My thoughts on the REP8000
Guess I'll throw in my 2 cents since no one is in the office for the Holidays - I don't get to say much anymore because by the time I get back to the board, you guys have answered all of the questions! With all that on-line time, when do you 4-wheel and weld stuff! :-)
Anyway, I guess you'd say I'm pretty hard core - just look at my Jeep and the videos... About 4 years ago, the first mod I did to my Jeep besides the fact that it had 31's and a 360 was to get a winch. I got the winch for free off of a CJ-7 parts Jeep we bought and then re-sold. It was a REP8000 and it did not work.
I cleaned up all the solenoids and cables, put it all back together and it still didn't work, and so I took the motor to my favorite alternator shop (these are the guys that rebuild my 1920's cars stuff and it works great every time!) Anyway, they're the ones that explained the permanent magnet thing to me and said they just had to replace the brushes to get it fixed. Worked great and started saving mine and everyone else's behind.
It has stalled more than once - several times. However, all of these times there was A) no snatch block, B) very little line paid out, C) winching a Jeep that was TOAST and little or no help to the winch. AND, it always comes back after a little rest. As far as the permanent magnets weakening a little every time - well, I don't know about that but it must be VERY little with what I've put this winch through – and it’s still going strong! (Watch – it will blow up into a million pieces on the next trip!)
Finally, my friend Smitty gets a Warn x8000i for the Commando. It's pretty, and it's "loose" - the line is all nice and straight and it's fast. AND, it sucks the life out of his battery faster than you can blink! The way I figure, the permanent magnets are providing their own power for the field, and the series wound motors are sucking it out of the battery!
So, in conclusion -
A) A winch should be THE VERY FIRST MOD YOU GET! I have told umpteen million people this and they never listen. The saying is true - the better built your Jeep, the farther out you get stuck and then where's your winch? Ever notice how all those stuck idiots on the back inside cover of the magazines never have a winch? Hmmmm…
B) The REP8000 is cheap and does the job - well I might add. Get one now rather than do without for several years waiting to get an M8274 or something for $1K. Also, if you get sick of it - put it on E-Bay - they're selling winches all the time on there for more than new - I really don't get that...
C) Don’t kill the thing on every pull. Let it rest a little and use your head. The winch is there to HELP you - not do it all. Stop and get your head screwed on straight even though you are seeing red because 3 months of preparation has resulted in a blown ring and pinion 18 miles from nowhere.
D) Get a tree saver and a snatch block, and take the time to use the snatch block. I will admit here, publicly, that I STILL never do even though I have a really nice one, and someone should beat me with it until I start!
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! And one more thing - this is the best advice I could give and my gift to you for the Holidays……ready? Here it is:
No matter what level your Jeep is at "modification-wise" GET OUT THERE! It is so great to wheel your way up through your mods and see the difference - don't wait. Get out there and break some stuff and have some fun with your friends – even if you are currently bone stock! One thing I can’t stand is a 2-3 year Jeep project. By the time you’re done – you have a new hobby and don’t care!
You guys are great and everything I know about Jeeps and off-roading I got from experience and this board. I also bought ALL of my parts here used! Thanks for having an active board and keep it up!
And please, everyone pray really hard that my new truck I ordered AGES AGO will show up before Christmas! :-)