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So, out of curiosity, what winch is everyone running these days? How are they holding up? Mine is a C.R.T. Performance (cheep ebay) 2k. I chose it 'cause it's cheap... plain and simple. I paid $129.99 for it and it comes w/ all wires, rocker switch, clevis hook, handsaver, and a snatchblock. As for performance... so far, so good. Has been submerged in muddy water quite a bit and it's still going good. Could use some more guts for such a big atv, though, 2k just don't cut it. If it quits on me I'll probably go with a Tusk 3k winch I saw in a dirtwheels ad, it sells for $170.00. What can I say? I'm cheap :)
p.s. If anyone cares, the C.R.T. winches are all over ebay. thanx.
 

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I have the SuperWinch 2500lb. I like it been submerged only maybe a couple times though. I have been a little worried if it will hold up to the Grizzly.

Befor the Grizz it was on a Honda Rancher that it pulled good but was not sure with the added weight of the Grizz.

Went with the Super because it was the cheeper of the ones I was looking at. If and when it goes out so far from what is out on the market I am looking at the Warn 3000lb winch.
 

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Gotta love those Warn & Ramsey 3k yankers! They are just so **** pricey! But you pay for what you get... they are the best on the market.
 

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Well that they are($$$$$$) but they just look so much better built. I looked at a 2500lb Warn when I bought my Grizz and it look so much better built then my SuperWinch. But the price tag is what gets me, not sure I would spend that much on one, but only time will tell!
 

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I have a warn 2500 on my bigbear 400. It was hard for me to pay that much money($400), but it has never let me down. I have even had to use it when my buddies who all have rincons with cheaper winches could not pull stuck riders out. I think that says alot.
 

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Again, you get what you pay for! The Warn winches are nothing short of incredible! I have seen them withstand the impossible. I think the same for Ramsey winches. I have a buddy who's Warn 2.5k just quit on him in fact, about two months ago. This is on a '01 Kodiak w/ 589's and obviously you (having had 589's) know what they do in a mudhole... you'll go through or you'll go directly to china! Alot of stress was put on that winch over the years not to mention sand, and way too many drownings :). I'm very impressed!
 

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I have the old Warn A2000 on my Grizzly... that's all there was at the time. It does it's job, but it stalls from time to time, so I have to help it along with throttle.

I put the Ramsey 3000 with wireless remote on my Rincon, but haven't had to use it yet. Might be too much winch for that quad, since it's not really capable of getting into places where you'd actually need a winch...

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I have a warn 2500, got it with the Grizz for $69.00. I haven't used it to extract myself yet. but i've pulled 2 other smaller atvs out and operated my snowplow with it, so far so good. I did order the nicer warn rocker control switch from cabelas (I didn't like the twist type it came with), and a roller fairlead. Just the weight of the cycle country state plow was wearing through the stock fairlead. Hope to get some use out of it this weekend.
 

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O.K now the next question. How does everone have their switches mounted, any trick locations.

On mine I have the big rocker switch for my brand winch. I ran the wires up under the plastic and came out the hole where the front rack mount drops down into the plastic up by the handle bars. Their is that plastic cover that you pop off to get to the mounting bolts, that is where my wires come up at.

From there I welded a plate to the back of the rack where it has that bent up extension at the bars, and mounted my switch on the back side of the rack but not touching the plastic. Hope you guys can follow that and picture what I mean.
 

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O.K now the next question. How does everone have their switches mounted, any trick locations.

On mine I have the big rocker switch for my brand winch. I ran the wires up under the plastic and came out the hole where the front rack mount drops down into the plastic up by the handle bars. Their is that plastic cover that you pop off to get to the mounting bolts, that is where my wires come up at.

From there I welded a plate to the back of the rack where it has that bent up extension at the bars, and mounted my switch on the back side of the rack but not touching the plastic. Hope you guys can follow that and picture what I mean.
 

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Mine is mounted on the plastic plate that covers the bottom of the handlebars (between that and the gas cap). When I first decided to mount it there... to make the top of the switch flush meant that the bottom of the switch box (large rocker switch) would rub my tank cover when I would steer. I simply trimmed the switch box a little and voila! This may be the same place you are speaking of, the plate I fastened it to does pop off, I think you mounted yours in front of the bars and gauge cluster where mine is behind (it turns w/ the bars). But it's very easy to reach from just about anywhere, and since it's so close to the winch and fairly close to the battery, I was able to trim off several inches of wire (longer wires eat up more power). Plus it looks pretty cool. There is a dip in the tank cover here that looks like it was designed for this purpose!
 

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My 2002 Grizz came with the switch mounted on the left back side of the
front rack.Not very accessable if you have load on front.
It has a 2500 warn winch that put me in a bind on a late evening hunt.
I was trying to get across a washed out creek crossing and had no luck because of the steep banks.I got off the Grizz and freespooled my cable out a tree and tied off.
After hooking up I tried to engage the winch and it would not do nothing!
I had to get off the Grizz and check my wiring in about 2 ft of cold running
water to try and find out if it had a bad connection somewhere.
Finally one of my fellow hunters showed up and helped me to get out with his
four wheeler and after I was out on dry ground I tried something that I had foregotten had happened with a winch I had on a 4 wheel drive Ford Bronco.
I took out my pocket kinfe and reached under the left back fender of the
Grizz and gave the solonoid a couple of taps and the winch worked fine!
If you ever run into this problem of a winch not working.Try giving the solonoid a light tap, not a heavy hit.It could be just a magnet in the switch sticking enough that it does not want to engage.
 

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Thanks for the tip, Joe! I'm sure this will aid someone in the future, and they can avoid the certainly frusterating situation you encountered.
 

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I have the warn A-2000 and I am having some problems with it right now. I hit the switch and the lights will dim no matter what direction I try with it. Has anyone had any experience with pulling that winch apart, could not find any exploded views of the winch online. I have not used the winch for quite a while and I think there must have been some sort of leak to the motor and it locked up over the winter. It had been a real good winch till this happened but I think that I would probably sway towards the Ramsey on my next Griz' just to get rid of the large switch if you have the money.
 

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I have a Warn 2500 that I used today to yank my Grizzly onto its wheels again, and over a huge boulder. It has a toggle style in/out switch mounted on the handlebars, which is about the dumbest system I have ever seen. It works good for winching when you are sitting on the ATV, but how are you supposed to respool the cable when you are done? It is all but impossible to reach the toggle switch while you are standing in front of the ATV trying to get the cable to go back on smoothly. I liked the older remote control at the end of a plug in cable style system better.
 

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I have the Warn 3.0 ci...

I like the winch having two positions to winch from. One of my remotes is mounted on the front part of the plastic near the speedometer. The rocker remote is located on the left side of the handle bars.

I also have a remote for my SUV and for reeling in the winch, I like winching it in from the front of the ATV or SUV. This way the cable does not kink and get bound. Using the remote rocker can get you out of some tight situations but I like being in front making sure everthing is going slow and steady. A coat or cloth on the cable is great to protect your body parts in-case of a cable snap.

Just my two cents...

Real Tree Griz 2002
 

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I installed my mini rocker switch on my left handle bar close to my controls. It seems to be very handy in this location. There is a pic in my profile to show it's location.

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i have the warn 2000. it powers out a lot but it was all they had when i got mine so i will use it till it explodes. when it powers ot i just add in the snatch block, takes a little longer but i always make it back to the house. the other ppl i ride with have the viper winch (2500 lb.) it almost powers out by just holding onto the cable with your hands and holding back. they thought they were gettting a good buy. my father-in-law told me a long time ago you get what u pay for.
 

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I used my winch warn 2.5 yesterday to upright a fallen pine-tree in my front yard yesterday. The tree was only about 4-5 in round. Almost lifted the Grizzly off the ground. Then I tied a rope around the tree and the one next to it just to keep it standing straight up. I'm probably going to have to cut it down someday. Warn rocker switch next to the other switches, lights and kill switch.
 
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