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waterproof winches

what winches are out there that are water proof. when they say water proof do they mean like it can run under water or will work when wet.

after the latest stuck a winch seems like a good idea.


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Latest stuck?

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My Superwinch EPi9.0 worked partially submerged. I have had two of these and I think they are as good as anything for the money.

Fast
Powerful
Great sealed contacts
Brake outside the drum
Low cost- $600

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I've submerged my winch and never had a problem using it afterwards and it's just a cheapy HF.

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If you have submerged your winch(patially or fully) it's suggested that you take the winch apart and clean everything up and re-grease. Where there's water, there's grit and dirt and all things electrical and mechanical abhor grit and dirt.

If you want a winch that will work OK in the water, go hydraulic. Just remember the motor must be running for it to work.

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[QUOTE=4x4x4;373680]My Superwinch EPi9.0 worked partially submerged. I have had two of these and I think they are as good as anything for the money.

Fast
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Great sealed contacts
Brake outside the drum
Low cost- $600

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what he said, have the same winch and have had superwinches since the early 80's. never had a problem with any of them.

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My Superwinch EPi9.0 worked partially submerged. I have had two of these and I think they are as good as anything for the money.

Fast
Powerful
Great sealed contacts
Brake outside the drum
Low cost- $600

4X4X4- Like your winch install on the stock bumper. Would you PM me some pics from different angles and also how you mounted it?

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Kenny from river raider turned me on to this winch pretty cheap also

http://www.promarkoffroad.com/truck-jeep-winches/10000lb-recovery-winches/promark-10000lb-silver-back-series-electric-recovery-winch.html"]
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Good article. No water discussion though.

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I don't think any winch is actually water PROOF. Yeah, you should take it apart after a dunking, but here in Michigan I'd be pulling mine apart about 8 times a year. lol. It's currently about 3 years old and hasn't missed a beat. My bumper is looking a little rough after this winter though so I may pull it all apart and regrease the winch when I repaint my bumper.

For what it's worth, most problems are related to the solonoids. Milemarker has a new winch that is all solid state control that is waterproof...

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so you could put the solenoid higher out of harms way or even extend the wires to somewhere dry?

anyone have the superwinch lp8500 im leaning towards that i think


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That's exactly what I've got. Can't speak to the waterproofness (is that a word) of it, but it held up nicely over the course of a 9 hour recovery that included at least 8-10 full length pulls.


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I'm gonna be mounting my solenoids under the hood after coating them in dielectric grease.. Should do the trick unless we go swimming... Haha

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I am running a Warn, it has had a few dunks and still works 100% I live in Raincouver and it sees water probably 200 days a year.

It has great waterproofness (its a word, I just used it)
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I have a 4 door Rubi with a Superwinch EPi9.0, same as the post above. I have had it all the way under water, spooled it out all the way and it worked fine. I use a healthy dose of dielectric grease on the remote connection though. I use it about 40 times per year and never had an issue. Best $550 I ever spent. "I pity the fool..."

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ahh didnt think about using that grease on the electrics of the winch thats a good idea

gotta get enough for my expo one basic dx first then i can start saving for the lp8500





i fell more comfortable give superwinch my money compared to xrc jsut becasue they have higher standards


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If you are running thru water and have a winch make sure you PLUG the control in before you start wheeling. you do NOT want to have to open the plug under water to plug the controller in.

I usually plug mine in and run the cable under the hood latch to hold it up from catching on tire, then hang it inside my window


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If you are running thru water and have a winch make sure you PLUG the control in before you start wheeling. you do NOT want to have to open the plug under water to plug the controller in.

I usually plug mine in and run the cable under the hood latch to hold it up from catching on tire, then hang it inside my window
wow...thats a good idea. does it have to be on with a controller plugged in too?





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