Wally World I see ATV winches (2000 lb.) for $85.00. What gives?

What are your experiences with winches, what size do you use, what brand do you use, and how would you rate it for performance/longevity?

Jerry
 

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All I have ever had is 2 warn 2500 and they were great winches. I had tear the one apart and rebuild it because I let a tie rod come loose and didn't replace it and used it anyways and it got mud stuck in it so I tore it apart and regreased it and it worked great. I have some friends that have the venom 3000 on their rhino's and say they are ok, but then again he rarely uses his winch I guess it depends on how much you use them I doubt the cheap one's are as good as the high dollar one's but I am sure to some extent you are certainly paying more for the name.
 

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Check out the new XT winches from Warn.
is warn shipping winches yet??? i bought my 06 grizzly on january 3 of this year and my winch was orderd the same day and i have yet to see it.. my dealer told me that warn was switching their winch motors and got real backed up on orders and was something like 400 units behind, but i dont know if that was total or just through yamahas orders. im getting an extremely good deal on my warn winch through my dealer thats why i bought it....
 

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I noticed yesterday at Costco they had gorilla 3500lb winch at 150.00 I know nothing about their winches but if there anything like their Axles thats a wicked price and this is Canada so they cold be cheaper down south.
 

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Very nice I haven't see the new line yet. Do I see a amsteel rope on there with a roller Fairlead. I thought that was a big no! no?
 

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Check out the new XT winches from Warn.
hi sled parts my name is mark. i have a renegade 800 . i heard that the winch mount plate for a outlander 800 will fit as the bottom mount and then have to fab the top plate. i assum that the centre stock bracket in the rene comes out. i have access to alum bending and welding so i wood like to know if you know anything on this matter. i live in calgary ab canada. could you please respond to this post. thankyou muchly. if anyone else knows anything please respond also. thks.
 

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I bought a Viper brand winch for my 400 last year, and have had 0 problems with it. it has a 3000lb capacity, 30ft cable(50ft is available), and I paid 125$ U.S. for it, which included the mounting bracket for the Outlander 400. Very easy to install, and fits in the quad perftectly.
 

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Got a venom for my outie and had my dealer's mechanic hook it up. Said it was easier to install and looked as good as the Warn at half the cost.
 

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Have a Polaris (Warn) 2500lb winch on my Poo, and it works great, use it year round, it opperates my snow plow in Winter, and for unstucking me and my buddys rest of the year. I will be swithcing over to Synthetic Rope as soon as it arrives.
 
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