Badlands Winches... How Bad Are They?

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    Badlands Winches... How Bad Are They?

    As the title says... just got the fresh Chinese Fre--- I mean, Harbor Freight ad in the mail, and there is a coupon for the Badlands XZR 12000 at $299.

    I rarely wheel anymore, sadly, but plan to get back going in a beat up FJ62.

    So how bad are they? Is it worth the $299, or not?
    Mrs CSR said I was good, or something.

    #2
    If I'm in the position of needing to winch, the last thing I want to worry about is the winch not working. Used Warns aren't much more than that, that's the route I've gone a few times now with no regret.

    I'd put a badlands on a trailer or something but that's about it.

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      #3
      No experience with them, but they do seem popular for occasional use. I found a Warn VR-8 on clearance for $300, so I went that route. I know it’s made in a China but have more faith in it than off brand stuff.

      IMO, it’s worse to “think” you have a winch (meaning one that will let you down when you really need it), than not have a winch. Either assume you don’t and drive appropriately, or just put it on a trailer or something else that’s not going to massively screw you if it doesn’t work.

      If you wheel more crowded trails with someone to recover you it’s less of an issue. My playground is a 1/2 million acre national forest where it’s common to drive all day and never see a soul.

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        #4
        I’d put one on a trailer or maybe my big truck that doesn’t wheel but gets used in the forests. But for my wheeling rigs I stick with a Warn. I’ve never seen a used Warn Winch for that cheap though, or worn wench or warn wench or whatever the retards list it as, they are asking near new money from what I’ve seen.

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          #5
          I'm on year 10 or 11? I got one right when they switched to the badland name.

          Its been flawless. Its slow and loud, and it may not last long term if its going on a vehicle thats parked outside 24/7. I wheel an old school dumpster on 37's that's for whatever reason usually the #1 recovery vehicle of whatever group im in. Also use it alot for land management stuff. It gets used quite a bit.

          I've been meaning to replace it with a warn for a long time now but 1- it still works and 2- im lazy

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            #6
            They are not bad winches at all. A ton of people buy and use them with almost zero complaints. Some of these guys act like the first time you need it its not going to work and leave you stranded. I'm sure that a Warn that you buy used that has been put through God knows what before you get it is going to be any better... Google some reviews and ask people that have owned or own them. Fuck the haters


            If I didn't get an absolute smoking deal on a brand new Warn VR12S from the other site when i was building my wife's Jeep I would not have hesitated to go with a Badlands winch..It was part of the original plan.

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              #7
              I would buy a used warn. Even if I had to spend another $150 on a new motor at the local electric motor rebuilder place.

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                #8
                In my experience, I am not a fan of any of the budget winches. They are all loud, have subtle little issues, have huge current draws, and are slow as hell. I see used Warns (XDi, 9.6Ti, 8274s, M8000) for 300-500$ fairly regularly with very minimal if any issues that are easy fixes. In the past 6 months I've bought a XD9000i on a cradle for 300$, a hardly used 9.5Ti for 400$, and an 8274 missing a motor for $100. Once you get used to 8274/9.5Ti/9.5XP speeds, you don't want to go back.

                That being said, for the non-serious wheeler, or on a trailer, the budget winches are fine. They work and given the choice between a crappy 300$ winch or no winch because you can't afford or cant find a good Warn, I'd pick the shitty one. I guide for one of the bigger Jeep Jamborees and a couple other big events and I've seen pretty much all of them used. I think the older Tabors/Warn budget winches are probably the worst of them, before anybody accuses me of being a fan boy. I considered a HF winch for my trailer before I found the XDi.

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                  #9
                  One on the truck 12k and one on the ranger sxs 5k. Don't use them much, but always work when i need them to. Truck it 8 urs old and the ranger is almost a yr

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                    #10
                    I have a 10+ year old 10k HF winch. I've only used it a few times for light pulls, but its worked fine for me.

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                      #11
                      I prefer made in USA stuff for a lot of reasons. One is quality and another is durability. If you can afford a made in USA winch I would get one.

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                        #12
                        I have a few wheeling friends that have them and they like them. They use them quite often as well, they are mostly just pinching off boulders or out of mud holes, they are not repelling up ledges or anything with them. I'll stick with warns, personally.
                        Every major institution is against you and will let you die!
                        - Tim Dillon

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                          #13
                          I put a 9k on a beater the night before a trip. It was $200 with a coupon and they let me stack a 20% off. It slow and loud as mentioned. But for $200 I'd rather go HF and have place to take it if/when it shits the bed than use any other given cheap winches.


                          ​​​​Some day I'll put it on a receiver for trailer/whatever use.

                          It works but........

                          Originally posted by djljeep View Post
                          Once you get used to 8274/9.5Ti/9.5XP speeds, you don't want to go back.
                          Also this, I had an 8274 I paid $500 for in very nice shape. After abusing the fuck out 9f it for a few years, I added a 9.5xp motor. Holy fuck that think was fast.

                          Didn't want to cut the grill in half or have a bumper that sticks out a foot on our little mold 4runner. Grabbed a 9500cti-s or something like that on another rig, got new but 2nd hand for around $900 (~$1800 new) it's a very good winch also.



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                            #14
                            I only go wheeling like once a year anymore, but 2 of the 'yota fellas I wheel with have them and like them. I'm a snob, and bought a used Warn XD9000i for the same amount as the current sale price on the 12K Badland, that I immediately had to completely disassemble, the planetary, clean, break loose the rusted in place spool selector ring, and relube due to it being underwater, flooded, and/or rained on a lot, and neglected.

                            After learning my lesson on cheap used winches, I bought the 12K Badland for $289 during Black Friday or Cyber Monday last year for the W250 farm truck. It's still in the box though, haven't mounted it, and don't have any first hand experience yet.

                            Though if I were hanging off the edge of a cliff in a buggy, and depending on it for saving my bacon in harms way, I'd still go name brand, just probably not hastily bought used and untested in a McDonald's parking lot.

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                              #15
                              I’ve had a 12k badlands winch for awhile now. Had it on a trailer for a couple years. I parted out the trailer and had the winch on the shelf, and decided to put it on the front of my recovery truck.

                              It has been used quite a bit. Broke my rear 14 bolt axle and had to winch most of the day up hills in the snow. Also pulled out a tracked bobcat I buried in a sink hole. I don’t have anything to compare my badlands winch experiences to, as this is my first winch.

                              It had done everything I have asked if it. And for sub $300 it was worth every penny.

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