Rugged Ridge 8,500 lb Winch Customer Reviews
9 Customer Reviews
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Tackle the trails with confidence when you have the Rugged Ridge 8,500 lb Winch riding shotgun. With a potent 5.5 HP series-wound motor cranking 94’ of standard or synthetic rope (your choice), Rugged Ridge brings the muscle needed for the toughest recovery operations.
Rugged Ridge’s tough 3-stage planetary gear box turns a super-torquey 172.8:1 gear ratio, so you know this winch is ready to crank. The automatic load-holding drum-brake system keeps your extractions safe and under control. And, your winch is crafted of all-stainless hardware to defy the elements and deliver years of service.
The heavy-duty, all-weather solenoid box comes complete with a 12’ cable remote, and you can mount it over the winch roller or the winch motor. This way your winch can be mounted to most winch bumpers. Rugged Ridge lets you choose between standard rope with a roller fairlead or synthetic rope with a Hawse fairlead. Best yet, Rugged Ridge backs your 8,500 lb winch with a 3-year warranty.
Our 7+ Rugged Ridge 8,500 lb Winch customer reviews have an average rating of 4.50 out of 5 stars. To see specific reviews about your vehicle, please select your year, make and model from the drop down above.
9 Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Alexander L (Lubbock, TX) Reviewed for a 2008 Jeep Wrangler — Jan 17, 2013 9:11 PM
Pros; Good quality Good price for the size Looks good. Cons; Instructions suck! 1. Has you install winch first then wire it up. Problem is you have to hook up wires to back of winch (hard but possible) then wire to bottom of winch (impossible after installation). Also cable to battery is about 3" to short! 2. After I hooked it all up, plugged in controller and would not work! Had to go online and look up people with similar problems; turns out remote in finicky and you must push and twist.
Reviewed by Lucinda R (Knoxville, TN) Reviewed for a 1997 Jeep Wrangler — Dec 15, 2010 3:22 AM
First winch I have owned. Install was easy, fit and finish is excellent. Waiting to use it. Warn whinches are supposed.to be better but at a much higher cost. We are just weekend warriors so this is more than enough power for us. Very happy with our Rugged Ridge winch. People we talked with on the trails with the same winch loved them.
Reviewed by Michael H (Eureka, MO) Reviewed for a 2004 Jeep Wrangler — Jun 08, 2010 7:32 PM
I' m very pleased so far. It was shipped very quick. It was easy and quick to install. I have not had it long enough to field test it yet, but it seems fast and easy to use. The verdict is still out on the synthetic rope.
Reviewed by Harold M (Silver Springs, NV) Reviewed for a 1998 Chevy C/K 1500 — Apr 06, 2010 8:10 PM
Bought this winch for the front of my car trailer because I keep burning out the 2500 lb winches. With this winch it makes my life easy to load things onto the trailer.
Reviewed by Andrew D (Cape Coral, FL) — Apr 04, 2010 6:20 PM
I live in florida and hunt from 2-5 days a week. I need some new tires for the mud here and only have street tires so until I can get some mudders I purchased the winch. I have never used the winch for any purpose so how it performs, i could not tell you. I would or intend to use it for anyone stuck in the mud ect. or if I was to get stuck. Money is tight and I have ordered some tires at a local dealer at 50.00 bucks a week until they are payed for. I could also use the winch to pull downed game in my area as some places are not accessable. With the winch and a rop I could reach a long ways. As far as attaching the winch my friend (Tom) and I put a strong piece of metal between the frame rails under the bumper and cut a hole in the bumper and installed a trailer hitch assembley. Then we put the winch on a solid plate with the bolts provided and welded it to a trailer sleeve sliding it into the bumper. We welded the bolts so no one could easily steal the equipment and used a locking bolt.
Reviewed by James B (Mayflower, AR) Reviewed for a 2004 Jeep Wrangler — Jan 22, 2010 8:48 AM
I have used my Rugged Ridge 8500 three times. Last time I pulled my friends TJ. It was high centered and down a steep hill. We used a snatch block and strapped the back of my TJ to a tree. The winch had no problem pulling my friends TJ up. Because of the steep hill it also raise my TJ slightly off the road. The winch never stained but be careful its deceptive how munch stress is on your equipment. The new winch arrived on time and undamaged. It was well packed and thats important for something that heavy. I have to say that its a best by for the money. It looks like its made by the same mfg as a smithbuilt 8000. Not problem to install with the Rugged Ridge winch plate.
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