Which winch to get as of 2018?
So I'm a newbie to the side by sides. I just recently bought a new 2018 Ranger 900 XP and I'm looking to install a winch but I'm just not sure which one to get.
I don't plan on using the winch a lot but it's mainly going to be used for plowing but during the rest of the year sometimes I might drag trees that have fell around property. Might be handy for use on the trail, never know what might happen or if someone needs to be winched out. Either way, a winch is a must have regardless.
I had a Warn winch on my 2006 Honda Foreman and I abused that winch like crazy and it never failed once, expect I broke the cable a few times during plowing but that was it. I pulled full size railroad ties with it, flipped over a 7x12 boxed steel trailer. I did a lot of crazy stuff with it through the years. But from what I'm understanding now, Warn winches are not what they used to be.
I originally was going to get a KFI 4500lbs winch kit because it came with everything you needed including the mount, wiring and dash switch. I guess KFI makes just okay winches but their mounting bracket is very good from what I hear.
So I plan on getting the KFI mounting bracket and for a winch, I'm undecided which one to get. There is many discussions on them and not really a clear answer.
I did narrow it down between a Viper winch and Superwinch. I have a Superwinch in my enclosed car hauler that has always worked great but that winch is huge and the cable is huge haha and I'm sure its built different than ATV/UTV winches.
I'm leaning toward the Viper winch by Motoalliance mainly because they do sell it as a complete kit with all the color coded wiring, dash rocker switch and they use stainless mounting hardware. But I'm concerned about the aluminium drum as I heard they can fail whereas the Superwinch uses steel drum. Then again, people had both fail on them. So I really don't know what to do!
If I go with the Viper, it would be the Viper Max Wide Spool 6000lbs or the regular Viper Max 5000lbs steel cable. I don't know which one is better, I heard some like the wide spool winches better. I just don't know how well they fit on the Ranger 900. My guess is that they fit fine?
If I go with a Superwinch, it would be the Tera 45. But it doesn't come with a dash rocker switch, so I'd have to get that seperate.
I think for I do, the 6000lbs winch is an overkill but then again, it doesn't hurt to have overkill, right? I'd probably be fine with the 5000 regular Max winch however.
I know some prefer the synthetic rope and some prefer the traditional steel cable. I'm leaning toward the steel cable because of its durability for like dragging trees but mainly because of the cost. Steel cable winches are far more affordable for me but I'll consider synthetic rope if it's really worth the extra money.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I don't mind spending a little bit of money if the winch is going to be good.
Last edited by nerwin; 06-10-2018 at 06:38 AM.